Adam Sandler

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Adam SandlerAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_0_0
BornAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_1_0 Adam Richard Sandler
(1966-09-09) September 9, 1966 (age 54)

New York City, U.S.Adam Sandler_cell_0_1_1

EducationAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_2_0 Manchester Central High School

Tisch School of the ArtsAdam Sandler_cell_0_2_1

OccupationAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_3_0 Adam Sandler_cell_0_3_1
Years activeAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_4_0 1987–presentAdam Sandler_cell_0_4_1
Spouse(s)Adam Sandler_header_cell_0_5_0 Jackie Sandler ​(m. 2003)​Adam Sandler_cell_0_5_1
ChildrenAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_6_0 2Adam Sandler_cell_0_6_1
MediumAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_7_0 Adam Sandler_cell_0_7_1
GenresAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_8_0 Adam Sandler_cell_0_8_1
Subject(s)Adam Sandler_header_cell_0_9_0 Adam Sandler_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteAdam Sandler_header_cell_0_10_0 Adam Sandler_cell_0_10_1

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Adam Sandler_sentence_0

He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1995, before going on to star in many Hollywood films, which have combined to earn more than $2 billion at the box office. Adam Sandler_sentence_1

Sandler is best known for his comedic roles including Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Adam Sandler_sentence_2 Deeds (2002), 50 First Dates (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Click (2006), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go with It (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Blended (2014), Murder Mystery (2019) and Hubie Halloween (2020). Adam Sandler_sentence_3

He also voices Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania franchise (2012–present). Adam Sandler_sentence_4

Some of Sandler's films, such as Jack and Jill (2011), have been widely panned, and Sandler is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards and 11 Raspberry Award nominations, more than any other actor but Sylvester Stallone. Adam Sandler_sentence_5

Conversely, he has earned praise for his dramatic performances in films such as Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), Funny People (2009), The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017), and Uncut Gems (2019). Adam Sandler_sentence_6

Early life Adam Sandler_section_0

Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1966, to Judith "Judy" (née Levine), a nursery school teacher, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. Adam Sandler_sentence_7

His family is Jewish and descends from Russian-Jewish immigrants on both sides. Adam Sandler_sentence_8

Sandler grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, after moving there at the age of six. Adam Sandler_sentence_9

He attended Manchester Central High School. Adam Sandler_sentence_10

As a teen, Sandler was in BBYO, a Jewish youth group. Adam Sandler_sentence_11

Sandler graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. Adam Sandler_sentence_12

Career Adam Sandler_section_1

Acting career Adam Sandler_section_2

Early in his career, in 1987, Sandler played Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty, in The Cosby Show and the Stud Boy or Trivia Delinquent in the MTV game show Remote Control. Adam Sandler_sentence_13

After his film debut Going Overboard in 1989, Sandler performed in comedy clubs, having first taken the stage at his brother's urging when he was 17. Adam Sandler_sentence_14

He was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler's act in Los Angeles and recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Adam Sandler_sentence_15

Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including "The Thanksgiving Song" and "The Chanukah Song". Adam Sandler_sentence_16

Sandler told Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in 1995, and played this up in his return to the show as a host in 2019. Adam Sandler_sentence_17

In 1993, Adam Sandler appeared in the film Coneheads with Chris Farley, David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, and Jane Curtin. Adam Sandler_sentence_18

In 1994, he co-starred in Airheads with Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi. Adam Sandler_sentence_19

He starred in Billy Madison (1995) playing a grown man repeating grades 1–12 to earn back his father's respect and the right to inherit his father's multimillion-dollar hotel empire. Adam Sandler_sentence_20

The film was successful at the box office despite negative reviews. Adam Sandler_sentence_21

He followed this film with Bulletproof (1996), and the financially successful comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Wedding Singer (1998). Adam Sandler_sentence_22

He was initially cast in the bachelor party–themed comedy/thriller Very Bad Things (1998) but had to back out due to his involvement in The Waterboy (1998), one of his first hits. Adam Sandler_sentence_23

Although his earliest films did not receive favorable critical attention, he started to receive more positive reviews, beginning with Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Adam Sandler_sentence_24

Roger Ebert's review of Punch-Drunk Love concluded that Sandler had been wasted in earlier films with poorly written scripts and characters with no development. Adam Sandler_sentence_25

Sandler has moved outside the genre of slapstick comedy to take on more serious roles, such as the aforementioned Punch-Drunk Love, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Mike Binder's Reign Over Me (2007), a drama about a man who loses his entire family during the September 11 attacks, and then struggles to rekindle a friendship with his old college roommate (Don Cheadle). Adam Sandler_sentence_26

