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Short Info

Net Worth$11 million dollars
Date Of BirthNovember 10, 1956
SpouseMeredith Adkins
FactSon of Donald Beckley Adkins.

Sinbad is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, on November 10, 1956, the son of Louise and the late David Adkins, a Baptist minister. He has five siblings: David Jr. , Mark, Denise, Donna, and Doris. He attended Benton Harbor High School, where he was a member of the track team and played basketball.

After graduation, he attended college at the University of Denver on a track scholarship. He began his stand-up comedy career in the early 1980s, appearing on Star Search and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He has since appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Jingle All the Way (1996), Houseguest (1995), First Kid (1996), Good Burger (1997), and The Sinbad Show (1993-1994). He has also released several comedy albums, including Brain Damaged (1991) and Nuts (1993).

Sinbad has a net worth of $4 million. He has been married twice and has four children.

General Info

Net Worth$11 million dollars
Date Of BirthNovember 10, 1956
Height1.95 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Stand-up comedian, Television producer, Film producer, Talk show host, Soldier, Actor, Military aviator
EducationUniversity of Denver, Benton Harbor High School


SpouseMeredith Adkins
ChildrenPaige Adkins, Royce Beckly Adkins
ParentsMartha Adkins, Donald Adkins
SiblingsDorothea Adkins, Mark Adkins, Donald Adkins, Donna Adkins, Michael Adkins


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety – Series or Special
NominationsKids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
MoviesJingle All the Way, First Kid, Houseguest, Good Burger, Necessary Roughness, Coneheads, Planes, The Meteor Man, The Cherokee Kid, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, Ready to Run, Crazy as Hell, Hansel and Gretel, Cuttin' da Mustard, Stompin', That's Adequate
TV ShowsThe Redd Foxx Show, A Different World, The Sinbad Show, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Slacker Cats, The Apprentice, Biography, Vibe, Sinbad Live From New York: Afros & Bellbottoms

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#Marks / Signs
2Buzz Cut


1I renamed myself Sinbad because Sinbad is bad. He could hang out with rogues and with kings. He didn't have the strength of Hercules, but he could outwit anyone.
2I didn't make the Air Force basketball team and went into denial. So, I kept going AWOL. My mother kept begging me to go back. I told her, 'No, I'm not going back. I'll just grow a beard. They won't recognize me. I'll just be another black man with a beard.' I was going to Georgia Tech to learn about computers. I'd go AWOL all the time. I'd just leave. I'd come back, hoping they'd throw me out.
3I had flaming red hair and they called me Red Chamberlain. I had "Baby Wilt" written on the side of my car. I was on my way to becoming All-American. I thought college ball was going to be the ticket.
4Here's the thing about Apple, we complain and they give us more battery life. We complain and they'll give us more stuff. Everything's beta right now. Everything's experimental. They really don't know what people want.
5I've been on the road since 1983. Nothing ever changed, even when I was doing TV and movies.
6If you got a name like Barack Obama, you're supposed to fight.
7We all want something else other than what we have and don't realize what you got works. It works. It does work. You gotta work. Marriage is work. Marriage is a career. It's not an adventure.
8I was in the Air Force and was a boom operator (in-flight refueling). I got my comedy start in the Air Force.
9We ask for way too much stuff - way too much stuff. You got a job making $100 a year and bought a house for $3 million. Talking about, 'I don't know what happened with the payment.'
10I would be an activist but never a politician. As an activist, nobody owns you.
11I never should have done 'Celebrity Apprentice.' I didn't want to do it because I didn't want Donald Trump to say, 'You're fired.'
12Don't let people treat you like you're stupid. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
13Hollywood's not a progressive place. Everyone likes to think that Hollywood is hip, but it's not hip at all.
14I didn't buy Bentleys. I didn't live large. I invested in me. I invested in a lot of other people.
15I'm under stress. They killed me on Wikipedia. They killed me. And I didn't stay dead long enough to sell no DVDs. I didn't even stay dead long enough - I was too stupid. I should've stayed low. I should've laid low. I could've been gone for a year; I'd have made money. And then I'd have risen from the dead.
16I spent money, and I kept thinking, 'I get one more movie and I'll wipe these bills out,' but that movie never came. That black pride, I said, 'Man, I'm going to hang in there, I'm going to pay these bills.' So you owe a million dollars. 'I can pay that.' OK, fines, fees, now you owe two and a half million. 'But I didn't do nothin'!'
17Who the heck is Donald Trump to fire me? I regret I didn't tell Donald Trump, 'You need to fire your barber. I'm sorry. I ain't feeling you, man. You're fired! I fire you, Donald Trump.'
18There's no one defining moment that kills you or makes you.
19People think comedians don't do drama. Comics are drama. And what is drama, as opposed to comedy? It's all the same to me.
20But I said wait a minute, I'm going to get a computer, I can do this as well as anybody else. So I did some studying so I knew what kind of boards to get to put a PC together. But there was a guy sitting there with Apple. I said, 'what's that?' and he goes, 'Apple with 128k, it's all built into the box,' and I bought it. That was my first computer.
21If 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.


