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David Adkins (born November 10, 1956), better known by the stage name Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well-known in the late 1980s and 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All the Way.

The Sinbad Show

By the early 1990s, his popularity had grown enough for Fox to green-light The Sinbad Show, which premiered September 16, 1993. In the self-titled series, Sinbad played 35-year-old David Bryan, a bachelor who decides to become a foster parent to two children after becoming emotionally attached to them. The series, which co-starred a young Salma Hayek, received praise from critics for its unique and realistic portrayal of African American life.[9] Around that time, Sinbad had recently received joint custody of his two kids, Royce, then age 4 and Paige, age 7, and told the press that these experiences informed him of single parenting.

“ Black men are already responsible, already take care of our duties, but nobody emphasizes that. I hear all this bad talk against men and their children. I just got so tired of it. More than anything else, I'm showing that life has changed, the world has changed. And now the key is not going to just be parenting, it's going to be mentoring, where people who are not even in your family are going to have to go in and help. And we are going to accept that responsibility, which we used to do in our culture.”

The Sinbad Show was cancelled, with the last episode airing April 21, 1994. The role earned him a 1995 Kids' Choice Awards nomination for "Favorite Television Actor". It also led to a future role in "Saved by the Bell".

Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2010

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