“Mama says that alligators are ornery ‘cause they got all them teeth, but no toothbrush!” Growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire, Adam Sandler eventually took his brother’s advice and made his comedy club debut at the age of 17. Loving the adrenaline of being on stage and recognizing his keen ability to make people laugh, Sandler enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduated in 1988 and made his way to the silver screen for his film debut in Going Overboard in 1989. As luck would have it, he continued doing stand-up in Los Angeles when comedian Dennis Miller saw him in action and made a phone call to one of his friends at Saturday Night Live. Little did Sandler realize at the time that his future was about to change.
Joining SNL in 1990 as a writer and later as a featured player, Sandler is credited with resurrecting the then-flailing comedy show thanks to his wacky characters and amusing performances of “The Thanksgiving Song” and “The Chanukah Song” that caused ratings to skyrocket. Helping other comedians like David Spade and Chris Farley find broader audiences, Sandler’s own popularity on the show opened up many new doors for him in Hollywood. His first big comedy hit, Happy Gilmore, grossed $40 million in 1996 as audiences fell in love with his goofy sense of humor and his often boorish, juvenile man-boy characters in films like The Wedding Singer and Mr. Deeds.
Continuing to star in dozens of hits over the years including comedies like Billy Madison, The Waterboy and Big Daddy, Sandler has extended his reach with more dramatic roles in blockbusters like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Funny People. Launching his own production company known as Happy Madison Productions in 1999, the notoriously funny man-boy has consistently proven his talents as a screenwriter, film producer and musician thanks to his work behind the scenes in producing television series like Rules of Engagement in addition to films like The Do-Over, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Grown Ups 2.
Thanks to his incredible connection with his audiences and the industry as well as his longstanding relationships with fellow silver screen stars David Spade, Kevin James, Chris Rock and Steve Buscemi, the 50 First Dates star has built an impressive $300 million net worth. And, while many assumed the wild funny man would spend his wealth on overpriced toys fit for a Hollywood man-child, he’s proven everyone wrong with a growing real estate portfolio that now includes seven homes across the United States. Of the seven, he spends the majority of his time in the beautiful coastal city of the Pacific Palisades.
Enjoying the success of Spanglish in 2004 and having recently married actress Jacqueline Titone in 2003, Sandler was drawn to the Palisades and its history as the site of one of Hollywood’s first film production companies headed by director Thomas Ince that earned the area the nickname “Inceville.” Aside from that, Sandler and his new wife planned on raising a family and knew that the Palisades would be the perfect family-oriented neighborhood thanks to its exceptional schools, quiet streets and strong community ties. There was only one problem—the house they wanted, wasn’t on the market.
Rather than look for another house, Sandler approached the owners—who just so happened to be Hollywood couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn—and made a $12 million offer on their 13,000 square foot estate. Once the deal was finalized, the Sandlers settled into their gorgeous Los Angeles retreat nestled on two-thirds of an acre complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a luxurious swimming pool.
Long before settling into his Palisades estate, however, Sandler purchased a summer getaway in Malibu, California in 2001 for $3.1 million. Originally built in 1947 and later remodeled, the home boasts three bedrooms and three baths with gorgeous oceanfront views from nearly every room. Now, when his Palisades home and Malibu getaway aren’t enough to suit his fancy, the 50-year-old travels with his wife and two daughters to their $42.5 million estate in Bel Air. Offering the utmost in privacy with the home nestled among dozens of trees, shrubbery and exquisite landscaping, an outdoor pool and a tennis court jutting over the hillside gives the family plenty to do on sunny afternoons. As for the rest of his properties, the Anger Management star can certainly unwind anywhere life takes him with homes in Boca Raton and Miami, Florida as well as in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and New York City.