This Day in Black History: Nov. 10, 1956

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 24:  Comedian Sinbad performs onstage during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images for CFN)

This Day in Black History: Nov. 10, 1956

Sinbad, the comedian and actor, was born Nov. 10, 1956.

Published November 10, 2013

He was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, under the name David Adkins on Nov. 10, 1956. By the 1990s, Sinbad would become a highly successful stand-up comedian who would branch out into acting and writing. His work ranged from being featured in his own HBO specials to appearing on a number of television shows and starring in several films, including Necessary Roughness, Houseguest and Good Burger.

The son of a Baptist minister, Sinbad played in the marching band in high school and served in the U.S. Air Force after studying at the University of Denver, where he lettered for two seasons in basketball.

In 1987, he landed a role in the sitcom A Different World and remained with the cast until 1991 in the role of Coach Walter Oakes.

By the early 1990s, his popularity had grown to a point that he starred in the Fox program The Sinbad Show. In 2004, he was named the 78th greatest stand-up comic of all time on "Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time." 

In 2013, Sinbad served in a guest role on the adult animated series American Dad, voicing an animated version of himself in the episode “Lost in Space.” The same year, he voiced Roper in the animated film Planes.

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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