(Sonny Koufax/Executive Producer/Screenwriter) recently starred
in and co-wrote the megahit comedy The Waterboy, which
broke numerous box office records with a No. 1 opening weekend
gross of $39 million. It went on to gross $161 million in the
U.S. alone. The success of The Waterboy was preceded by
another hit film, The Wedding Singer, in which Sandler
starred with Drew Barrymore.
Sandler's other film credits include Happy Gilmore and
Billy Madison. As with The Waterboy, both of these
hit comedies were based on Sandler's original ideas and co-written
with Tim Herlihy, a former New York University roommate and current
head writer for "Saturday Night Live." Sandler re-teams
with Herlihy on Big Daddy, marking their fifth collaboration
for the big screen.
The Brooklyn native began his career doing stand-up at local comedy
clubs while still a student at New York University. After graduation,
he was hired as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and
eventually became a popular cast member on the late-night show
for five seasons.
Sandler's unique brand of humor has generated a tremendous following,
garnering multi-platinum comedy albums and sold-out shows around
the U.S. His fourth album, a follow-up to the popular "What's
Your Name?", is entitled "Stanley and Judy's Kid"
and is due in stores in September. The album consists of songs
and comedy skits.
Sandler's next film is New Line Cinema's "Little Nicky."
He also recently entered into an animation deal with Sony Pictures
Entertainment. Sandler co-wrote and also serves as an executive
producer on Big Daddy.
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