From 'Saturday Night Live' to 'Big Daddy' : 16 Must-See Throwback Photos of Adam Sandler

Sandler, who got his start on Saturday Night Live, has kept us laughing in over 50 films throughout the years

01 of 16

Congrats Grad

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In May 2020, Sandler posted a throwback photo from his high school graduation, sharing some wisdom with the class of 2020.

The actor and comedian wrote, "Hellooooo high school and college class of 2020. Holy cow. Way to go. You did it. You are officially smart. You worked hard and you deserve the respect. Sorry it's a rough time to be graduating, but you know what I did the night of my high school graduation? I sat at home with my parents and we all just stared at each other just like you're doing now. Then the fun began. Love you all. Congratulations. Enjoy it and get ready to go save the world. We need you."

He signed the note, "Love, The Sandman"

02 of 16

A Stand-Up Guy

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Before making it big on Saturday Night Live, Sandler was a stand-up comic. In 1987, he did a set at the N.Y.C. club The Comic Strip.

03 of 16

Live From New York

Adam Sandler at "Saturday Night Live" Season Kick-Off Party
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He joined Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer, and was a cast member from 1991 to 1995.

04 of 16

Showing Off

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Sandler wasn't afraid to strut his stuff on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1991. He created plenty of memorable characters while on the show, like Opera Man and Pepper Boy.

05 of 16

Strumming at Our Heart Strings

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We can't imagine why Sandler was fired from the show — a fact he pointed out when he hosted in 2019.

I mean, who wouldn't want young Adam Sandler on your television every Saturday night, singing hilarious tunes in their general direction?

06 of 16

Sing Out, Sandman

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Sandler, known for his impressions and characters, also used his vocal abilities, penning funny songs for the show (and then writing and performing even more throughout his career).

07 of 16

Shock and Awe

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Sandler looked appropriately starstruck getting a hug from Sandra Bullock at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.

08 of 16

Dynamic Trio

Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Farley (l. to r.) arrive
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Sandler was close with castmates David Spade and the late Chris Farley. Who could forget these three playing the Gap Girls?

09 of 16

Best Buds

'Black Sheep' Premiere

Farley died in December 1997, but Sandler continued to pay tribute to him for years to come, even performing a song about him while hosting SNL in 2019.

10 of 16

The Great Debate

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In 1995, Sandler starred in Billy Madison and, TBH, because of this movie, we are still debating whether shampoo or conditioner is better.

11 of 16

Happy as Can Be


In 1996, Sandler starred in Happy Gilmore (and got punched in the face by Bob Barker).

12 of 16

I Wanna Grow Old With You

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Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in Wedding Singer. Everett Collection

In 1998, Sandler starred alongside Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, where he played an engaged wedding singer who falls in love with a bride-to-be.

13 of 16

Together Forever

"The Wedding Singer" New York City Premiere - After Party
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The Wedding Singer would be the first of three films the pair would star in together — and Drew is dying to do another!

14 of 16

His Forever Girl

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Sandler posted a sweet throwback of him with wife Jackie on Instagram in honor of the first time they met. The pair married in 2003.

Sandler captioned the photo, "22 years ago today we locked eyes and fell deep. Look forward to the next 22, young lady. Love you my forever girl."

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Fictional Father

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We spy the Sprouse twins, Dylan and Cole! The brothers starred alongside Sandler in the 1999 movie Big Daddy.

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Slime Time Live

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Sandler subjected himself to a big ol' sliming courtesy of the 2002 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

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