Sep. 9th, 1966
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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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".
- Was a Resident Advisor in Brittany Hall during his time at New York University.
- In 1988, he was hired as a repertory player for MTV's TV-trivia game show _"Remote Control" (1987)_ (qv).
- Father was an electrician. His brother is an attorney. One sister is a dentist; the other sister is a waitress.
- Ranked #35 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #43 the previous two years.
- Was parodied by 'Jimmy Fallon' (qv) on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
- Spoke at Manchester Central High School's 2003 Graduation, the same school he graduated from. His nephew was one of three Valedictorians that year.
- He was originally set to play taxi driver Max in _Collateral (2004)_ (qv), opposite 'Tom Cruise' (qv), but he backed out to work on _Spanglish (2004)_ (qv). 'Jamie Foxx' (qv) was cast in _Collateral (2004)_ (qv) instead. 'Jamie Foxx' (qv) went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for the role.
- Started Happy Madison Productions, which is behind most of his films.