10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adam Sandler
8. Early Life
Adam Richard Sandler was born on September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York to Judy and Stanley Sandler. Adam’s parents worked as a nursery school teacher and an electrical engineer, and when Adam was six, the Sandlers moved with their four children to Manchester, New Hamphshire. Growing up Sandler’s interests varied and he was even a boxer for a little bit which meant he got into a couple of scraps, including one after a Bar Mitzvah. “Last fight I got into I was 18. I had just came from a Bar Mitzvah, with my parents. I was in a suit jacket. Me and my buddy Tim were walking down the street…These two f–king badasses walked by and they called us gay or something like that… some slang term. The next thing you know, this guy is in my face. He punches me in the face on 9th street, he punches me square in the face and grabs my chain on my neck. I start fighting this guy… I’m doing this shit. I used to box a little bit and it’s going okay, but then the guy takes out a carpet cutter. Somehow I knocked it and it falls out of his hand.”
7. Getting Started
Growing up, Sandler never thought his penchant for humor would turn into a career, but at 17 he took his first steps towards becoming a stand-up comedian when his brother urged him to perform at a Boston comedy club. While Sandler enjoyed doing an act for an audience, he still didn’t think of it as a career and went on to attend New York University which he graduated from in 1988. Shortly after graduation Sandler officially began his career when he became a regular on the MTV game show Remote Control. He also had a small recurring role in The Cosby Show as Smitty which helped jumpstart his career.