David Adkins better known by his stage name Sinbad is a stand-up comedian and actor from the United States.
He rose to prominence in the 1990s after appearing in his own HBO specials, as Coach Walter Oakes in A Different World (1987-1991) and as David Bryan on The Sinbad Show (1993-1994), as well as starring in the films Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid, Jingle All the Way, Good Burger, and Planes.
What is Sinbad’s Net Worth and Salary?
Sinbad is a $100 thousand net worth actor and comedian from Michigan. Sinbad rose to national prominence after defeating fellow comic Dennis Miller on “Star Search” in the mid-1980s. His exposure from “Star Search” led to a role on “The Redd Fox Show,” as well as guest appearances on shows like “The Cosby Show” and “Keep on Cruisin’.” In 1987, he was cast in the role that would catapult him to fame: Coach Walter Oakes on “A Different World.”
He went on to star in a number of films, including “Necessary Roughness,” “Coneheads,” “Meteor Man,” “Houseguest,” and “Jingle All the Way.” He also appeared in episodes of “Roc”, “Cosby”, “Ready to Run”, “Moesha”, “Resurrection Blvd.” and “Slacker Cats.” For one season, he starred in his own sitcom, “The Sinbad Show.” He has appeared in a number of successful stand-up comedy specials for HBO, among other networks, and has released a number of comedy DVDs.
|Net Worth:||$100 Thousand|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 10, 1956 (66 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Benton Harbor|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.95 m)|
|Profession:||Comedian, Talk show host, Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer, Soldier, Film Producer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
David Adkins, better known by his stage name Sinbad, was born on November 10, 1956, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to Louise and Rev. Dr. Donald Beckley Adkins. In Michigan, he grew up with his five siblings, Donna, Dorothea, Mark, Michael, and Donald, and attended Benton Harbor High School.
He graduated from high school in 1974 and continued his education from 1974 to 1978 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. He lettered for the basketball team for two years in college.
Sinbad joined the US Air Force after college and worked as a boom operator on KC-135 Stratotankers. He served with the 384th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. During his time there, he frequently performed stand-up comedy in downtown Wichita.
As a comedian, he competed in the Air Force Talent Contest in 1981. He frequently acted out and went AWOL, and he was almost dishonorably discharged as a result. According to him, he was eventually discharged from the Air Force for “parking [his] car in the wrong position.”
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) October 24, 2020
Inspired by Sinbad the Sailor, he chose the stage name “Sinbad.” Following his discharge from the military, he attempted to kickstart his entertainment career by appearing on “Star Search.” He was actually quite successful on the show, even beating out fellow comedian Dennis Miller to make it all the way to the finals.
Ultimately, he was defeated by John Kassir. His time on “Star Search” helped him gain wider recognition, and he was eventually cast as the character Byron Lightfoot on the short-lived sitcom “The Redd Foxx Show.” Then, in 1987, he was cast in the show “A Different World.” Sinbad had previously appeared as the car salesman Davis Sarrette on “The Cosby Show,” but this time he played Coach Walker Oakes on “A Different World.” He was a member of the cast from 1988 to 1991.
Sinbad’s popularity grew, and he was given the opportunity to launch his own show on Fox. “The Sinbad Show” premiered in September 1993. The sitcom stars Sinbad as David Bryan, a 35-year-old bachelor who decides to take in two foster children. Part of the plot was inspired by his own personal life; at the time, Sinbad had received joint custody of his two children, Royce and Paige, and was learning a lot about single parenting and fatherhood.
Although “The Sinbad Show” earned him a nomination for Favorite Television Actor at the 1995 Kids’ Choice Awards, it was not renewed for a second season and was eventually canceled in April 1994.
In 1985, Sinbad married Meredith Fuller. They divorced in 1992 but remarried ten years later in 2002. They have two children together.
Sinbad suffered a crippling ischemic stroke in November 2020, caused by a blood clot that traveled from his heart to his brain. The chances of surviving this type of stroke are low, around 30%. He did not open his eyes, speak, or show other signs of life for weeks after the stroke. He spent the majority of the next six months in full-time care facilities.
In November 2022, two years after the stroke, Sinbad’s family revealed that the stroke left him barely able to walk with “dead” limbs that are “fighting for every inch” to come back to life.
Sinbad’s family explained in a message that the two years of medical treatment had taken a significant financial toll on the comedian.