Adam Sandler is renowned for his comedy films that manage to rake in earnings despite being bombarded by negative reviews. His wealth can be easily attributed to his work as both actor and producer, especially that he has his own production company.
Read on and find out how Sandler started his journey as a famous funnyman and how he made his money.
Adam Sandler’s Net Worth in 2017 – $300 million
How Did Adam Sandler make his money & wealth?
Adam Richard Sandler was born on September 09, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of six his family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire where he attended his primary and secondary schools. Sandler did not perform well academically as he was more interested in sports and entertaining other people with his comedic talents.
Upon the encouragement of his brother Scott, Sandler put his abilities to the test by performing in a comedy club. The success of his gigs made Sandler realize that he had what it takes to make people laugh. While studying in New York University Sandler continued to perform gigs in colleges and clubs. He also penned his own comedic material. In 1988 Sandler obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and decided to pursue a career in entertainment.
His first few bits of exposure were in The Cosby Show and in MTV’s game show Remote Control. Sandler continued performing in gigs and in 1989 he had his film debut in the comedy Going Overboard although it was barely noticed by the public. Sandler moved to Los Angeles where he focused on stand-up comedy while making a few more appearances in television series and movies. In one of his shows Sandler caught the eye of renowned comedian and host Dennis Miller. Miller then recommended Sandler to Lorne Michaels, the man behind Saturday Night Live. Sandler was first hired as a writer for the show until he was eventually part of the cast. Sandler showcased what he was capable of and his efforts helped cement his name in the industry. In 1995 Sandler left the show to start a full-time career in film although he revealed in a later interview that he and comedian Chris Farley were both fired for unknown reasons.
Sandler starred in a handful of comedy titles like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and The Wedding Singer. Many doubted his acting abilities outside of playing a goofy character while there are those who believe in Sandler’s talent and that the star is only hampered by bad roles and scripts. Sandler proved his prowess by starring in more serious films like Spanglish, Reign Over Me and Punch-Drunk Love. His experience as a screenwriter was also utilized as Sandler wrote screenplays of films that starred him and other actors.
He would also have films that failed to impress critics such as Little Nicky and Jack & Jill, the latter being considered as among the worst films in history and is also the first movie that won all categories during the 2012 Razzie Awards. As the years went by the movies Sandler starred in didn’t exactly reach blockbuster status nor please the watchful eyes of critics yet they still did good in terms of earnings.
Sandler and his wife Jackie provided voices for two characters in the 2012 animated movie Hotel Transylvania. He would later return for the 2015 sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 as voice actor and writer, and his two daughters Sadie and Sunny have their own roles as well. Both animated films were well-received by critics and did well in the box office.
Netflix struck a deal with Adam Sandler in 2014 to star and produce four movies that will only be shown on the service. Two have already been released namely The Do-Over and the controversial The Ridiculous 6. Both films received negative reviews.
Sandler’s venture outside of acting comes in the form of his own production company named Happy Madison Productions. The name was derived from the two movies he starred in namely Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Most of the films he starred in were produced by this company along with movies helmed by other stars like Rob Schneider and Kevin James. Unfortunately many of these high-grossing films suffered from negative reviews and low scores on film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Sandler is also well-known for his films being steeped with product placement, and companies pay good money for this kind of advertising.
The CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement was produced by Happy Madison Productions and ran from 2007 to 2013. The series lasted for seven seasons with a total of 100 episodes. Oddly enough it had good ratings and even won awards and received nominations even though the show had many negative reviews.
Sandler has released five studio albums from 1993 to 2004. The tracks in these albums contain comedy skits and songs, some of which delve in adult humor. The first and fourth albums, They’re All Gonna Laugh At You! and Stan and Judy’s Kid, both received nominations during the 1995 and 2000 Grammy Awards respectively. His “The Chanukah Song” is one of his most famous songs.
Forbes crowned Sandler at the top rank of their list of most overpaid actors during 2013 and 2014. The magazine estimated that Sandler returned $3.20 for every dollar he was paid with.
Adam Sandler Personal Life & FAQ’s
Is Adam Sandler married?
Yes. Sandler tied the knot on June 22, 2003 with actress Jacqueline Samantha Titone. They have two daughters namely Sadie and Sunny and they both make frequent appearances in many of Sandler’s movies.
Adam Sandler’s Salary & Annual Earnings in 2015
Sandler earned $41 million last year. His income was due to the release of his films Pixels and The Ridiculous 6 in 2015 along with his work on Hotel Transylvania 2.
How much does Adam Sandler make per movie?
Sandler is reported to earn $20 million per role.
Adam Sandler’s House
Adam Sandler’s $42.5 million mansion is located in Bel Air, California.
Adam Sandler’s charity, donations and philanthropy
In 2012 Sandler performed in the benefit concert 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief which raised funds to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Sandler donated $1 million to the organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2007. He attended the same organization in Manchester, New Hampshire during his youthful days.
In 2015 Sandler teamed up with Bob Barker for a skit in the charity event “Night of Too Many Stars” that raised funds to support the organization Autism Speaks. The two actors are best known for their brawl in the movie Happy Gilmore which earned the Best Fight award during the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.
During the same year Sandler and a host of other comedians performed in a private event named Comedy Boot Jam which was held by Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization that supports both active and retired members of the military and their families.
Sandler supports more than a dozen charities and organizations. Some of these include Animal Rescue Foundation, Chris Farley Foundation, Feeding America, Life Rolls On Foundation, and Toys for Tots to name a few.
Adam Sandler’s achievements
Sandler’s movie The Ridiculous Six made a record by being the most-watched title in Netflix’s history. Aside from that the film also ranks in the #1 spot of all territories Netflix operates in. These all took place during the film’s first 30 days on the streaming service.