Wesley Snipes

    July 31, 1962
Orlando, Florida, USA
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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."  

Coming 2 America General Izzi 2020
Dolemite Is My Name D’Urville Martin 2019
Armed Response Isaac 2017
The Recall The Hunter 2017
Chi-Raq Cyclops 2015
The Making of The Expendables 3 Himself 2014
The Expendables 3 Doc 2014
Gallowwalkers Aman 2012
Game of Death Agent Marcus 2010
Brooklyn's Finest Caz 2009
The Art of War II: Betrayal Neil Shaw 2008
The Contractor James Dial 2007
Hard Luck Lucky 2006
The Detonator Sonni Griffith 2006
7 Seconds Jack Tuliver 2005
Chaos Lorenz / Jason York 2005
The Marksman Painter 2005
Blade: Trinity Blade 2004
Unstoppable Dean Cage 2004
Undisputed Monroe Hutchen 2002
Zig Zag Dave Fletcher 2002
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies Himself - Interviewee 2002
Ultimate Fights from the Movies Blade Trio (Blade) (archive footage) 2002
Blade II Blade 2002
Liberty Stands Still Joe 2002
Disappearing Acts Franklin Swift 2000
The Art of War Neil Shaw 2000
Play It to the Bone Himself (Ringside Fan) 1999
Down in the Delta Will Sinclair 1998
Blade Blade 1998
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes Himself 1998
Jackie Chan: My Story Himself 1998
U.S. Marshals Mark Sheridan 1998
Futuresport Obike Fixx 1998
One Night Stand Max Carlyle 1997
Murder at 1600 Detective Harlan Regis 1997
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk Narrator 1996
Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar Himself 1996
The Fan Bobby Rayburn 1996
America's Dream George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black") 1996
Waiting to Exhale James Wheeler 1995
Money Train John 1995
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Noxeema Jackson 1995
Michael Jackson - Video Greatest Hits - HIStory Mini Max (segment "Bad") 1995
Drop Zone Pete Nessip 1994
Sugar Hill Romello Skuggs 1994
Demolition Man Simon Phoenix 1993
Hardwood Dreams Narrator 1993
Rising Sun Lt. Webster Smith 1993
Boiling Point Jimmy Mercer 1993
Passenger 57 John Cutter 1992
The Waterdance Raymond Hill 1992
White Men Can't Jump Sidney Deane 1992
Jungle Fever Flipper Purify 1991
New Jack City Nino Brown 1991
Mo' Better Blues Shadow Henderson (Sax) 1990
King of New York Thomas Flanigan 1990
Major League Willie Mays Hayes 1989
Bad Mini Max 1987
Critical Condition Ambulance Driver 1987
Wildcats Trumaine 1986
Streets of Gold Roland Jenkins 1986
Outbreak Z
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The Player Mr. Johnson <mt>
What We Do in the Shadows Wesley <mt>

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Movie : Blade   |   Character : Blade

By : Greg Mueller | Date : 2 years ago