Cole and Dylan Sprouse are aware that sometimes you need a partner.
The lovely identical twins, who won our hearts with their humorous portrayal of the precocious young kid on Big Daddy with Adam Sandler almost 25 years ago, are no longer young. They’re not even lads.
Dylan, a handsome 30-year-old man, and Cole, his brother by 15 minutes, are still very close even though their relationship isn’t as strong as it once was.
Cole and Dylan Sprouse with their manager/mother Melanie (on the left). Image courtesy of Online USA, Inc. and Maureen Donaldson.
The lovely blond boys, who were born in 1992, first appeared in advertisements, TV shows, and movies when they were just 8 months old.
Due to child labor rules that forbid children from working excessively long hours, identical twins are a big resource in Hollywood, as Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of the Full House fame provide as proof.
And having two of them was preferable to having one for the tiny Sprouses.
Their breakthrough performance was in the television comedy Grace Under Fire, when they portrayed the son of Grace Kelly, played by Brett Butler, from 1993 until 1998. The twins were exceptional in their joint portrayal of Patrick Kelly as they developed from infants into walking, talking six-year-olds.
“As Grace’s 8-month-old, it’s impossible to tell at this point if Dylan and Cole Sprouse are the Olsen twins of tomorrow,” writes Tim Grey.
They commanded every scene when they played Sandler’s adopted kid in the comedy movie Big Daddy (1999), delivering words at precisely the right moments.
In 2022 about Sandler, Cole said, “Perhaps I’m a bit biased because I’ve known him for ages, but I do admire his career. He’s got a really, really wonderful balance between art and commerce that I think is the currency of a real working actor.” Cole continued, “He’s walking that line beautifully and he’s raising up all of his friends at the same time, which I think is incredible.”
Cole’s role on the popular TV show Friends divided the power duo of Cole and Dylan from 2000 to 2002. The first role Cole played without Dylan was that of Ben, the young son of Ross Gellar, who is portrayed by David Schwimmer.
In reference to his favorite Friends episode, “The One with the Holiday Armadillo,” Cole explains, “I remember that quite well. I was infatuated with the costumes, and the practical effects that they had.”