Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

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 romantic 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."  
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Orlando, Florida, USA
    Birthday
    7/31/1962
Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever
6.4
White Men Can't Jump
White Men Can't Jump
6.6
Passenger 57
Passenger 57
6
New Jack City
New Jack City
6.6
Drop Zone
Drop Zone
5.7
The Art of War
The Art of War
5.7
Boiling Point
Boiling Point
5
The Marksman
The Marksman
5.5
Money Train
Money Train
5.8
Unstoppable
Unstoppable
5.2
The Detonator
The Detonator
4.6
Murder at 1600
Murder at 1600
6.1
One Night Stand
One Night Stand
5.6
Hard Luck
Hard Luck
5.6
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
5.5
The Art of War II: Betrayal
The Art of War II: Betrayal
4.9
Blade II
Blade II
6.5
Blade
Blade
6.8
Blade: Trinity
Blade: Trinity
5.9
Undisputed
Undisputed
6.5
The Contractor
The Contractor
5.5
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
4.7
Game of Death
Game of Death
5
Sugar Hill
Sugar Hill
5.7
Armed Response
Armed Response
5.2
The Recall
The Recall
4.6
Hardwood Dreams
Hardwood Dreams
0
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes
8.5
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity'
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity'
5.5
Back on the Strip
Back on the Strip
6.7
Liberty Stands Still
Liberty Stands Still
5.4
Rising Sun
Rising Sun
6.1
U.S. Marshals
U.S. Marshals
6.5
To Wong Foo
To Wong Foo
7.3
The Fan
The Fan
6
Demolition Man
Demolition Man
6.7
Disappearing Acts
Disappearing Acts
6.4
Bad
Bad
7.5
America's Dream
America's Dream
7
Zig Zag
Zig Zag
6
Dolemite Is My Name
Dolemite Is My Name
7
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk
0
Sous les marches du palais
Sous les marches du palais
0
Chaos
Chaos
6.3
Mo' Better Blues
Mo' Better Blues
6.5
Streets of Gold
Streets of Gold
5.1
The Waterdance
The Waterdance
6.1
Futuresport
Futuresport
4.4
Chi-Raq
Chi-Raq
5.8
Brooklyn's Finest
Brooklyn's Finest
6.3
King of New York
King of New York
6.7
Where’s Usher?
Where’s Usher?
0
Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta
6.4
Major League
Major League
6.9
The Expendables 3
The Expendables 3
6.2
The Making of The Expendables 3
The Making of The Expendables 3
6.5
Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar
Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar
7.2
Coming 2 America
Coming 2 America
6.4
Wildcats
Wildcats
6.3
Cut Throat City
Cut Throat City
6.4
The Evolution of an American Filmmaker
The Evolution of an American Filmmaker
6
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies
5.7
Jackie Chan: My Story
Jackie Chan: My Story
6.3
Play It to the Bone
Play It to the Bone
5.6
Critical Condition
Critical Condition
5.5
Ultimate Fights from the Movies
Ultimate Fights from the Movies
4.9
Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale
6.2
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