Actor and stand-up comedian Sinbad was born as David Adkins on November 10, 1956. He is one of six siblings, and was educated at Benton Harbor High School. At that time, he became known for his participation in the marching band and the math club. He then moved to the University of Denver to continue his studies, and there he became part of the basketball team. He has also served as a boom operator in the US Air Force. At the time, he had already begun to do stand-up comedy. However, he was soon discharged for certain misbehaviors. Since then, he started his career in the entertainment industry.
Sinbad first appeared on Star Search, leading him to be cast on the short-lived sitcom The Redd Foxx Show. He then gained fame for his role in A Different World in 1987, hosting a 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live and working on parts for The Meteor Man and Coneheads. In 1993, he took the lead and starred in The Sinbad Show on the Fox network. He continued doing stand-up comedy, appearing on HBO's Sinbad: Brain Damaged and in Sinbad - Afros and Bellbottoms, at NYC's Paramount Theatre. Other appearances of his include those in the sketch comedy series All That and films like Good Burger, Houseguest, and 1996's Jingle All the Way.
Tragedy struck in 2009, when Sinbad was named as one of the 250 worst tax debtors for the state of California. He then filed for bankruptcy later that year, and was forced to sell his hilltop home. The next year, he found himself as a contestant on the NBC reality competition The Celebrity Apprentice. He was fired on the second episode because he didn't fulfill his tasks as project manager.
- His first wife is Meredith Fuller. They have two children together, but they divorced in 1992. They remarried in 2002.
- He performed with the Air Force Tops in Blue program, which enables Air Force members to perform shows around the world.
1997: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards - Favorite Supporting Actor - Family for: Jingle All the Way
2011: Are We There Yet? (TV series) - Judge Oakes
2010: The Celebrity Apprentice - Contestant
2008: Cuttin Da Mustard - Bennie
2007: Slacker Cats (TV series) - Eddie
2007: Stompin' - Mr. Jackson
2006: Leila (short) - Leila's Uncle
2002: Hansel & Gretel - Raven (voice)
2002: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series) - Odell Mason
2002: Crazy as Hell - Orderly
2002: Treading Water - The Security Guard
2000: Moesha (TV series) - Prof. LeCount
2000: Ready to Run (TV movie) - Hollywood Shuffle (voice)
1999: Soul Music Festival: Part 5 (TV movie) - Host
1997-1999: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV series) - Big Bad Wolfgang/Simpleton
1998-1999: Cosby (TV series) - Del
1997: Good Burger - Mr. Wheat
1993-1997: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series) - Musical Guest
1996: The Cherokee Kid (TV movie) - The Cherokee Kid/Isaiah Turner
1996: Jingle All the Way - Myron Larabee
1996: First Kid - Sam Simms
1996: Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco - Riley (voice)
1995: Soul Music Festival: Part I (TV movie) - Host
1995: Houseguest - Kevin Franklin
1993-1994: The Sinbad Show (TV series) - David Bryan
1994: Bill Nye, the Science Guy (TV series)
1994: Aliens for Breakfast (TV movie)
1993: The Meteor Man - Malik, Stacy's Boyfriend
1993: Coneheads - Otto
1992: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Host
1992: Roc (TV series) - Ruben Stiles
1992: Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You (video short) - Condom
1991: Necessary Roughness - Andre Krimm
1987-1991: A Different World (TV series) - Coach Walter Oakes
1989: That's Adequate - Stand-up Comic
1987: The Cosby Show (TV series) - Davis Sarrette
1987: Keep on Cruisin' (TV series) - Co-Host
1986: The Redd Foxx Show (TV series) - Byron Lightfoot
1984-1985: Star Search (TV series)
Sinbad not the Sailor
"If you're not happy before you're successful, you're going to be miserable when you do become successful because all your problems just get magnified."