Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Soviet Ukraine to the United States with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent, she appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role at age 14, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That'70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. Kunis' breakout film role came in 2008, playing Rachel in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she gained further critical acclaim and accolades for her performance in the psychological thriller Black Swan, for which she received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress, nominations for the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other major films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne, the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli, the romantic comedy film Friends with Benefits, the comedy film Ted, the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful as the Wicked Witch of the West, the comedy film Bad Moms.
Milena Markovna Kunis was born on August 1983 in Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR in the Soviet Union. Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab driver. Kunis has an elder brother named Michael, her mother tongue and the common language within her family is Russian. She stated in 2011 that her parents had "amazing jobs", that she "was lucky" and the family was "not poor". In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, with $250. "That was all. My parents had given up good degrees, which were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA."Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family's move to the United States. She has stated that her parents "raised Jewish as much as they could", although religion was suppressed in the Soviet Union. On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English.
She recalled: "I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my grandma about it, it was. I didn't understand the culture. I didn't understand the people. I didn't understand the language. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like,'Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.' And that's kind of what it felt like moving to the States."In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School. She used an on-set tutor for most of her high school years while filming That'70s Show, she attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, but when that school proved to be insufficiently flexible about her acting commitments, she transferred to Fairfax High School, from which she graduated in 2001. She attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met Susan Curtis, who would become her manager. On her first audition she landed the role for a Barbie commercial.
Shortly after, she did a commercial for the Lisa Frank product line. Her first television roles took place in 1994, first appearing on Days of Our Lives, a few months doing her first of two appearances on Baywatch, she had a minor role on 7th Heaven and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as the young Gia Carangi. At the age of 10, Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moves to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly. Instead, she was cast in the secondary role of a Mexican girl. In 1998, Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That'70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old. Though they figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role. That'70s Show ran for eight seasons, she won two consecutive Young Star Awards as Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1999 and 2000 for her performances. In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox.
Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That'70s Show. When Kunis auditioned for the role, she was called back by MacFarlane, who instructed her to speak slower, he told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her. MacFarlane added: "What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something natural about Mila, she was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Oftentimes with animation they'll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices, they sound oftentimes forced. She had a natural quality to Meg that made what we did with that character kind of work." Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Televisi
Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English-American actor, known for his intense method acting style transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, was featured in the Time 100 list of 2011. Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, to English parents, Bale had his first starring role at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's war film Empire of the Sun. Following a decade of leading and supporting roles, including in Little Women, he gained wider recognition for portraying the serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. In 2004, he lost 63 pounds for his role in the psychological thriller The Machinist. Within six months, he gained 100 pounds to star as Batman in Christopher Nolan's superhero film Batman Begins, he reprised his role in the sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Bale continued to take on starring roles, including in Nolan's period drama The Prestige, the western 3:10 to Yuma, the science fiction film Terminator Salvation, the crime drama Public Enemies.
He won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter; this acclaim continued with his Oscar-nominated roles in Russell's black comedy American Hustle and in Adam McKay's satires The Big Short and Vice. For portraying Dick Cheney in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Bale's personal life and personality has been the subject of much public attention, despite his desire to keep a low profile, he is a supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund, obtained American citizenship in 2014. Bale has been married to Sandra Blažić since 2000. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. Bale has three sisters, his mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents. Bale has remarked, "I was born in Wales but I'm not Welsh – I'm English".