He starred alongside friend Kevin James in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), and headlined You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008). Adam Sandler_sentence_27

The latter film was written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel, and directed by Dennis Dugan. Adam Sandler_sentence_28

Sandler starred along with Keri Russell and English comedian Russell Brand in Adam Shankman's fantasy film Bedtime Stories (2008), as a stressed hotel maintenance worker whose bedtime stories he reads to his niece and nephew begin to come true. Adam Sandler_sentence_29

It marked as Sandler's first family film and first film under the Disney banner. Adam Sandler_sentence_30

In 2009, Sandler starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature Funny People, a comedy-drama about a famous comedian (Sandler) with a terminal illness. Adam Sandler_sentence_31

The film was released on July 31, 2009. Adam Sandler_sentence_32

Following the release of Funny People, it, along with Punch-Drunk Love were cited in the June 2010 announcement that Sandler was one of 135 people (including 20 actors) invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Adam Sandler_sentence_33

Sandler appeared in Grown Ups, alongside Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade. Adam Sandler_sentence_34

Sandler and Dickie Roberts scribe Fred Wolf wrote the script and Dennis Dugan directed the film. Adam Sandler_sentence_35

Sandler starred with Jennifer Aniston in the 2011 romantic comedy film Just Go with It. Adam Sandler_sentence_36

Sandler also voiced a capuchin monkey in Kevin James's Zookeeper, released on July 8, 2011. Adam Sandler_sentence_37

In 2012, he starred in That's My Boy, as a man who fathered a son (Andy Samberg) with his teacher in high school. Adam Sandler_sentence_38

Sandler starred with Drew Barrymore in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy Blended, which was filmed in South Africa, and was released on May 23, 2014. Adam Sandler_sentence_39

In 2013, he guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie as himself. Adam Sandler_sentence_40

He and Cameron Boyce previously worked together in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. Adam Sandler_sentence_41

The episode is titled "Punched Dumped Love". Adam Sandler_sentence_42

Sandler's later film Hubie Halloween was dedicated to Boyce's memory. Adam Sandler_sentence_43

Sandler co-starred in the drama film Men, Women & Children (2014), directed by Jason Reitman. Adam Sandler_sentence_44

He was considered for the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy but Bradley Cooper was cast instead. Adam Sandler_sentence_45

Sandler's recent comedy films, including Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, have received strongly negative reviews. Adam Sandler_sentence_46

In reviewing the latter, critic Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times remarked that Sandler had become the antithesis of Judd Apatow; he was instead "the white Tyler Perry: smart enough to know better, savvy enough to do it anyway, lazy enough not to care." Adam Sandler_sentence_47

In 2015, Sandler released his last theatrical film Pixels, based on French director Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, before transitioning into a distribution deal with Netflix. Adam Sandler_sentence_48

His first original film for Netflix was the Western comedy film The Ridiculous 6. Adam Sandler_sentence_49

Despite being universally panned by critics, on January 6, 2016, it was announced by Netflix that the film had been viewed more times in 30 days than any other movie in Netflix history. Adam Sandler_sentence_50

He released three additional films on Netflix between 2016 and 2018: The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Week Of and Murder Mystery. Adam Sandler_sentence_51

He returned to dramatic territory in 2017 with The Meyerowitz Stories, with his performance receiving favorable notices from critics. Adam Sandler_sentence_52

On May 4, 2019, Sandler made his first appearance as host of SNL, ending the episode with a tribute to his friend and fellow former cast member Chris Farley. Adam Sandler_sentence_53

In December 2019, Sandler starred in the crime thriller drama Uncut Gems, directed by the Safdie brothers. Adam Sandler_sentence_54

The movie and Sandler's acting received acclaim and many end of year awards from critics, who noted this role as a career best for Sandler. Adam Sandler_sentence_55

Happy Madison Productions Adam Sandler_section_3

Sandler formed his film production company, Happy Madison Productions, in 1999, first producing fellow SNL alumnus Rob Schneider's film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Adam Sandler_sentence_56

The company has produced most of Sandler's subsequent films to date. Adam Sandler_sentence_57

The majority of the company's films have received negative reviews from critics, with three considered to be among the worst ever made yet most have performed well at the box office. Adam Sandler_sentence_58

Others who frequently appear in Sandler films include David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, John Turturro, Peter Dante, Allen Covert, Jonathan Loughran, and Jon Lovitz. Adam Sandler_sentence_59

