He nurtured his talent while at New York University (graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991 by performing regularly in clubs and at universities. During his freshman year, he snagged a recurring role as the Huxtable family's friend Smitty on "The Cosby Show" (1984). While working at a comedy club in L.A., he was "discovered" by Dennis Miller, who recommended him to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) producer Lorne Michaels and told him that Sandler had a big talent.
Sandler had a tough year but don't expect it to hurt his paycheck. Jack and Jill, where Sandler played both Jack and Jill, brought in $150 million on a budget of $80 million and earned Sandler 10 Razzie awards. The star is still in high-demand though. When his comedies work, they can be gold mines.
Sandler returned to drama in 2007, starring opposite Don Cheadle in Mike Bender's story of two old friends who are reunited in post-9/11 New York. Sandler plays a grief-stricken man who lost his wife and children in the attack. He's completely shut down emotionally and regressed to a seemingly carefree life much like his college years, mostly playing PS2 and watching movies, while refusing to face his demons. The movie won generally positive reviews, and Sandler received further acclaim for his dramatic skills.
He parlayed his small-screen success into a number of supporting film roles before graduating to leading man in 1995's Billy Madison, which he cowrote with college buddy and frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy. Despite being critically lambasted, this lowbrow flick about a twentysomething slacker who returns to school was a big hit and paved the way for a slew of other vehicles (Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, the restrained and more broadly appealing The Wedding Singer) that helped make Sandler a member of the $20-million-per-picture club, even when his flicks flopped (Little Nicky).
Followed the trail of Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy, and Chevy Chase who all shifted to big screen production after successfully made their names in SNL, Adam ultimately concluded to leave the program [SNL] in 1995 to put full concentration in building his film career, beginning with “Billy Madison” (1995) of which screenplay he also wrote. It was not until he starred opposite Drew Barrymore in “The Wedding Singer” (1998) that the funnyman eventually came to world attention as this romantic comedy flick made its way to garner over 123 million U.S dollar internationally, undeniably brought him larger fan base as well as wider access in Hollywood.
"There are not a lot of parts suited better for me than Adam Sandler's son, if he had a son in his teens, because we're the perfect age difference," Samberg told me in an interview Thursday. "I've been told my whole life that I look like him and remind people of him, which was not coincidence because I was obsessed with him growing up and modeled my career after his. So when my agent gave me the script, I called him and said I was dying to play the part, and he was very sweet about it."
Even his critics admit that for a major Hollywood star, he has remained an affable, down-to-earth guy, who is happy to help out his less fortunate SNL cronies (David Spade, Rob Schneider) by producing their movies and frequently hires his old school chums. He's also stuck with one woman, model Jackie Titone, whom he married in 2003.
One of the most endearing goofballs to ever grace the stages of Saturday Night Live, affectionately offensive funnyman Adam Sandler has often been cited as the writer/performer who almost single-handedly rescued the long-running late-night television staple when the chips were down and it appeared to have run its course. Though his polarizing antics have divided audiences and critics who often dismiss him as lowbrow and obnoxious, Sandler's films, as well as the films of his Happy Madison production company, have performed consistently well at the box office despite harsh and frequent critical lashings.
Growing up as an active teenager with interest laid on wrestling, basketball, music, and comedy in particular, the boy did not excel in academic subjects at school but was very bright in entertaining people, taking inspirations from either comedic figures like Mel Brooks, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield, or films, particularly that of Harold Ramis' “Caddyshack” (1980).
Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to Judy and Stanley Sandler. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club. He found he was a natural comic.