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Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler biography
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Adam Sandler biography

In 1966, on September 9, in Brooklyn, New York, the comedian Adam Richard Sandler was born. His home, with parents of Russian descent, was constituted under Judaism. He shared his childhood with his brother Scott, and his sisters, Elizabeth, and Valerie Sandler, in Manchester, New Hampshire. The move took place when little Adam was only five years old. Over the years his talent for comedy became increasingly evident. His school friends recognized him as the best prankster. At the age of seventeen, encouraged by his brother, at Bacthon Club, he presented a small improvisation that would open his way to different clubs in the county where he lived.

His big screen debut was in 1989. The movie Going Overboard, directed by Valerie Breiman, tells the story of a comedian who wants to work on the cruise where the man who played such a role seems to have fallen by the board. This film had the second release in 1996, by Vidmark Entertainment, taking advantage of Sandler’s fame on Saturday Night Live, Happy Gilmore, and Billy Madison. The entrance to the world of cinema brought with it other films such as Coneheads, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy, among other successes at the box office.

After his first appearance in a film, he worked as a comedian in different clubs in Los Angeles, a situation that made possible his meeting with Dennis Miller, who recommended him to appear on Saturday Night Live, producer Lorne Michaels. In 1990 he was hired as a writer for the same program and in later years he would gain fame when performing comic songs such as The Chanukah Song and The Thanksgiving Song. By 1993 he was part of the movie Coneheads with Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Curtin ane and David Spade. And in ’94 he was one of the protagonists in Airheads with Steve Buscemi and Brendan Fraser. He is followed by heavily criticized films such as Billy Madison in 1995, Bulletproof in 1996 and the financial successes Happy Gilmore in 1996 and The Wedding Singer 1998. His first great success in comedy comes with the film The Waterboy, which would give him significant recognition public.

In 2002, the film Punch Drunk Love, by director Paul Thomas Anderson, showed a different side of the actor. Sandler played Barry Egan, an entrepreneur who owes his success to bathroom cleaning supplies. He has an unbearable family, a lonely life full of problems that triggers fits of anger. The man catches the attention of Lena, a co-worker of his unpleasant sister. The encounter meant a change in the life of the unfortunate businessman. Undoubtedly, it is one of his less taquilleras films and the best received by critics. Roger Ebert declared that Sandler had talent, clearly wasted in poorly written works and flat characters without development. Punch Drunk Love gave him the Golden Globe nomination.

In 2004, the movie Spanglish, by director James L. Brooks, told the life perspective of Cristina Moreno, a young woman who described her mother as the most influential woman for her. The essays presented at Princeton as a requirement for admission are overshadowed by Cristina’s story, who tells how her mother fights for a better life for both. The conflict generated by the idiomatic shock leads Flor to work at Jhon’s house, starring Sandler, and face the cultural differences between a Mexican immigrant and a dysfunctional American family.

In 2007, along with Kevin James, he starred in I Now Pronoun You Chuck and Larry. The next work would be a drama called Reign Over Me, directed by Mike Binder, who plays what happened on September 11 from the perspective of a man who loses his family and is reunited with an old friend. In 2008 he wrote and starred in You Do Not Mess with Zohan alongside Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow, directed by Dennis Dugan. In that same year, 2008, he shared the stage with Keri Russell and Russel Brand the movie Bedtime Stories. The character played by Sandler was a janitor who told stories to his nephews so they could sleep; These stories came true the next day. The theme and writing made the film the first family movie of the comedian. After starring in Funny People, Sandler was invited in 2010, both by this film by Judd Apatow and Punch Drunk Love, to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. According to the Top 40 published by Vanity Fair about the highest income celebrities in Hollywood, Sandler is ranked 7th with $ 50 million for his films.

He has worked as a doubler at Hotel Transylvania, 2012, and Hotel Transylvania 2, with the character of Drak, Count Dracula, and at Zookeeper, lending his voice to Monkey. It was double and screenwriter in Eight Crazy Nights. He also lent the voice to Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, as well as being the executive producer. The most recent films, including the first and second part of Grown Ups, have been strongly criticized. Mark Olsen spoke for The Los Angeles Times defining the comedian as the antithesis of Judd Apatow and the similarity with Tyler Perry. In 2017 he returned to work on a drama called The Meyerowitz Stories, earning the applause of the critics.

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