ADAM SANDLER (John Clasky) 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." Most
recently, he starred in two back-to-back $100 million-plus grossing comedies for Sony
Pictures Entertainment: Columbia Pictures' 50 First Dates opposite Drew Barrymore
and Revolution Studios' Anger Management, in which he co-starred with Jack
Sandler was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his breakthrough
performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. He recently completed
The Longest Yard with Chris Rock.
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, in which he also starred
with Drew Barrymore, 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 hits The Wedding Singer and The
Waterboy. Billy Madison has become a cult classic for college students across the
country, with "Billy" nights and "Sandler" festivals.
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 a deal with Columbia
TriStar Domestic Television to develop shows for the studio.
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 multiplatinum.
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 Matzoball -- all in their daily
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