Adam Sandler Biography
Birth Name - Adam Richard Sandler
Date of Birth - September 9, 1966
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nickname - Sandman
Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to Judy and Stanley Sandler. At 17 he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club. He found he was a natural comic. He nurtured his talent while at New York University (graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991) by performing regularly in clubs and at universities. During his freshman year he snagged a recurring role as the Huxtable family's friend Smitty on "The Cosby Show" (1984). While working at a comedy club in L.A., he was "discovered" by Dennis Miller, who recommended him to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) producer Lorne Michaels and told him that Sandler had a big talent. This led to his being cast in the show in 1990, which he also wrote for in addition to performing in. After "Saturday Night Live" (1975) Sandler went on to the movies, starring in such hit comedies as Airheads (1994), Happy Gilmore (1996), Billy Madison (1995) and Big Daddy (1999/I). He has also starred in Mr. Deeds (2002) alongside Winona Ryder; Eight Crazy Nights (2002), an animated movie about the Jewish festival of Chanukah; and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). He also writes and produces many of his own films, and has composed songs for several of them, including The Wedding Singer (1998). Sandler has had several of his songs placed on the "Billboard" charts, including the classic "The Chanukah Song".
Trivia information on Adam Sandler
Spouse - Jackie Sandler (22 June 2003 - present) 2 children
Often casts Allen Covert, Peter Dante , Jonathan Loughran and former SNL players in his films.
His characters often have a penchant for a particular brand name food (i.e. Snack Packs, Subway, Popeye's chicken, etc.)
Often plays a character with a bad temper, or a short fuse.
Frequently appears in Rob Schneider films either with a large role or a small cameo.
Frequently uses 80s music for the soundtrack of his movies
Adam's comedy album "Stan and Judy's Kid" set a record for most albums sold by a comedy album in its first week. It debuted at number 16 on the Billboard charts. All three of his previous comedy albums have gone platinum.
Graduated from New York University (1991).
Grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Often casts Allen Covert, Blake Clark, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Steve Buscemi and former SNL players in his films such as Rob Schneider.
Was originally cast for a role in Very Bad Things (1998).
In 1988, he was hired as a VeeJay for MTV's TV-trivia game show "Remote Control" (1987).
Dated actress Alicia Silverstone.
Is a fan of professional wrestling, and most of his self-written films have references to professional wrestling in them (the principal in Billy Madison (1995), Captain Insano in The Waterboy (1998), Chief Jay Strongbow's sleeper hold in Big Daddy (1999/I), mind-wrestling and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister - a.k.a. the WWF's Zeus - in Little Nicky (2000), etc). Sandler even appeared on "WWF Smackdown!" (1999) to promote Little Nicky (2000). Kevin Nash, Bill Goldberg, '"Stone Cold' Steve Austin' ; all professional wrestlers, appeared in Adam's recent film, The Longest Yard (2005).
Announced engagement to longtime girlfriend, model/actress Jackie Sandler. [June 2002]
Ranked #35 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #43 the previous two years.
Father was an electrician. His brother is an attorney. One sister is a dentist; the other sister is a waitress.
Started Happy Madison Productions, which is behind most of his films.
His production company, Happy Madison, is named after two of his films, Happy Gilmore (1996) and Billy Madison (1995).
His beloved dog, Meatball, who also has a section on Adam's official website with photos and videos, passed away due to a heart attack, at 4 years old. He was the son of Mr. Beefy, the talking dog in Little Nicky (2000). Meatball was best "man" at Sandler's wedding and was dressed in a tux, with a yarmulka on his head. [January 27 2004].
Is a major Yankee fan, refers to the team in some of his films especially - Anger Management (2003). He has also been known to have gone to games when the Yankees are playing.
He is a huge fan of Van Halen and Styx. There is usually a reference or song in his movies.
He was originally set to play taxi driver Max in Collateral (2004) opposite Tom Cruise but he backed out to work on Spanglish (2004). Jamie Foxx was cast in Collateral (2004) instead. Jamie Foxx went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for the role.
Shares a birthday with Hugh Grant.
Was parodied by Jimmy Fallon on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Performed at the RNC (Republican national conference) in 2004.
Was a Resident Advisor in Brittany Hall during his time at New York University.
