Oliver Hum / Staff reporter
Guess who has two thumbs and is a world-renowned actor and comedian? Well, it’s Adam Sandler of course.
If anyone has seen The Wedding Singer, Grown Ups, or Happy Gilmore, chances are, they know who Sandler is.
Sandler is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, with both parents and three siblings. In school, Sandler was always considered the class clown, however he never considered comedy as a career until “he first performed at a stand-up comedy club in Boston at age 17 at the urging of his brother.” Since then, he attended New York University and continued doing performances outside of school.
Before starring in his “classic” movies, he was a regular on the MTV show, Remote Control. He also starred in Going Overboard and was featured on the Cosby Show. On top of that, he was a Saturday Night Live cast member as well.
“A lot of critics object to what I do,” said Sandler. “But I got into comedy to make people laugh, and I’ve always worked hard.”
Sandler has done a lot to get where he is such as his first comedy show at the Boston Comedy Club. However, there are a lot of things that affected his decision to pursue acting and comedy, some of which were negative.
During university, one of Sandler’s acting professors took him out for a beer. While chatting, his professor told him “think about something else. Listen, you got heart, but you don’t have it. Choose another path”. During his interview with cheatsheet.com, Bradd Pitt said “This is why it’s my favorite Adam Sandler story… I think it says a lot about you.” Years after his graduation, Sandler ran into his old professor again, he said “This is the only teacher to ever buy me a beer.”” This shows a lot about his character and the kind of person he is.
When he was 23, Sandler took a job working as a Saturday Night Live cast member and worked there for 5 years. According to CNBC and SNL, “I had some of the best years of my life here. I always tell my wife and kids how SNL was the greatest time in my life.”Sandler was fired from SNL for what Sandler said to be an unknown reason. Now, according to Sandler, he was “f—–g old enough now. I realize what ‘Saturday Night Live’ did for me… Everything turned out great.”
Even without SNL, Sandler was still able to play roles in different comedies to put himself on the map of acting.
Billy Madison was the first movie that Sandler co-wrote. He plays a 27-year-old loafer who must retake school from grades one-twelve to prove himself worthy of his father’s inheritance. The movie grossed over $26 million worldwide and helped bring Sandler into the spotlight. It also brought him into the world of screenwriting which Sandler also became successful in later in his career.
While looking at all of Adam Sandler’s comedy movies, some would say that he’s best known for his goofy and funny roles. However, people would be surprised to hear that Sandler can pull of non-comedy roles as well.
Reign Over Me was released March 22, 2007. As summarized by IMDb, “A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.”
“Adam Sandler’s performance was very inspiring”
said Shizzoop, who left a review on IMDb. “he pulled off a serious role with what seemed to be his own quirks and input.”
After hearing about Sandler’s abilities to act both serious and comedy, it would probably be a good time to talk about some of Adam Sandler’s “best moments” in his career.
Sandler has been a crowd favorite in many movies, including Uncut Gems, Pixels, Grown Ups, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, and many more. All this hard work paid off because Sandler has been nominated for over 100 different awards and has received 46 of them. This includes “Best Comedic Performance”, “Best Actor”, “Favorite Movie Actor”, and more.
“In this file photo, Adam Sandler accepts the Favorite Comedic Movie Actor award onstage at The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards show on Jan. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles.”
Some might think that since Sandler is a successful actor and that he doesn’t have time for the “less important people”. However, some would be surprised to hear the Adam Sandler is a very charitable person.
Grady Lynch, an 8-year-old child diagnosed with Leukemia, wanted to have a “low-key BBQ and eat a kosher hot dog with Adam Sandler.” Lynch posted a YouTube video and asked his friends and family to spread the video around the internet.
Sandler saw the video and gave Lynch a call. According to abc news, “Adam was fantastic and called Grady directly this evening, the two of them hit it off and had a great conversation!”
In this image, Grady Lynch is having a friendly conversation with Adam Sandler.
To conclude, Adam Sandler has done a lot to get where he is. He’s been on a lot of different shows, gotten fired from different places, and went out of his comfort zone through serious acting. But without all those things, we wouldn’t have classics like The Wedding Singer, Grown Ups, and more.
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Reign Over me (2007) by IMDb
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Grady’s Adam Sandler BBQ Invite
Billy Madison, IMDb
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cheatsheet.com, written by Lizzie Wells
Britannica, written by Richard Pallardy
interview magazine, written by Mark Alan Burger
Adam Sandler: Charity Work, Events and Causes
ABC news by Michael rothman
Adam Sandler on being fired from ‘Saturday night live’ in 1995 before achieving massive success
List of awards and nominations received by Adam Sandler by Wikipedia
Adam Sandler’s “I Was Fired” Monologue – SNL by SNL