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Known Credits: 52

Birthday: 1962-07-31

Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida, USA

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Wesley Snipes

Biography

Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. He has starred in numerous action-adventures, thrillers, and dramatic feature films and is well known for his role as Blade in the Blade trilogy. Snipes formed a production company titled Amen-Ra Films in 1991 and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. Snipes has been training in martial arts since age twelve, earning a high ranking 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. He has also trained as a student of Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and in a number of other disciplines including various styles of kung fu. At age 23, Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition. He made his film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. Later that year he appeared on the trendy 1980's TV show Miami Vice as a drug-dealing pimp in the episode 'Streetwise' (first aired December 5, 1986). In 1987, he appeared as Michael Jackson's nemesis in the Martin Scorsese directed music video "Bad" (he is seen in only the long version of the video) and the feature film Streets of Gold. That same year, Snipes was also considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Snipes' performance in the music video "Bad" caught the eye of director Spike Lee. Snipes turned down a small role in Lee's Do the Right Thing for the larger part of Willie Mays Hayes in Major League, beginning a succession of box-office hits for Snipes. Lee would later cast Snipes as the jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Mo' Better Blues and as the lead in the interracial romance drama Jungle Fever. Another important role for Snipes was the powerful drug lord Nino Brown in New Jack City, which was written specifically for him by Barry Michael Cooper. Another film in which his character was involved in drugs was the somber movie Sugar Hill. Although Snipes is more known for his roles in action films like Passenger 57, Demolition Man (with Sylvester Stallone), Money Train, U.S. Marshals (a sequel of The Fugitive) and Rising Sun (with Sean Connery), he has also had success in comedies like White Men Can't Jump, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar where he played a drag queen together with Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo. Snipes has also been critically acclaimed for his roles in dramas like The Waterdance and Disappearing Acts. Snipes has been married twice; first, to April Snipes from 1985-1990 with whom he has a son, Jelani Asar Snipes, born in 1988. Jelani had a cameo role in Snipes' 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. In 2003, Snipes wed painter Nakyung 'Nikki' Park, who is the mother of his four youngest children: son Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes; daughter Iset Jua-T Snipes (born July 31, 2001); son Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes (born May 26, 2004); and son Alimayu Moa-T Snipes (born March 26, 2007). Snipes spends a lot of time in Park's home country of South Korea, which he calls his "second home."  

Acting
2014 The Expendables 3 as Doc
2013 GallowWalkers as Aman
2012 Bad 25 as Himself (Archive Footage)
2010 Game of Death as Agent Marcus
2009 Brooklyn's Finest as Caz
2008 The Art of War II: Betrayal as Neil Shaw
2007 The Contractor as James Dial
2006 Hard Luck as Lucky
2006 The Detonator as Sonni Griffith
2005 7 Seconds as Jack Tuliver
2005 Chaos as Lorenz / Jason York
2005 The Marksman as Painter
2004 Blade: Trinity as Blade
2004 Unstoppable as Dean Cage
2002 Undisputed as Monroe Hutchen
2002 Ultimate Fights from the Movies as Blade Trio (Blade) (archive footage)
2002 Blade II as Blade
2002 ZigZag
2002 Liberty Stands Still as Joe
2001 The Bernie Mac Show - (1 episode)
2000 Disappearing Acts as Franklin Swift
2000 The Art of War as Neil Shaw
1999 Play It to the Bone as Himself (Ringside Fan)
1998 Down In The Delta as Will Sinclair
1998 Blade as Blade
1998 U.S. Marshals as Mark Sheridan
1998 Futuresport as Obike Fixx
1997 One Night Stand as Max Carlyle
1997 The View - (1 episode)
1997 Murder at 1600 as Detective Harlan Regis
1996 The Fan as Bobby Rayburn
1995 Money Train as John
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar as Noxeema Jackson
1994 Drop Zone as Pete Nessip
1994 Sugar Hill as Romello Skuggs
1993 Demolition Man as Simon Phoenix
1993 Rising Sun as Lt. Webster Smith
1993 Boiling Point as Jimmy Mercer
1992 Passenger 57 as John Cutter
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - (1 episode)
1992 The Waterdance as Raymond Hill
1992 White Men Can't Jump as Sidney Deane
1991 Jungle Fever as Flipper Purify
1991 New Jack City as Nino Brown
1990 Mo' Better Blues as Shadow Henderson (Sax)
1990 King of New York as Thomas Flanigan
1990 H.E.L.P. - (6 episodes)
1989 Major League as Willie Mays Hayes
1986 Wildcats as Trumaine
1986 Streets of Gold as Roland Jenkins
1984 Miami Vice - (1 episode)
Production
2004 Blade: Trinity … Producer
2002 Blade II … Producer
1998 Blade … Producer
1998 The Big Hit … Producer
1998 Futuresport … Producer