Spoke at Manchester Central High School's 2003 Graduation, the same school he graduated from. His nephew was one of three Valedictorians that year.
Attended WWE's Wrestlemania 21 at April 2005.
Has starred alongside Drew Barrymore in two movies: The Wedding Singer (1998) and 50 First Dates (2004).
Adam wore an Armani tux in his June 2003 wedding to Jackie Sandler.
Was considered for the role of "Willy Wonka" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
He and his wife, Jackie Sandler, became the parents of a baby Sadie Madison, on May 6, 2006 in Los Angeles.
Has worked with director Frank Coraci three times: The Wedding Singer (1998), The Waterboy (1998) and _Click (2006)_ .
Ranked #24 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #24 in 2005 as well.
Other sister is a waitress.
Is good friends with comedians Norm MacDonald, David Spade and Rob Schneider.
Owns a White and Tan English Bulldog named Motzaball.
Good friends with David Spade.
Father was an electrician.
His brother is an attorney.
Is good friends with actor/comedian Rob Schneider.
Moved to New Hampshire when he was 5.
Personal quotes from Adam Sandler
[after getting laser eye surgery] : Now I realize how ugly I am.
Adam Sandler Filmography
2012 I Hate You, Dad
2011 Jack and Jill - Jack / Jill
2011 Zookeeper - Donald the Monkey (voice)
2011 Just Go with It - Danny Maccabee
2010 Cubed (TV series) Adam Sandler - Episode #1.41
2010 Grown Ups - Lenny Feder
2009 Funny People - George Simmons
Bedtime Stories (2008)
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) .... Chuck Levine
Reign Over Me (2007) .... Charlie Fineman
Click (2006/I) .... Michael Newman
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) (uncredited) .... Javier Sandooski
The Longest Yard (2005) .... Paul Crewe
Spanglish (2004) .... John Clasky
50 First Dates (2004) .... Henry Roth
Blossoms & Blood (2003) (V) .... Barry Egan
... aka Blossoms and Blood (USA: DVD title)
Couch (2003) (TV) .... Couch Testing Man
Anger Management (2003) .... Dave Buznik
The Hot Chick (2002) (uncredited) .... Mambuza Bongo Guy
Eight Crazy Nights (2002) (voice) .... Davey, Whitey, Eleanore & Deer
... aka Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (USA: complete title)
Mr. Deeds (2002) .... Longfellow Deeds
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) .... Barry Egan
The Animal (2001) .... Townie
Little Nicky (2000) .... Nicky
Big Daddy (1999/I) .... Sonny Koufax
The Waterboy (1998) .... Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr.
Dirty Work (1998) (uncredited) .... Satan
... aka Sale boulot (Canada: French title)
The Wedding Singer (1998) .... Robbie
Bulletproof (1996) .... Archie Moses
Happy Gilmore (1996) .... Happy Gilmore
"Saturday Night Live" .... Various / ... (45 episodes, 1990-1995)
... aka NBC's Saturday Night (USA: first season title)
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA: alternative title)
... aka Saturday Night (USA: second season title)
... aka Saturday Night Live '80 (USA: sixth season title)
- David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) TV Episode .... Various
- Bob Saget/TLC (1995) TV Episode .... Various
- Courtney Cox/Dave Matthews Band (1995) TV Episode .... Various
- Damon Wayans/Dionne Farris (1995) TV Episode .... Various
- John Goodman/Tragically Hip (1995) TV Episode .... Various
Billy Madison (1995) .... Billy Madison
Mixed Nuts (1994) .... Louie
... aka Lifesavers
Airheads (1994) .... Pip
Coneheads (1993) .... Carmine
Shakes the Clown (1992) .... Dink the Clown
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Drug Dealer (1 episode, 1990)
- Testing Dirty (1990) TV Episode .... Drug Dealer
"The Marshall Chronicles" .... Usher (1 episode, 1990)
- Brightman SATyricon (1990) TV Episode .... Usher
Going Overboard (1989) .... Schecky Moskowitz
... aka Babes Ahoy
"The Cosby Show" .... Smitty (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
- The Prom (1988) TV Episode .... Smitty
- The Visit (1988) TV Episode .... Smitty
- The Locker Room (1987) TV Episode .... Smitty
- Dance Mania (1987) TV Episode .... Smitty