Adam Richard Sandler (September 9, 1966-) is an American comedian and actor.
After several years as a Saturday Night Live
writer and cast member (from 1990 to 1995note
), he went on to star in several Hollywood feature films that grossed over US$100 million at the box office and remains as a major box office draw. He is best known for his comedic roles, though he has ventured into more dramatic territory
His characters usually fall under the Jerk with a Heart of Gold
, but also with a healthy dose of Man Child
with a serious need to grow up. Realizing that he can only take that role so far, he has sought to expand his range into a couple of dramas. Otherwise he takes much of the Deadpan Snarker
behavior but adds some more complex motivation behind it.
Responsible for Happy Madison Productions, and often plays a music fan. Expect '70s and '80s music (like Led Zeppelin
) to be not only part of the soundtrack, but part of the spoken dialog in some way, shape or form
. Also expect Sandler's character to appear at least once wearing sports or college memorabilia (t-shirts, hats, etc.) with a New York or New England connection.
Enjoys something of a reputation as "one of the nicest celebrities
in Real Life
In 2012, he earned the distinct "honor" of creating a film that swept the 2011 Razzie Awards
ceremony: 2011's Jack and Jill
was the first film in the show's history to "win" all twelve categories.
The following tropes tend to be illustrated by Sandler, his characters, or the movies in which he is the star:
- The Alleged Car: His song "Ode to My Car," from his album What the Hell Happened to Me?, a profane Reggae with the hook "Piece of shit car"
- The radio version made great use of the Sound Effect Bleep which arguably made the song even funnier.
- The Cameo: In quite a few of his films, especially from the late '90s and early '00s, there is often a scene toward the end in which Rob Schneider stands up out of a crowd and shouts "You can do it!" in a vaguely foreign accent. It first appeared in The Waterboy.
- In at least one Rob Schneider film, Sandler returns the favor, appearing dressed as the same and shouting "You can do it!" to Schneider's character.
- Gender Bender: Jack and Jill won him a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: His films tend to have a huge number of cameos from Sandler's SNL friends, sports figures, musicians, and other various pop culture icons.
- Ink-Suit Actor: In Eight Crazy Nights and Hotel Transylvania
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In virtually all of Sandler's early roles, his characters were these. Then once The Wedding Singer was made most of his characters were straight-up nice guys.
- Large Ham: Most of his roles during Saturday Night Live. A few of his film ones as well, such as Hotel Transylvania.
- List Song: "The Hannukah Song", which lists Jewish (or half\quarter) celebrities. (except O.J. Simpson, which was always there for "NOT A JEW!")
- This Loser Is You: A common theme in his films.
- Man Child: His entire career is built on this trope, most notably Billy Madison.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: A particularly well-known example. He often plays Jerkass characters but in Real Life he's generally seen as a likable and fun guy.
- Name's the Same: More or less with Andy Samberg. Both were on SNL (and considered fan-favorite cast members, though Sandler's status as a fan-favorite cast member is divided), both are Jewish, both have curly black hair, both have a sense of humor that mixes the bizarre with the juvenile, and both have left SNL to do movies (though Andy Samberg left on his own accord; Adam Sandler was fired due to NBC forcing Lorne Michaels to revamp SNL or face cancellation).
- No Budget: Subverted with his recent comedies which would have budgets around $80 million despite showing otherwise.
- Allegedly this is because he only uses around 5-10 million of that budget to actually make the movie - The rest he gives to his friends and singlehandedly makes them rich.
- Old Shame: He was NOT in Going Overboard. At least, that's what his official website said.
- Playing with Character Type: Punch Drunk Love and Click. More information on the trope page.
- Product Placement: To the point that most of his movies shown on TV have to be censored to remove the brand names for legal reasons
- Happy Gilmore even has an in-character example as Happy becomes a spokesman for Subway.
- Production Posse: The films he makes at Happy Madison can have a lower cast/crew turnaround than a Coen brothers movie. For instance, he often works with director Dennis Dugan and Peter Segal and actors David Spade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson (In more recent films), Chris Rock, Kevin James, Chris Farley (while he was alive), Steve Buscemi, Kevin Nealon, and Tim Meadows.
- Also if you ever see Peter Dante, Allen Covert and Jonathan Loughran, especially the two former, you can bet the film is a Happy Madison Production.
- Sung Through Musical: Operaman, which even adds some Gratuitous Italian \ Italianesque words for good measure.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist