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Adam Sandler

Lowest Rated:   0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York
One of the most endearing goofballs to ever grace the stages of Saturday Night Live, affectionately offensive funnyman Adam Sandler has often been cited as the writer/performer who almost single-handedly rescued the long-running late-night television staple when the chips were down and it appeared to have run its course. Though his polarizing antics have divided audiences and critics who often dismiss him as lowbrow and obnoxious, Sandler's films, as well as the films of his Happy Madison production company, have performed consistently well at the box office despite harsh and frequent critical lashings.Born in Brooklyn on September 9th, 1966, it may come as no surprise that 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 loyal following, 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 comic talents.It wasn't until SNL producers took Miller's praise to heart and hired the fledgling comic as writer on the program that 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).His 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. As the decade rolled on, Sandler also appeared in the action-oriented Bulletproof (1996) and the even more affectionate Big Daddy (1999). In 2002, Sandler starred in a re-imagining of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, titled simply Mr. Deeds.Beginning in the late nineties, Sandler's Happy Madison production company launched such efforts as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Little Nicky (2000), The Animal and Joe Dirt (both 2001). Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo appeared in (2005), and Grandma's Boy in (2006). Despite critical castigation for scraping the bottom of the barrel with these efforts, Sandler's commercial instinct remained intact; the films all hi

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Week Of
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Producer
2018
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Actor
2017
28% Sandy Wexler
  • Screenwriter
  • Sandy Wexler
2017
5% The Do-Over
  • Producer
  • Max Kessler
2016
55% Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Dracula
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2015
70% I Am Chris Farley
  • Actor
2015
16% Pixels
  • Producer
  • Sam Brenner
  • Screenwriter
$66.5M 2015
5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Producer
2015
9% The Cobbler
  • Max Simkin
2015
No Score Yet Candy Land
  • Actor
2015
0% The Ridiculous 6
  • Screenwriter
2015
86% Top Five
  • Himself
$17.1M 2014
32% Men, Women & Children
  • Don Truby
$0.6M 2014
14% Blended
  • Jim
  • Producer
2014
7% Grown Ups 2
  • Lenny Feder
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$127.5M 2013
38% Here Comes the Boom
  • Executive Producer
$45.3M 2012
45% Hotel Transylvania
  • Dracula
  • Executive Producer
$148.3M 2012
20% That's My Boy
  • Donny
  • Producer
$37M 2012
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars
  • Actor
2012
3% Jack and Jill
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Jack Sadelstein/Jill Sadelstein
$74.2M 2011
0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$2.4M 2011
14% Zookeeper
  • Producer
  • Donald the Monkey
$80.4M 2011
18% Just Go with It
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Danny
$103.1M 2011
10% Grown Ups
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Lenny Feder
$162.1M 2010
69% Funny People
  • George Simmons
  • Executive Producer
$51.9M 2009
No Score Yet The Shortcut
  • Executive Producer
2009
33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Producer
$146.4M 2009
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Producer
  • Skeeter
$110M 2008
42% The House Bunny
  • Producer
$48.3M 2008
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Producer
  • Zohan
  • Screenwriter
$100.1M 2008
2% Strange Wilderness
  • Executive Producer
$6.6M 2008
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Chuck Levine
  • Producer
$119.8M 2007
64% Reign Over Me
  • Charlie Fineman
$19.7M 2007
32% Click
  • Michael Newman
  • Producer
$137.4M 2006
11% The Benchwarmers
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$57.7M 2006
16% Grandma's Boy
  • Executive Producer
$6M 2006
9% Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
  • Producer
$22.3M 2005
31% The Longest Yard
  • Paul `Wrecking' Crewe
  • Executive Producer
$157.9M 2005
52% Spanglish
  • John Clasky
$42.1M 2004
44% 50 First Dates
  • Henry Roth
$120.8M 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special
  • Actor
2004
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$22.8M 2003
43% Anger Management
  • Executive Producer
  • Dave Buznik
$133.8M 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Couch
  • Actor
2003
67% Stupidity
  • Actor
2003
22% The Hot Chick
  • Executive Producer
  • Bongo Player
2002
12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
  • Davey/Whitey/Eleanore/Deer
  • Producer
$23.4M 2002
79% Punch-Drunk Love
  • Barry Egan
$17.9M 2002
1% The Master of Disguise
  • Executive Producer
$40.5M 2002
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Executive Producer
  • Longfellow Deeds
$126.3M 2002
30% The Animal
  • Townie
  • Executive Producer
2001
11% Joe Dirt
  • Executive Producer
$27.1M 2001
22% Little Nicky
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Nicky
$38.6M 2000
23% Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
1999
40% Big Daddy
  • Sonny Koufax
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
  • Actor
1999
35% The Waterboy
  • Screenwriter
  • Bobby Boucher
  • Executive Producer
1998
17% Dirty Work
  • Satan (uncredited)
1998
67% The Wedding Singer
  • Robbie Hart
1998
8% Bulletproof
  • Archie Moses
1996
60% Happy Gilmore
  • Screenwriter
  • Happy Gilmore
1996
46% Billy Madison
  • Billy Madison
  • Screenwriter
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • Louie
1994
21% Airheads
  • Pip
1994
No Score Yet Going Overboard
  • Schecky Moskowitz
1994
33% Coneheads
  • Carmine
1993
38% Shakes the Clown
  • Dink
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2010
30% Kevin Can Wait
2016
  • Jimmy
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2002
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
56% Breaking In
2011-2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2005
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Rules of Engagement
2007-2013
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer

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