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Also Known As: David Adkins Died:
Born: November 10, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, comedian, producer, voice actor

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Sinbad redefined stand-up comedy and turned it into a family affair. With an amazing ability to tell profound stories without being profane, he became one of the most highly sought after comedians of the 1980s and early 1990s. He first made his mark on TV as a regular on the hit series "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) as a coach and dorm director who clowned around as much as the college students he was in charge of. He also starred in several successful HBO comedy specials including "Sinbad: Brain Damaged" (1990) and "Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms" (1993). In his shows, the larger-than-life comic kept audiences laughing by sharing hilarious and spontaneous stories instead of churning out one punch line after another. The son of a preacher man, Sinbad never cursed during his act and was always mindful of the younger audience who also flocked to his family-friendly feature films like "Houseguest" (1995) and "Jingle all the Way" (1996). After his career went on hiatus in the 2000s, Sinbad reemerged in 2010 as a contestant on the NBC reality competition series "Celebrity Apprentice" 2008- ). That same year, he starred in the Comedy Central aptly-titled special "Sinbad: Where U Been," reclaiming his...

Sinbad redefined stand-up comedy and turned it into a family affair. With an amazing ability to tell profound stories without being profane, he became one of the most highly sought after comedians of the 1980s and early 1990s. He first made his mark on TV as a regular on the hit series "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) as a coach and dorm director who clowned around as much as the college students he was in charge of. He also starred in several successful HBO comedy specials including "Sinbad: Brain Damaged" (1990) and "Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms" (1993). In his shows, the larger-than-life comic kept audiences laughing by sharing hilarious and spontaneous stories instead of churning out one punch line after another. The son of a preacher man, Sinbad never cursed during his act and was always mindful of the younger audience who also flocked to his family-friendly feature films like "Houseguest" (1995) and "Jingle all the Way" (1996). After his career went on hiatus in the 2000s, Sinbad reemerged in 2010 as a contestant on the NBC reality competition series "Celebrity Apprentice" 2008- ). That same year, he starred in the Comedy Central aptly-titled special "Sinbad: Where U Been," reclaiming his place as a true comedic giant.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Planes (2013)
2.
 Greekshow (2006)
3.
 Hansel and Gretel (2002) Voice Of Raven
4.
 Crazy As Hell (2002) Orderly
5.
 Good Burger (1997) Mr Wheat
6.
7.
 First Kid (1996) Sam Simms
8.
 Cherokee Kid (1996) Isaiah Turner--The Cherokee Kid
9.
 Jingle All the Way (1996) Myron Larabee
10.
 Houseguest (1995) Kevin Franklin
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After leaving college, served in the US Air Force as a boom operator
1983:
Traveled across the country performing stand-up comedy on what he has referred to as his "Poverty Tour"
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Appeared on the syndicated variety show, "Star Search"; was a finalist
1986:
Made TV acting debut on "The Redd Foxx Show" (ABC)
1986:
Appeared as himself in the ABC TV-movie, "Club Med"
1987:
Hosted the short-lived CBS variety show, "Keep On Cruisin'"
1987:
Hosted the syndicated variety series, "It's Showtime at the Apollo"
1987:
Played Coach Walter Oakeson the popular spin-off series, "A Different World" (NBC)
1989:
Film debut, "That's Adequate"
1991:
Had first major acting role in "Necessary Roughness"
1991:
Headlined first HBO special, "Sinbad: Brain Damaged"
1991:
Had first network variety special on ABC, "Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost"
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Formed David & Goliath Productions
1993:
Hosted 45th Annual Emmy Awards
1993:
Starred in the sitcom, "The Sinbad Show" (Fox)
1995:
First starring role in a feature, "Houseguest"
1995:
Voiced the title role of the Frog Prince in "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child" (HBO)
1996:
Provided voice for Riley, a street-smart canine, in "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco"
1996:
First film as executive producer, "First Kid"; also starred
1996:
Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Jingle All the Way"
1997:
Hosted <i>VIBE</i> magazines syndicated late-night talk show on UPN
1998:
Appeared on three episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Cosby"
2002:
Guest-starred on the Showtime series, "Resurrection Blvd."
2008:
Made a cameo appearance on the FX show, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as himself in a rehab center
2010:
Joined the third season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)
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Education

Benton Harbor High School: Benton Harbor , Michigan -
University of Denver: Denver , Colorado - 1974 - 1978

Notes

"[The critics] jammed me. But they've alway jammed me. I expected it . . . When you're different, they don't know what to say. My style is different. Growing up, I wanted to be a goofy brother like Jerry Lewis. I wasn't this cool guy. [Critics] are not used to seeing a brother that is goofy." --quoted in USA TODAY, January 26, 1995

"I always felt like I was an outsider. I was awkward and goofy. I didn't fit in, and I was always getting dogged by the other kids." --Sinbad on his childhood to Jeanne Wolf in DAILY NEWS, August 4, 1996

"I was fired from every job I ever had. I was at the University of Denver on a basketball scholarship and I got kicked out with four weeks left because I couldn't get along with the coach. I got kicked out of the Air Force. I never seemed to finish anything I started." --Sinbad in DAILY NEWS, August 4, 1996

Sinbad was the 1993 spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Research Foundation

In 1996, he accompanied First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on an official visit to Bosnia and other European cities, during which he performed for US troops.

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wife:
Meredith Adkins. Married in 1985; divorced in 1992.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald Adkins. Minister.
brother:
Mark Adkins. Personal manager.
brother:
Michael Adkins. Financial consultant.
brother:
Donald Adkins. Sound technician, photographer.
sister:
Dorothea Adkins. Fundraiser.
sister:
Donna Adkins. Publicist.
daughter:
Paige Adkins. Born c. 1986.
son:
Royce Adkins. Born c. 1989.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Sinbad's Guide to Life" Bantam Books

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