He spent his childhood in Wales and Dorset in England, Portugal. Bale acknowledged, he attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16. Bale studied the work of actor Gary Oldman, citing him as "the reason I'm acting", his first role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial, playing a child rock star. In 1984, he made his stage debut in The Nerd on London's West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bale's parents divorced in 1991, his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, Bale moved with his father to Los Angeles, California at age seventeen. Bale made his film debut as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in the made for television film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986, followed by leading roles in the miniseries Heart of the Country and the fantasy adventure Mio in the Land of Faraway, in which he appeared with Christopher Lee and Nick Pickard, his performance as the boy Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun earned him widespread critical praise and the first "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The attention the press and his schoolmates lavished upon him after this took a toll on Bale, he contemplated giving up acting. But Kenneth Branagh approached him and persuaded Bale to appear in Henry V in 1989, which he found to be a good experience. In 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, a film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to forbidden jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in director Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film Little Women. Bale voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disney's Pocahontas. In 1997 he played Arthur Stuart in Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock. In 1999, Bale contributed to an all-star cast, including Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, portraying Demetrius in an updated version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, director Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title. Bale was dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio dropped out to star in The Beach. Bale was again cast in the role, he researched his character by studying the novel and prepared himself physically for the role by spending months tanning and exercising in order to achieve the "Olympian physique" of the character as described in the original novel. He distanced himself from the cast and crew in order to maintain the darker side of Bateman's character. American Psycho premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival to much controversy. Roger Ebert condemned the film at first, calling it pornography and "the most loathed film at Sundance." Nonetheless, he gave it a favorable review, writing that director Harron had "transformed a novel about bloodlust into a film about men's vanity." Of Bale's performance, he wrote, "Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability.
Bale was approached to make a cameo appearance in anothe
Steven Tyler is an American singer, musician and former television music competition judge. He is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he plays the harmonica and percussion, he is known as the "Demon of Screamin"' due to his wide vocal range. He is known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, Tyler dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the lead singer of Aerosmith, which released such milestone hard rock albums as Toys in the Attic and Rocks, along with a string of hit singles, including "Dream On", "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way". By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler had a heavy drug and alcohol addiction and the band's popularity waned. In 1986, Tyler completed drug rehabilitation and Aerosmith rose to prominence again when Tyler and Joe Perry joined Run–D. M. C. for a re-make of the classic Aerosmith song "Walk This Way," which became a Top 5 hit.
Aerosmith subsequently launched a remarkable comeback with the multi-platinum albums Permanent Vacation, Get a Grip and Nine Lives, which produced a combined thirteen Top 40 singles and won the band numerous awards. During this time, the band embarked on their longest and most extensive concert tours, promoted their singles with conceptual music videos and made notable appearances in television and video games. In the wake of this success, Tyler emerged as one of the most enduring rock icons. Since the late 1980s, he has embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists' music, film and TV roles, authoring a bestselling book and solo work. While tension with his Aerosmith bandmates boiled in 2009 and 2010 after he fell off the stage at a concert, had a relapse with prescription drugs, signed on to American Idol without telling his bandmates, Tyler has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 48 years in the band. In 2016, Tyler released his debut solo album, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, a country rock album that included the hit single "Love Is Your Name".
Tyler supported the album with the "Out on a Limb" Tour. Tyler continues to perform both solo as well as with Aerosmith. Tyler is included among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, he was ranked third on Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith and in 2013, Tyler and his songwriting partner Joe Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Steven Victor Tallarico was born on March 26, 1948, at the Polyclinic Hospital in Manhattan, New York, moved to the Bronx when he was three years old; the family relocated to Yonkers. Tallarico is the son of Susan Ray, a secretary, Victor A. Tallarico, a classical musician and pianist who taught music at Cardinal Spellman High School in The Bronx, his father was of Italian and German descent, while his mother was of Polish and English ancestry. He has noted on a number of occasions that his maternal grandfather was Ukrainian. and changed his surname from "Czarnyszewicz" to "Blancha".
