Sinbad

Actor, Comedian, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (123)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greekshow 2014 (Movie)

Ryan Jackson Sr. (Actor)

Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Universe 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Planes 2013 (Movie)

Roper (Voice)

Are We There Yet? 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sinbad: It's All About Family 1987 - 1992, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1987 - 1991, 1998 - 1999, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1987 - 1991, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1987 - 1992, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sinbad: Where U Been? 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 1987 - 1991, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Contestant

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Movie Preview Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Slacker Cats 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

The Brandon T Jackson Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy As Hell 2002 (Movie)

Orderly (Actor)

Hansel and Gretel 2002 (Movie)

of Raven (Voice)

Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

NAACP Music Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Miss Universe Pageant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Redd Foxx: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad's Soul Music Festival 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Vibe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

Mr Wheat (Actor)

HBO Comedy Arts Weekend Highlight Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad's Dynamite New Year's Eve 1997 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad: Nothin' But the Funk 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The ShoWest Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

First Kid 1996 (Movie)

Sam Simms (Actor)

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

of Riley (Voice)

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

Myron Larabee (Actor)

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad -- Son of a Preacher Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Aliens For Breakfast 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Houseguest 1995 (Movie)

Kevin Franklin (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad's Summer Jam: 70's Soul Music Festival 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

All That 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Countdown to Kid's Day 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasies of the Stars 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Otto (Actor)

Soul Train Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Malik (Actor)

10th Annual Montreal Comedy Festival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad & Friends All the Way Live ... Almost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1987 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Necessary Roughness 1991 (Movie)

Andre Krimm (Actor)

Sinbad: Brain Damaged 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Standup Comic (Actor)

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep on Cruisin' 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Redd Foxx Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Club Med (TV Show)

Actor

Family Night (TV Show)

Actor

Ready to Run (TV Show)

Voice

The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Greekshow 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

First Kid 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sinbad Live From the Paramount -- Afros & Bellbottoms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Donald Adkins Publicity

Brother

Donald Adkins

Father

Martha Adkins

Mother

Paige Adkins

Daughter
Born c. 1986 mother, Meredith Fuller

Royce Adkins

Son
Born c. 1989 mother, Meredith Fuller

Mark Adkins

Brother

Michael Adkins

Brother

Donna Adkins

Sister

Dorothea Adkins

Sister

Meredith Fuller

Wife
Married from 1986-1992 remarried in 2002

EDUCATION

Benton Harbor High School

Benton Harbor , Michigan

University of Denver

Denver , Colorado 1974 - 1978
Attended on a Basketball scholarship; left before graduating after being kicked off the team

Milestones

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

2002

Guest-starred on the Showtime series, "Resurrection Blvd."

1998

Appeared on three episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Cosby"

1997

Hosted VIBE magazines syndicated late-night talk show on UPN

1996

Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Jingle All the Way"

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

1995

Voiced the title role of the Frog Prince in "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child" (HBO)

1995

First starring role in a feature, "Houseguest"

1993

Starred in the sitcom, "The Sinbad Show" (Fox)

1993

Hosted 45th Annual Emmy Awards

1991

Headlined first HBO special, "Sinbad: Brain Damaged"

1991

Had first major acting role in "Necessary Roughness"

1991

Had first network variety special on ABC, "Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost"

1989

Film debut, "That's Adequate"

1987

Hosted the syndicated variety series, "It's Showtime at the Apollo"

1987

Hosted the short-lived CBS variety show, "Keep On Cruisin'"

1987

Played Coach Walter Oakeson the popular spin-off series, "A Different World" (NBC)

1986

Appeared as himself in the ABC TV-movie, "Club Med"

1986

Made TV acting debut on "The Redd Foxx Show" (ABC)

1983

Traveled across the country performing stand-up comedy on what he has referred to as his "Poverty Tour"

Appeared on the syndicated variety show, "Star Search"; was a finalist

Formed David & Goliath Productions

After leaving college, served in the US Air Force as a boom operator

Bonus Trivia

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"[The critics] jammed me. But they've always 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." - Sinbad quoted in USA Today, Jan. 26, 1995

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"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 the Daily News, Aug. 4, 1996

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"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 the Daily News, Aug. 4, 1996

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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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