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Real Name: Adam Sandler
Birthday: 09/09/1966

 

Biography And Filmography:

A funny, low key comedian and previous cast member of "Saturday Night Live,” Brooklyn born Adam Sandler was a class jester in Manchester, New Hampshire after his family relocated there when he was seven. He has told reporters that Rodney Dangerfield, Cheech & Chong and repetitive watching of the film "Caddyshack" (1980) were his inspirations, so it was not unexpected that he made his first entry into performing arts comedy while an student at New York University. While still in college, he received a recurring part as Theo's buddy Smitty on the comedy "The Cosby Show.” 

After dropping out of the university and moving to Las Angeles, he burst into the regional comedy clubs including the Improv, where "Saturday Night Live" graduate Dennis Miller found him. Miller suggested Sandler to Lorne Michaels, who signed him as a writer for the late night comedy show in 1990. Within twelve months, Sandler began making onscreen appearances. Though his portrayal of strangely uneducated hicks, including Iraqi Pete, Canteen Boy and Cajun Man, instantly took off with viewers, it was Opera Man, a showman and wigged singer who sang in funny context, that convinced Michaels to promote him to a permanent cast member.

Sandler joined the growing list of "SNL" cast members who made the changeover to the big screen with his feature debut in Bobcat Goldthwait's bumpy comedy "Shakes the Clown" with Robin Williams (1992). He followed with a small role in "Coneheads" (1993), inspired by the "SNL" skits from the 1970s, and a more extensive role in "Airheads" (1994) as a member of a rock band who accidentally take over a radio station to acquire airplay for their own demo tape. 

The comedian finished the year in Nora Ephron's "Mixed Nuts" with Steve Martin (1994) portraying a nut job with a crush on co-star Rita Wilson, a role that called for various roles from his "SNL" characters, most notably Opera Man. He then co-wrote and starred as "Billy Madison" (1995), a member of a wealthy family who attempts to show his humble father that he's capable of taking over the family enterprise by attending grades 1-12 in six months. In December of that year, his comic "Hanukkah Song" became a smash hit on radio stations across the county.

He next created and starred in the golfing comedy "Happy Gilmore" (1996), which took in more than $65 million dollars at the box office. Adding to his growing box office draw, that year's "Bulletproof", teaming him with funny man Damon Wayans, opened at Number 1, but none of his previous successful roles prepared he world for the breakout phenomena of "The Wedding Singer" playing next to sexy Drew Barrymore (1998), a somewhat stylish product which grossed $85 million and ultimately brought females to the hoards of what had formerly been his male fan base. Sandler returned to his traditional outcast image for "The Waterboy" With Kathy Bates (1998), its $42 million opening weekend proving wrong the conventional wisdom that says audiences like more serious flicks in the fall.

With everybody touting him as the heir to Jim Carrey's rubber faced comedy kingdom, The actor headlined "Big Daddy" featuring funny man and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart (1999), as a freeloader who adopts a teenage boy to win back his girlfriend. The film had more tenderness than "The Waterboy" and although it was not as tremendously profitable, it did show as another rock-solid hit.. While helping fellow SNL alumni out by producing their productions ("Joe Dirt" for David Spade in 2001 and "The Animal" for Rob Schneider, also in 2001) he released the middle-of-the-road comedy "Little Nicky" with Patricia Arquette in 2001. He followed up with "Mr. Deeds" in 2002 which also did not perform well, suggesting his golden touch was beginning to fade.

Understanding the need for a change of pace, he next starred opposite Emily Watson in the comedy "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002) which premiered at Cannes and brought back The Golden Palm award. Taking on a more adult role in the passionate comedy fashioned deliberately for him by writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson, he effectively built upon his adorable, poor boy personality and inserted darker dialogs into a more down to earth scenario. The new facet impressed both critics and audiences. In 2003, Adam joined Jack Nicholson as the dubious duo took on the roles of patient and psychotherapist in the ingenious David Dorfman comedy "Anger Management," with Sandler's anxious, self-conscious everyman serving as the spot on straight man for Nicholson's crazy-eyed, unkempt and slightly psychotic shrink.

Adam re-joined with his "Wedding Singer" co-star Drew Barrymore for "50 First Dates" (2004), a romantic comedy that cast Sandler as Henry Roth, a man who falls in love with a woman with a ailment that eliminates her short-term recollection and forces him to win her love again each and every day. The actor was better played in his next development, writer-director James L. Brooks' "Spanglish" (2004), playing a chef wrestling with the challenges of his distraught wife (Tea Leoni) and the emotional harm she instills on their daughter, even as he is engrossed with the stunning and vulnerable nanny who can't speak English (Paz Vega). The film's comic relief did not work for all viewers or critics. 

He gave a further appealing and shrewd portrayal suggesting that he had moved away from the weird, "dumb guy" roles that made him a superstar. His variation of the prison football comedy "The Longest Yard" (2005), with Sandler in the Burt Reynolds role of a incarcerated NFL quarterback leading a squad of inmates against their guards, was a leap backwards: although losing most of the original's magic and grit, it proved fashionable at the box office.

Out of the public eye for a period to spend time with his new family, Sandler and his wife had a baby girl in May 2006, Sandler found his way back to comedy with, “Click” starring Kate Beckinsale (2006), where he played a misunderstood common man. This time he was a over worked architect whose life passes him by while he tries to impress his dishonest and unthankful boss (David Hasselhoff). While shopping at a home improvement store, he finds himself in the back office where he meets a peculiar employee who gives him a remote control that allows him to rewind, fast-forward or pause his life. But as the device starts to decide what events he’ll encounter and which he won’t, he begins to have an awareness for everything in his life, both good and bad.

He made another venture into the world of serious film production in “Reign Over Me” with Don Cheadle (2007), playing a one time thriving dentist who lost his family in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is found five years later by his former university roommate (Don Cheadle) at a time when both could use a best friend in their world. Before the film’s opening, he substituted for a unexpectedly ailing David Letterman on the “Late Show with David Letterman” (1993- ). Not having any interviewing skills, he spent the first segment practicing his technique with his dog, Matzoball, before his on-air live interview-chat with “Reign” costar Don Cheadle. 

Returning to the silly comedies of the past, he starred in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” with Jessica Biel and Dan Aykroyd (2007), starring as a heterosexual firefighter who fakes his marriage to another fireman (Kevin James) in order to be eligible for the department’s domestic partner benefits. Next was the comedy "You Don't Mess With Zohan" (2008) starring the sexy singer Mariah Carey about a Mossad agent who fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. Next was the comedy-fantasy "Bedtime Stories" (2008) with Courtney Cox, a family comedy about a hotel handyman (Sandler) whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

In 2009, Sandler headlined the comedy "Funny People" (2009), about what happens when seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, and his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act. He also wrapped the 2010 comedy "Grown Ups" (2010) starring Salma Hayek and Jamie Chung, where Thirty years after their high school graduation, five good friends reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

 

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