Adam Sandler

Graduating class of 1984



Adam Sandler has enjoyed phenomenal success in the entertainment industry as an actor, comedian, writer, producer, director and musician. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Adam and his family moved to Manchester when he was five years old. He was educated in the Manchester school system and graduated from Central High School in 1984. Although claims are made that Adam’s first brush with comedy came at the age of 17 with a performance at a Boston comedy club, it should be noted that he honed his comedic talents right here at Central where he was voted Class Comedian. While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University, Adam had a recurring role as Smitty on The Cosby Show and gained international recognition on Saturday Night Live as a writer and performer. Adam has several comedy albums which have gone multi-platinum. In 1993, he made his motion picture debut in Coneheads with Dan Aykroyd and in 1995 had his first starring role in Billy Madison. He has enjoyed great success in movies including Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Water Boy, Big Daddy, and Mr. Deeds. He recently starred in the remake of The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, and Anger Management. At the 1999 People's Choice Awards, Adam's film Big Daddy was chosen as the most popular comedy and he was named the 1999 favorite comic actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2002. Despite his extremely busy schedule, he is unwaveringly loyal to his family and friends and took time to speak at the Central graduations of his nephew Tyler in 2003 and niece Victoria in 2004.