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32 Amazing Things Every Fan Should Know About Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler is world famous for his portrayal of endearing characters throughout his career. He has dominated the entertainment industry, on screen as well as off. Here are some fascinating facts about charming actor:

  1. Sandler is a versatile personality. He is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. He has released six comedy albums that were certified double platinum.
  2. He was born Adam Richard Sandler, on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He is the youngest of four children to Judith Levine, a nursery school teacher and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer of Russian Jewish descend.
  3. He attended Manchester Central High School and later took classes at the Lee Stasberg Theatre & Film Institute. In 1988 he graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts with a degree in acting.
  4. Though he was frequently disciplined for his comedic antics in school, he never aspired to be a comedian until the age of 17 when his brother, Scott Sandler, encouraged him to perform at a Boston Comedy Club.
  5. Sandler’s first television appearance was on the ‘The Cosby Show,’ in 1987, in which he played Theo Huxtable’s friend, Smitty. He also became a regular on the ‘MTV’ game show ‘Remote Control.’
  6. As a stand-up comedian, he was noticed by comedian Dennis Miller, who recommended him to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ producer Lorne Michaels and was hired as writer for the sketch comedy. He was part of the show for five years, known popularly for his juvenile and oddball antics.
  7. He made his feature film debut with the film ‘Going Overboard,’ directed by Valerie Breiman in 1989. He was so embarrassed by his first starring role that it isn’t listed on his filmography on his official website.
  8. Sandler made his presence felt in small parts in comedies such as ‘Shakes the Clown,’ in 1991, as Carmine in ‘Coneheads,’ in 1993, and as Pip in ‘Airheads,’ in 1994.
  9. His first title role came with the film ‘Billy Madison,’ in 1995, as a 27 year-old repeating grades 1-12, to prove his worthiness to his father. According to him, Billy’s character in the film is the closest he has come to playing himself.
  10. He received much acclaim for his role as an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers his passion for golf in the comedy film ‘Happy Gilmore’ in 1996. He followed it up with another comic role as a singer in ‘The Wedding Singer,’ in 1998.
  11. In the sports comedy film ‘The Waterboy,’ he portrays an emotionally stunted water boy of a college football team who becomes its unlikely savior. The film is the highest-grossing sports comedy film of all time.
  12. In 1999, film ‘Big Daddy,’ he plays a 32 years old law graduate who adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend and ends up becoming a foster father. On the set of this movie he met his future wife Jackie Sandler. She plays a waitress in the bar, which started the trend of having his wife cameo in many of his movies.
  13. Sandler formed his own production company in 1999 and named it ‘Happy Madison Production,’ taking a cue from two of his film ‘Happy Gilmore,’ and ‘Billy Madison. The company not only produced his own films, it became a platform for his friends, including David Spade and Rob Schneider.
  14. In the 1990s, he released a series of comedy albums such as ‘They’re All Gone Laugh at You,’ in 1993, ‘What the Hell Happened to Me?’ in 1996, ‘What’s Your Name? in 1997, and ‘Stan and Judy’s Kid,’ in 1999. Two of these albums were certified double platinum.
  15. In 2003, he starred opposite Jack Nicholson in the hit comedy ‘Anger Management.’ Sandler donated copies of this movie to U.S. military bases, supporting operations in the Persian Gulf, which also contains five-minute clip by Sandler, thanking the troops.
  16. Sandler won the ‘Best Actor Award,’ at ‘Gijon International Film Festival for his performance as Barry Egan, in the romantic black comedy film ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ in 2002. He was also nominated for the ‘Golden Globe-Best Actor Award.’
  17. Sandler re-teamed with Drew Barrymore in the 2004 romantic comedy film ’50 First Dates,’ to win the award for Best On-Screen Team at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. They both regard this film as one of their favorite collaborations as professional ‘soul mates.’ The film was originally titled ’50 First Kisses.’
  18. The 2005 film ‘The Longest Yard,’ is the second time that Sandler has played a character that has insulted someone by calling them ‘Colonel Sanders.’ In real-life, Adam Sandler and Colonel Sanders share the same birthday, September 9th.
  19. He teamed-up with director Dennis Dugan, for the 2008 comedy film ‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,’ which was loosely based on Nezi Arbib, a hairstylist and former Israeli soldier in Solana Beach, California. Arbib taught Sandler and the film crew different hair-styling techniques, while Sandler learned his mannerism.
  20. The ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ together with ‘Funny People,’ following its release in 2009, were cited in the June 2010 announcement with Sandler as one of the of 135 people invited to join the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.’
  21. Sandler, produced, wrote, and starred in the 2010 comedy film ‘Grown Ups,’ which despite receiving generally unfavorable review from critics, grossed $271 million against budget of $80 million. Sandler showed his appreciation by buying brand-new Maserati sports cars for his four co-stars.
  22. He was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 2011. The ceremony was attended by his wife, Jackie Sandler, their daughters, Sadie and Sunny, Henry Winkler and Kevin James among others.
  23. The 2011 comedy film ‘Jack and Jill,’ co-produced and co-written by Sandler in the dual role, was considered by critics to be one of the worst films ever made. It became the first film to sweep the Razzies, ‘winning’ in each categories including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress.
  24. Sandler married his long-time girlfriend, Jacqueline Titone, a model-actress, on June 22, 2003, at Dick Clark’s oceanfront. She converted to Judaism and they have two daughters, Sadie and Sunny Madeline.
  25. In 2007, Sandler donated $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club of America in his hometown, Manchester, New Hampshire. He also donated $2,100 to former New York City Republican mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.
  26. Sandler has been referenced multiple times in varies media, including in the TV shows ‘The Simpsons,’ in the episode ‘Monty Can’t Buy Me Love,’ in Family Guy in the episode ‘Stew-Roids,’ and in South Park in the episode ‘You’re Getting Old.’
  27. On May 4, 2019, Sandler returned as host of Saturday Night Live for the first time since departing the show in 1995. He ended the episode with a heartfelt musical performance as he sang about late cast member Chris Farley.
  28. He is recipient of several ‘People’s Choice Awards,’ including ‘Favorite Comedic Movie Actor’ for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015. He was also named ‘Male Star of the Year’ at the ‘CinemaCon Award.’
  29. He always portrays characters with a bad temper, and often wearing licensed professional sports team apparel, based on the location of the film.
  30. His film ‘Murder Mystery,’ released in June 2019, set a new Netflix record, for maximum viewership in the first three days of release. In December, 2019, his comedy-drama film ‘Uncut Gems,’ is set for release.
  31. Sandler is a huge basketball fan and is known to show up at the UCLA gym to join random pick-up games.
  32. Adam Sandler Net Worth: $420 Million
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