His paternal grandfather, Giovanni Tallarico, was from Cotronei, Italy. Tyler learned on the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? that his great-great-great-grandfather was part African-American. Steven has one older sister named Lynda. Steven attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, but was expelled from the school due to drug use, he graduated from Quintano’s school for Young Professionals. At 17, Tyler spent time in Greenwich Village, New York, the highlight of, seeing a Rolling Stones concert. Tyler states that he and his friends "hung around for a while, buzzing like crazy just because we got to touch them." He added, "Everybody told me that I looked just like Mick Jagger with my big lips and Keith Richards was the music I used to love more than anything." A photo in the band's autobiography Walk This Way shows Tyler standing behind Mick Jagger outside a hotel. Before Aerosmith, Tyler wrote what would become one of Aerosmith's signature songs, "Dream On". In 1969, Tyler attended a local rock show in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where he first saw future bandmates Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton, who at the time were playing in a band called the Jam Band.
Tyler stated he was struck by their raw power and attitude. Around 1970, Tyler and Hamilton decided to form a band. Tyler, who had played drums in many of his previous bands while in school, insisted that he would be the frontman and lead singer. Joey Kramer, an old acquaintance of Tyler's from New York, was recruited to play the drums. Tyler invited Ray Tabano, to play rhythm guitar. Driven by a collective ambition to launch their careers as full-time musicians and hopeful recording artists, the band moved to Boston, shared a small apartment at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue, in Brighton in the fall of 1970. Shortly after relocating to Boston, Tyler's dissatisfaction with Tabano's lack of passion and dedication prompted the band to replace Tabano with Brad Whitfo
Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress, singer and model. She is best known for her starring role as the devious socialite Blair Waldorf on teen drama television series Gossip Girl on The CW, she has appeared in films such as Killer Movie, Country Strong, The Roommate, Monte Carlo, The Oranges and The Judge. Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Men, she plays the character Angie D'Amato on the ABC television sitcom Single Parents. In addition to acting, Meester has ventured into music. In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad", which charted in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, released her first single "Somebody to Love" on the Universal Republic label, she released a second single "Your Love's a Drug" in 2010. Meester has recorded songs for various soundtracks, her debut album, was independently released in 2014. She has modeled, having been the face of brands such as Jimmy Choo, Herbal Essences, Vera Wang. Meester was born in Fort Texas, to Constance Lynn and Douglas Jay Meester.
Her father is a real estate broker. She has two brothers. At the time of her birth, Meester's parents were serving time in a federal prison for their involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. Constance was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence, her paternal grandparents cared for Meester during this period. She has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, has stated, "It made me realize that you can't judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they've done in their past, because people change." She grew up in Marco Island, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. Her parents separated in 1992; when she was 11 years old and her siblings moved with their mother to New York City. She attended the Professional Children's School and began working as a model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber, working with then-photographer Sofia Coppola.
Meester booked commercials for Tamagotchi and Clearasil, modeled for Limited Too alongside Amanda Seyfried. At age 14, she relocated to Los Angeles and attended Hollywood and Beverly Hills High Schools. Meester transferred to a small private school and graduated a year earlier than normal. Meester made her acting debut in 1999 as a murder victim's friend, Alyssa Turner, on an episode of Law & Order. Following this, she made her film debut in Hangman's Curse, based on the bestselling book by Frank Peretti, she had a series regular role in Tarzan. A recurring role in Entourage as Justine Chapin and Veronica Mars as Carrie Bishop followed in 2004 and 2005. Meester booked guest roles in the series Crossing Jordan, 8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven and 24, she was cast as series regular in Surface as Savannah Barnett. In 2006, Meester appeared in two films and Inside, she guest starred in an episode of Numbers and appeared in two episodes of House as Ali Johnson, a teenager who has a crush on Gregory House.
She had guest roles on CSI: Miami and Shark, portrayed the female lead in the horror film Drive-Thru, for which she recorded the song "Inside the Black". Meester was cast as identical twin sisters Kayla and Kelly Rhodes in the ABC crime-drama series Secrets of a Small Town, but the network decided not to forward the series. In 2007, Meester was cast in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, she first auditioned for the role of Serena van der Woodsen, but told the producers that she could better play Blair. However, it was important that Serena was blonde and Blair was brunette, so Meester dyed her hair brown for the role, her performance was the most critically acclaimed of the show, with Blair being cited as the series' breakout character. She garnered media attention for her wardrobe on the show; the series ended after 120 episodes. Meester starred in the television film The Haunting of Sorority Row, had a role in the ensemble comedy-drama film Remember the Daze.
