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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 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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Born:
Jul 31, 1962 In Orlando, Florida, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
63
Première apparrition :
In the series Deux Flics à Miami 1984-09-16
Dernier projet:
Film Armed Response 2017-08-04
Connu pour
Poster of Game of Death
Poster of U.S. Marshals
Poster of H.E.L.P.
Poster of Bad
Filmographie
Film Armed Response Isaac 2017-08-04
Film The Recall The Hunter 2017-06-02
Series Player Mr. Johnson 2015-09-24
Film Chi-Raq Cyclops 2015-12-04
Film Expendables 3 Doc 2014-08-04
Film The Making of The Expendables 3 Himself 2014-11-25
Film Gallowwalkers Aman 2012-10-27
Film Bad 25 Himself (Archive Footage) 2012-11-22
Film Game of Death Agent Marcus 2010-11-27
Film L'Élite de Brooklyn Caz 2009-01-16
Film L'Art de la Guerre 2 - Trahison Neil Shaw 2008-08-12
Film Middleman Lucky 2007-08-22
Film Contractor James Dial 2007-07-10
Film The Detonator Sonni Griffith 2006-04-25
Film Nuclear Target Painter 2005-01-01
Film Chaos Lorenz / Jason York 2005-01-17
Film 7 secondes Jack Tuliver 2005-06-28
Film Incontrôlable Dean Cage 2004-10-20
Film Blade : Trinity Blade 2004-12-08
Film Appel au meurtre Joe 2002-01-18
Film Blade II Blade 2002-03-22
Film Zig Zag Dave Fletcher 2002-03-10
Film Ultimate Fights from the Movies Blade Trio (Blade) (archive footage) 2002-04-16
Film Un Seul deviendra invincible Monroe Hutchen 2002-08-23
Film The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies Himself - Interviewee 2002-06-01
Series The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-14
Film L'Art de la guerre Neil Shaw 2000-08-23
Film Acte d'amour Franklin Swift 2000-12-09
Film Les Adversaires Himself (Ringside Fan) 1999-12-25
Film U.S. Marshals Mark Sheridan 1998-03-06
Film Futuresport Obike Fixx 1998-01-09
Film 成龍的傳奇 Himself 1998-07-17
Film Blade Blade 1998-08-21
Film Loin d'ici Will Sinclair 1998-12-25
Film Meurtre à la Maison Blanche Detective Harlan Regis 1997-04-18
Film Pour une nuit Max Carlyle 1997-11-14
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film America's Dream George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black") 1996-01-01
Film Le Fan Bobby Rayburn 1996-08-15
Film Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar Himself 1996-08-30
Film Money train John 1995-11-21
Film Extravagances Noxeema Jackson 1995-09-07
Film Où sont les hommes ? James Wheeler 1995-12-22
Film Sugar Hill Romello Skuggs 1994-02-25
Film Drop Zone Pete Nessip 1994-12-08
Film Soleil levant Lt. Webster Smith 1993-07-30
Film L'Extrême Limite Jimmy Mercer 1993-04-16
Film Demolition man Simon Phoenix 1993-10-08
Film Les Blancs Ne Savent Pas Sauter Sidney Deane 1992-03-26
Film The Waterdance Raymond Hill 1992-05-13
Film Passager 57 John Cutter 1992-11-05
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Film New Jack City Nino Brown 1991-03-08
Film Jungle Fever Flipper Purify 1991-06-07
Series H.E.L.P. Off. Lou Barton 1990-03-03
Film Mo' Better Blues Shadow Henderson (Sax) 1990-08-03
Film The King of New York Thomas Flanigan 1990-07-18
Film Les Indians Willie Mays Hayes 1989-02-16
Film Toubib malgré lui Ambulance Driver 1987-01-16
Film Bad Mini Max 1987-08-31
Film Les Chemins de la gloire Roland Jenkins 1986-01-01
Film Femme de choc Trumaine 1986-02-14
Series Deux Flics à Miami Unknown 1984-09-16