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Adam Wade: Bio


In 1958, Pittsburgh's Adam Wade was a member of Dr. Salk's polio research team. Show business calls in 1959 and Adam begins a musical journey that is destined to carry him to success. Now, in 2006, he still possesses a style of charismatic elegance. Adam's charm made him the first African American to host a game show (CBS' Musical Chair). He also hosted A.M. Chicago, L.A. Everywhere and WNYC's Media Arts Magazine Show. His other work in daytime television included the soaps Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light and primetime television shows (Hill Street Blues, Queens Supreme, Dukes of Hazard, Police Woman, B.J. and the Bear, and Adam 12, and of course, Law & Order.
Adam is a two time Audelco Award Winner (Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy, 1999, There's Still Such a Thing as Love). Twice nominated for a Clio Award, winning for his commercial " Virgin Island Fifty Dollar Days'."
Adam's comedic talent came to light on Sanford and Son, What's Happening, The Jeffersons, Good Times, David Frost's That Was The Week That Was and This Is The Year That Will Be.
A singing career kicked off Adam's musical journey when the recording industry Gods smiled on him with a string of hits: Tell Her For Me, Take Good Care of Her, As If I Didn 't Know and The Writing On The Wall. Extensive nightclub engagements in major cities around the world followed.
His film credits include: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Education of Sonny Carson, Come Back Charleston Blue, Gordon's War, The Anderson Tapes, Shaft and Claudine.
On the stage, Adam starred with Ruth Brown in Staggerlee, Same Time Next Year with Delia Reese, a Las Vegas production of Guys & Dolls with Leslie Uggams, Black Girl, J.B., Dance on Widow's Row, Comfortable Shoes, I'm Not Rappaport, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Lesson Before Dying, The Cherry Orchard, Ain 't Supposed to Die A Natural Death.
Adam took time out to go back to school after forty years to earn his B.A. and Masters Degrees at Lehman College and Brooklyn College. He is a speech and theater adjunct at Long Island University and Bloomfield College.
Adam's all around show business talent led him to the world of voice-overs, jingles, cartoons, looping, dubbing and print work.
Adam directed Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill, Shades of Harlem, Guys & Dolls, The Dancer, Wine in the Wilderness, The Fabulous Club Fifty, Easy, Cafe Society, One Day at a Time, and Midlife: Oh the Drama.
Adam is married to Jeree Wade, creator of the long-running Shades of Harlem. They perform together and separately on cruise ships and concerts with symphony orchestras around the world. Their production company, Songbirds Unlimited, flies on the wings of Adam and Jeree. Destination? Success! Adam is currently on tour with the National Compang of THE COLOR PURPLE.


Adam Wade
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Silver
Eyes: Brown

(973) 509-0374


The Anderson Tapes
The Boys
Brother to Brother
Come Back Charleston Blue
Education of Sonny Carson
Gordon's War
Kiss Me Goodbye
Lou, Pat and Joe D.
Taking of Pelham One Two Three


Adam 12
B.J.& the Bear
Dukes of Hazard
Hill Street Blues
The Jeffersons
Law & Order
Police Woman
Queens Supreme
Sammy Davis Jr. Show
Sanford and Son
Sheriff Lobo
Tony Orlando Show
True Blue
What's Happening


Another World
As the World Turns
Edge of Night
Guiding Light
Love of Life
Search for Tomorrow


A Lesson Before Dying
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Black Girl
Cafe Society
Charles Fuller's "WE" Series
The Cherry Orchard
Comfortable Shoes
Dance on Widow's Row
Driving Miss Daisy
Guys & Dolls
I'm Not Rappaport
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Lifestyles in the Street
Midlife: Oh The Drama!
Miss Ever's Boys
My Sister, My Sister
The People's Temple
Same Time Next Year
Shades of Harlem
To Gleam It About To Show My Shine
The War Party


Billboard 1960-1962
Cashbox 1961-1962
Clio Award 1972
Audelco 1995 and 1999


Take Good Care of Her
Tell Her For Me
Writing on the Wal

A.M. Chicago--ABC
Media Arts Magazine--NY
Musical Chairs Game Show--CBS
L.A. Everywhere--NBC
Midday L.A.--Los Angeles