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Wesley Snipes

1962-07-31 Orlando, Florida, USA

Image of 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."  


Where’s Usher? Leslie Snipes 2024-02-08
Back on the Strip Luther 'Mr. Big' 2023-08-17
Coming 2 America General Izzi 2021-03-04
Cut Throat City Lawrence 2020-07-31
Dolemite Is My Name D’Urville Martin 2019-10-04
Armed Response Isaac 2017-08-04
The Recall The Hunter 2017-06-02
Chi-Raq Sean 'Cyclops' Andrews 2015-12-04
The Making of The Expendables 3 Self 2014-11-25
The Expendables 3 Doc 2014-08-07
Gallowwalkers Aman 2012-10-27
Game of Death Agent Marcus 2011-02-15
2Everything2Terrible2: Tokyo Drift archival footage 2010-08-03
Brooklyn's Finest Casanova 'Caz' Phillips 2010-03-04
The Art of War II: Betrayal Neil Shaw 2008-08-12
The Contractor James Dial 2007-07-10
Hard Luck Lucky 2006-10-17
The Detonator Sonni Griffith 2006-04-25
7 Seconds Jack Tuliver 2005-06-28
The Marksman Painter 2005-11-28
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity' Self 2005-07-13
Chaos Lorenz / Jason York 2005-01-17
Blade: Trinity Eric Brooks / Blade 2004-12-08
Unstoppable Dean Cage 2004-10-20
Liberty Stands Still Joe 2002-01-18
Blade II Eric Brooks / Blade 2002-03-22
Undisputed Monroe Hutchen 2002-07-17
Zig Zag Dave Fletcher 2002-06-14
Disappearing Acts Franklin Swift 2000-12-09
The Art of War Neil Shaw 2000-08-25
Futuresport Obike Fixx 1999-09-30
Play It to the Bone Wesley Snipes (Ringside Fan) 1999-12-25
Down in the Delta Will Sinclair 1998-12-25
U.S. Marshals Mark Sheridan 1998-03-06
成龍的傳奇 Self 1998-07-17
Blade Eric Brooks / Blade 1998-08-21
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes Self 1998-08-18
Murder at 1600 Detective Harlan Regis 1997-04-18
One Night Stand Max Carlyle 1997-11-14
Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar Self 1996-08-30
The Fan Bobby Rayburn 1996-08-15
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk Narrator 1996-09-10
America's Dream George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black") 1996-02-17
Money Train John 1995-11-21
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Noxeema Jackson 1995-09-07
Waiting to Exhale James Wheeler (uncredited) 1995-12-22
Sugar Hill Romello Skuggs 1994-02-25
Drop Zone Pete Nessip 1994-12-08
Boiling Point Jimmy Mercer 1993-04-16
Hardwood Dreams Narrator 1993-10-01
Rising Sun Lt. Webster Smith 1993-07-30
Demolition Man Simon Phoenix 1993-10-08
Passenger 57 John Cutter 1992-11-06
The Waterdance Raymond Hill 1992-05-13
White Men Can't Jump Sidney Deane 1992-03-27
New Jack City Nino Brown 1991-03-08
Sous les marches du palais Himself 1991-09-14
Jungle Fever Flipper Purify 1991-06-07
Mo' Better Blues Shadow Henderson (Sax) 1990-08-03
King of New York Thomas Flanigan 1990-07-18
Major League Willie Mays Hayes 1989-02-16
Bad Mini Max 1987-08-31
Critical Condition Ambulance Driver 1987-01-16
Streets of Gold Roland Jenkins 1986-01-01
Wildcats Trumaine 1986-02-14
Outbreak Z