Actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer; there is nothing that Adam Sandler cannot do in the world of entertainment. He is a winner of over 45 awards including: the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He has starred in over 49 films, produced 44 projects, and has written 18 screenplays in his lifetime. A comedian by nature, Mr. Sandler has captivated audiences with his quirky, off-beat characters for decades and remains an active member of the film community. His most recent romantic comedy, Blended, starring Drew Barrymore is currently in production in South Africa.
Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, NY. His father Stanley Sandler was an electrical engineer and his mother Judy Sandler was a nursery school teacher. His family is Jewish by descent from Russian immigrants on both sides of his family. Adam began his journey into comedy while attending high school in Manchester, NH. He refined his comedic talents while attending New York University by performing regularly in local clubs around campus. He eventually earned his degree in 1988 from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Saturday Night Live Breakthrough
Adam bounced around New York and Los Angeles as a comedian and small-part actor after graduating from college. He was discovered by fellow comedian Dennis Miller while performing standup in a comedy club in LA. Dennis recommended Adam to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels who hired Adam as a writer and eventually as a member of the cast in 1991. This is where Adam made a name for himself, performing funny sketches and quirky comedic songs which captivated audiences and began his rise to stardom.
Adam Sandler made his big on-screen debut as the lead in the film Billy Madison (1995). He played an immature, uneducated adult who must repeat his entire lifetime of schooling in order to save the family business. Adam went on the star in more blockbuster comedies such as Happy Gilmore (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998) and The Waterboy (1998). He also starred in a critically acclaimed romantic comedy, Punch- Drunk Love (2002) which showed the depth of his acting abilities from slapstick to a more emotional role. Adam is also the founder and owner of Happy Madison Productions which has produced films such as Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigalo (1999) and Big Daddy (1999). In addition to his acting and production roles, Adam Sandler has released 5 albums of his comedic music, two of which have gone platinum. He is best known for his famous “Chanukah Song”, which first appeared on SNL in 1991.
Adam Sandler has an estimated net worth of $300 million. He is one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars, commanding approximately $20 million per movie. He often rakes in 25% of the film’s gross earnings as well. For example he earned roughly $37.5 million for the film Anger Management (2003). He owns various homes in New York, California, and Florida, including a $42.5 million mansion in Bel Air, California.
Adam Sandler is married to Jacqueline Samantha Titone, his fellow actress. They have two daughters, Sunny Madeline Sandler (age 5) and Sadie Madison Sandler (age 7). Adam resides with his family in Los Angeles, but they also have homes in Florida and New York City.