Adam Sandler

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and musician (he sings and plays the guitar). After becoming a successful stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member, he went on to become a major Hollywood actor and has starred in seven $100 million films. Though he is best known for his comedic roles, he has also had success in romantic and dramatic roles, such as the films Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), and the upcoming Reign Over Me (2007). Sandler is also known by his nickname "The Sand Man".

Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York to Judy, a housewife, and Stan Sandler, an electrician. He has three older siblings, Scott, Elizabeth and Valerie. He was born with a speech-impediment that causes his jaw to move diagonally when he talks. It went away after speech therapy, but can be spotted when he gets emotional. Sandler's family moved to the small town of Manchester, New Hampshire when he was six, where he was one of only a few Jewish students. He later attended Manchester Central High School and New York University.

In the mid to late 1980s, Sandler portrayed Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty on The Cosby Show (1985–1989). He also was a performer for the MTV game show Remote Control, on which he made appearances as the characters "Trivia Delinquent" or "Stud Boy."

Sandler started performing in comedy clubs by spontaneously taking the stage at a club in Boston. He was then discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler's act in Los Angeles. Miller immediately recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, quickly making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including "The Chanukah Song". He left the show in 1995 to focus on his acting career.

Sandler's first successful starring role was in 1989 when he starred in the movie Going Overboard. In 1995 he starred in Billy Madison, in which he plays a grown man repeating grades 1–12 to earn the right to inherit his father's multi-million-dollar hotel empire, and more importantly, his father's respect. He followed this movie up with other financially successful comedies such as Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Wedding Singer (1998). He was initially cast in the bachelor-party-themed comedy/thriller Very Bad Things, but had to back out because of his work in other movies at the same time. After The Waterboy (1998), Sandler reached box-office superstardom, where he has remained.

Although most of his earlier films were almost universally despised by movie critics, many of his recent films starting with Punch-Drunk Love have received almost uniformly positive reviews, leading many movie critics to believe that Sandler possesses considerable acting ability that they believed had been previously wasted on poorly written scripts and characters with no development. Audiences have remained faithful to Sandler's slapstick humor to the tune of $100-million-plus grossing movies. Sandler has moved outside the genre of goofball humor to take on more serious parts such as the aforementioned Punch-Drunk Love (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), and Spanglish.

At one point, Sandler was considered for the part that went to Jamie Foxx in Collateral (2004). He also was one of the finalists along with Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp for the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Depp in the end got the role. Most recently, he starred in the movie Click (2006), which features some humor typical of his earlier films as well as a serious message about the stresses of everyday life. He will return to more dramatic fare with Mike Binder's Reign Over Me, a drama about a man who lost his entire family in 9/11 and rekindles a friendship with his old college roommate (played by Don Cheadle). His next comedy will be I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, in which he and Kevin James will portray firemen who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

Sandler made a cameo appearance on an episode of The Price Is Right during the "Happy Gilmore Showcase." Host Bob Barker appeared in the movie Happy Gilmore which featured a famous fight scene with Sandler's character (where Barker wins).

Adam also had guest spots on two talk shows, as a special audience member in an episode of The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and as the feature guest on the final episode of John McEnroe's eponymous CNBC talk show, airing in late 2004. McEnroe had appeared in two of Sandler's movies, both times as himself (Mr. Deeds and Anger Management). In The Animal, starring Rob Schneider, Sandler appears briefly as Schneider's "'You can do it' Guy" from The Waterboy.

He was lampooned in the South Park episode AWESOM-O as a simplistic and repetitive filmmaker. The character of Cartman, pretending to be an all-knowing robot, rails off hundreds of movie ideas all featuring Adam Sandler in similar plots; this was a desperate and spontaneous response to movie studio executives asking Cartman the robot for movie ideas that would guarantee large profits.

On March 20, 2007 Sandler was scheduled to be a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. However, due to a minor illness, Letterman could not host the show and Sandler filled in as host.

