Wesley Snipes

31 Jul 1962

Actor, Producer

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."

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Filmography (50 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Armed Response
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Action
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2017)
···The Recall
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2014)
···The Expendables 3
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Doc)
(movie, 2013)
···Gallowwalkers
Genre: Action, Horror, Western
Role: Actor (as Aman)
(movie, 2010)
···Game of Death
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Agent Marcus)
(movie, 2010)
···Gallowwalker
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Aman)
(movie, 2009)
···Brooklyn's Finest
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Caz)
(movie, 2008)
···The Art of War II: Betrayal
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Neil Shaw)
(movie, 2007)
···The Contractor
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as James Dial)
(movie, 2006)
···Hard Luck
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lucky)
(movie, 2006)
···The Detonator
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sonni Griffith)
(movie, 2005)
···7 Seconds
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jack Tuliver)
(movie, 2005)
···Chaos
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Lorenz · Jason York)
(movie, 2005)
···The Marksman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Painter)
(movie, 2004)
7.5Blade: Trinity
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2004)
···Unstoppable
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dean Cage)
(movie, 2002)
···Undisputed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2002)
···Blade II
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2002)
···Liberty Stands Still
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joe)
(movie, 2002)
···Zig Zag
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dave Fletcher)
(movie, 2002)
···ZigZag
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dave Fletcher)
(movie, 2000)
···The Art of War
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Neil Shaw)
(movie, 2000)
···Disappearing Acts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Franklin Swift)
(movie, 1999)
···Play It to the Bone
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Himself (Ringside Fan))
(movie, 1998)
7.5Blade
Genre: Horror, Action
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1998)
···The Big Hit
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Producer
(movie, 1998)
···U.S. Marshals
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Role: Actor (as Mark Sheridan)
(movie, 1997)
···One Night Stand
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Max Carlyle)
(movie, 1997)
···Murder at 1600
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Detective Harlan Regis)
(movie, 1996)
···The Fan
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bobby Rayburn)
(movie, 1996)
···America's Dream
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Chris)
(movie, 1995)
6.8Money Train
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as John)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Noxeema Jackson)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Noxeema)
(movie, 1994)
···Drop Zone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Pete Nessip)
(movie, 1994)
···Sugar Hill
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Romello Skuggs)
(movie, 1993)
···Demolition Man
Genre: Crime, Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Simon Phoenix)
(movie, 1993)
···Rising Sun
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lt. Webster Smith)
(movie, 1993)
···Boiling Point
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jimmy Mercer)
(movie, 1993)
···Dangerous: The Short Films
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 1992)
···Passenger 57
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Cutter)
(movie, 1992)
6.5White Men Can't Jump
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sidney Deane)
(movie, 1991)
···Jungle Fever
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Flipper Purify)
(movie, 1991)
···New Jack City
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nino Brown)
(movie, 1990)
···Mo' Better Blues
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Shadow Henderson (Sax))
(movie, 1990)
···King of New York
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Thomas Flanigan)
(movie, 1989)
···Major League
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Willie Mays Hayes)
(movie, 1988)
···Vietnam War Story II
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor
(movie, 1986)
···Wildcats
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Trumaine)
(movie, 1986)
···Streets of Gold
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Roland Jenkins)