Sinbad was born on November 18, 1956. As a child, he
was the consummate jovial jokester, performing constantly for his three brothers
and two sisters. The big bodied man you see today was also a big bodied child
who dreamed of becoming a Harlem Globetrotter. In pursuit of that dream,
Sinbad graduated from high school and entered the University of Denver on
a basketball scholarship. The dream nearly became a reality until he
suffered a career ending knee
injury. Sinbad reflects fondly on his days as a basketball
protege. "I had flaming red hair and they called me Red Chamberlain, 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."
In 1983, Sinbad set off on a self sponsored "Poverty Tour" of comedy clubs across the United States. He traveled on Greyhound, worked for meals and changed in hotel restrooms. It was a tough experience and he remembers asking a higher power whether or not he was on the right path. "I prayed, please Lord, this is hard work so if I'm not funny let me know right away." Sinbad's comedy career gained momentum in the mid eighties when he made seven appearances on the popular variety show Star Search.
His success on Star Search led to a co-starring role as Fred Sanford's son on The New Red Foxx Show (1986). The rest is TV and movie history. Sinbad eventually caught the eye of the legendary Bill Cosby, who cast him on the super successful sit com A Different World (1987 to 1991).
Sinbad's talents propelled his career through the 1990s. In 1991, he starred in the "Share the Dream Tour" of historically black colleges. In 1993, he developed and starred in his own variety show Sinbad & Friends All the Way Live... Almost which aired on ABC. He also hosted the perennially popular It's Showtime at the Apollo.
Sinbad made his big screen debut in That's Adequate (1989). His performance was adequate enough to land minor roles in Necessary Roughness (1991), Coneheads and Meteor Man (both in 1993). His first starring role was in Houseguest (1995), where he portrays a down on his luck small business man running from debtors. Other films include First Kid (1996) and Jingle All The Way (1996).
The versatile and venerable Sinbad is a comic icon towering both physically and ethically above the landscape of contemporary culture. His timeless brand of homegrown humor has set a standard that few comedians can match. His fame and success have allowed him to express his good hearted, party nature off screen through his now famous "Soul Music Festival," held annually at venues around the globe. This event draws top R&B and Funk musicians from the 1970s and 80s, along with their die hard fans. Sinbad's vibrancy and solid reputation for clean, respectable fun ensures that he will be a major player in the field of entertainment for years to come.
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