Adam Sandler (born 9.9.1966)
Adam Sandler is an American comedian and actor, as well as a film producer and screenwriter.
Childhood: Adam Sandler was born to Judy and Stanley Sandler in the Brooklyn area of New York. His mother was a nursery teacher and his father was an electrical engineer. At the age of five, Adam and his family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire.
When he graduated from Manchester High School, Adam Sandler studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at New York University. Whilst at university, he began to develop his natural talent for comedy, performing in local clubs and on campus.
Career: Adam Sandler's first break into TV was when he played the character of Smitty, Theo Huxtable's friend in The Cosby Show, the show masterminded by Bill Cosby. He also appeared on MTV's Remote Control, playing characters such as 'Stud Boy' or 'Trivia Delinquent'.
The comedian Dennis Miller saw Adam Sandler's stand-up routine in Los Angeles and tipped-off Lorne Michaels, one of the producers of Saturday Night Live. In 1990, Sandler landed a job as a writer for the show and later became one of the featured comedians. He became known for his comedic songs, including 'The Chanukah Song'.
In 1989, Sandler earned himself his first film role, in the low-budget Going Overboard. The film also featured Billy Zane, Billy Bob Thornton and Burt Young.
Billy Madison, released in 1995, saw Sandler in his next starring role. The film also featured Steve Buscemi and saw Sandler playing a man who has to repeat his high school education in order to earn his inheritance.
Sandler then starred in a string of successful comedies, including Bulletproof (opposite Damon Wayans) and Happy Gilmore, a golfing comedy that also starred Ben Stiller, in an uncredited role.
One of Sandler's biggest hits of this period was The Wedding Singer, released in 1998 and also starring Drew Barrymore. That same year, The Waterboy was released; another popular hit for Sandler, which saw him working alongside Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler.
Big Daddy was another hit for Sandler in 1999 and he met Jacqueline Samantha Titone on the set of the film. Titone would later become his wife and plays a waitress in the film.
Starting with the release of 2002's Punch Drunk Love, Sandler's films began to receive critical acclaim, as well as box office success. In 2004, he starred in Spanglish, which starred Tea Leoni, followed by 2007's Reign Over Me, a drama that featured Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows and Donald Sutherland.
Sandler lost out to Johnny Depp for the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In 2007, he starred in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, opposite Kevin James. The film was only a moderate success but Sandler's popularity was soon on an upturn with the release of You Don't Mess With the Zohan in 2008. The film was written by Judd Apatow, a hugely successful comedy writer who is responsible for films such as 40 Year Old Virgin.
2008 saw Sandler starring in the fantasy film Bedtime Stories, directed by Adam Shankman. The film also starred Russell Brand and Keri Russell.
Adam Sandler has his own production company, Happy Madison Productions. Some of the films that have been produced by the company include Deuce Bigalow: American Gigolo as well as the majority of Sandler's latter films, including Spanglish and Reign Over Me.
Personal Life: Adam Sandler married Jacqueline Samantha Titone in June 2003. They have two daughters, Sadie Madison Sandler (b. 2006) and Sunny Madison Sandler (b. 2008).
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and more walk red carpets in New York, while Mira Sorvino leads the charge in Los Angeles. First-glimpse trailers debut for the Marine dog adventure Max, the teen drama Paper Towns and Adam Sandler's alien invasion action-comedy Pixels...
Before hitting cinemas this weekend, Insurgent held its New York premiere on Monday with a line-up of stars including cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Suki Waterhouse and Zoe Kravitz.
In 1982, Earth created a time capsule of popular culture from the era, and sent it into space in order to establish contact with extra-terrestrial life. Somehow, an ancient race of alien lifeforms that have never had any other contact with mankind did not understand the meaning of the 'message'. They especially take offence to the inclusion of 'Pac Man' and 'Donkey Kong', and assemble an army of pixelated, murderous 1980s video game characters and send them back to Earth to destroy the humans. With the world on the brink of destruction by a giant 'Pac Man', mankind has just one hope: a hodgepodge collection of retro gamers, using their old techniques to defeat the greatest video game boss of all time.
Continue: Pixels Trailer
Following on from the adventures in the Hotel Transylvania, in which Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) was forced to hide a human from the clients of his "monsters only" hotel, things have gotten even stranger. Jonathan (Andy Samberg), the human traveller, and Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula's daughter, have fallen in love and had a baby. This new, half human half vampire baby, is accepted by the monsters inhabiting the hotel. But Dracula is not as impressed as he could be: he wants his grandson to take on the ways of a vampire like he did, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him become a terrifying monster.
Continue: Hotel Transylvania 2 - Teaser Trailer
Adam Sandler and Jackie Sandler - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Jackie Sandler and Adam Sandler - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015
Jennifer Aniston wins the Montecito while Amy Poehler takes this year's Hasty Pudding. The Magic Mike XXL trailer promises lots of beefcake, The Cobbler offers laughs, Lost River appears darkly emotive, and animated SpongeBob and Minions adventures look like a lot of fun...
She may not be up for an Oscar this year, but Jennifer Aniston was awarded the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which is currently running in California. She looked sleek and starry as she accepted the award.