Wesley Snipes

Gender: male | Birthday: 1962-07-31 | Place of Birth:

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."  

Movies of Wesley Snipes

Armed Response
Armed Response

Armed Response   2017

Release Date: 2017-08-04

Rating: 4.6

Production Companies: WWE Studios / Erebus Pictures /

Director: Alexander B. Hill / Alexander B. Hill /

Stars: 
Alexander B. Hill  /  Wesley Snipes  /  Anne Heche
The Recall
The Recall

The Recall   2017

Release Date: 2017-06-02

Rating: 4

Production Companies:

Director: Pat Trautman / Pat Trautman /

Stars: 
Sean Millington  /  Benjamin Dewalt  /  Reid Anderson
Chi-Raq
Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq   2015

Release Date: 2015-12-04

Rating: 5.6

Production Companies: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks / Amazon Studios /

Director: Mary Tallman / Mary Tallman /

Stars: 
Nick Cannon  /  Angela Bassett  /  Jennifer Hudson
The Expendables 3
The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3   2014

Release Date: 2014-08-04

Rating: 6.1

Production Companies: Davis-Films / Nu Image Films /

Director: Arnold Schwarzenegger / Arnold Schwarzenegger /

Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers

Gallowwalkers   2012

Release Date: 2012-10-27

Rating: 3.9

Production Companies: Boundless Pictures /

Director: Andrew Goth / Andrew Goth /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Riley Smith  /  Tanit Phoenix
Game of Death
Game of Death

Game of Death   2010

Release Date: 2010-11-27

Rating: 5

Production Companies: Voltage Pictures / Perpetual Media Capital /

Director: Babette Stith / Babette Stith /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Gary Daniels  /  Robert Davi
Brooklyn's Finest
Brooklyn's Finest

Brooklyn's Finest   2009

Release Date: 2009-01-16

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: Nu Image Films / Langley Productions /

Director: Deirdre Horgan / Deirdre Horgan /

Stars: 
Richard Gere  /  Don Cheadle  /  Ethan Hawke
The Art of War II: Betrayal
The Art of War II: Betrayal

The Art of War II: Betrayal   2008

Release Date: 2008-08-12

Rating: 5.1

Production Companies: Insight Film Studios / Hollywood Media Bridge /

Director: Josef Rusnak / Josef Rusnak /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Lochlyn Munro  /  Lisa Marie Caruk
The Contractor
The Contractor

The Contractor   2007

Release Date: 2007-07-10

Rating: 5.8

Production Companies: April Productions / Chaintron /

Director: Josef Rusnak / Josef Rusnak /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Eliza Bennett  /  Lena Headey
Hard Luck
Hard Luck

Hard Luck   2006

Release Date: 2006-10-17

Rating: 6

Production Companies:

Director: Mario Van Peebles / Mario Van Peebles /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Jackie Quinones  /  Cybill Shepherd
The Detonator
The Detonator

The Detonator   2006

Release Date: 2006-04-25

Rating: 4.6

Production Companies: Castel Film Romania / Andrew Stevens Entertainment /

Director: Corina Pana / Corina Pana /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Silvia Colloca  /  Warren Derosa
7 Seconds
7 Seconds

7 Seconds   2005

Release Date: 2005-06-28

Rating: 4.7

Production Companies: Andrew Stevens Entertainment /

Director: Simon Fellows / Simon Fellows /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Tamzin Outhwaite  /  Deobia Oparei
Chaos
Chaos

Chaos   2005

Release Date: 2005-01-17

Rating: 6.2

Production Companies: Current Entertainment / Epsilon Motion Pictures /

Director: Ryan Phillippe / Ryan Phillippe /

Stars: 
Jason Statham  /  Ryan Phillippe  /  Wesley Snipes
The Marksman
The Marksman

The Marksman   2005

Release Date: 2005-01-01

Rating: 4.3

Production Companies: Castel Film Romania / Andrew Stevens Entertainment /

Director: Marcus Adams / Marcus Adams /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Emma Samms  /  William Hope
Blade: Trinity
Blade: Trinity

Blade: Trinity   2004

Release Date: 2004-12-08

Rating: 5.7

Production Companies:

Director: Janet D. Munro / Janet D. Munro /

Unstoppable
Unstoppable

Unstoppable   2004

Release Date: 2004-10-20

Rating: 5.2

Production Companies: Millennium Films /

Director: David Carson / David Carson /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Stuart Wilson  /  Mark Sheppard
Undisputed
Undisputed

Undisputed   2002

Release Date: 2002-08-23

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: MTM Enterprises / MTM Enterprises /

Director: Walter Hill / Walter Hill /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Ving Rhames  /  Peter Falk
Zig Zag
Zig Zag

Zig Zag   2002

Release Date: 2002-06-14

Rating: 6.5

Production Companies:

Director: Lori Grabowski / Lori Grabowski /

Stars: 
John Leguizamo  /  Wesley Snipes  /  Oliver Platt
Blade II
Blade II

Blade II   2002

Release Date: 2002-03-22

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: New Line Cinema / Marvel Entertainment, LLC /

Director: Guillermo del Toro / Guillermo del Toro /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Kris Kristofferson  /  Ron Perlman
Liberty Stands Still
Liberty Stands Still

Liberty Stands Still   2002

Release Date: 2002-01-18

Rating: 5.5

Production Companies:

Director: Kari Skogland / Kari Skogland /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Tanya Allen  /  Hart Bochner
The Art of War
The Art of War

The Art of War   2000

Release Date: 2000-08-23

Rating: 5.7

Production Companies: Amen Ra Films / Franchise Pictures /

Director: Christian Duguay / Christian Duguay /

Stars: 
Wesley Snipes  /  Donald Sutherland  /  Maury Chaykin
Play It to the Bone
Play It to the Bone

Play It to the Bone   1999

Release Date: 1999-12-25

Rating: 5.7

Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures /

Director: Kevin Costner / Kevin Costner /

Blade
Blade

Blade   1998

Release Date: 1998-08-21

Rating: 6.5

Production Companies: New Line Cinema / Amen Ra Films /

Director: Stephen Norrington / Stephen Norrington /

Jackie Chan: My Story
Jackie Chan: My Story

Jackie Chan: My Story   1998

Release Date: 1998-07-17

Rating: 6.5

Production Companies: Media Asia Films Ltd. / Jackie Chan Group /

Director: John Woo / John Woo /

Stars: 
Jackie Chan  /  Sylvester Stallone  /  Michelle Yeoh
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