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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 was an American standup comedian and actor who appeared in dozens of popular films and TV shows over the course of his decades in show business. Born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad grew up loving sports. After high school he was accepted into the University of Denver where he played two years on the school's basketball team. After college Sinbad enlisted in the United States Air Force. Oddly enough, it was during his time at the Air Force that Sinbad first tried out standup comedy. The Air Force was having a talent competition and on a whim, Sinbad decided to give standup a try. He had no previous experience working as a comic but made the audience roar during the competition. It was at that moment that he envisioned an unlikely career for himself as a professional comedian. After leaving the Air Force Sinbad began performing standup comedy in his hometown of Michigan, and eventually at clubs throughout the Midwest. He got his first taste of nationwide exposure after coming in second place on "Star Search" (Network Ten, 1983-2004) in the mid-1980s. After appearing on "Star Search" Sinbad was offered a recurring role on the short-lived "The Red Foxx Show" (ABC, 1986). That...

Sinbad was an American standup comedian and actor who appeared in dozens of popular films and TV shows over the course of his decades in show business. Born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad grew up loving sports. After high school he was accepted into the University of Denver where he played two years on the school's basketball team. After college Sinbad enlisted in the United States Air Force. Oddly enough, it was during his time at the Air Force that Sinbad first tried out standup comedy. The Air Force was having a talent competition and on a whim, Sinbad decided to give standup a try. He had no previous experience working as a comic but made the audience roar during the competition. It was at that moment that he envisioned an unlikely career for himself as a professional comedian. After leaving the Air Force Sinbad began performing standup comedy in his hometown of Michigan, and eventually at clubs throughout the Midwest. He got his first taste of nationwide exposure after coming in second place on "Star Search" (Network Ten, 1983-2004) in the mid-1980s. After appearing on "Star Search" Sinbad was offered a recurring role on the short-lived "The Red Foxx Show" (ABC, 1986). That show, however, was cancelled after one season. The following year, however, Sinbad nabbed his first big break when he was cast as Coach Walter Oakes on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) spin-off series "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993). Sinbad played the Coach Oakes character for 59 episodes of the series. By the early 90s Sinbad's career really began to take off. In addition to headlining his first HBO comedy special "Sinbad: Brain Damaged" in 1990, he also nabbed parts in the films "Necessary Roughness" (1991), "Coneheads" (1993), and "Houseguest" (1995). Furthermore, Sinbad also starred in his own sitcom for Fox called "The Sinbad Show" (Fox, 1993-94). "The Sinbad Show," however, ended after a single season. Having already become a household name by the mid-90s, Sinbad continued working steadily throughout the 2000s and 2010s. In 2013 he voiced the role of Roper in the animated family comedy "Planes" (2013), and also lent his voice to the animated series "Steven Universe" (Cartoon Network, 2013- ). Sinbad returned to television acting in 2018 when he joined the cast of the Fox sitcom "Rel" (Fox, 2018- ). The series, which was based on the life of the comedian and actor Lil Rel Howery, premiered on the network in September of 2018.

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

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

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.

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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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