Sep. 9th, 1966
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Sandler's Main TV Roles
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Adam Sandler (born 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. 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). 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".
- Shares a birthday with 'Hugh Grant (I)' (qv).
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $30 million.
- His beloved dog, 'Meatball (II)' (qv), 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)_ (qv). Meatball was best "man" at Sandler's wedding and was dressed in a tux, with a yarmulka on his head. [January 27 2004].
- Adam wore an Armani tux in his June 2003 wedding to 'Jackie Sandler (I)' (qv).
- Was a Resident Advisor in Brittany Hall during his time at New York University.
- 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)_ (qv), Captain Insano in _The Waterboy (1998)_ (qv), Chief Jay Strongbow's sleeper hold in _Big Daddy (1999/I)_ (qv), mind-wrestling and 'Tommy 'Tiny' Lister' (qv) - a.k.a. the WWF's Zeus - in _Little Nicky (2000)_ (qv), etc). Sandler even appeared on _"WWF SmackDown!" (1999)_ (qv) to promote _Little Nicky (2000)_ (qv). 'Kevin Nash (I)' (qv), 'Bill Goldberg (I)' (qv), 'Stone Cold' 'Steve Austin (VI)' (qv); all professional wrestlers, appeared in Adam's recent film, _The Longest Yard (2005)_ (qv). Wrestler/producer 'Anthony Begonia' (qv) almost appeared in _50 First Dates (2004)_ (qv) as an ukulele player.
- Father was an electrician. His brother is an attorney. One sister is a dentist; the other sister is a waitress.
- Dated actress 'Alicia Silverstone' (qv).