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Name: Sinbad                                                                       
Born: 18 November 1956                                                             
Sinbad was born on November 18, 1956. As a child, he was the consummate jovial     
jokester, performing constantly for his three brothers and two sisters. The big   
bodied man you see today was also a big bodied child who dreamed of becoming a     
Harlem Globetrotter. In pursuit of that dream, he graduated from high school and   
entered the University of Denver on a basketball scholarship. The dream nearly     
became a reality until he suffered a career ending knee injury. He reflects       
fondly on his days as a basketball protege. ?I had flaming red hair and they       
called me Red Chamberlain, had ?Baby Wilt? written on the side of my car. I was   
on my way to becoming All-American. I thought college ball was going to be the     
ticket.? In 1983, Sinbad set-off on a self-sponsored ?Poverty Tour? of comedy     
clubs across the United States. He traveled on Greyhound, worked for meals and     
changed in hotel restrooms. It was a tough experience and he remembers asking a   
higher power whether or not he was on the right path. ?I prayed, please Lord,     
this is hard work so if I?m not funny let me know right away.? Sinbad?s comedy     
career gained momentum in the mid-eighties when he made seven appearances on the   
popular variety show ?Star Search?. His success on Star Search led to a co-starring
role as Fred Sanford?s son on ?The New Red Foxx Show? (1986). The rest is TV and   
movie history. He eventually caught the eye of the legendary Bill Cosby, who       
cast him on the super successful sit-com ?A Different World? (1987 to 1991).       
Sinbad?s tasteful talents propelled his career through the 1990s. In 1991, he     
starred in the ?Share the Dream Tour? of historically black colleges. In 1993,     
he developed and starred in his own variety show ?Sinbad & Friends All the Way     
Live... Almost? which aired on ABC. He also hosted the perennially popular ?It?s   
Showtime at the Apollo?.                                                           
For actors with the skills to master the small screen there is usually a natural   
progression to the big screen. Sinbad made his big screen debut as a stand-up     
comedian in ?That?s Adequate? (1989). His performance was adequate enough to       
land minor roles in ?Necessary Roughness? (1991), ?Coneheads? and ?Meteor Man? (both
in 1993). His first starring role was in ?Houseguest? (1995) in which he           
portrays a down-on-his-luck small business man running from debtors. His other     
major films were ?First Kid? (1996) in which he portrays a secret service agent   
who befriends the son of the President, and ?Jingle All The Way? (1996) in which   
he portrays Arnold Schwarzenagger?s arch rival in their quest to purchase the     
most popular action figure of the holiday shopping season.                         
The versatile and venerable ?bad is a comic icon towering both physically and     
ethically above the landscape of contemporary culture. His timeless brand of       
homegrown humor has set a standard that few comedians can match. His fame and     
success have allowed him to express his good hearted, party nature off-screen     
through his now famous ?Soul Music Festival? , held annually at exotic venues     
around the globe. His notoriety draws the top R&B and Funk musicians from the     
1970s and 80s, along with their die-hard fans, to this mega event. Sinbad?s       
vibrancy and solid reputation for clean, respectable fun ensures that he will be   
a major player in the field of entertainment for years to come.