Sandler tops millennial celebrity poll
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Sandler tops millennial celebrity poll

A survey of 10,000 US teens conducted in August and September 16 found that Jewish actor and comedian Adam Sandler is their favourite celebrity.

Adam Sandler accepts the award for best male lead for Uncut Gems at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2020. Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Adam Sandler accepts the award for best male lead for Uncut Gems at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2020. Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

THE future is doomed. A survey of 10,000 American teens conducted in August and September found that Jewish actor and comedian Adam Sandler is their favourite celebrity.

Of all the choices.

“Adam Sandler moved up from No. 4 in the spring to the top celebrity, taking the spot from Kevin Hart,” according to Piper Sandler, an investment bank and securities firm with no relation to the actor, which asked the question as part of its twice-yearly survey of teen attitudes.

After repeated movie flops in the 2010s, the 55-year-old star of early career hits such as Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison is enjoying a pop culture resurgence.

His acclaimed performance in the 2019 drama Uncut Gems as a frenetic Jewish jeweller sparked a “hot dad” fashion conversation.

Young fans on Instagram can’t get enough of his love for pick-up basketball (and the retro baggy shorts he wears while playing). And his crashing of a Jewish wedding in 2018 delighted the couple and made headlines.

What’s next for Sandler? He has filmed two more dramas, neither of which have release dates: Spaceman, in which he will star as an astronaut on a solo mission, and Hustle, about a basketball scout who tries to resurrect his career by bringing a player over from Europe into the NBA.

WITH TIMES OF ISRAEL

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