Sinbad, the stand-up comedian and film actor, recently suffered a stroke. The announcement came from a statement his family submitted to the Associated Press. According to his family, Sinbad is in the early stages of recovery.
“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” said the statement. “Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon.”
Sinbad, born in 1956 as David Adkins, is best known for his stand-up comedy act which rose to prominence in the late 1980s. He landed a role on the sitcom A Different World, a spinoff of the immensely popular The Cosby Show. After the popularity of that show, he was given his own series simply dubbed The Sinbad Show.
Throughout the ’90s, Sinbad would also appear in a number of notable feature films. In addition to supporting appearances in movies like Coneheads and The Meteor Man, the comedian would find starring roles in films like Houseguest, First Kid, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas movie, Jingle All the Way. He would also appear in the Nickelodeon film Good Burger. These appearances have endeared him to a certain generation of ’90s kids.
In fact, possibly the strangest piece of Sinbad’s history involves a film that doesn’t even exist. Years ago, a collective false memory took root involving a family film called Shazaam. The movie supposedly featured Sinbad as a genie. It is widely accepted that this grew from a possible conflagration of two real items: the film Kazaam that starred Shaquille O’Neal and a television special where Sinbad dressed up to host a screening of the film Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.
However, this instance of the Mandela Effect gained so much popularity online that the comedy group CollegeHumor produced an April Fool’s Day video that attempted to acknowledge the long-standing internet rumor. You can watch the entire sketch in the video below. See if you can spot all of the cheeky references to other false memories:
While his presence in feature films has certainly diminished since the height of his fame in the ’90s, Sinbad continued to show up in a number of popular television shows. He appeared as a fictionalized version of himself in the grungy sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and did the same in the animated shows Family Guy and American Dad. He also had a starring role in the 2018 series Rel, which was canceled after just one season.
We will have to wait for any additional word from Sinbad’s family or the comedian/actor himself regarding his health. Hopefully, he will be able to make a full recovery and we can look forward to seeing his comedic antics in the future. We here at Giant Freakin Robot are sending our best wishes to the prolific performer and his family during this difficult time.