Wesley Snipes

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Age: 51
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, USA

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."  

 
Movie Character Year
3t70mfqnytarkgh50sio2dlvx6m New Jack City Nino Brown 1991
Eswv0psnbqqbsbzce6iadfkf6t9 Jungle Fever Flipper Purify 1991
Gryhwrjwdyaa6r50owlzqs26imv Major League Willie Mays Hayes 1989
6wnuoj9ejbbyhblcyinoqhjlsww Passenger 57 John Cutter 1992
Zntmuitvpsuudcf2zx1ny337bzz King of New York Thomas Flanigan 1990
Tuvitazlterenk3bnxegjkz1o8l Wildcats Trumaine 1986
Ob0f16um1kn7koslf6awkb97dtx Mo' Better Blues Shadow Henderson (Sax) 1990
3ckqnjmzcfk70kdhag4sdbkpvb7 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Noxeema Jackson 1995
4z1abzy9bkow8w88w4cnr4emuqe Demolition Man Simon Phoenix 1993
6fxyki8q8yizvrdzajlrg6dcgie The Detonator Sonni Griffith 2006
9wiaj7lfkc278avpg72f8olbr3x Liberty Stands Still Joe 2002
S3shpeman3kn3xbz0djabiqtph1 White Men Can't Jump Sidney Deane 1992
Jh332vupgajhvyq1xvpas6jpodu Hard Luck Lucky 2006
Hlsug9dno7e2bu3qcvsetgc4ev6 The Contractor James Dial 2007
Ah1uxbhqqguybfayx63l46gefiu Money Train John 1995
Kiydkxjdcpew51vni8fkhalkon Blade Blade 1998
D3h9snzmvwgxgsw4id41prttuqs Murder at 1600 Detective Regis 0000
Ormhwkzhpw5k5vdglm1clhqyajo U.S. Marshals Mark Sheridan 1998
Cq1sej0wrvldjjmoawujrralugu Murder at 1600 Detective Harlan Regis 1997
Us1mhdltnneelfqpxpxz1ujsndc Blade II Blade 2002
Mgozd6ynrxhsqqajgldsc9auymf Chaos Lorenz / Jason York 2005
P3miqrus856uvikbojsvrajszwt Game of Death Agent Marcus 2010
1fljjho9fvchrvulgjo8zfho8jt Undisputed Monroe Hutchen 2002
7e7bdysvhqhlfx8p9dlea1tqqph Brooklyn's Finest Caz 2009
Blz1vpybefblztws94gqnfk1w3f One Night Stand Max Carlyle 1997
4winsdhqbdh5att7bd7t7dbuxbb Blade: Trinity Blade 2004
Qr2blwdxt8qdcbfzc16hjxubgx8 The Expendables 3 Doc 2014
A04q2ojqfyu9muwuvqtafvlgvfq GallowWalkers Aman 2013
3mgze1bfysx0u9vm0ivr6qe4ojs Play It to the Bone Himself (Ringside Fan) 1999