David Adkins graduated from the University of Denver in Denver, CO, where he lettered twice for basketball and was known as "Red Chamberlain" due to his flaming red hair and process on the court. However, his athletic career was cut short by an injury. After college, Adkins served in the U.S. Air Force as a boom operator. On evenings off, Adkins often performed stand-up comedy in downtown Wichita; even competing as a comic in the USAF Talent Contest in 1981.
He eventually toured with the U.S. Air Force Tops in Blue program, where active members performed shows all over the world. However, life on base was not all fun and games for the future stand-up celebrity. While serving in the Air Force, Adkins tried out but failed to make the basketball team, which sent him into a state of denial. He also kept going AWOL and exhibited a number of misbehaviors, which almost led to a dishonorable discharge and dismissal.
Having left his military career behind, Adkins went full blast with his acting career. Under the stage name Sinbad, he started making the rounds on the comedy nightclub circuit in Los Angeles, as well as competing on "Star Search." Sinbad's exposure on "Star Search" led to a featured role on the short-lived comedy series "The Redd Foxx Show" and a guest spot on the Golden Globe-winning sitcom, "The Cosby Show."
Cosby offered him a starring role on its spin-off series, "A Different World." In 1990, he headlined his first HBO special, "Sinbad: Brain Damaged," which indoctrinated a new audience into his brand of comedy - clean and family-friendly. Instead of telling traditional jokes, he frenetically paced the stage as he told real-life stories and foibles. He followed that up with two more highly-rated comedy specials: "Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live Almost!" and "Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms." He hosted "It's Showtime at the Apollo" and the widely popular "Amateur Night."
In 1993, Sinbad, starred in yet another sitcom, "The Sinbad Show," which lasted only one season. Sinbad added "film actor" to his resume in 1993, when he made his film debut in the action-comedy "Necessary Roughness." He then starred in "Houseguest" opposite Phil Hartman, and then in the slapstick comedy "Jingle All the Way."
Comedy Central ranked him No. 78 on its list of "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time." After more than a decade of being absent from the stage, Sinbad attempted to resurrect his career by starring in the Comedy Central special "Sinbad: Where U Been." He then joined the cast of the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice."
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