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Wesley Snipes is an actor, martial artist and film producer known for his performance in numerous action movies

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 31, 1962
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Actors, Black Actors, Millionaires, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateFlorida
SpousesNakyung Park
Known asWesley Trent Snipes
ChildrensAkhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes, Alimayu Moa-T Snipes, Iset Jua-T Snipes, Jelani Asar Snipes
Universities
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
  • State University of New York at Purchase
  • Jones High School
Birth PlaceOrlando, Florida, United States
Height175
GenderMale
FatherWesley R. Snipes
MotherMarian
Net Worth$10 million as of Mar 11,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inOrlando, Florida, United States

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Who is Wesley Snipes?

A 5th dan black belt in Shotokan karate, Wesley Snipes is one of the well-known actors in Hollywood today. With his famed film ‘Blade’, he gained a lot of popularity and reached the pinnacle of success. Although he is mostly remembered for his action movies, he is a versatile actor and has excelled in comic roles as well. Action may have brought him numerous feats, but it is not his only forte. Unfortunately, some recent serious legal problems pertaining to tax evasion, have momentarily affected his career. A brilliant actor, Wesley has been the first choice of many filmmakers not only for his action skills but also for his brilliant acting and screen presence. Ever since he entered the film industry, he has been delivering hit performances, which enabled him to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. In a very short span of time, Snipes successfully established himself as one of the finest actors in the entertainment business.

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Childhood & Early Life

Wesley was born to Wesley R. Snipes, an aircraft engineer and Marian Snipes, a teaching assistant. His family later moved to New York City, where he was raised.

The family resided in The Bronx and young Wesley was sent to an elementary school P.S. 132 and later moved to I.S. 131 for his intermediate studies. For his higher education, he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing in 1975.

He graduated from the Jones High School in Orlando in 1980. He actively participated in the school dramas.

Following his graduation, he attended the State University of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.

Career

Snipes acted in some television series before coming across a casting agent who promoted his talent and that eventually earned him his debut role in the movie ‘Wildcats’ in 1986.

In 1987, he was cast opposite Michael Jackson in his song video ‘Bad’ as a gang leader.

His performance in the video earned him more significant projects in Hollywood, beginning with the comedy movie ‘Major League’, in 1989.

Director Spike Lee, who liked his performance in ‘Bad’, cast him alongside Denzel Washington in the 1990 film ‘Mo' Better Blues’.

Snipes worked with Lee once again in the drama film ‘Jungle Fever’, which released in 1991. The movie won a lot of critical appreciation and was nominated for several prestigious awards.

In 1994, he played the role of a drug dealer in the TV film ‘Sugar Hill’, which did not receive favorable reviews.

After a long string of action movies, came the 1998 blockbuster ‘Blade’ - a vampire based action film.

The success of ‘Blade’ prompted the filmmakers to come up with its sequel ‘Blade II’ in 2002, which was also a big hit.

‘Blade: Trinity’, also known as ‘Blade III’, was released in 2004. Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel also starred in the movie alongside Snipes.

His next theatrical film after ‘Blade: Trinity’ was the 2010 crime drama film ‘Brooklyn's Finest'.

His latest movie ‘Gallowwalker’, a horror film, is set to release in 2013.

Major Works

Snipes' ‘New Jack City’ was released in 1991. It is a crime film and was well-received by the critics, earning a total of $47,624,353 at the box office.

The movie(s) for which he is remembered the most is the ‘Blade’ series, the first part of which (Blade) was a massive hit - grossing $131.2 million worldwide.

Awards & Achievements

The actor won a Best Actor Volpi Cup in 1997 at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of an unfaithful husband in the movie ‘One Night Stand’. The movie was not very well-received by the critics but went on to become a commercial success.

He was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 21, 1998, after the success of ‘Blade’.

Personal Life & Legacy

His first wife was April Snipes. They got married in 1985 and have a son, Jelani Asar Snipe. The marriage, however, did not last long and the couple got divorced in 1990.

In 2003, he married Nakyung ‘Nikki’ Park, a painter from South Korea, and has four children with her.

He was sentenced to three years in prison on April 24, 2008 for tax evasion. It was found that he was supposed to pay taxes amounting to $2.7 million, but did not file any returns between 1999 and 2001.

While in prison, he appealed to the Supreme Court but the court declined to hear his appeal. The actor was released on April 2, 2013, after serving his sentence.

