Wesley Snipes

Actor / Film Producer | * 07/31/1962 (58) | Orlando, Florida, USA
Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, director, film producer, martial artist and author. His prominent film roles include New Jack City (1991), White Men Can't Jump (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Demolition Man (1993), U.S. Marshals (1998) and the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy (1998–2004), The Expendables 3 (2014 film) and for his role on The Player (2015). He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts sin... ()
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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."  .

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Drama | Thriller

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Movies with Wesley Snipes as Actor(65)

as D’Urville Martin2019 Dolemite Is My Name
2019 Payline
as Narrator2019 Hardwood Dreams
as Isaac2017 Armed Response
as The Hunter2017 The Recall
as Cyclops2015 Chi-Raq
as Aman2012 Gallowwalkers
as Agent Marcus2010 Game of Death
as James Dial2007 The Contractor
as Sonni Griffith2006 The Detonator
as Lucky2006 Hard Luck
as Painter2005 The Marksman
as Jack Tuliver2005 7 Seconds
as Lorenz / Jason York2005 Chaos
as Dean Cage2004 Unstoppable
as Blade2004 Blade: Trinity
as Blade Trio (Blade) (archive footage)2002 Ultimate Fights from the Movies
as Dave Fletcher2002 Zig Zag
as Monroe Hutchen2002 Undisputed
as Blade2002 Blade II
as Franklin Swift2000 Disappearing Acts
as Neil Shaw2000 The Art of War
as Himself (Ringside Fan)1999 Play It to the Bone
as Blade1998 Blade
as Mark Sheridan1998 U.S. Marshals
as Will Sinclair1998 Down in the Delta
as Obike Fixx1998 Futuresport
as himself1998 Jackie Chan: My Story
as Detective Harlan Regis1997 Murder at 1600
as Max Carlyle1997 One Night Stand
as George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")1996 America's Dream
as Bobby Rayburn1996 The Fan
as James Wheeler1995 Waiting to Exhale
as John1995 Money Train
as Romello Skuggs1994 Sugar Hill
as Pete Nessip1994 Drop Zone
as Lt. Webster Smith1993 Rising Sun
as Jimmy Mercer1993 Boiling Point
as Simon Phoenix1993 Demolition Man
as Raymond Hill1992 The Waterdance
as Sidney Deane1992 White Men Can't Jump
as John Cutter1992 Passenger 57
as Nino Brown1991 New Jack City
as Flipper Purify1991 Jungle Fever
as Shadow Henderson (Sax)1990 Mo' Better Blues
as Thomas Flanigan1990 King of New York
as Willie Mays Hayes1989 Major League
as Mini Max1987 Bad
as Ambulance Driver1987 Critical Condition
as Trumaine1986 Wildcats
as Roland Jenkins1986 Streets of Gold

TV Shows/Series with Wesley Snipes as Actor(6)

Movies with Wesley Snipes as Crew(12)

Production/Executive Producer2019 Payline
Production/Executive Producer2019 Outbreak Z
Production/Producer2017 Armed Response
Production/Producer2017 The Recall
Production/Producer2004 Blade: Trinity
Production/Executive Producer2002 Undisputed
Production/Producer2002 Blade II
Crew/Martial Arts Choreographer1998 Blade
Production/Producer1998 Blade
Production/Producer1998 Down in the Delta
Production/Producer1998 Futuresport
Production/Producer1998 The Big Hit

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Wesley Snipes
Born: Tuesday, 07/31 1962 (July) in Orlando (current age: 58 years + 9 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Educated at: State University of New York at Purchase, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, State University of New York
Student of: Shi Yan Ming
Other names for Wesley Snipes (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Уэсли Снайпс"
"Wesley Trent Snipes"
"Γουέσλεϊ Σνάιπς"
Wesley Snipes frequently works together with these people:
Spike Lee (11x, Crew)
David S. Goyer (9x, Crew)
Sylvester Stallone (7x, Actor)
Jackie Chan (6x, Actor)
Lennox Brown (6x, Actor)
Jay Leno (5x, Actor)
Mario Van Peebles (5x, Actor)
Mike Figgis (5x, Crew)
Donald Kushner (5x, Crew)
Avi Lerner (5x, Crew)
Bruce Lee (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:466, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/05/2020