In 2008, she appeared in the horror-thriller film Killer Movie and reprised her role in Entourage singing with Tony Bennett in the episode. That same year, she was a spokesperson for Sunsilk's Life Can't Wait campaign to motivate women to pursue their dreams, collaborated with Safe Horizon to raise awareness about domestic violence. Early in 2009, Meester partnered with Reebok to model their new Top Down sneakers. Apart from Gossip Girl, Meester worked with co-star Ed Westwick in a Nikon Coolpix series camera advertisement, both were the faces of the Korean clothing line ASK Enquired. In April 2009, she released the song "Birthday" featuring duo Awesome New Republic. A version without her vocals was included on their Rational Geographic Vol. I album; that month, Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic. Meester provided vocals on Cobra Starship's song "Good Girls Go Bad", which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In July, "Body Control" surfaced on the internet. Meester's first official single, "Somebody to Love", featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke, was released for airplay on October 13, 2009, became available for digital download on October 14, 2009.
She recorded a cover of the song "Christmas" for the compilation album A Very Special Christ
Michael Fassbender is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 as a Spartan warrior, he first came to prominence for his role as IRA activist Bobby Sands in Hunger, for which he won a British Independent Film Award. Subsequent roles include in the independent film Fish Tank, as a Royal Marines lieutenant in Inglourious Basterds, as Edward Rochester in the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, as Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, as the sentient android David 8 in Prometheus and its sequel, Alien: Covenant, in the musical comedy-drama Frank as an eccentric musician loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom. In 2011, Fassbender debuted as the Marvel Comics supervillain Magneto in X-Men: First Class, went on to share the role with Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, reprised it again in X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2011, Fassbender's performance as a sex addict in Shame earned him the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.
In 2013, his role as slave owner Edwin Epps in the slavery epic 12 Years a Slave was praised, earning him his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2013, Fassbender appeared in The Counselor. In 2015, he portrayed the title role in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic Steve Jobs, played Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. For the former, he received BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. In 2015, he produced the western Slow West, in which he starred. Fassbender was born on 2 April 1977 in Baden-Württemberg, his mother, Adele, is Irish, while Josef Fassbender, is German. According to Fassbender family lore, his mother is the great-grand-niece of Michael Collins, an Irish leader during the War of Independence; when Fassbender was two years old, his parents moved to the Irish town of Killarney, County Kerry, where they ran the West End House, a restaurant where his father worked as a chef. His parents moved to Kerry as they wanted their children to grow up in the countryside rather than the industrial backdrop of their previous residence in Germany.
Fassbender was raised Catholic, served as an altar boy at the church his family attended. He has an older sister, a neuropsychologist. Fassbender and his sister spent summer holidays in Germany, he speaks German fluently, though he stated before filming Inglourious Basterds that he had needed to brush up a bit on his spoken German because "it was a bit rusty", he attended St. Brendan's College, both in Killarney, he decided. At 19, he moved to London to study at the Drama Centre London, a constituent school of Central Saint Martins. In 1999, he dropped out of the Drama Centre and toured with the Oxford Stage Company to perform the play Three Sisters. Before he found work as an actor, he worked as a postman. Other jobs include market research for the Royal Mail and working for Dell computers. Fassbender's first screen role was that of Burton "Pat" Christenson in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's award-winning television miniseries Band of Brothers, he played the character of Azazeal in both series of Hex on Sky One and starred as the main character in the music video for the song "Blind Pilots" by the British band The Cooper Temple Clause.