Sandler and Rob Schneider have always made cameos in each others movies:

o The Hot Chick, where Schneider stars, Sandler plays the drummer
o The Animal, where Schneider stars, Sandler played the townie
o Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, where Schneider stars, Sandler does cameo as one of the deceased gigolos
o Click, where Sandler stars, Schneider plays his first client in an Arab garb
o The Longest Yard, where Sandler stars, Schneider suggests to the prisoners around him, that they hug in the showers
o Little Nicky, where Sandler stars, Schneider is an angry man (Townie) in riot
o Big Daddy, where Sandler stars, Schneider plays a man named Nazo
o Mr. Deeds, where Sandler stars, Schneider makes two short appearances as Nazo; Schneider's character in Sandler's movie, Big Daddy.
o 50 First Dates, where Sandler stars, Schneider plays a Hawaiian friend of Adam's character with one eye and is the priest to his wedding.
o The Waterboy, where Sandler stars, Schneider plays the same angry man or Townie from Little Nicky

Most of his characters have a short temper or fuse. Many of his films end with a scene in which his character is being cheered on by a large audience for one reason or another (knowledge bowl in Billy Madison, baseball game in Anger Management, golf tournament in Happy Gilmore, stockholders' meeting in Mr. Deeds, the airport passengers in The Wedding Singer, etc). He has also occasionally followed up the cheering scenes with a judge going the opposite direction of the crowd sentiment and ruining the moment (the Billy Madison contest and the trial in Big Daddy being two examples). This can be interpreted as a response to the lack of realism in other "cheesy" movies where a dumb protagonist wins over contest judges in the end or has serious crimes overlooked by a trial judge to produce a happy ending.

Sandler's character names in many of his earlier films end with a "y" or an "ie" sound. Most notably in Going Overboard (Schecky), Billy Madison (Billy), Happy Gilmore (Happy), Bulletproof (Archie), Wedding Singer (Robbie), Waterboy (Bobby), Big Daddy (Sonny), Little Nicky (Nicky), Punch-Drunk Love (Barry), 50 First Dates (Henry), and Reign Over Me (Charlie). In most of his movies, the leading lady's name starts with a V (i.e., Vicki Vallencourt, Veronica Vaughn, Virginia Venit, Valerie Veran, Vanessa).

* He is a huge fan of the band Styx, and will often feature their music in his movies. In Big Daddy, he admitted to refusing to show his late aunt around Manhattan so he could catch a Jethro Tull concert in New Jersey.

Sandler often casts Allen Covert, Blake Clark, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Rob Schneider, and former SNL players in his films. He almost always has a character with red hair by the surname of O'Doyle in his movies.

Sandler has made many references to the NFL New York Jets Football Team. Seen in Click (when he is a young boy wearing a Jets jersey), Mr.Deeds (when the helicopter pilot informs him that he now owns the Jets), Big Daddy (when Sonny and Julian go to a sports bar and the waitress asks Julian which football team he wanted to win and he replies by saying "the goddamn Jets"), In Little Nicky (When Dan Marino tries to sell his soul to win the Super Bowl, but the Devil refuses. When Dan leaves, the Devil informs Nicky that he's a Jets fan) and most notably in The Longest Yard.

Sandler is moderate in his political beliefs and has featured both former Democratic Party Presidential candidate Al Sharpton in Mr. Deeds and former Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in Anger Management.

Sandler is good friends with comedian Norm MacDonald, who has appeared in several films Sandler has produced. Sandler subsequently made a cameo appearance in MacDonald's Dirty Work. He is a fan of professional wrestling, and most of his self-written films have references to professional wrestling in them. Six professional wrestlers had a role in The Longest Yard due to Sandler's insistence. He was also seen at WWE WrestleMania 21. Kevin Nash and Paul Wight additionally made appearances in Grandma's Boy and The Waterboy respectively.

Sandler is a fan of amateur film, and has attended several amateur film festivals. But he has yet to submit a film, citing "self-consciousness".

Actor Thomas Wilson of Back to the Future fame, states Sandler is the "nicest famous guy he knows".

Sandler's films are known for blatant displays of product placement, although usually but not always they are part of the plot. Examples include:

* Billy Madison - Hunt's Snack Pack
* Happy Gilmore - AT&T, Subway (Happy earns money as a spokesman for Subway)
* Little Nicky - Popeye's Chicken, Kmart
* Eight Crazy Nights - Starbucks, Panda Express, Dunkin Donuts, Sbarro, Spencer's Gifts, The Sharper Image, Victoria's Secret, and GNC among others
* Punch-Drunk Love - Healthy Choice
* The Longest Yard - McDonald's, Gatorade and Halo 2
* Mr. Deeds - Hallmark, Wendy's, Corvette, Cocoa Pebbles, Special K (Seen on fire when rescuing the "cat lady"), Old Spice and Hawaiian Punch
* Big Daddy - McDonald's, Spaghetti O's, Yoo-hoo, Hooters, Barney's New York
* The Wedding Singer - Dunkin' Donuts (a commercial is on TV when his character, Robbie, goes to babysit the kids)
* Click - Hostess Twinkies, Yodels and Cup Cakes, McDonald's, Best Buy, Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond
* The Benchwarmers - Louisville Slugger (Baseball Gear), Various Sony products (Vaio, Playstation 2, and CyberShot), Netzero, and Pizza Hut
* The Waterboy - Gatorade and Adidas
* 50 First Dates - Reese's and Spam
* Grandma's Boy - Xbox, Vitamin Water, Red Stripe
* Reign Over Me - Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones, Shadow Of The Colossus

Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live

* Angelo from "Good Morning, Brooklyn"
* Audience McGee, a random audience member who interrupts SNL sketches
* Brian, a jilted young man who hosts a talk show based on his ex-girlfriend, Denise ("The Denise Show")
* Cajun Man, a Weekend Update commentator from Louisiana
* Fabio, one of the La Cantore waiters who hits on Mrs. Kirkpatrick (played by two-time host Kirstie Alley)
* Canteen Boy, an adult scouting enthusiast who is frequently mocked
* Gil Graham, a geek who tours with bands
* Hank Gelfand, Beverly Gelfand's (Chris Farley) elderly husband who does everything to keep himself from having to listen to his wife read the Zagat Restaurant Guide to him.
* Helios, from Hub's Gyros
* The Herlihy Boy, a boy advertising his services with the help of his loud, pushy father (played by Chris Farley)
* Lucy Brawn, one of the Gap Girls
* Opera Man, a Weekend Update commentator who sings current events in faux Italian.
* Pedro, from Captain Jim and Pedro
* One of the Religious Cult Members (the other was played by David Spade) who appeared during Norm MacDonald's first year on Weekend Update.
* Tony Vallencourt, an obnoxious sports fan from Boston

Celebrity impersonations on SNL

* Axl Rose
* Bill Cosby
* Bobcat Goldthwait
* Bono from U2
* Bruce Springsteen
* Charles Manson
* Ray Charles
* Barry Williams
* David Brenner
* Donnie Wahlberg
* Eddie Vedder
* Eric Bogosian
* Gary Dell'Abate
* Tina Turner
* Hector Camacho
* Jackie Mason
* Mark Wahlberg
* Orville Wright
* Pauly Shore
* Darius McCrary from Family Matters
* Richard Lewis
* Steven Tyler from Aerosmith
* Tom Jones
* Tony Roberts


1. Going Overboard (1989)
2. Testing Dirty (1990) (made for TV)
3. Shakes the Clown (1992)
4. Coneheads (1993)
5. Airheads (1994)
6. Mixed Nuts (1994)
7. Billy Madison (1995) (also writer)
8. Happy Gilmore (1996) (also writer)
9. Bulletproof (1996)
10. The Wedding Singer (1998)
11. Dirty Work (1998) (Cameo)
12. The Waterboy (1998) (also executive producer and writer)
13. Big Daddy (1999) (also executive producer and writer)
14. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) (cameo voice)
15. Little Nicky (2000) (also executive producer and writer)
16. The Animal (2001) (Cameo, executive producer)
17. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
18. Mr. Deeds (2002)
19. Eight Crazy Nights (2002) (voice, also writer and producer)
20. A Day with the Meatball (2002) (short subject)
21. The Hot Chick (2002) (Cameo, also executive producer)
22. Anger Management (2003) (also executive producer)
23. Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) (documentary, voice)
24. Stupidity (2003) (documentary)
25. The Couch (2003) (short film)
26. 50 First Dates (2004)
27. Spanglish (2004)
28. The Longest Yard (2005)
29. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) (cameo)
30. Click (2006) (also producer and writer)
31. Reign Over Me (2007) (March 23, 2007)
32. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) (currently in post-production)
33. Stu the BSB (2007) (currently in pre-production)
34. Crood Awakening (2008) (in production, voice)
35. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) (currently in pre-production)


1. Remote Control (1987-1990)
2. The Cosby Show (1987-1988)
3. Saturday Night Live (1991-1995)

Comedy albums

1. They're All Gonna Laugh at You! (1993)[Certified: 2x Platinum]
2. What The Hell Happened To Me? (1996)[Certified: 2x Platinum]
3. What's Your Name? (1997)[Certified: Gold]
4. Stan and Judy's Kid (1999)[Certified: Gold]
5. Shhh...Don't Tell (2004)Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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