Adam Richard Sandler is one of the funniest comedic actors of our time. Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1966. He grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, after moving there at the age of six. Sandler graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. A year prior, he played Theo Huxtable’s friend Smitty on The Cosby Show and was on the MTV game show Remote Control. His film debut was in the 1989 comedy Going Overboard.
Sandler also performed in comedy clubs, first taking the stage when he was 17. He was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year. By 1995, NBC hired Sandler and Chris Farley, but in 2019, he hosted the show and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
In 1993, Sandler appeared in the Coneheads with Farley, David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, and Jane Curtin. In 1994, he co-starred in Airheads with Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi. Sandler’s comedic roles include Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), 50 First Dates (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Click (2006), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go with It (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Blended (2014), Murder Mystery (2019) and Hubie Halloween (2020). He has also taken on dramatic roles such as in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Reign Over Me (2007), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), Uncut Gems (2019), and Hustle (2022), with the latter three ranked as his major career highlights.
Besides acting, Sandler is also a lover of basketball and often plays pickup basketball games across the country, sometimes with other celebrities like J. Cole and Timothee Chalamet. As for his personal style, in 2021, Vogue named Sandler as the year’s fashion icon for popularizing a “grocery-run look.” This is characterized by oversized T-shirts, XXL pants, and Nike sneakers. Speaking of the title with Esquire, Sandler said in deadpan, “It took a while. I was working that angle for years. For a while I was like, ‘Please accept me and the way I dress.’ And 30 years later, they finally came around.”
Take a look below at our top picks of Adam Sandler’s best movies, ranked.