1Brother of Mark Adkins, Dorothea Adkins, Donna Adkins, Michael Adkins and Donald Adkins.
2Son of Donald Beckley Adkins.
3Alumnus of the University of Denver, where he lettered twice for basketball.
4Played college basketball at the University of Denver, but athletic career was ended by an injury.
5Father, with Meredith Adkins, of daughter Paige Adkins and son Royce Adkins (aka Royce Beckly Adkins).
6Toured with the Air Force Tops in Blue program, which is a program of active duty Air Force members who perform shows around the world.
7Finalist in Ed McMahon's Star Search (1983) talent contest for stand-up comedy. Lost to comedian and Crypt Keeper voice, John Kassir in the final round.




Zero Gravity Live2016VideoMaster of Ceremony
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesNoel DeSoil Holyfield
Steven Universe2013-2014TV SeriesMr. Smiley
Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular2014ShortRoper (voice)
The Scout2014TV Series
Planes2013Roper (voice)
Are We There Yet?2011TV SeriesJudge Oakes
Slacker Cats2007-2009TV SeriesEddie
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2008TV SeriesSinbad
Cuttin Da Mustard2008Bennie
Stompin'2007Mr. Jackson
Leila2006ShortLeila's Uncle
Treading Water2002The Security Guard
Hansel & Gretel2002Raven (voice)
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV SeriesOdell Mason
Crazy as Hell2002Orderly
Blue Shirts2000
Moesha2000TV SeriesProf. LeCount
Ready to Run2000TV MovieHollywood Shuffle (voice)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-1999TV SeriesBig Bad Wolfgang Simpleton Frog Prince
Cosby1998-1999TV SeriesDel
Good Burger1997Mr. Wheat
The Cherokee Kid1996TV MovieThe Cherokee Kid Isaiah Turner
Jingle All the Way1996Myron Larabee
First Kid1996Sam Simms
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco1996Riley (voice)
All That1995TV Series
Houseguest1995Kevin Franklin
Aliens for Breakfast1994TV Movie
The Sinbad Show1993-1994TV SeriesDavid Bryan
The Meteor Man1993Malik, Stacy's Boyfriend
Saturday Night Live1992TV SeriesBlack Lightning / Host
Roc1992TV SeriesRuben Stiles
Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You1992Video shortCondom
Necessary Roughness1991Andre Krimm
A Different World1987-1991TV SeriesCoach Walter Oakes
That's Adequate1989Stand-up Comic
The Cosby Show1987TV SeriesDavis Sarrette
Keep on Cruisin'1987TV SeriesCo-Host
The Redd Foxx Show1986TV SeriesByron Lightfoot


Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla!2014TV Special documentary segment "opening sketch"
Sinbad: Nuthin' But the Funk1998TV Special documentary
Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man1996TV Special documentary
The Sinbad ShowTV Series created by - 24 episodes, 1993 - 1994 story - 1 episode, 1993
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV Special
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms1993TV Special documentary
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentary writer


Soul Music Festival: Part I1995TV Movie executive producer
The Sinbad Show1993-1994TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms1993TV Special documentary executive producer
Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost!1991TV Special documentary producer
Sinbad: Brain Damaged1990TV Special documentary executive producer
Retrospect2015/IShort executive producer
Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla!2014TV Special documentary executive producer
Sinbad It's Just Family2011TV Series co-executive producer
Sinbad: Where U Been?2010TV Special documentary executive producer
Stompin'2007executive producer
Coda2006/IShort executive producer
Leila2006Short executive producer
Soul Music Festival: Part 51999TV Movie executive producer
Sinbad: Nuthin' But the Funk1998TV Special documentary executive producer
Soul Music Festival: Part IV1998TV Movie executive producer
The Cherokee Kid1996TV Movie executive producer
First Kid1996executive producer
70's Soul Music Festival: Part 21996TV Movie executive producer
Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man1996TV Special documentary executive producer