In the video, he plays the part of a man out with friends on a stag night who transforms into a goat due to wearing a cowbell necklace. Fassbender played Jonathan Harker in a ten-part radio serialisation of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland and broadcast in the Book at Bedtime series between 24 November and 5 December 2003, he was seen in early 2004 in a Guinness television commercial, The Quarrel, playing a man who swims across the ocean from Ireland to apologise to his brother in New York. During the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fassbender played Michael Collins, his great-great-grand-uncle, in Allegiance, a play by Mary Kenny based on the meeting between Collins and Winston Churchill. In addition, Fassbender produced and starred in a stage version of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, along with his production company, he appeared in Angel, about the rise and fall of an eccentric young British writer in the early 20th century. Fassbender plays her love interest, an average painter named Esmé.
The drama—the first English-language effort by French director François Ozon and based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor—premiered on 17 February 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival and on 14 March 2007 in Paris. He made a brief appearance in Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh's Wedding Belles as Barney, speaking with a Scottish accent. In 2006, Fassbender played Stelios, a young Spartan warrior, in 300, a fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder; the film was a commercial success. In preparation for his role as Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's 2008 film Hunger, Fassbender underwent a crash diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day, he received the British Independent Film Award for his performance. One year after his success at the Cannes Film Festival with Hunger, he appeared in two films; the first was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, in which h
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer, musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office, his film roles include Billy Madison, the sports comedies Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy, the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation; some of his films, such the panned Jack and Jill, have been criticized, culminating in a shared second place in the number of Raspberry Awards and Raspberry Award nominations, in both cases second only to Sylvester Stallone. He has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, The Meyerowitz Stories, all of which earned him critical praise. Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1966, to Judith "Judy", a nursery school teacher, Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer.
His family descends from Russian Jewish immigrants on both sides. His patrilineal great grandfather, Joseph Jacob Sandler, was born in Pagėgiai Municipality, Tauragė County, Lithuania. Adam grew up after moving there at the age of six, he attended Manchester Central High School. As a teen, Sandler was in a Jewish youth group. Sandler graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. Early in his career, in 1987, Sandler played Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty, in The Cosby Show and the Stud Boy or Trivia Delinquent in the MTV game show Remote Control. After his film debut Going Overboard in 1989, Sandler performed in comedy clubs, having first taken the stage at his brother's urging when he was 17, he was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler's act in Los Angeles and recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including "The Thanksgiving Song" and "The Chanukah Song".
Sandler told Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in 1995. In 1993, Adam Sandler appeared in the film Coneheads with Chris Farley, David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Jane Curtin. In 1994, he co-starred in Airheads with Steve Buscemi, he starred in Billy Madison playing a grown man repeating grades 1–12 to earn back his father's respect and the right to inherit his father's multimillion-dollar hotel empire. He followed this film with Bulletproof, the financially successful comedies Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer, he was cast in the bachelor party–themed comedy/thriller Very Bad Things but had to back out due to his involvement in The Waterboy, one of his first hits. Although his earliest films did not receive favorable critical attention, he started to receive more positive reviews, beginning with Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Roger Ebert's review of Punch-Drunk Love concluded that Sandler had been wasted in earlier films with poorly written scripts and characters with no development.