In 2014, Netflix announced a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions. Adam Sandler_sentence_60

In January 2020, Netflix announced a new four-movie deal worth up to $275 million. Adam Sandler_sentence_61

The company is located on the Sony/Columbia Pictures lot in Culver City, California. Adam Sandler_sentence_62

Public image Adam Sandler_section_4

Sandler has been referenced multiple times in various media, including in the TV shows The Simpsons in the episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love", in Family Guy in the episode "Stew-Roids", and in South Park in the episode "You're Getting Old". Adam Sandler_sentence_63

He was also referenced in the video game Half-Life: Opposing Force. Adam Sandler_sentence_64

The HBO series Animals episode "The Trial" features a mock court case to decide whether Sandler or Jim Carrey is a better comedian. Adam Sandler_sentence_65

Personal life Adam Sandler_section_5

Sandler has been married to Jacqueline "Jackie" Sandler (née Titone) since June 2003. Adam Sandler_sentence_66

She had converted to Sandler's religion, Judaism. Adam Sandler_sentence_67

The couple have two daughters, Sadie (born May 2006) and Sunny (born November 2008). Adam Sandler_sentence_68

Sandler's wife and children often appear in his films. Adam Sandler_sentence_69

Sandler is a supporter of the Republican Party. Adam Sandler_sentence_70

In 2007, Sandler made a $1 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in his hometown, Manchester, New Hampshire. Adam Sandler_sentence_71

The same year, he donated $2,100 to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Adam Sandler_sentence_72

Filmography Adam Sandler_section_6

This is a partial list of Sandler's film and television work. Adam Sandler_sentence_73

For the complete list, see Adam Sandler filmography. Adam Sandler_sentence_74

Discography Adam Sandler_section_7

Albums Adam Sandler_section_8

Adam Sandler_table_general_1

YearAdam Sandler_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleAdam Sandler_header_cell_1_0_1 CertificationAdam Sandler_header_cell_1_0_2
1993Adam Sandler_cell_1_1_0 They're All Gonna Laugh at You!Adam Sandler_cell_1_1_1 2× PlatinumAdam Sandler_cell_1_1_2
1996Adam Sandler_cell_1_2_0 What the Hell Happened to Me?Adam Sandler_cell_1_2_1 2× PlatinumAdam Sandler_cell_1_2_2
1997Adam Sandler_cell_1_3_0 What's Your Name?Adam Sandler_cell_1_3_1 GoldAdam Sandler_cell_1_3_2
1999Adam Sandler_cell_1_4_0 Stan and Judy's KidAdam Sandler_cell_1_4_1 GoldAdam Sandler_cell_1_4_2
2004Adam Sandler_cell_1_5_0 Shhh...Don't TellAdam Sandler_cell_1_5_1 Adam Sandler_cell_1_5_2

"The Peeper" was made into a flash cartoon, launched over the 1999 Labor Day weekend as a promotion for Stan and Judy's Kid and was watched by over 1 million users during that period, one of the most watched video clips on the internet at the time. Adam Sandler_sentence_75

In 2009 Sandler contributed the Neil Young cover "Like a Hurricane" to Covered, A Revolution in Sound as part of Warner Brothers 50th Anniversary celebrations; the song was performed on the David Letterman Show with a band that included, among others, Waddy Wachtel, who has appeared with Sandler on a number of occasions. Adam Sandler_sentence_76

Singles Adam Sandler_section_9

Adam Sandler_table_general_2

TitleAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_0_0 YearAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_0_1 Peak chart positionsAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_0_2 CertificationsAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_0_5
Hot 100Adam Sandler_header_cell_2_1_0 Adult PopAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_1_1 Mod. RockAdam Sandler_header_cell_2_1_2
"The Chanukah Song"Adam Sandler_header_cell_2_2_0 1996Adam Sandler_cell_2_2_1 80Adam Sandler_cell_2_2_2 28Adam Sandler_cell_2_2_3 25Adam Sandler_cell_2_2_4 Adam Sandler_cell_2_2_5
"The Thanksgiving Song"Adam Sandler_header_cell_2_3_0 1997Adam Sandler_cell_2_3_1 Adam Sandler_cell_2_3_2 40Adam Sandler_cell_2_3_3 29Adam Sandler_cell_2_3_4 Adam Sandler_cell_2_3_5

Awards and nominations Adam Sandler_section_10

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Adam Sandler Adam Sandler_sentence_77

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Sandler.