Actor + Comedian
Born Nov 18, 1956

David Adkins better known by his stage name of Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid, Jingle All the Way and Good Burger.… Read More

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1956 Birth Sinbad was born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan on November 19, 1956, the son of Martha and the Baptist Rev. Dr. Donald Adkins. … Read More


1974 17 Years Old He attended college from 1974 to 1978 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he lettered two seasons for the basketball team. … Read More


1981 24 Years Old While assigned to the 384th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, he would often go downtown to do stand-up comedy and competed as a comedian/MC in the U.S. Air Force's Talent Contest in 1981. … Read More
1985 28 Years Old Sinbad married Meredith Fuller in 1985. They have two children together. The couple divorced in 1992, then remarried in 2002.


1987 30 Years Old In 1987, Sinbad landed a role in A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show built around Lisa Bonet's character Denise Huxtable. … Read More
1988 31 Years Old While Bonet only stayed with the program for a season, Sinbad stayed with the cast from 1988 until 1991 as "Coach Walter Oakes". … Read More
1990 33 Years Old In 1990, Sinbad did his first stand-up comedy special for HBO called Sinbad: Brain Damaged. … Read More
1991 34 Years Old The Paramount Pictures film opened September 27, 1991, and grossed over $20 million at the box office. … Read More
1993 36 Years Old In 1993, Sinbad did his next stand-up special in New York City's Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden called Sinbad - Afros and Bellbottoms for which he won a 1995 Image Award. … Read More
1995 38 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1995, Sinbad had created a company called "David & Goliath Productions" that was located in Studio City. … Read More
1996 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Sinbad joined First Lady Hillary Clinton and musician Sheryl Crow in a USO tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


1998 41 Years Old Spencer was fired in October, and replaced by Sinbad; the series lasted until the summer of 1998. … Read More
1999 42 Years Old He was also featured in a 1999 infomercial for Tae Bo, where he claimed that he was successfully using the Tae Bo system to become an action star.
2004 47 Years Old In 2004 he was named the #78 greatest stand-up comic of all time on "Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time".
2006 49 Years Old In 2006 Maxim Magazine ranked Sinbad as the "Worst Comic of All Time". … Read More


2008 51 Years Old Sinbad also made a cameo appearance on the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as himself in a rehab center in the episode Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life, which originally aired October 23, 2008. … Read More
2010 53 Years Old On March 14, 2010, he debuted on the Celebrity Apprentice and was fired on the second episode (March 21, 2010) after losing in the Kodak challenge as project manager, placing 13th.
2011 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 25, 2011, he was the celebrity speaker of MacWorld Expo 2011.
2012 55 Years Old Sinbad made an appearance on "The Eric Andre Show" June 25, 2012, a late night comedy sketch show that airs at 12:00am on "Adult Swim". … Read More
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