Sandler has moved outside the genre of slapstick comedy to take on more serious parts such as the aforementioned Punch-Drunk Love and Mike Binder's Reign Over Me, a drama about a man who loses his entire family in 9/11 and rekindles a friendship with his old college roommate. He starred alongside friend Kevin James in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, headlined You Don't Mess with the Zohan; the film was written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel, it was directed by Dennis Dugan. Sandler starred along with Keri Russell and English comedian Russell Brand in Adam Shankman's fantasy film Bedtime Stories, as a stressed hotel maintenance worker whose bedtime stories he reads to his niece and nephew begin to come true, it marked as first film under the Walt Disney banner. In 2009, Sandler starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature Funny People; the film was released on July 31, 2009. Following the release of Funny People, it, along with Punch-Drunk Love were cited in the June 2010 announcement that Sandler was one of 135 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Sandler appeared in Grown Ups, alongside Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade. Sandler and Dickie Roberts scribe Fred Wolf wrote Dennis Dugan directed the film. Sandler starred. Sandler voiced a capuchin monkey in Kevin James's Zookeeper, released on July 8, 2011. In 2012, he starred. Sandler starred with Drew Barrymore in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy Blended, filmed in South Africa, was released on May 23, 2014. In 2013, he guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie as himself, he and Cameron Boyce worked together in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. The episode is titled "Punched Dumped Love". Sandler co-starred in the drama film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman, he was considered for the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy but Bradley Cooper was cast instead. Sandler's recent comedy films, including Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, have receiv
Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. He is the recipient of several accolades, including a Tony Award, has been nominated for an Academy Award and two competitive British Academy Film Awards. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions, he made his feature-film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. That year, his performance in the television film Boy A earned him a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, he came to international attention in 2010 with supporting roles in the drama The Social Network, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin, the science fiction romance Never Let Me Go. Garfield subsequently gained wider recognition for playing the titular superhero in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel. In 2016, Garfield starred in Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, his portrayal of Desmond T. Doss in the former earned him nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
On stage, Garfield has played Biff in a 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In 2017, he starred as Prior Walter in a production of Angels in America at the Royal National Theatre in London, a role for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor, he reprised the role on Broadway in 2018, for which he received the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Garfield was born in California, his mother, Lynn, is from Essex and his father, Richard Garfield, is from California. Garfield's paternal grandparents were from the United Kingdom. Garfield's parents moved the family from Los Angeles to the UK when he was three years old and was brought up in Epsom, Surrey. Garfield's father is Jewish, his paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who moved to London from Poland and Romania, the family surname was "Garfinkel". Garfield's parents ran a small interior design business.
His mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school, his father became head coach of the Guildford City Swimming Club. He has an older brother, a doctor. Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer during his early years, was an avid philatelist, he had intended to study business but became interested in acting at the age of sixteen when a friend convinced him to take Theatre Studies at A-level as they were one pupil short of being able to run the class. Garfield attended Priory Preparatory School in Banstead and City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Garfield began taking acting classes in Guildford, when he was 9, appeared in a youth theatre production of Bugsy Malone, he joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom and took Theatre Studies at A-level before studying for a further 3 years at a UK conservatoire, the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduating in 2004 he began working in stage acting.
In 2004 he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Kes at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, won the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2006 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 appearing in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush. In 2007 he garnered public attention when he appeared in the series 3 of the BBC's Doctor Who, in the episodes "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks". Garfield commented. In October 2007, he was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch", he made his American film debut in November 2007, playing an American university student in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, with co-stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. "I'm just lucky to be there working on the same project as them, although I don't expect to be recognised by audiences," Garfield told Variety in 2007. In his review for The Boston Globe, Wesley Morris considered Garfield's work "a willing punching bag for the movie's jabs and low blows".
In the Channel 4 drama Boy A, released in November 2007, he portrayed a notorious killer trying to find new life after prison. The role garnered him the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle wrote that "there is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity" of Garfield's portrayal. Minneapolis Star Tribune's Christy DeSmith echoed Biancolli's sentiment, citing his "detailed expressions" as an example. Writing in The Seattle Times, John Hartl noted that Garfield demonstrated range in the role, concluded: "Garfield always manages to capture his passion". Joe Morgenstern, the critic for The Wall Street Journal, dubbed Garfield's performance "phenomenal", assessing that he "makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality". In 2008, he had a minor role in the film The Other Boleyn Girl, was named one of the shooting stars at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009, Garfield held supporting roles in the Terry Gilliam film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the Red Riding television trilogy.
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times thought that Garfield gave a stand out performance in the latter. In 2010, Garfield co-starred opposite Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek's dystopian science fiction drama Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 200