ADAM SANDLER Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Adam Sandler grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and attended Central High School. At 17, he took his first step toward becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club. Sandler attended New York University where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1991. During his freshman year, he secured a recurring role as Theo Huxtable’s friend Smitty on "The Cosby Show." He was “discovered” by Dennis Miller, a Saturday Night Live alum. Miller helped Sandler secure a spot on the show in 1990, primarily as a writer, but also as a performer.


In 1993, Sandler released his first album of comedy material, called "They’re All Gonna Laugh At You!" The Grammy-nominated album was on Billboard’s charts for well over 100 weeks.


This period was also marked by Sandler’s early dabbing in films including "Shakes the Clown", "Coneheads", "Mixed Nuts" and "Airheads". He next starred in "Billy Madison," the story of a rich kid who has to repeat grades one through 12 in six months in order to earn his inheritance. Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song” became a surprise hit on the radio. The song appeared on Sandler’s second album, "What the Hell Happened to Me?", which hit stores in 1996.


Also in 1996, Sandler appeared in the golfing comedy "Happy Gilmore" and "Bulletproof", in which he co-starred with Damon Wayons.


In 1997, he released the CD "What’s your Name?"


In 1998, Sandler experienced box-office success in "The Wedding Singer," in which he appeared opposite Drew Barrymore, and "The Waterboy," which grossed over $39 million its opening weekend. His next release, "Big Daddy," extended the winning streak, beating out the competition its first weekend out at the box office with an estimated $41 million in revenue.


In 2002 Adam starred with Winona Ryder in "Mr. Deeds," an animated movie about Chanukah called "8 Crazy Nights," and "Punch-Drunk Love".


In 2003, he appeared with Jack Nicholson in "Anger Management."


In 2004, he once again teamed up with Drew Barrymore for "50 First Dates."