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ADAM SANDLER (Paul Crewe/executive producer) has enjoyed phenomenal success in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer, producer, director and musician. He first gained international recognition as a cast member of television's "Saturday Night Live.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandler's first brush with comedy came at age 17, 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 University. Sandler made his motion picture debut in "Coneheads,” opposite Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. He has gone on to become an almost self-contained mini-studio involved in all aspects of film production. "Happy Gilmore” was one of the most successful movies of 1996. With a budget of just $12 million, it grossed more than $40 million at the box office and $35 million on home video. "The Wedding Singer” was the first box office hit of 1998, with an opening weekend gross of more than $22 million. His next film, "The Waterboy,” had an opening weekend of almost $40 million. Other recent $100 million-plus grossing Sandler films include "Big Daddy” and "Mr. Deeds.”

Sandler collaborated with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for "Happy Gilmore,” "Little Nicky,” "Billy Madison,” "Big Daddy,” and the smash hit, "The Waterboy.” "Billy Madison” has become a cult classic for college students across the country, with "Billy” nights and "Sandler” festivals.

Sandler's most recent roles include the critically acclaimed "Punch-Drunk Love” for director Paul Thomas Anderson, for which he garnered a Golden Globe nomination; "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights,” which he wrote, produced, and lent his voice to; the box-office smash "Anger Management,” co-starring Jack Nicholson and Marisa Tomei; and two films for Columbia Pictures: "50 First Dates,” in which he reunited with his "Wedding Singer” co-star Drew Barrymore, and "Spanglish” for director James L. Brooks.

Sandler served as executive producer on "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” "The Animal,” "Joe Dirt,” "The Master of Disguise,” "The Hot Chick,” and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.”

Sandler's production company, Happy Madison Productions, has recently signed a deal with Columbia TriStar Domestic Television to develop television shows for the studio.

Several of Sandler's comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records have gone multi-platinum. Collectively, they have sold more than six million copies to date. Several years ago, Sandler launched AdamSandler.com. This site is updated weekly with mini-movies featuring Sandler, the staff of Happy Madison, and his dog Meatball -- all in their daily routines.

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