Sinbad Biography (1956-)

Born David Adkins, November 18, 1956, in Benton Harbor, MI; son of Donald (aBaptist minister) and Louise Adkins; married Meredith, 1985 (divorced, 1992);children: Paige, Royce. Addresses: Agent: c/o David and Goliath Productions, 11330 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.; Contact: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Office: 12031 Ventura Blvd., #3, Studio City, CA 91604-2636.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Comedian, actor, television series creator, producer, writer
Birth Details
1956
Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Byron Lightfoot, The Redd Foxx Show, CBS, 1986
  • Cohost, Keep On Cruisin', CBS, 1987
  • Coach Walter Oakes, A Different World, NBC, 1987-91
  • Host, It's Showtime at the Apollo, syndicated, 1989-91
  • David Bryan, The Sinbad Show (also known as Sinbad), Fox, 1993-94
  • Host, Vibe, syndicated, 1997-98
  • Himself, Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, The Remarkable Journey, 2000
  • Movies
  • Himself, Club Med, ABC, 1986
  • Isaiah Turner--the Cherokee Kid (title role), The Cherokee Kid, HBO, 1996
  • Voice of "Hollywood Shuffle," Ready to Run, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Davis Sarette, "Say Hello to a Good Buy," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987
  • Late Show, 1988
  • Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1990
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, 1991
  • Ruben Stiles, "Roc and the Actor," Roc, Fox, 1992
  • Voice of Simpleton, "The Golden Goose," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Voice of the frog prince, "The Frog Prince," Happily Ever After: FairyTales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Sinboo, "Okrha," All That, Nickelodeon, 1995
  • Del, "Now Is the Time, the Walrus Said," Cosby, NBC, 1998
  • Del, "The Awful Truth," Cosby, NBC, 1999
  • Del, "Afterschool Delight," Cosby, NBC, 1999
  • Professor LeCount, "The Nutty Moesha," Moesha, UPN, 2000
  • Himself, "Jamaic-Up?," Girlfriends, The WB, 2001
  • Also appeared in Star Search, syndicated; Comic Strip: Live, Fox; Today, NBC; as himself, Comic Justice; himself, Instant Comedy with the Groundlings, FX (three episodes).
  • Specials
  • "Take No Prisoners: Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime II," HBOComedy Hour, HBO, 1988
  • Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand!, syndicated, 1989
  • Motown Thirty: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990
  • A Laugh, a Tear, syndicated, 1990
  • America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey, ABC, 1990
  • Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live ... Almost, ABC, 1991
  • "Sinbad: Brain Damaged," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1991
  • Muhammad Ali's Fiftieth Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1992
  • The 10th Annual Montreal Comedy Festival, 1992
  • Host, Back to School '92, 1992
  • Comic Relief V, HBO, 1992
  • Family Night, 1992
  • Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, 1992
  • The All New Circus of the Stars and Side Show XVII, 1992
  • Disney's Countdown to Kid's Day (also known as Countdown to Kid's Day), The Disney Channel, 1993
  • New Year's Eve '94, 1993
  • "Sinbad Live from the Paramount--Afros and Bellbottoms," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1993
  • The Winans' Real Meaning of Christmas, syndicated, 1993
  • (Archive footage) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, 1993
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • Fantasies of the Stars, NBC, 1994
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • Aric, "Aliens for Breakfast," McDonald's Family Theatre, ABC, 1995
  • Planet Hollywood Comes Home, ABC, 1995
  • Host, Sinbad's Summer Jam: '70s Soul Music Festival, HBO, 1995
  • Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony, ABC, 1996
  • CityKids All Star Club, ABC, 1996
  • Nissan Presents a Celebration of America's Music, ABC, 1996
  • "Sinbad--Son of a Preacher Man," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1996
  • Host, Sinbad's Dynamite New Year's Eve 1997 (also known as NewYear's Eve Live in Las Vegas and Fox's New Year's Eve Live), Fox,1996
  • Host, Sinbad's Summer Jam II: '70s Soul Music Festival, HBO, 1996
  • The HBO Comedy Arts Weekend Highlight Show, HBO, 1997
  • Host, Sinbad's Summer Jam 4: 70's Soul Music Festival, HBO, 1998
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1989
  • The 16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1989
  • The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1990
  • The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Host, The 19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, 1992
  • The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, 1992
  • The Essence Awards, 1992
  • Presenter, The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1993
  • Host, Soul Train Comedy Awards, 1993
  • The 1993 Billboard Music Awards, 1993
  • The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1993
  • Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1993
  • Host, The 15th Annual CableACE Awards, 1994
  • The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1994
  • Host, The Essence Awards, 1994
  • The Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special, 1995
  • Presenter, Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1995
  • Cohost, The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards, 1995
  • The 10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, 1996
  • Host, The 1996 Essence Awards, 1996
  • Host, The 23rd Annual American Music Awards, 1996
  • The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The 28th NAACP Image Awards, 1997
  • Host, The 10th Essence Awards, 1997
  • Host, The 24th Annual American Music Awards, 1997
  • Host, The ShoWest Awards, TNT, 1997
  • Himself, 26th Annual American Music Awards, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator and executive producer, The Sinbad Show (based on a storyby Sinbad), Fox, 1993-94
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, The Cherokee Kid, HBO, 1996
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live ... Almost, ABC, 1991
  • "Sinbad: Brain Damaged," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1991
  • "Sinbad Live from the Paramount--Afros and Bellbottoms," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1993
  • Sinbad's Summer Jam: '70s Soul Music Festival, HBO, 1995
  • "Sinbad--Son of a Preacher Man," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1996
  • Sinbad's Summer Jam II: '70s Soul Music Festival, HBO, 1996
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, That's Adequate, 1989
  • Andre Krimm, Necessary Roughness, Paramount, 1991
  • Himself, Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You, 1992
  • Otto, Coneheads (also known as Coneheads: The Movie), Paramount, 1993
  • Malik, The Meteor Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Kevin Franklin/Derek Bond, Houseguest, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Sam Simms, First Kid, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Voice of Riley, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (also known as Incredible Journey), Buena Vista, 1996
  • Myron Larabee, Jingle All the Way, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Mr. Wheat, Good Burger, Paramount, 1997
  • Orderly, Crazy As Hell, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, First Kid, Buena Vista, 1996
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Albums include Brain Damaged.
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live ... Almost, ABC, 1991
  • Nonfiction
  • (With David Ritz) Sinbad's Guide to Life, Bantam Books, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 16, Gale Research, 1997
    Periodicals
    • Ebony, April, 1990, p. 104; June, 1997, p. 84
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 5, 1996, p. 27; February 7, 1997, p. 63; October 31, 1997, p. 85
    • Essence, November, 1992, p. 78
    • Jet, November 22, 1993, pp. 56-58; July 13, 1998, p. 58; March 1,1999, p. 41; August 16, 1999, p. 45
    • TV Guide, July 14, 1990, p. 13
    • Variety, October 27, 1997, p. 27; January 19, 1998, p. 69

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