Adam Sandler Book Biography
Actor, comedian, musician. Born on September 9, 1966, in New York City. Raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, as one of seven children, Sandler was always the class clown. However, he never aspired to be a comedian until age 17 when his brother encouraged him to perform at a Boston comedy club. Sandler continued to perform after he left Boston to attend New York University. After graduation, he became a regular on MTV's game show, Remote Control. In 1989, he starred in his first film, Going Overboard. He was later spotted by Saturday Night Live cast member Dennis Miller who got him a job on the show, which lasted from 1990 to 1995. It was there that Sandler created such characters as Cajun Man, Opera Man and Canteen Boy. Through juvenile antics and sometimes offensive stunts, Sandler kept loyal fans laughing throughout the '90s. His first title film role came in 1995 with Billy Madison. Numerous films followed, including Happy Gilmore in 1996, The Wedding Singer co-starring Drew Barrymore and The Water Boy in 1998, Big Daddy in 1999, and Little Nicky in 2000. In 2002, Sandler co-starred with Winona Ryder in Mr. Deeds and the critically acclaimed Punch-Drunk Love opposite Emily Watson. The following year he starred opposite Jack Nicholson in the hit comedy Anger Management. Sandler reteamed with Barrymore for another romantic comedy 50 First Dates (2004), which fared well at the box office. Taking a more dramatic turn, he starred the dramedy Spanglish (2004) as a husband experiencing trouble with his wife (played by Tea Leoni) and developing a relationship to his housekeeper (played by Paz Vega). Sandler has continued to vary his work from broad comedies to more weighty material. Remaking 1974 comedy The Longest Yard (2005), he played a convict who organizes a football game between the inmates and the guards - a role originated by Burt Reynolds. Reynolds also appeared in the remake along with comedian Chris Rock...
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