Adam Sandler Fell For A Model While Filming — They Are Still Married 22 Years Later

Jan 21, 2022 by apost team

Adam Sandler is known for being a pretty funny guy and has starred in many comedies to prove just how hilarious he truly is. The actor has made a successful career for himself, finding his footing as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 until 1995 before going on to star in a plethora of box office hits. Some of his most notable movies include “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.”

His wit, comedic timing, and ability to be an adorable goofball have made him a standout in the comedy world. While Sandler is mostly known for his sense of humor, he has also shown a more romantic side of himself in his films, starring alongside several beautiful and talented actresses, including Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayak, and Drew Barrymore, to name a few. However, his off-screen romance is by far the most beautiful one Sandler has shown the world, as he has been married to his wife for nearly two decades and has known her for even longer. 

Sandler is married to his longtime partner Jacqueline Titone – now known as Jackie Sandler. Jackie first got her start in the entertainment industry through modeling both nationally and internationally before going on to appear in a handful of films, including many alongside her now-husband. In fact, the happy couple first met on the set of one of Sandler’s films about 22 years ago, tied the knot a few years later, and are still going strong to this day. Read on to find out more about Sandler and Jackie’s heartwarming romance.

Successful Beginnings

Adam Sandler (1994), (Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)

Sandler was born on Sept. 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family. He moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, at the age of 6 and joined BBYO, a Jewish youth group. He later returned to New York to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and graduated from the program in 1988.

He began performing around the same time as his graduation from the esteemed school, appearing in “The Cosby Show” in 1987 before going on to make his film debut in “Going Overboard” in 1989. It wasn’t long before Sandler really began showing people what he was capable of as a comedian, and he was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” in 1990. He became a featured star on the show the following year. 

While he was known for his charm and wit, Sandler really became known for standing out in the crowd thanks to his hilarious musical abilities. He performed “The Thanksgiving Song” and “The Chanukah Song” on “Saturday Night Live,” proving just how creative his humor really was, as well as how much his personal family values meant to him. When the show underwent a huge cast change in 1995, Sandler, among several others, were fired.

Later on in his career, Sandler even returned to “Saturday Night Live” as a host, making his first appearance in this role in May 2019. He ended the episode with a tribute to his late former cast member, Chris Farley. Sandler received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his hosting gig.

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Filming With Friends

Adam Sandler (1998), (Getty Images/Bob Riha, Jr.)

The 1990s proved to be a pivotal point in Sandler’s career, as the comedian and actor began appearing in box office hits back to back. Some of his most well-known films during this time include “Billy Madison” from 1995, “Happy Gilmore” from 1996, “The Wedding Singer” from 1998, and “The Waterboy” also from 1998.

Ending the 1990s with a bang, Sandler formed his own production company called Happy Madison. The very first film he produced with his new company was “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” which just so happened to be a film by his “Saturday Night Live” alum and friend Rob Schneider. This movie was also a turning point in Sandler’s personal life.

Since then, Happy Madison has produced the majority of Sandler’s films. Although the movies haven’t always received the best reviews from critics, they have typically done well at the box office. Many of Sandler’s friends also appear in his films, including the likes of David SpadeChris Rock, and Kevin James.

Moving forward into the 2000s and 2010s, Sandler continued to appear in a plethora of comedy films alongside his funny friends. His production company was still going strong, and Sandler was also writing movies, showing off his talents that really came to fruition during his “Saturday Night Live” days. 

Some of his more notable films during this time include “50 First Dates” alongside Barrymore, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” featuring James, “Just Go With It” opposite Aniston, and “Grown Ups.” The latter again featured plenty of note-worthy comedians, including James, Rock, Schneider, Spade, and Hayak.

Expanding His Horizons

Adam Sandler (2002), (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

The actor continued making smart career and business moves as his time went on. In 2014, Sandler and his production company teamed up with Netflix for a four-movie deal. The following year, the actor released “Pixels,” his last theatrical film for quite some time. The movie was later distributed to Netflix. Moving forward, Sandler began the next stage of his career starring in several movies for Netflix, including “The Ridiculous 6, “The Do-Over,” “Murder Mystery” and “Hubie Halloween.”

While Sandler has been respected as a comedic actor for the majority of his career, he really began to show his range in more recent years, intriguing both fans and critics alike. In 2017, he appeared in the family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories” alongside Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. The film was presented at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where people appreciated Sandler’s performance.

Sandler continued to show off more of his acting abilities in the crime thriller drama “Uncut Gems,” directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Sandler played the role of a charismatic jeweler who makes a high-stakes bet, where he has to balance family, business, and adversaries. The movie was a huge success and further cemented Sandler as someone who will surely be in the entertainment industry for many more years to come. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film grossed $50 million at the box office, and critics praised the actor’s performance. The critics’ consensus was: “‘Uncut Gems’ reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema – and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.”

Receiving Plenty Of Praise

Adam Sandler (2002), (Stephane Cardinale/Sygma/Getty Images)

Despite all of the love “Uncut Gems” received, it didn’t hold up in nominations against other films for major awards during award season. Many people believed Sandler and the film were snubbed, resulting in even more praise pooling out from critics and Sander’s friends.

