David Adkins , better known by the stage name Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well-known in the late 1980s and 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the family-friendly films Houseguest, First Kid, and Jingle All the Way.
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.