Adam Sandler was presented with the Mark Twain Award for American humor at a ceremony held Sunday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Sandler’s co-stars and other stars of comedy and entertainment attended, including Jennifer Aniston, Judd Apatow, Drew Barrymore, Steve Buscemi, Dana Carvey, Luis Guzmán, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Ben Stiller.
Sandler, 56, first rose to national prominence during her five years as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He then started a very successful film career.
“Who has lasted so long and stopped this love?” Carvey said on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center, according to the Associated Press. “Nobody keeps this up for long.”
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FILE – Adam Sandler arrives at the Governors Awards on October 27, 2019 at the Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Known for blockbuster hits like “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” Sandler’s film career spans more than 30 films that have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide.
He has also featured in many dramas such as ‘Punch Drunk Love’ and ‘Uncut Gems’.
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Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler arrive at the world premiere of ‘Blended’ at Cinestar in Berlin, Germany on May 19, 2014. (Joerg Carstensen/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)
Adam Sandler, Joey Tarentina, Dana Carvey Glenn Macera, Chris Rock Kevin Stubbs on ‘The Bensonhurst Dating Game’ October 10, 1992. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Guzman, another co-star, also praised Sandler’s “complete commitment to something that was out of his element.”
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“He takes his comedy very seriously. I laugh at everything I do with him,” said Buscemi, who has appeared in several films with Sandler.
Actors Adam Sandler and Luis Guzman perform “Punch-Drunk Love” at the 40th Annual New York Film Festival sponsored by Grand Marnier at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York. October 5, 2002. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Steve Buscemi jokes with Adam Sandler at the world premiere of “Mr. Deeds” at Loews Lincoln Center in New York City. June 18, 2002. (Evan Agostini/ImageDirect)
Buscemi also praised Sandler’s musical comedies, including “The Chanukah Song,” which became a multi-platinum hit.
“His comedy songs alone deserve this award,” he said.
Adam Sandler accepts the award for Best Actor for ‘Uncut Gems’ at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 8, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Sandler is a former Mark Twain Award-winning SNL cast member, along with Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Will Farrell, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy and Julia Louise-Dreyfus. Other producers and writers have won the award.
FILE – The cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on the set of the show on September 22, 1992 in New York. From the left, in the first row; Chris Farley, Al Franken and Melanie Hutsell. Middle row, from left: Chris Rock, Julia Sweeney, Dana Carvey and Rob Schneider. Back row, from left: Adam Sandler, David Spade, Ellen Cleghorne, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman and Tim Meadows. (AP Photo/Justin Sutcliffe)
Recipients were honored with a night of testimonials and video tributes. Sandler’s event will air nationally on March 26.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.