Adam Sandler. biography
Born a class clown on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, Adam Sandler first began taking comedy seriously at the age of 17 when his brother pushed him to perform at a well-known comedy club in Boston. After graduating from New York University, Sandler joined the cast of MTV’s game show Remote Control before landing his first film role in the comedy Going Overboard (1989) opposite Billy Bob Thornton. He was later discovered by SNL player Dennis Miller and became a fulltime cast member from 1990 to 1995.
In 1995, Sandler made his debut starring role in the comedy Billy Madison, which resulted in multiple comedic films, including Happy Gilmore (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998) alongside Drew Barrymore, The Water Boy (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Little Nicky (2000) and Mr. Deeds (2002) opposite Winona Ryder. The movies' success also helped Sandler launch his film production company Happy Madison Productions in 1999.
During this time, Sandler showed the world a different side with a dramatic performance in the critically praised film Punk-Drunk Love (2002) before returning to his comedic roots in Anger Management (2003) with the help of Jack Nicholson. Sandler and Barrymore then hooked up again in the romantic comedy 50 First Dates (2004) prior to starring in the dramedy Spanglish (2004).
Over the next years, Sandler transitioned between comedies and dramas, further showing his array of acting skills in films like The Longest Yard (2005), the family film Click (2006), the critically-acclaimed drama Reign Over Me (2007), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), the box-office disaster You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008) and Funny People (2009).
In 2010, Sandler’s bank account quickly grew to new sizes with the box-office success of Grown Ups, which featured Salma Hayek, Kevin James and Chris Rock. He made even more money with the release of Jack and Jill (2011), which made $26 million in its opening weekend despite being highly criticized by critics.
Sandler’s most recent comedic projects include, That’s My Boy (2012) opposite Andy Samberg, the animated flick Hotel Transylvania (2012), Grown Ups 2 (2012), the comedy Blended (2014) opposite Drew Barrymore and Three Mississippi (Unknown) alongside Will Ferrell.
Adam Sandler Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1989 – 1999
Sandler and business executive Margaret Ruden dated from 1989 to 1999 and got engaged before ending their relationship.
1996 – 1996
Sandler briefly dated actress Alicia Silverstone, but it didn’t work out.
1997 – Present
Sandler and model, actress Jacqueline Samantha Titone dated for a year before getting engaged in March 1998. They went on to tie the knot in June 22, 2003 and welcome their two daughters Sandie Madison Sandler (b. 2006) and Sunny Madeline Sandler (b. 2008).
Did You Know…
- Adam is a Yankees fan
- Adam shares a birthday with Hugh Grant
- Adam's dogs are named Meatball and Matzoball
- Adam's production company is named Happy Madison
- Before acting, Adam was a nightclub comedian
- Adam's nickname is Sandman
- Adam attended Wrestlemania 21
- Adam once dated Alicia Silverstone