Wesley Snipes

Actor, Producer, Singer
The tragedy of actor Wesley Snipes' career was due not to the fact that he was sentenced to three years of jail time for tax evasion in 2008, but rather because it overshadowed a prolific decade of work in which he ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1962 in Orlando, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

The Player 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Minutes to Live (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Banana Republic 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Game of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Luck 2014 (Movie)

Lucky (Actor)

Seven Seconds 2014 (Movie)

John Tuliver (Actor)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

The Hard Corps 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gallowwalkers 2013 (Movie)

Aman (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Caz (Actor)

The Art of War II: Betrayal 2007 (Movie)

Neil Shaw (Actor)

The Contractor 2006 (Movie)

Dial (Actor)

Chaos 2005 (Movie)

Lorenz/Jason York (Actor)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Blade (Actor)

Nine Lives 2004 (Movie)

Dean Klein (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

Blade (Actor)

Liberty Stands Still 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

Monroe Hutchens (Actor)

ZigZag 2002 (Movie)

Mr Fletcher (Actor)

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Ben 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Art of War 2000 (Movie)

Neil Shaw (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Maya Angelou 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Himself--Ringside Fan (Actor)

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blade 1998 (Movie)

Blade (Actor)

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

Mark Sheridan (Actor)

Murder At 1600 1997 (Movie)

Detective Regis (Actor)

One Night Stand 1997 (Movie)

Max Carlyle (Actor)

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

Bobby Rayburn (Actor)

John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

Pete Nessip (Actor)

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

Roemello Skuggs (Actor)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Jimmy Mercer (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Simon Phoenix (Actor)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

Web Smith (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Passenger 57 1992 (Movie)

John Cutter (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

Raymond Hill (Actor)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

Sidney Deane (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Flipper Purify (Actor)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Nino Brown (Actor)

H.E.L.P. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

Thomas Flannigan (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Shadow Henderson (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Willie Mays Hayes (Actor)

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

Roland Jenkins (Actor)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Trumaine (Actor)

America's Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Futuresport (TV Show)

Actor

Hardwood Dreams (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (11)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Doctor Ben 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Art of War 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blade 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (2)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

("Pop Top 40") (Song Performer)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

(Performer)
Physical Effects (1)

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

Fight Coordinator (Stunt Coordinator)

Biography

The tragedy of actor Wesley Snipes' career was due not to the fact that he was sentenced to three years of jail time for tax evasion in 2008, but rather because it overshadowed a prolific decade of work in which he proved himself to be among the most versatile and popular leading men in Hollywood. Though his athletic prowess made him an ideal action hero in films like "Blade" (1997) and its two sequels, he was also a skilled dramatic actor in films like "New Jack City" (1991), "Jungle Fever" (1991), "The Waterdance" (1992), and "One Night Stand" (1997), which earned him the top acting award at the Venice Film Festival. Snipes was equally adept at comedy, most notably in "White Men Can't Jump" (1992), and could transition gracefully from larger-than-life characters like his futuristic villain in "Demolition Man" (1993) to subtler parts like his uncredited turn as a smooth-talking bar patron in "Waiting to Exhale" (1995). A string of legal problems and bad business decisions left a smear on his name during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and may have precipitated the career tailspin that culminated in his 2008 conviction and incarceration two years later, leaving many to question his future as a viable film actor.

Relationships

Marion

Mother
Divorced from Snipes' father

Ruth Carter

Grandmother

Halle Berry Actor

Companion
Became romantically involved during filming of "Jungle Fever" (1991) No longer together

April DuBois

Wife

Nakyung Park

Wife

Iset Snipes

Daughter
Born July 31, 2001 mother, Nikki Park

Alimayu Snipes

Son
Born March 26, 2007 mother, Nikki Park

Jelani Snipes

Son
Born c. 1988 appeared in "Mo' Better Blues" (1990) mother, April Snipes

Donna Wong

Companion
Asian dated c. 1996

EDUCATION

High School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1975 - 1977

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York 1984

Jones High School

1977 - 1980
Was a member of the drama club

Milestones

2010

Cast as one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"

2004

Once again portrayed a vampire hunter in "Blade: Trinity"; also produced

2002

Reprised role (also produced) in "Blade II"

2000

Produced and starred in the thriller "The Art of War"

1998

Produced Che-Kirk Wong's "The Big Hit"; film starred Mark Walhlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips

1998

Produced and acted in Maya Angelou's directorial debut, "Down in the Delta"

1998

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August 21)

1998

Cast as the escaped con purused by Tommy Lee Jones in "U.S. Marshall"

1998

Played an African-American superhero who battles a group of blood-sucking vampires in "Blade"

1998

Made his network TV debut as producer and star of "Futuresport" (ABC)

1997

Played a detective investigating "Murder at 1600"

1997

Won praise for his turn as an unfaithful husband in "One Night Stand"

