Birthdate: July 31, 1962|
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Occupations: Actor, Producer
Quote: In the beginning, all I wanted to do was to be a singer and a dancer. That was my real groove, my real interest. When it came to doing films, my biggest goal was to do a commercial.
My love is still drama. Even if I play a straight action guy, I want to
give him some depth and substance
Claim to Fame: In 1985, while working the audition circuit in New York in between installing public telephones, Snipes auditioned for a role in the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy Wildcats, starring Goldie Hawn. The distinct impression he made on the casting agent earned him a call back to fill the role in the film.
A father of two children, he divorced his wife April in 1990 and started dating Korean artist Nakyung "Nikki" Park (who is the mother of his daughter). They tied the knot in 2003.
Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida) is an American
actor, martial artist and film producer. He may be best known for his role as
the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies.
Snipes has starred in action-adventures, thrillers, comedies, and dramatic
feature films opposite to such actors as Robert De Niro and Sean Connery.
In recent years, Snipes has moved behind the scenes in order to make his own
films. To this end, he formed his own independent production company, Amen Ra
Films, and its subsidiary Black Dot Media in 1991, to develop projects for film
Snipes's last film to have a US theatrical release was 2004's Blade Trinity.
Although the film was a box office success, Wesley has chosen to devote his time
to making several direct-to-video films. He recently completed filming The
Shooter in Bulgaria with Charles Dance, Lena Heady and Iain Robertson
Snipes was arrested on December 8, 2006 at Orlando International Airport. An
arrest warrant had been issued for him on October 17, 2006, in a case alleging
that he filed fraudulent claims for tax refunds. He pleaded not guilty and was
released on one million dollar bond.
Major League (1989)
King of New York (1990)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
New Jack City (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Passenger 57 (1992)
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Rising Sun (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
Drop Zone (1994)
Sugar Hill (1994)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Money Train (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
The Fan (1996)
Murder at 1600 (1997)
One Night Stand (1997)
U.S. Marshals (1998)
The Art of War (2000)
Disappearing Acts (2000)
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Blade II (2002)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
The Marksman (2004)
7 Seconds (2005)
Hard Luck (2006)
The Detonator (2006)
Chasing The Dragon (2006) (pre-production)
Toussaint (2007) (pre-production)
Gallowwalker (2007) (pre-production)
1997: Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor in "One Night Stand".
1997: NAACP Image Award for Best Actor (TV Movie/Series) in "America's Dream".
1991: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in "New Jack City".
1989: CableACE Award for Actor in a Drama Series in "Vietnam War Story: An Old
Ghost Walks the Earth".
Snipes often played tough characters in action movies, and has demonstrated considerable athletic and fighting ability. He is interested in martial arts, including Karate, Kung Fu, and Capoeira. This interest is reflected in the fact that many of his movies make reference to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
In 1980, Snipes graduated from Jones High School and returned to New York to attend Purchase College. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985.