and actor. After service in the military, he started his comedy career by appearing on Star Search, where he won his round against fellow comedian Dennis Miller. He soon was cast on The Redd Foxx Show, a short-lived sitcom, playing Byron Lightfoot. Sinbad was known for keeping his act clean and was devoid of derogatory statements or foul language, which he felt was not necessary to sell a crowd and continue to make them laugh.
In 1987, Sinbad landed a role in A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show built around Lisa Bonet's character Denise Huxtable. Previously, Sinbad appeared in two different one-off roles on The Cosby Show, as the principal at Huxtable's college and as "Davis Sarrette". While Bonet only stayed with the program for a season, Sinbad stayed with the cast from 1988 until 1991 as "Coach Walter Oakes". 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. 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.
In 1990, Sinbad did his first stand-up comedy special for HBO called Sinbad: Brain Damaged. The special was recorded at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1993, Sinbad did his next stand-up special in New York City's Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden called Sinbad - Afros and Bellbottoms for which he won a 1995 Image Award. The show was such a success that he was brought back in 1996 for Sinbad - Son of a Preacher Man and again in 1998 for Sinbad - Nothin' but the Funk.More recently in 2013, Sinbad served in a guest role on the adult animated series American Dad voicing an animated version of himself in the episode Lost in Space. The same year, he voiced Roper in the animated film Planes. Sinbad will be performing a special comedy event at the Stardome May 2 through the 4.
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