In the late 1980s, Sandler portrayed "Smitty" on The Cosby Show (1985-1989).
Adam Sandler started performing in comedy clubs by spontaneously taking the stage at a club in Boston. He was then discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler's act in Los Angeles. Dennis immediately recommended Sandler to Saturday Night Live producer, Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 1990 and became a featured player the following year. Sandler quickly made a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show.
Adam Sandler graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991. On Sunday, June 22, 2003, he wed model Jackie Titone, who he met on the set of Big Daddy.
Detail: Born in Brooklyn, NY, in September of 1966, it may come
as no surprise that Adam Sandler was a shameless class clown who left his
classmates in stitches and his teachers with a handful. Never considering to
utilize his gift of humor to pursue a career, Sandler eventually realized
his potential when at the age of 17 his brother encouraged him to take the
stage at an amateur comedy competition. A natural at making the audience
laugh, the aspiring comedian nurtured his talents while attending New York
University and studying for a Fine Arts Degree. With early appearances on
The Cosby Show and the MTV game show Remote Control providing the
increasingly busy Sandler with a growing fan base, an early feature role
coincided with his "discovery" by SNL cast member Dennis Miller at an L.A.
comedy club. As the unfortunately named Shecky Moskowitz, his role as a
struggling comedian in Going Overboard (1989) served as an interesting
parallel to his actual career trajectory but did little to display his true
It wasn't until SNL producers took Miller's praise to heart and hired the fledgling comic as writer on the program that Adam Sandler's talents were truly set to shine. Frequent appearances as Opera Man and Canteen Boy soon elevated him to player status, and it wasn't long before Sandler was the toast of the SNL cast in the mid-'90s. While appearing in SNL and sharpening his feature skills in such efforts as Shakes the Clown (1991) and Coneheads (1993), Sandler signed a recording contract with Warner Bros., and the release of the Grammy-nominated They're All Gonna Laugh at You proved the most appropriate title imaginable as his career began to soar. Striking an odd balance between tasteless vulgarity and innocent charm, the album found Sandler gaining footing as an artist independent of the SNL universe and fueled his desire -- as numerous cast members had before him -- to strike out on his own. Though those who had attempted a departure for feature fame in the past had met with decidedly mixed results, Sandler's loyal and devoted fan base proved strong supporters of such early solo feature efforts as Billy Madison (1996) and, especially, Happy Gilmore (1996).
Adam Sandler's mixture of grandma-loving sweetness and pure, unfiltered comedic rage continued with his role as a slow-witted backwoods mama's boy turned football superstar in The Waterboy (1998), and that same year found Sandler expanding his persona to more sensitive territory in The Wedding Singer. Perhaps his most appealing character up to that point, The Wedding Singer's combination of '80s nostalgia and a warmer, more personable persona found increasing support among those who had previously distanced themselves from his polarizing performances. Continuing to expand his repertoire with the action-oriented Bulletproof (1996) and the even more affectionate Big Daddy (1999), Sandler's Happy Madison production company scored big by producing such efforts as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo (1999), Little Nicky (2000), The Animal, and Joe Dirt (both 2001). In 2002, Sandler appeared busier than ever, and continued to surprise audiences with the announcement of the "Hanukkah Musical" 8 Crazy Nights, a re-imagining of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town titled simply Mr. Deeds, and a curious collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson entitled Punch-Drunk Love. In addition to his film work, Sandler's innovative web page (/http://www.adamsandler.com/) provides fans with numerous fun distractions in the form of video and personal messages to his fans. Returning to the screen opposite Jack Nicholson for the following year's Anger Management, the film seemed closer to Sandler's unhinged persona than his previous few efforts, though it got only a lukewarm reception from critics.