Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

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    • July 31st, 1962
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."  

Starring Wesley Snipes on Plex


Acting (53 Credits)

2021Coming 2 America as General Izzi
2020Cut Throat City as Lawrence
2019Dolemite Is My Name as D’Urville Martin
2017Armed Response as Isaac
2017The Recall as The Hunter
2015Chi-Raq as Sean 'Cyclops' Andrews
2015The Player (2015) as Mr. JohnsonWatch Free
2014The Expendables 3 as Doc
2012Gallowwalkers as AmanWatch Free
2011Game of Death as Agent Marcus
2009Brooklyn's Finest as CazWatch Free
2008The Art of War II: Betrayal as Neil Shaw
2007The Contractor as James Dial
2006Hard Luck as LuckyWatch Free
2006The Detonator as Sonni GriffithWatch Free
2005The Marksman as Painter
20057 Seconds as Jack Tuliver
2005Chaos as Lorenz / Jason York
2004Blade: Trinity as Blade
2004Unstoppable as Dean Cage
2002Liberty Stands Still as Joe
2002Undisputed as Monroe Hutchen
2002Blade II as Blade
2002Zig Zag as Dave Fletcher
2000The Art of War as Neil Shaw
2000Disappearing Acts as Franklin Swift
1998Blade as Blade
1998U.S. Marshals as Mark Sheridan
1998Futuresport as Obike FixxWatch Free
1998Down in the Delta as Will Sinclair
1997Murder at 1600 as Detective Harlan Regis
1997One Night Stand as Max Carlyle
1996The Fan as Bobby Rayburn
1995Money Train as John
1995To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar as Noxeema Jackson
1995Waiting to Exhale as James Wheeler
1994Drop Zone as Pete Nessip
1993Boiling Point as Jimmy Mercer
1993Sugar Hill as Romello Skuggs
1993Rising Sun as Lt. Webster Smith
1993Demolition Man as Simon Phoenix
1992White Men Can't Jump as Sidney Deane
1992Passenger 57 as John Cutter
1992The Waterdance as Raymond Hill
1991Jungle Fever as Flipper Purify
1991New Jack City as Nino Brown
1990Mo' Better Blues as Shadow Henderson (Sax)
1990King of New York as Thomas FlaniganWatch Free
1989Major League as Willie Mays Hayes
1987Michael Jackson: Bad as Mini Max
1987Critical Condition as Ambulance DriverWatch Free
1986Streets of Gold as Roland Jenkins
1986Wildcats as Trumaine

Himself (2 Credits)

1999Play It to the Bone as Himself (Ringside Fan)
1998Jackie Chan: My Story as Himself


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