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Adam Sandler Biography

Birth Name:
Adam Richard Sandler
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Appeared four times as Theo's friend Smitty on The Cosby Show
  • Lived with Judd Apatow when they were both struggling comics; footage from this time was shown in the film Funny People (2009)
  • Dennis Miller helped him get a shot at writing for Saturday Night Live in 1990 after seeing him at a Los Angeles comedy club
  • Released a number of comedy albums, which included both sketches and songs
  • In 1995, the first edition of his holiday anthem "The Chanukah Song" became a surprise radio hit
  • Although he doesn't appear onscreen in 1999's Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, he can be heard yelling "Freak!" in one of the scenes
  • His bulldog, Meatball, was ring bearer at his wedding
  • Has a film production company called Happy Madison
  • The name is derived from the titles of his films Happy Gilmore (1996) and Billy Madison (1995)


  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005People's Choice Awards-Favorite On Screen Match Up: winner
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2000People's Choice Awards-Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy: winner
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated


  • Scott Sandler -- Brother
  • Sadie Madison Sandler -- Daughter
  • Sunny Madeline Sandler -- Daughter
  • Stan Sandler -- Father
  • Judy Sandler -- Mother
  • Elizabeth Sandler -- Sister
  • Valerie Sandler -- Sister