The Sinbad Show1993TV Series executive consultant - 2 episodes


Love2015/IDocumentary short grateful thanks
King of the Underground2011special thanks


American Dad!2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Gotham Comedy Live2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Comics Unleashed2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla!2014TV Special documentaryHimself
Chopped2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Unsung Hollywood2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Fashion News Live2013TV SeriesHimself
The Playboy Morning Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHimself
Who Is Clinn Rippy?2012DocumentaryHimself
The Eric Andre Show2012TV SeriesHimself
The Funk Brothers2011DocumentaryHimself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sinbad It's Just Family2011TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Apprentice2010TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Dishing Tea with Big Meach2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Sinbad: Where U Been?2010TV Special documentaryHimself
The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Cosby2009TV MovieHimself
24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Host
11-04-08: The Day of Change2009TV MovieHimself
Family Guy2008TV SeriesHimself
Thou Shalt Laugh 32008VideoHimself
The Movie Preview Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
James Brown: The Man, the Music, & the Message2008Video documentaryHimself
In the Company of Friends2007TV MovieHimself
I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Just for Laughs2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Showtime at the Apollo1990-2005TV SeriesHost / Himself
TV Land's Top Ten2004-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Ripley's Believe It or Not!2003TV SeriesHimself
Ask Rita2003TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Black Comedy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Girlfriends2001TV SeriesHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Remarkable Journey2000TV SeriesHimself
Miss Universe Pageant2000TV SpecialHimself (Emcee)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Squares2000TV SeriesHimself
Soul Music Festival: Part 51999TV MovieHimself - Host
The 25th Annual American Music Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The American Red Cross Celebrates Real-Life Miracles1998TV MovieHimself
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Sinbad: Nuthin' But the Funk1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Soul Music Festival: Part IV1998TV MovieHimself - Host
Vibe1997-1998TV SeriesHimself - Host
Jeopardy!1998TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The 24th Annual American Music Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Host
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
10th Anniversary Essence Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-1997TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy1997TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine1996TV SpecialHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
1996 Essence Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man1996TV Special documentaryHimself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1996TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The 23rd Annual American Music Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Host
E! True Hollywood Story1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Sinbad's Dynamite New Year's Eve1996TV MovieHimself - Host
Comic Relief VII1995TV Special documentaryHimself
HBO Comedy Showcase1995TV SeriesHimself - Comedian (1995-1996)
25th Anniversary Essence Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Soul Music Festival: Part I1995TV MovieHimself - Host
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '951995TV SpecialHimself
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1995TV Special
Soul Train1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Host
The Puzzle Place1995TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Fantasies of the Stars1994TV MovieHimself
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1994TV SeriesHimself
Bill Nye, the Science Guy1994TV Series documentary
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite New Music Video
The 1993 Billboard Music Awards1993TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Countdown to Kid's Day1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Chevy Chase Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
Good Day New York1993TV SeriesHimself
The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
25th NAACP Image Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards1993TV Special
Comic Relief V1992TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars and Sideshow1992TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
10th Annual Montreal Comedy Festival1992TV MovieHimself
Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International1992TV SpecialHimself
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost!1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989-1991TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentaryHimself
The 12th Annual Black Achievement Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Co- Presenter: Favourite New Song
Help Save Planet Earth1990TV SpecialHimself
Sinbad: Brain Damaged1990TV Special documentary
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHimself
Preview: The Best of the New1990TV SeriesHimself
After Hours1990TV SeriesHimself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988-1989TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHimself
Keep on Cruisin'1987TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Club Med1986TV MovieHimself
Dick Clark's Nitetime1985TV SeriesHimself
Star Search1984-1985TV SeriesHimself - Comedian Champion / Himself - Comedy Finalist / Himself - Comedy Semi-Finalist / ...
The Big Laff Off1978TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself
Visionado obligado2011TV SeriesMyron Larabee
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #78
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock1999TV Special documentaryOssie David Jr. (uncredited)
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentaryHimself


Won Awards

1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - FamilyJingle All the Way (1996)

Nominated Awards

1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/SpecialSinbad: Son of a Preacher Man (1996)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/SpecialHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1995Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Television ActorThe Sinbad Show (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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