(Longfellow Deeds/executive producer) has enjoyed phenomenal success in
the entertainment industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and musician
after gaining international fame as a cast member of television's Saturday
Born in Brooklyn, New
York, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandler's first brush with
comedy came at age seventeen, with a spontaneous performance at a Boston comedy
club. From then on, he was hooked, performing regularly in comedy clubs
throughout the state while earning a degree in Fine Arts from New York
Sandler made his motion
picture debut in Coneheads, opposite Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin, and has
gone on to become an almost self-contained mini studio involved in all aspects
of film production. In fact, Happy Gilmore was one of the most successful
movies of 1996. With a budget of just 12 million dollars, it grossed over 40
million dollars at the box office, and 35 million dollars on video. The
Wedding Singer was the first box office hit of 1998, with an opening weekend
gross of over 22 million dollars, followed by The Waterboy, which opened
to nearly 40 million dollars.
with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for Happy Gilmore, Little
Nicky, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, and the smash hits The Wedding Singer
and The Waterboy, all of which, he starred in. Billy Madison is a
cult classic for college kids across the country, where students have
"Billy" nights and "Sandler" Festivals.
Sandler served as
executive producer of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Animal, Joe Dirt, The
Master of Disguise and The Hot Chick due out next year.
Part of the formula for
Sandler's success is that he surrounds himself with many of his life long
friends--producers, actors, and directors--some of whom he roomed with at NYU.
His sets are known for their positive atmosphere. Work, for Sandler, is about
He will be seen next in
Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love, for which Anderson was awarded
the Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. He recently completed
writing, producing and lending his voice and musical talents to an animated
musical feature, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights scheduled for
release this holiday season. He is currently filming the feature Anger
Management opposite Jack Nicholson and Marisa Tomei.
During breaks from his
busy filming schedule, Sandler spends time in the recording studio. Several of
his comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records have gone multi-platinum and
collectively, have sold over 6 million copies to date. Early this year, Sandler
launched AdamSandler.com. This site is updated weekly with mini movies,
featuring Sandler, the staff from his production company, Happy Madison, and his
dog Meatball, in their daily routines.
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