Rob Schneider - Biography

Comedian Rob Schneider
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October 31, 1963

Rob Schneider Overview:

Comedian and actor Rob Schneider exploded into pop culture when his "Makin' copies" character took off on Saturday Night Live. Though the show never quite figured out what to do with him, Schneider has worked consistently and built a successful comedy career over the years, headlining several blockbuster films and appearing in nearly every one of his friend Adam Sandler's films.

In 2010, Schneider returned to his comic roots by taking up stand-up again and releasing his first album, Registered Offender, a collection of sketches and songs performed entirely by Schneider.

Quick Rob Schneider Facts:

  • Rob Schneider was born in San Francisco, California, in 1963 to a Caucasian father and Filipino mother.
  • He began performing stand-up comedy around California nightclubs while still in high school.
  • In 1987, Schneider landed a spot on HBO's Young Comedians Special, hosted by Dennis Miller. It led to him being hired as a writer on Saturday Night Live in 1988.
  • Schneider was both a featured and full cast member on SNL from 1988 to 1994.
  • After leaving SNL, Schneider focused on a full-time movie career and starred in several successful comedy films.
  • In 2010, he released his first comedy album, Registered Offender.

Rob Schneider on Saturday Night Live:

Schneider joined Saturday Night Live in 1988, first as a writer and featured performer before becoming a full cast member just a few years later.

His first breakout character was Richard Laymer, an office worker known for narrating everything his co-workers were doing (most notably the catchphrase "Makin' copies..."). An excellent Elvis Presley impersonator, Schneider also created the character of "Tiny Elvis, which was exactly what it sounds like.

He remained on the show until 1994, when he left to pursue a movie career.

Select Rob Schneider Filmography:

  • Necessary Roughness (1991)
  • Demolition Man (1992)
  • Judge Dredd (1995)
  • Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo (1998)
  • The Waterboy (1998)
  • Big Daddy (1999)
  • The Animal (2001)
  • The Hot Chick (2002)
  • Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo (2005)
  • The Benchwarmers (2005)
  • Big Stan (2008)
  • (2010)

Additional Rob Schneider Facts:

  • Schneider co-starred on the NBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly, which ran for two seasons from 1996 - 1997.
  • In 1996, he established the Rob Schneider Music Foundation, which brought music education to elementary schools in his hometown of Pacifica, California.
  • In 2005, Schneider was awarded a Worst Actor Razzie for his work in Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.
  • In addition to starring in the 2008 comedy Big Stan, Schneider also served as director on the film.
  • On more than one occasion, Schneider has involved himself in public spats with movie critics who have panned his work, including Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Schneider is a good friend of fellow SNL cast mate Adam Sandler, and has played supporting roles in nearly every one of Sandler's films. His most famous is his cameo in The Waterboy, in which he created the catch phrase "You can do it!" It's a line that Schneider would repeat in several subsequent Sandler films. Sandler's company, Happy Madison Productions, is also responsible for producing Schneider's solo films.