The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will feature Sinbad on Nov. 16, at 8 p.m.
Sinbad was born David Adkins in 1956, in Benton Harbor, Mich.
He grew up in a large conventional family with a mother, father and five siblings.
Later in his life, Sinbad was a part of the U. S. Air Force.
During his service, he would spend time downtown and do stand-up comedy at local talent contests.
He was almost discharged from the service because of “various misbehaviors.”
Sinbad chose his stage name because of his love for Sinbad the Sailor.
His career began to really kick off on “The Redd Foxx Show”, playing Byron Lightfoot. Sinbad found a trick during his career that really helped him to succeed; he would not use much profanity and derogatory statements in his work.
Sinbad landed a role on a spin-off of “The Cosby Show,” called “A Different World,” playing the principal of a historically black college and then playedCoach Walter Oakes, in 1987.
In 1991, he played alongside Scott Bakula in “Necessary Roughness,” which made over $20 million at the box office.
Sinbad was given his own show, “The Sinbad Show,” in 1993 from the Fox Network.
In the show, Sinbad played David Bryan, “a bachelor who decides to become a foster parent to two children after becoming emotionally attached to them.”
The show earned him a Kids’ Choice Awards nomination for “Favorite Television Actor” in 1995 and, in April of ’94 the show was canceled.
Sinbad has been part of many stand-up comedy acts including, “Sinbad: Brain Damaged,” “Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms,” “Sinbad Nothin’ But the Funk” and “Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man.”
His film roles include “First Kid,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Ready to Run.”
If you are ready for some great laughs, be sure to check out this comedic legend Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.