Adam Sandler is not just an actor. He is also a comedian, film producer, screenwriter and musician. Adam Richard Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 9, 1966. He was raised by a nursery teacher and an electrical engineer. When he turned five his family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire. Adam was a natural clown, but he never thought of becoming a comedian until he turned 17 and performed at a comedy Club in Boston.
After high school Sandler left Boston and finished college at New York University, where he earned a degree in Fine Arts. Right after graduation he landed a job on an MTV game show called Remote Control. In this show he played characters called Stud Boy and Trivia Delinquent.
At an early age Sandler had performed in different comedy clubs and campuses. It was during those days that he honed and developed his talent. At some point in the 1980s he played the role of Smitty, Theo Huxtable’s friend on The Cosby Show, a popular television series about the Huxtable family, an upper-middle class African-American family.
In 1990 Saturday Night Live hired Sandler as a writer thanks to Dennis Miller, who discovered him and referred him to Lorne Michaels, the SNL producer. Not long after he started performing original entertaining songs on the show, making a name for himself.
Going Overboard was his very first starring role, which debuted in 1989. In 1995 he starred again in another film, Billy Madison. This movie did not win the hearts of Siskel and Ebert. On their show At The Movies, they said that he would do better if he was the antagonist and not the other way around. Even with the negative feedback Sandler still received offers to appear in a number of movies. Bulletproof and Happy Gilmore both were released in 1996. The Wedding Singer was released in 1998 in which he co-starred with Drew Barrymore. The Water Boy appeared the same year, followed by Big Daddy and Little Nicky in 2000.
Sandler’s very first critically acclaimed movie was Punch-Drunk Love with Winona Ryder and Emily Watson. This movie showcased his acting ability beyond comedy and earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. After that serious role, he again made a comedy movie with Jack Nicholson called Anger Management. The film 50 First Dates, with Drew Barrymore once again was another hit.
Sandler’s Other Movies
- The Longest Yard
- Reign Over Me
- I Now Pronounced You Chuck and Larry
- You Don’t Mess With The Zohan
- Bedtime Stories
- Funny People
Adam Sandler and actress Jacqueline Samantha Titone married on June 23, 2003. They have two daughters: Sadie Madison Sandler was born May 6, 2006, and Sunny Madeline Sandler was born Nov. 2, 2008.
The actor has a house in New York as well as in Los Angeles, where he and his family lives. A charitable citizen, he has donated $1 million to Boys and Girls Club in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is also his hometown.