Trivia

This famous Hollywood actor was filmed in Michael Jackson’s video ‘Bad’, but can only be seen in the 16-minute full length video and not in the popular version of the same.

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Wesley Snipes biography timelines

  • // 31st Jul 1962
    Wesley was born to Wesley R. Snipes, an aircraft engineer and Marian Snipes, a teaching assistant. His family later moved to New York City, where he was raised.
  • // 1975
    The family resided in The Bronx and young Wesley was sent to an elementary school P.S. 132 and later moved to I.S. 131 for his intermediate studies. For his higher education, he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing in 1975.
  • // 1980
    He graduated from the Jones High School in Orlando in 1980. He actively participated in the school dramas.
  • // 1985
    Following his graduation, he attended the State University of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.
  • // 1985 To 1990
    His first wife was April Snipes. They got married in 1985 and have a son, Jelani Asar Snipe. The marriage, however, did not last long and the couple got divorced in 1990.
  • // 1986
    Snipes acted in some television series before coming across a casting agent who promoted his talent and that eventually earned him his debut role in the movie ‘Wildcats’ in 1986.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he was cast opposite Michael Jackson in his song video ‘Bad’ as a gang leader.
  • // 1989
    His performance in the video earned him more significant projects in Hollywood, beginning with the comedy movie ‘Major League’, in 1989.
  • // 1990
    Director Spike Lee, who liked his performance in ‘Bad’, cast him alongside Denzel Washington in the 1990 film ‘Mo' Better Blues’.
  • // 1991
    Snipes worked with Lee once again in the drama film ‘Jungle Fever’, which released in 1991. The movie won a lot of critical appreciation and was nominated for several prestigious awards.
  • // 1991
    Snipes' ‘New Jack City’ was released in 1991. It is a crime film and was well-received by the critics, earning a total of $47,624,353 at the box office.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he played the role of a drug dealer in the TV film ‘Sugar Hill’, which did not receive favorable reviews.
  • // 1997
    The actor won a Best Actor Volpi Cup in 1997 at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of an unfaithful husband in the movie ‘One Night Stand’. The movie was not very well-received by the critics but went on to become a commercial success.
  • // 1998
    After a long string of action movies, came the 1998 blockbuster ‘Blade’ - a vampire based action film.
  • // 21st Aug 1998
    He was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 21, 1998, after the success of ‘Blade’.
  • // 2002
    The success of ‘Blade’ prompted the filmmakers to come up with its sequel ‘Blade II’ in 2002, which was also a big hit.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he married Nakyung ‘Nikki’ Park, a painter from South Korea, and has four children with her.
  • // 2004
    ‘Blade: Trinity’, also known as ‘Blade III’, was released in 2004. Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel also starred in the movie alongside Snipes.
  • // 24th Apr 2008
    He was sentenced to three years in prison on April 24, 2008 for tax evasion. It was found that he was supposed to pay taxes amounting to $2.7 million, but did not file any returns between 1999 and 2001.
  • // 2010
    His next theatrical film after ‘Blade: Trinity’ was the 2010 crime drama film ‘Brooklyn's Finest'.
  • // 2013
    His latest movie ‘Gallowwalker’, a horror film, is set to release in 2013.
  • // 2nd Apr 2013
    While in prison, he appealed to the Supreme Court but the court declined to hear his appeal. The actor was released on April 2, 2013, after serving his sentence.

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Wesley Snipes's FAQ

  • What is Wesley Snipes birthday?

    Wesley Snipes was born at 1962-07-31

  • Where is Wesley Snipes's birth place?

    Wesley Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, United States

  • What is Wesley Snipes nationalities?

    Wesley Snipes's nationalities is American

  • Who is Wesley Snipes spouses?

    Wesley Snipes's spouses is Nakyung Park

  • Who is Wesley Snipes childrens?

    Wesley Snipes's childrens is Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes, Alimayu Moa-T Snipes, Iset Jua-T Snipes, Jelani Asar Snipes

  • What was Wesley Snipes universities?

    Wesley Snipes studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, State University of New York at Purchase, Jones High School

  • How tall is Wesley Snipes?

    Wesley Snipes's height is 175

  • Who is Wesley Snipes's father?

    Wesley Snipes's father is Wesley R. Snipes

  • Who is Wesley Snipes's mother?

    Wesley Snipes's mother is Marian

  • What is Wesley Snipes's sun sign?

    Wesley Snipes is Leo