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Also Known As: Adam Richard Sandler Died:
Born: September 9, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, comedian, actor, singer, musician, TV writer, producer

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Comedian, actor, writer and producer - as well as former "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) castmember - Adam Sandler was the man behind a genre of comedy blockbusters so closely associated with his formulaic wackiness that it eventually bore his name: "Adam Sandler movies." At the center of hits like "Billy Madison" (1995) and "The Waterboy" (1998) were Sandler's character creations - hapless, moronic, outsiders entangled in absurdly improbable circumstances. But critics be damned, the adolescent-skewed offerings proved to be box office gold and their creator repeated his success with endless variations on the same formula - including producing similar films starring good friends David Spade and Rob Schneider - before eventually branching out into something more substantial. First parlaying his vulnerable dimwit persona into romantic comedies like "The Wedding Singer" (1998), Sandler began to show subtler, more human shades in other people's works including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002), for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination, and James L. Brooks' "Spanglish" (2004). With his tried-and-true formula beginning to lose audiences to "smarter" comedies, Sandler teamed with Judd...

Comedian, actor, writer and producer - as well as former "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) castmember - Adam Sandler was the man behind a genre of comedy blockbusters so closely associated with his formulaic wackiness that it eventually bore his name: "Adam Sandler movies." At the center of hits like "Billy Madison" (1995) and "The Waterboy" (1998) were Sandler's character creations - hapless, moronic, outsiders entangled in absurdly improbable circumstances. But critics be damned, the adolescent-skewed offerings proved to be box office gold and their creator repeated his success with endless variations on the same formula - including producing similar films starring good friends David Spade and Rob Schneider - before eventually branching out into something more substantial. First parlaying his vulnerable dimwit persona into romantic comedies like "The Wedding Singer" (1998), Sandler began to show subtler, more human shades in other people's works including Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002), for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination, and James L. Brooks' "Spanglish" (2004). With his tried-and-true formula beginning to lose audiences to "smarter" comedies, Sandler teamed with Judd Apatow for "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" (2008) and "Funny People" (2009), which saw Sandler delving deeper into acting than ever before. The comedian continued his softer direction with "Grown Ups" (2010), a reunion picture with many of his "SNL" buddies. Adam Sandler's formula may have altered a bit through the years, but his heart stayed true to his particular brand of sweet-hearted, goofy comedy.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pixels (2015)
2.
 Cobbler, The (2014)
3.
 Blended (2014)
4.
 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
5.
6.
 That's My Boy (2012)
7.
 Zookeeper (2011)
8.
 Just Go with It (2011)
9.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
10.
 Grown Ups (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Moved to Manchester, NH at age six
1983:
Debuted as a stand-up comic at Boston's Stitches Comedy Club at age 17
1987:
Played recurring role of Theo's pal Smitty on NBC's "The Cosby Show"
:
Discovered by Dennis Miller while performing stand-up at The Improv in Los Angeles
1990:
Joined NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and occasional performer; became a featured player the following year
1992:
Feature film debut, "Shakes the Clown"
1993:
Released first comedy album <i>They're All Gonna Laugh at You!</i>
1994:
Landed supporting role in the feature film "Airheads"
1995:
First starring role as "Billy Madison"; co-wrote with former NYU roommate and close friend Tim Herlihy
1995:
"The Chanukah Song" (debuted on "SNL") became surprise hit on the radio at holiday time
1996:
Reteamed with Herlihy to write second starring vehicle "Happy Gilmore"; first collaboration with director Dennis Dugan
1998:
First appearance as a romantic lead, opposite Drew Barrymore in "The Wedding Singer"; written by Herlihy and directed by former NYU undergraduate pal Frank Coraci
1998:
First film to score big at the box-office, "The Waterboy"; co-written with Herlihy and directed by Coraci
1999:
Re-teamed with director Dugan for "Big Daddy"; also contributed to screenplay with Herlihy and produced
1999:
Executive produced and made uncredited cameo in the Rob Schneider vehicle "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"
2000:
Co-wrote, executive produced and played title role in "Little Nicky"
2001:
Served as executive producer on the Rob Schneider vehicle "The Animal"
2002:
Starred opposite Winona Ryder in "Mr. Deeds," a loose reworking of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"
2002:
First dramatic starring role, opposite Emily Watson in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2002:
Wrote, produced and voiced many of the characters in the animated feature "Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights."
2003:
Starred opposite Jack Nicholson in "Anger Management"
2004:
Re-teamed with Drew Barrymore for the comedy "50 First Dates"; also executive produced
2004:
Co-starred with Téa Leoni and Paz Vega in the James L. Brooks comedy "Spanglish"
2005:
Produced and starred as jailed ex-pro quarterback in the remake of the 1974 film "The Longest Yard"
2006:
Re-teamed with director Frank Coraci to star in the comedy "Click"
2007:
Starred as a 9/11 widower suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me"
2007:
Co-starred with Kevin James in the comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"
2008:
Played a Mossad agent who becomes a hair stylist in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"; also wrote and produced
2008:
Starred in the family film "Bedtime Stories"
2009:
Starred in Judd Apatow's "Funny People" as seasoned comedian George Simmons who learns he has a terminal illness
2010:
Starred in and co-wrote the comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film also starred Kevin James and former "Saturday Night Live" cast members Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider
2011:
Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy "Just Go With It"
2011:
Played dual starring roles in the family comedy "Jack and Jill"; seventh film collaboration with director Dennis Dugan
2012:
Co-starred with fellow "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) alum Andy Samberg as father and son in "That's My Boy"
2012:
Voiced Dracula in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"
2013:
Starred in his first sequel, "Grown Ups 2"
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Education

Manchester Central High School: Manchester , New Hampshire - 1984
New York University: New York , New York - 1991

Notes

"He's that funny guy we all knew in high school who was smart enough to make it look easy ..."---classmate Kate Meyers in Entertainment Weekly, February 17, 1995.

"My Uncle Murray explained why I don't drink. He said my bris was the first taste of wine I had, so when I got older, I thought everytime I had alcohol someone was going to stick my penis."---Adam Sandler to Movieline, March 1995.

About trying to make "The Wedding Singer" a movie like 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation": "I remember going to movies when I was growing up in the 80s and you'd leave that theater with your friends, laughing and having a good time and feeling good. And that's what we tried to do with this movie. There are moments when your heart hurts a little. But it makes you feel good about life."---Adam Sandler quoted in USA Today, February 13, 1998.

"Sandler is [Jim] Carrey or Jerry Lewis without the physical dexterity, Danny Kaye without the verbal grace, Steve Martin without the patrician veneer. In the longer movie view, he's Abbott without Costello. ... What can we say? People want to laugh at anything. Sandler happens."---Richard Corliss writing in Time, November 23, 1998.

"It's important I surround myself with people who make me happy."---Sandler quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, November 19, 1998.

"You've seen his movies? That's the way he was here. ... I can't believe he's making all that money for things he was being punished for here. I thought he would grow up. Instead he grew rich."---Isabel Pellerin, Sandler's high school disciplinarian, quoted in People, November 30, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Margaret Ruden. Cosmetics-company manager. Born c. 1967; relationship began in 1989; engaged to be married; no longer together.
companion:
Alicia Silverstone. Actor. Dated briefly in 1996.
wife:
Jackie Titone. Model. Born c. 1974; had small role in "Big Daddy" as a waitress; engaged in 2002; married June 21, 2003 in Malibu, California.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Stan Sandler. Former electrical engineer. Retired, lives in Florida; born c. 1935; died on September 9, 2003 of lung cancer in New Hampshire.
mother:
Judy Sandler. Born c. 1937.
brother:
Scott Sandler. Lawyer. Born c. 1962.
sister:
Elizabeth Sandler. Dentist. Older.
sister:
Valerie Sandler. Works in food industry; older.
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