Allen Covert

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Allen Covert
Born
Allen Stephen Covert

(1964-10-12) October 12, 1964 (age 57)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1989–present

Allen Stephen Covert[1] (born October 12, 1964) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for his starring role in the 2006 comedy film Grandma's Boy, and his supporting actor role in the movie Strange Wilderness (2008). He is a frequent collaborator with actor and friend Adam Sandler with prominent roles in such films as Happy Gilmore (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Little Nicky (2000), Mr. Deeds (2002), Anger Management (2003), 50 First Dates (2004) and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).

Early and personal life[edit]

Covert was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, the son of Elizabeth Ann (née Duhy) and Stephen Covert.[2] He studied theater at New York University, where he was a classmate of Adam Sandler.[3] Covert has served as a performer, writer, and/or producer for almost every film and comedy album Sandler has ever released.[3] Covert currently resides in California.

Covert's father was Jewish, whereas his mother was a Southern Baptist. Covert co-founded a young children's publishing company geared towards basic American history. He married Kathryn Ashley Hagstrom on February 14, 2006. In July 2019, Kathryn filed for divorce; it was finalized in November 2019.[4][5]

He is a supporter of the Republican Party.

Career[edit]

Covert's first film role was a cruise ship bartender in Sandler's 1989 film Going Overboard which also was Sandler's first cinematic appearance. Covert had minor parts in several subsequent Sandler films such as Otto the homeless caddy in Happy Gilmore, before his first prominent role in 1998's The Wedding Singer alongside Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Covert would continue to have roles in Sandler's next four films, including one in Little Nicky for which he gained 40 pounds. He eventually settled back into walk-on and single-scene appearances in Sandler's films beginning with 50 First Dates in 2004.

In 2006, Covert starred in the comedy film Grandma's Boy, his first (and only) lead role. Sandler served as an executive producer. Covert has also had small roles in four films that neither star nor are produced by Sandler: Never Been Kissed, Late Last Night, Heavyweights, and The Cable Guy.

Although Covert's on-screen presence has been reduced in recent years, he has continued to serve an active role in Sandler's movie production company, Happy Madison Productions, where Covert is an executive producer and sometimes co-writer on most of the company's films. In addition, Covert has contributed heavily to Sandler's many comedy albums, and frequently receives co-songwriting credits on the original songs that Sandler performs in many of his films.

Covert appeared as himself, along with Adam Sandler, in an episode of the television series Undeclared. The show's creator, Judd Apatow, is another friend and former college classmate of Covert and Sandler.

Covert is a cofounder of Cherry Tree Books, a publisher of eBooks for children.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Contribution Role Notes
Actor Producer Writer
1989 Going Overboard Yes Bartender
1991 Roseanne Yes Man #1 "Vegas Interruptus"
1991 Ferris Bueller Yes Steve "A Night in the Life"
1993 The Ben Stiller Show Yes Waiter #1 "A Few Good Scouts"
1994 Airheads Yes Cop
1994 Saturday Night Live Yes N/A "Sara Gilbert / Counting Crows"
1995 Heavyweights Yes Kenny
1996 Happy Gilmore Yes Otto
1996 Bulletproof Yes Detective Jones
1996 Adam Sandler: "Steve Polychronopolous" Yes Yes N/A Music Video
1998 The Wedding Singer Yes Sammy
1998 The Waterboy Yes Walter
1999 Never Been Kissed Yes Roger in Op-Ed
1999 Big Daddy Yes Yes Pil D'Amato Associate Producer
1999 Late Last Night Yes Coked Guy TV Movie
Credited as Alan Coert
1999 The Peeper Yes Yes The Boyfriend (Voice Role) Short Film
1999 Freaks and Geeks Yes Greasy Clerk "Beers and Weirs"
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Yes Vic
1999 The Peeper Yes N/A Short Film
1999 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler Yes N/A Television Documentary
2000 Little Nicky Yes Yes Todd Associate Producer
2000 Little Nicky Yes Todd (Voice Role) Video Game
2000 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley Yes N/A Television Documentary
2001 Undeclared Yes Allen Covert (Uncredited) "The Assistant"
2002 Mr. Deeds Yes Yes Marty Associate Producer
2002 Eight Crazy Nights Yes Yes Yes Old Lady / Bus Driver / Mayor's Wife Voice Role
2002 A Day with the Meatball Yes N/A Short Film
2003 Anger Management Yes Yes Andrew Executive Producer
2004 50 First Dates Yes Ten Second Tom
2006–2007 The King of Queens Yes Matthew Klein / Towel Guy 2 episodes
2005 The Longest Yard Yes Yes Referee Executive Producer
2006 Grandma's Boy Yes Yes Yes Alex
2006 The Benchwarmers Yes N/A
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Yes Yes Steve Co-Producer
2007–2009 Slacker Cats Yes Trevor Dagdale (Voice Role) 2 episodes
2008 Strange Wilderness Yes Fred
2008 The House Bunny Yes Yes Waiter #2 (Uncredited)
2008 Bedtime Stories Yes Ferrari Guy
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Yes Jerky Security Guy
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Yes N/A Video Game
2009 Funny People Yes Himself (Uncredited) Archival Footage
2010 Pretend Time Yes Larry "Blah Blah Blah Main Street"
2010 Grown Ups Yes N/A Executive Producer
2011 Just Go with It Yes Yes Soul Patch Executive Producer
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Yes Yes Yes Pornstore Clerk (Uncredited)
2011 Jack and Jill Yes Yes Yes Otto Executive Producer
Second Rewrite (Uncredited)
2011 Mobsters Yes Harry "Weed Like to Talk to You"
2012 Hotel Transylvania Yes Yes Additional Voices (Voice Role) Executive Producer
2012 That's My Boy Yes N/A
2013 Grown Ups 2 Yes Yes Hippie Teacher Executive Producer
2014 Blended Yes Yes 220 Tom Executive Producer
2015 Pixels Yes Yes Abusive Citizen
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Yes N/A
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Yes Yes Candle Cake Monster (Voice Role) Executive Producer
2016 The Do-Over Yes N/A
2017 Sandy Wexler Yes Yes Gurvy
2018 Father of the Year Yes Yes Trey's Dad
2018 The Week Of Yes N/A
2018 Adam Sandler's: 100% Fresh Yes N/A TV Special
2019 Murder Mystery Yes Yes Tourist Dad
2020 The Wrong Missy Yes Yes Bank Employee
2020 Hubie Halloween Yes Yes Zombie Movie Dad
2022 Home Team Yes Yes Referee Covert
TBD Murder Mystery 2 Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LOS ANGELES, CA Political Contributions by Individuals". November 18, 2004. Archived from the original on November 18, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Google News
  3. ^ a b Crawford, Bill (July 21, 2015). Adam Sandler: America's Comedian. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9781250091307.
  4. ^ "'Grandma's Boy' Star Allen Covert Gets Hit With Divorce from Longtime Wife". The Blast. July 18, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Covert, Allen [@THATAllenCovert] (November 22, 2019). "So I'm signing my final divorce papers on Monday and my ex has the kids next week. I'm thinking it's a Vegas Thanksgiving this year. They have to have a special buffet right" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Howe, Ben (February 29, 2012). "Allen Covert Talks Kids Books, Politics, and Hollywood. | RedState". RedState. Retrieved January 6, 2017.

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