Billy Madison starred Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson, Darren McGavin, Bradley Whitford and Josh Mostel. In anticipation of the release of his new film, Just Go With It, in theaters February 11, 2011, Adam Sandler will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, February 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Sandler’s first brush with comedy came at age 17, with a performance at a Boston comedy club. From then on he was hooked, performing regularly in comedy clubs throughout the state, while earning a degree in Fine Arts from New York University. While performing stand up, he was spotted by Dennis Miller and recruited to join the “Saturday Night Live” team where he was a regular for five seasons.
Sandler’s films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. His most recent film, Sony Pictures’ Grown Ups, is the highest-grossing of his career, taking in more than $271 million worldwide. Sandler also recently starred in Universal’s Funny People, written and directed by Judd Apatow starring with Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Erica Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman, as well as the box office smashes Bedtime Stories for Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Universal’s comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Later this year, Sandler will lend his voice for the Sony/MGM comedy Zookeeper alongside Kevin James, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone, Faison Love, Leslie Bibb and Rosario Dawson, and will star in both title roles in Jack and Jill, also for Sony Pictures. Sandler stars in JUST GO WITH IT, which will be released by Sony Pictures on February 11.
Previously, Sandler has been seen in the starring role opposite Don Cheadle in Sony’s Reign Over Me for director Mike Binder, the box-office hits Click, starring with Kate Beckinsale, and The Longest Yard, starring with Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. He also starred in James L. Brooks’ Spanglish, opposite Tea Leoni; the romantic comedy 50 First Dates, with Drew Barrymore; Anger Management, with Jack Nicholson; and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Sandler’s production company Happy Madison Productions was co-founded by Jack Giarraputo and Sandler and has gone on to become an almost self-contained mini studio, involved in all aspects of film production. Happy Madison has produced Click, The Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness and the recent films The House Bunny, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and the upcoming Zookeeper.
Sandler has also collaborated with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, and The Waterboy and executive produced Grandma’s Boy, The Animal, Joe Dirt, The Master of Disguise, The Hot Chick and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
Happy Madison Productions also has a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Domestic Television to develop shows for the studio including the current hit show “Rules of Engagement” starring David Spade and Oliver Hudson.
Sandler’s comedy albums on Warner Bros Records have gone multi-platinum. Collectively, they have sold more than six million copies to date. Several years ago, Sandler launched AdamSandler.com. This site is updated weekly with mini-movies featuring Sandler and the staff of Happy Madison in their daily routines.