Gifted with remarkable versatility, especially a natural flair in comedy which he presents in his own unique way to draw people's big laughs while also warm their hearts, Adam Richard Sandler surely has risen to be one of the most prominent comedic actors Hollywood ever has. A son of Jewish American couple named Stanley and Judy Sandler, the star was born on September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York where he passed his early childhood quite happily before his parents took him and his three siblings along to settle in Manchester, New Hampshire by 1972. 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).
Ever the class-clown in the eyes of his classmates at Manchester Central High School, Adam, however, had not yet thought deeply about utilizing his gift of humor to pursue a career until his brother, Scott, encouraged him to make a spontaneous gig in Boston's Stitches Comedy Club. Barely 17 years old when performed there, the experience led him to a realization that he really has the potential in the field and so began to hone his comedic skills upon entering New York University after finished his high school study by 1984, writing his own materials while playing shows wherever possible, be it in local clubs or just at colleges. Added those efforts with recurring onscreen appearances in TV series “The Cosby Show" and MTV's “Remote Control” during the year 1987, all the works finally led him to a decision of setting out a journey in entertainment industry by the time he earned his BFA degree in 1991.
Unfortunately, the road turned out to be a bit rocky for Adam as his big screen debut, “Going Overboard” (1989), went unnoticed plus he only managed to get minor roles in a 1989 episode of “The Marshall Chronicles” also in a TV-movie entitled “Testing Dirty” (1990). Searching for better opportunities in Los Angeles, the brown-eyed guy then chose to concentrate on the burgeoning comedy circuit instead and landed slots at the Improv Theatre where he later wonderfully caught the attention of comedian Dennis Miller who immediately recommended him to Lorne Michaels, the producer of NBC's “Saturday Night Live.” Initially hired to be the show's writer for a year before being included in the regular cast by 1991, he wisely used the chance to show his best through the various comic characters he nailed very well and within a short time, his name had widely been recognized all over the country as one of the prominent SNL members in turn.
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 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. Furthermore, it directed him to receive three nominations at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards for the categories of Best Comedic Performance, Best On-Screen Duo, and Best Kiss which he gloriously won together with Barrymore.
Also gained commercial success in his subsequent pictures of “The Waterboy” (1998), “Big Daddy” (1999), and “Mr. Deeds” (2002), Adam consequently became a tremendously popular comedic actor yet this inevitably raised some doubts about his real talent aside from nailing roles in goofball humor genre. In his answer, he thus delivered a stellar performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002) that really impressed notable film critic Roger Ebert, even prompted HFPA to bestow him a Golden Globes nomination in Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category a year later. Continued to break free from his typical comedies, the brown-haired man delightfully maintained his career with taking various roles, playing a mild-mannered businessman in “Anger Management” (2003), then a vet who determines to win the heart of a woman with a short-term memory disorder in “50 First Dates” (2004).
Still scored high in box-office through his next feature, “The Longest Yard” (2005), Adam seemed to have no difficulty at all to move on in the industry for as roles kept coming for him. While 2006 saw him attain another box-office success through “Click”, 2007 surprisingly marked his venture in drama genre in “Reign Over Me” before he returned to comedy with “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” alongside Kevin James, Jessica Biel, plus Steve Buscemi. More comedic stints were nabbed afterwards for he has already been billed to star in “You Don't Mess with the Zohan” (2008), “Bedtime Stories” (2008), and “Wild Pitch” (2009), the latter finding him play the first white man to play baseball in the Black League.
Apart from his professions as actor and writer, this low-profile star has also been known to be a film producer who mostly stood behind the movies he was involved in through his company, Happy Madison Productions. In addition, he has developed a singing career and had already released 5 comedy albums, the most successful one being “They're All Gonna Laugh at You” (1993) that was amazingly nominated for Best Comedy Album at Grammy Awards in 1995. As for his private life, Adam once dated actress Alicia Silverstone in 1996, but later gave his heart to Jackie Titone whom he finally married on June 22, 2003. The couple then happily welcomed the arrival of their first child on May 6, 2006.