SINBAD

In the early 1980s, Sinbad caught his first big break as a contestant on Star Search, winning 10 times on the show. Before long, Sinbad was an in-demand performer and landed a role on TV sitcom The Redd Foxx Show, playing Foxx’s son on the short-lived series. He then landed a recurring role on The Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World, which ran from 1987 to 1991.  In addition to acting, Sinbad continued to perform his stand-up comedy. He became known for his offbeat yet clean approach to humor. As he explained to Ebony, he has been called “a middle-of-the-road comic. Sinbad went on to star his own sitcom, The Sinbad Show, in 1993. On the series, he played a single foster father to two children. The show’s premise borrowed a bit from Sinbad’s own life, as he was an active father himself, sharing joint custody of his two children from his first marriage. Over the years, Sinbad also made a number of film appearances, costarring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1996 holiday comedy Jingle All the Way and with Phil Hartman in Houseguest (1995). Around this time, he also wrote Sinbad’s Guide to Life: Because I Know Everything.  While his popularity may have peaked in the 1990s, Sinbad remains a popular live performer, landing a number of stand-up gigs each year. Sinbad also continues to appear on television and in films. He lent his voice to the animated series Slacker Cats and was a competitor on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010. In 2011, he had his own reality show with Sinbad: It’s Just Family, focused on his domestic life with his wife, Meredith, daughter Paige and son Royce.

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