Aniston, who has starred with Sandler in a few projects, commented on his notable role. “Oh, Adam Sandler, your performance is extraordinary, your magic is real, buddy,” she said, according to PEOPLE. The actress added, “I love you.”

In August 2020, Spade, another one of Sandler’s friends, talked about the reason behind why Sandler typically stars alongside his buddies in so many Happy Madison films. According to CheatSheet, Spade referred to the “Grown Ups” casting as “a smart move,” explaining how the group is like “the Golden State Warriors.”

Spade continued, “Get guys that have their own movies and we’ll all be in one when there’s a lot of competition. It was a good trick. And when we shot it, he spread out the jokes, so we all got to score.”

Spade also said that he would be interested in filming another ensemble film similar to “Grown Ups” and its sequel “Grown Ups 2.” With his history with Sandler, there’s no doubt that the two will team up again at some point in the future. “I’ve probably been in about 40,” Spade joked, referencing the amount of Sandler films he’s been in. “I mean, I sort of come in the fine print, you know what I mean?”

Long-Lasting Relationships

Adam Sandler (2002), (Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty Images)

It’s clear that Sandler has remained close to the people who mean the most to him, including several of his co-stars turned friends. Another person who is very important to Sandler is Barrymore. The pair have known each other for more than two decades and have played lovers in a handful of romantic comedies. 

According to TODAY, Barrymore was invited to present Sandler with the best actor honor at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in January 2020. The award was specifically for his work in “Uncut Gems.”

Barrymore said:

“I love this man so much, and I have always believed in him. This moment, honestly, couldn’t be more deserved. I know that everyone is rooting for you because you have earned everyone’s respect. You deserve the best, you give the best and you are the best. I love you very much.”

The words meant a lot to Sandler, and he made sure to thank his longtime friend for her kindness when he accepted his award. “Drew, that was amazing,” Sandler said. “You were just saying all of that stuff and it was amazing. You just winged it, and I know you thought about it, but you were so cool.” 

Sandler even choked up a bit as he continued raving about how grateful he was to have a friend like Barrymore. “I’m glad we met, and I’m glad we did it all and we always make our movies together,” he said. “...I love you, buddy. And I love your kids, and I love everything about you.”

In This Together

Adam Sandler (2009), (Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)

Sandler has also maintained an amazing relationship with his wife of 22 years, Jackie. According to IMDB, Jackie first started modeling in high school and went on to become successful both nationally and internationally. She was later introduced to the acting industry by Schneider and appeared in the 1999 film “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” Schneider was impressed with Jackie’s work and put in a good word for her to his friend, Sandler, and the rest is history.

Sandler and Jackie first met while working as co-stars on the film “Big Daddy” in 1999. Their courtship was brief – from their introduction in 1999 to tying the knot just four years later in 2003. Parade reported that Aniston and Schneider were among the 400 wedding guests. Along with getting a beautiful wife, Sandler also got an amazing business partner, as Jackie has since teamed up with the comedian on several productions, including “Murdery Mystery,” “Grown Ups,” “Just Go With It,” and “50 First Dates.” 

Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres in 2019, Sandler said, “We do this together, me and Jackie. Movies, you know, we discuss what I’m gonna do. And she gives me, you know, strength and courage to jump into this stuff.” According to Parade, Jackie was actually the one who encouraged Sandler to take the role in “Uncut Gems,” one of his most critically acclaimed films to date.

In addition to helping Sandler with Happy Madison, Jackie has also branched out to pursue her own interests, including a Netflix series titled “The Wrong Missy.” The Sandler family household has also grown throughout the years, as Sandler and Jackie have welcomed two daughters into their lives: Sunny, born in 2008, and Sadie, born in 2006.

Keeping The Romance Alive

Adam Sandler (2015), (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Seeing their parents become stars in the entertainment industry, it was only a matter of time before Sunny and Sadie shared their own hopes to star in a movie, too. Speaking with PEOPLE in October 2020, Sandler said:

“I hear sometimes in the house, ‘I wanna be in a movie’ and I say, ‘You are, you were in this, this and this, and they go, ‘Not yours.’ I go, ‘Oh, Daddy’s not good enough!’... They wanna do their own thing one day.”

While Jackie has worked on a handful of movies with her husband, she has also made sure to offer him some sound advice for the shoots she’s not there for either, specifically the ones involving a romantic scene. Sandler admitted that he is “never excited for romantic scenes,” even though his wife “loves the women” he has the privilege of working with. In fact, Sandler said that “there’s no jealousy at all” on Jackie’s end. He added, “She’s always saying, ‘Come on, make sure you kiss the best you can.”

However, it’s clear that Sandler has no issue being romantic with his real wife, as he has shared some beautiful, sentimental words about her over the years. Back in 2020, Sandler commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the day he met his now-wife. According to Parade, he wrote, “22 years ago today we locked eyes and fell deep. Look forward to the next 22, young lady. Love you my forever girl.”

Sandler also revealed the couple’s secret to staying together for so many years: “Just getting time together. Making sure that you don’t run off too long and hanging out together and telling the truth and that kind of thing’s good.”

Jackie Sandler, Adam Sandler (2019), (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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