Biographic by Steve McGarry for July 14, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry Adam Sandler Born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1966, Adam Sandler was already performing in comedy clubs by the time he enrolled at New York University. In his final year at NYU, he was cast in a recurring role of "The Cosby Show," and after graduating - with a BFA in drama - he landed a regular stint on MTV's "Remote Control." Having made his movie debut in 1989's "Going Overboard," he was hired as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" in 1990, and by the following year, was a regular cast member. Characters such as Canteen boy and Opera Man, as well as his impressions of such rockers as Bono and Springsteen, made him a viewer favorite. His 1993 comedy album went double platinum, earning a Grammy nomination and spawning a string of subsequent hit albums, which he promoted by playing to packed audiences on tours of colleges. His film career began to take shape with roles in "Coneheads," "Airheads" and "Mixed Nuts." His big breakthrough came with 1995's "Billy Madison." Leaving "SNL" to concentrate on movies, Adam starred in the hit movies "Happy Gilmore, " "the Wedding Singer," "The Waterboy," and "Big Daddy." The hits continued to flow, making him one of Hollywood's highest earners, he interspersed goofball comedies with more challenging fare, such as "Punch-Drunk Love" and "Reign Over Me." His production company has not just struck gold with his own starring vehicles, it has also produced the likes of the "Deuce Bigalow" movies and the sitcom "Rules of Engagement." Not everything he has touched recently turned to cold - he managed to win both the worst actor and worst actress Golden Raspberry Awards for his dual roles in "Jack and Jill" - but the likes of "Grown Ups" and "Hotel Transylvania" have given him some of the biggest hits of his career.