ByStephen Adamson, writer at Creators.co
I love the game. I love the hustle. MP Staff Writer and Retired Rapper. Twitter: @_StephenAdamson
Stephen Adamson

Today, September 9th, it's Adam Sandler's birthday. Regardless of what you think of the man and his long career in comedy, you have to admit that he's left an impact on Hollywood and has produced some classic flicks in the process. He's turning 49 years old, which is actually pretty difficult to type because I'm having trouble believing its true!

Anecdotal sidenote: I saw Adam Sandler playing pickup basketball with some high school kids at a park in West LA, and I didn't even notice that it was him until the very end when he graciously took a photo with all the kids. It was just a random pickup game! There was no reason for him to do it, but I think that kind of shows the type of guy he is. Just a cool dude who wants to have fun.

Here are five cool facts about the legend himself, Adam Sandler.

1. Adam Sandler got his start at a comedy club at the age of 17

It was his brother who first recommended he do it.

2. Adam Sandler was Tim Burton's first choice to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

He ended up going with Johnny Depp (above).

3. Adam Sandler has two Razzie awards (opposite of Oscars) for playing both of his parts in Jack and Jill

Clearly, it wasn't his best film.

4. Sandler's best man at his wedding was his dog Meatball

His other dog's name is Matzo Ball.

5. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow were roommates well before they both became famous

Their landlord probably didn't realize two future stars were paying him or her rent each month.

Happy birthday Adam! Even though Pixels didn't do so hot, you're still the man!

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