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Adam Sandler (1989 to 1999)

Updated on July 7, 2023
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Adam Sandler

Actor and comedian, Adam Sandler
Actor and comedian, Adam Sandler

A bit about Adam.

Adam Sandler is an actor who got his start on Saturday Night Live. He has since gone on to perform in many movies and is still very popular today. Sandler is also a comedian, screenwriter, musician and film producer. He founded Happy Madison, a film and television production company that has produced several films and even developed the 2007 popular television series, Rules of Engagement.

This is part 1 of the 6 parts of my Sandler on the Screen series. He's been in far too many films to depict all in one hub.

Going Overboard (1989)

A fan-made picture of Going Overboard
A fan-made picture of Going Overboard

A struggling young comedian, Schecky Moskowitz (Adam Sandler), takes a job on a cruise ship where he hopes he'll get the chance to show his comedic abilities.

Shakes the Clown (1991)

Adam in Shakes the Clown
Adam in Shakes the Clown

Two clowns compete for a spot on a local show. When the other clown wins it, Shakes gets depressed. Sandler plays Dink the Clown.

Mixed Nuts (1994)

Adam in Mixed Nuts
Adam in Mixed Nuts

On Christmas Eve, the people who run a crisis hotline called Lifesavers are in need of help themselves. Sandler plays Louie.

Airheads (1994)

Scene from Airheads
Scene from Airheads

A band desperate to get their demo tape heard holds a radio station and the people in it hostage. They'll let them go once they play their song over the radio for everyone to hear. Sandler plays Pip.

Billy Madison (1995)

A popular scene from Billy Madison
A popular scene from Billy Madison

Billy Madison's father is about to retire from his business. Normally, Billy (Adam Sandler) would be the one to take over, but seeing as how he spends his days drinking and waiting around for "nudey magazine day", his father plans on giving the company to someone else. More specifically, he's going to give it to a man Billy despises.

To prove he's not as much of an idiot as everyone thinks, Billy makes a deal with his dad to go back to school, repeating 1st through 12th grade. If he can pass on his own without his father's help like the first time around, he'll get the company. Back to school to prove to dad that he's not a fool, it is.

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Popular scene from Happy Gilmore
Popular scene from Happy Gilmore

A hockey player enters a golf competition. It's not for himself, however. Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) tries his hand at golf so that he can hopefully win the tournament and use the winnings to save his grandma's house that's about to be taken away. The previous tournament winner has no plans to let Happy win the game, but he'll do everything it takes to make sure he can take care of his grandmother.

Bulletproof (1996)

Bulletproof movie poster
Bulletproof movie poster

An undercover police officer befriends a drug dealer and car thief named Archie Moses (Adam Sandler) to try and catch a powerful drug Lord.

The Wedding Singer (1998)

The Wedding Singer movie poster
The Wedding Singer movie poster

Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a singer/songwriter who plays at weddings and Julia (Drew Barrymore) is a waitress. Julia is engaged to be married, but the more Robbie and her spend time together, the more she realizes that she's engaged to the wrong man! Robbie was left brokenhearted at the altar by another woman, but he thinks he's found the right one in Julia.

This is the first film Sandler and Barrymore play in together, with two more followed in later years - 50 First Dates and Blended. They're a fan-favorite movie couple.

The Waterboy (1998)

A scene from The Waterboy
A scene from The Waterboy

A waterboy named Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) becomes a football team's star player, helping them win for the first time in years. His mom, who he still lives with, doesn't want him playing. But like Coach Klein says, "what mama don't know, won't hurt her." Bobby also has to learn to be a man and keep Vicki Vallencourt, the "devil woman" his momma doesn't like, satisfied.

Big Daddy (1999)

A scene from Big Daddy
A scene from Big Daddy

Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) pretends to be the father when a little boy shows up at his friend's door. His friend, the real father, is out of town. Him and the kid quickly become attached to one another, and he fights to get custody to make Julian his son for real. He also enlists Julian's help to win over Leila, his friend's ex-hooter's waitress fiance's sister.

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This content was accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge at the time of publication but may be out of date. The information contained in this article may not reflect current policies, laws, technology, or data.

© 2012 Brandi Goodman


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