Adam Sandler is a very polarizing figure in film. Throughout the '90s, he brought us some of the most iconic comedy performances of all time. But from the late 2000s onward, he's been responsible for some of the most awesomely terrible movies ever. Despite that, he's also a surprisingly adept dramatic actor. The man was Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and The Waterboy, but he's also brought upon us the horrors of Jack and Jill, Grown Ups, Blended, Pixels, and That's My Boy.
So who is Adam Sandler? What is he like when he's not playing some (usually) loveable man-child? We've poured through interview after interview for some of the best stories that really paint a picture of the comedian, compiling Adam Sandler trivia, quotes, anecdotes, and history. Consider this your comprehensive Adam Sandler biography.
Whether it's his ability to make you laugh at impossibly dumb stuff, or his inherently memorable characters (Billy Madison was 20 years ago!), it's hard to deny that Sandler has given a lot to the world of entertainment. Was all of it good? No. But these facts shape one of the most polarizing comedians in cinema. Find out what you didn't know about Adam Sandler!
Sandler cites his father's temperamental influence as one of the reasons he got into comedy:
I never had a speech from my father [saying], 'This is what you must do or shouldn't do,' but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn't perfect. He had a temper. I took some of that. He would snap, but the older he got, he started calming down... part of my father having a temper led to me developing a sense of humor to calm the old man down.
In addition to his movie success, Sandler garnered much acclaim from music critics as well. His first comedy album, They're All Going to Laugh at You!, was nominated for a Grammy and eventually went double platinum. His second album, What the Hell Happened to Me?, released three years later, received the same honors.
In 2007 Sandler donated $1,000,000 to his hometown Boys & Girls Club. In a video announcing Sandler's donation, he revisited memories from his time at the club, including "basketball, ping pong and peeing his pants."
Adam Sandler was honored with the 2,431st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He received the recognition in the motion picture category on February 1st, 2011, in anticipation of his then-upcoming film, Just Go With It. Henry Winkler was the guest speaker at the event.
The star is located at 6262 Hollywood Blvd., directly in front of the W Hotel.