Sinbad's name recalls the literary legend that
symbolizes strength, adventure and optimism and that is what he strives
for. Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad grew up telling jokes to
his three brothers and two sisters. The image sticks: Sinbad the wild
child, off-the-wall Sinbad who would do anything for attention, free
as the wind, an unpredictable force that can't be harnessed, and
always willing to pay any price, looking for laughs.
Sinbad doesn't tells jokes "I don't know
any," he admits instead, he stalks the stage, telling real-life
stories. He doesn't deliver payoff lines; he slam-dunks them! His
comedy is large, physical, and impetuous. Psychologically, he jams us,
poking holes in our lifestyles. His stories mirror our foibles. His is
the explosive energy of the neighborhood; his phrasing is manic,
musical and right on time. He doesn't write his material, he relives it as he remembers it.
Sinbad made his big screen debut in the 1991
gridiron comedy "Necessary
Roughness." His other motion picture credits
include starring roles in "Houseguest,"
Kid" and Jingle
All The Way" and a cameo in
"Coneheads." He was
the voice of the canine Riley in "Homeward
Bound II." On television, he
starred in the title role of the "Cherokee
Kid" on HBO, and was the star and
executive producer of his own acclaimed Fox TV sitcom, "The Sinbad Show"
Summer Jam Weekend II" airing on HBO. "Sinbad's
won the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years in
the "Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special" category.
Sinbad transcended into late night talk with ease,
creating quick repartee with any guest. "When you get the
opportunity to get into business with someone like Sinbad, you don't
pass it up," said Quincy Jones. "He is a veteran performer known for his
unique comedic voice and larger than life personality." Sinbad
hosted "Vibe" from 1997-98.
Sinbad, who has built a loyal following with
sold-out comedy shows and has gone from being one of America's
best-loved and funniest comedians to national stardom on television
and movies, now brings his observations to the printed page. From love
to layaway, parenting to primping, weight loss to the World Wide Web,
To Life (Because I Know Everything)" certainly
has something for everyone. This book was published by Bantam
Books Hardcover in April 1997 and Mass Market Paperbacks in May 1998.
Sinbad finds time for humanitarian and community
services. Working with The Children's Defense Fund and Omega Boys Club
has helped him to continue to be more aware of the needs of children.
In march of 1996, Sinbad accompanied the First Lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton on an official visit to Bosnia and other European stops to
provide comic relief to U.S. peacekeeping troops.
Sinbad is as
recipient of the Harvard University's 1997 "Artist of the
Year" award and the 1994 "Candle" award from Morehouse
College honoring his excellence in Arts and Entertainment. With a
long-standing interest in technology, Sinbad has served as a
spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering (NACME), which encourages minorities to pursue studies in
science, math and engineering.
Film credits include --
- Hot Shots, Star
Roughness 1991, Star
- Sinbad - Afros & Bellbottoms 1993, Star
Man 1993, Star
- The Frog Prince 1995, Star
Kid 1996, Star
All the Way 1996, Star
Cherokee Kid 1997, Star
Burger 1997, Star
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Born: ..in Michigan
..in Benton Harbor
Nov 18, 1956