Born: 9 September 1966
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best known as: The star of Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler is the stand-up comedian whose success on TV's Saturday Night Live (1991-95) launched a successful career in slapstick movie comedies. A quirky jokester of the love-him-or-hate-him variety, Sandler began his film career playing lowbrow goofs in films such as Happy Gilmore (1996, with Bob Barker), The Waterboy (1998) and The Wedding Singer (1998, with Drew Barrymore). Sandler then showed his dramatic talents in Punch-Drunk Love (2002, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson), Spanglish (2004, with Téa Leoni) and the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard. As a comedian, Sandler has released several albums, including They're All Gonna Laugh At You (1993) and Stan and Judy's Kid (1999); he's known particularly for his novelty songs "The Chanukah Song" and "The Thanksgiving Song." Despite a lackluster record in critical reviews, Sandler found his niche as a leading man whose had a successful career in a string of forgettable comedies. His other films include Billy Madison (1995), Big Daddy (1999, with Dylan and Cole Sprouse), Click (2006, with Kate Beckinsale), the 9/11 drama Reign Over Me (2007, with Don Cheadle), the pretending-to-be-gay comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007, with Jessica Biel), Funny People (2009, starring Seth Rogen) and Tom McCarthy's ill-fated The Cobbler (2014).
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