1996

Starred opposite Robert De Niro in "The Fan"

1996

Executive produced (also narrated) the documentary, "John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk"

1996

Was one of several prominent showbiz figures to provide funding for Lee's "Get on the Bus"

1995

Reteamed with Harrelson for "Money Train"

1995

Donned drag to play Noxeema Jackson in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"

1993

Co-starred with Sean Connery in the film adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Rising Sun"

1992

Reteamed with Woody Harelson in Ron Shelton's "White Men Can't Jump"

1991

Reteamed with Lee for the interracial romance "Jungle Fever"

1991

Played merciless drug lord Nino Brown in Mario Van Peebles' controversial "New Jack City"

1990

Cast as a regular in the short-lived ABC cop series, "H.E.L.P."

1988

TV debut in the HBO anthology miniseries, "Vietnam War Story"

1988

Turned down a small role in Lee's "Do the Right Thing" for the larger part of Willie Mays Hays in "Major League" (1989)

1987

Appeared as Michael Jackson's rival gang leader in the Martin Scorsese-directed music video "Bad" (only seen in the long version of the video)

1986

Film debut in the Goldie Hawn vehicle "Wildcats"; first collaboration with Woody Harrelson

1985

Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"

1977

Moved back to Orlando, Florida, with his mother

1963

Moved to the Bronx at age one

1900

Portrayed jazz saxaphonist Shadow Henderson in Lee's "Mo' Better Blues"

Appeared in commercials for Levi's 501 jeans and Coca-Cola Classic

Founded Amen Ra Films in conjunction with Fox

Appeared in the East Harlem production of "The Me Nobody Knows"

Co-founded Struttin' Street Stuff, a theater troupe which performed street and puppet theater in Orlando

Appeared in "The Wiz" with Theatre on Park Dinner Theatre in Orlando

Bonus Trivia

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Snipes is the owner of China One, a restaurant in L.A.

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"I'm a physical type of actor and love projects in which I can get physical. The more action, the better." - Snipes quoted to The New York Times, Aug. 24, 1990

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He received the Victor Borge Scholarship, given by the Governor of Florida.

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"I see characters as having not only a physical life but a spiritual life. In Haiti, when people get possessed by the spirit, they take on a differenct form; they surrender themselves to a different manifestation. I ask the character to let me represent him the way he would represent himself, using my body. If you're operating from that kind of energy, you're going to get a performance that will jump off the screen." - Wesley Snipes quoted in Premiere, July 1991

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"If you really respect the artistic contribution of black folks, then we don't want to do no more movies about a nigga in the 'hood, 'cause a nigga in the 'hood ain't no more different from a pimp on the block back in the 70s, and you see what happened to that. After they didn't have no more pimps and they told every pimp story they could tell, BOOM, end of the industry. So we gotta change the movies, start doing movies that go beyond just a nigga in the 'hood." - Snipes quoted in Vibe, October 1993

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In 1993, Snipes was fined $1,000 and placed on two-year unsupervised probation in California after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded weapon.

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In April of 1994, while on probation on the California gun conviction, Snipes was briefly detained and charged with reckless driving after he crashed his motorcycle at the end of a thirty mile, 120 mile per hour chase with a Florida Highway Patrol officer and police helicopters. Neither Snipes nor the officer was seriously injured in the crash. Snipes pleaded no contest to the charge of reckless driving, and was sentenced to perform 80 hours of community service.

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In the late 90s, Snipes and his brother started a security firm called the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra dedicated to providing VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement, military, and martial arts.

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"All I meet is other actors and models. With this crazy schedule it's hard to say, 'OK, baby, I'll be over at 4 a.m.' I just wish I could meet some normal woman. Because a lot of the people I meet just don't have heart." - Snipes to the Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 7, 1997

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"I'm a Bruce Willis fan and I'm seeing him and Mel Gibson, and they're making a lot of cash," he said in an interview last week at a downtown hotel here. "And I'm like, 'Wouldn't it be nice to be a part of that club?'" - Snipes quoted to the Toronto Sun, March 20, 2002

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In June of 2005, Snipes was detained in South Africa at Johannesburg International Airport for allegedly trying to pass through the airport with a fake South African passport. Snipes was allowed to return home because he had a valid U.S. passport.

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In 2005, Snipes sued New Line Cinema, and David S. Goyer (director of Blade: Trinity) claiming that the studio didn't pay his full salary, that he was intentionally cut out of casting decisions and filmmaking process, despite being one of the producers. Snipes contends that Goyer, his fellow producers, and New Line kept him out of the project's decision process, which ended up harming the film's performance (it made just $52 million). He says that a portion of his salary - $3.6 million - was withheld as punishment. The suit is still pending.

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Snipes was indicted Oct. 17, 2006 on eight counts of tax fraud; these charges include trying to cheat the government of $12 million in false refund claims and failing to file tax returns for six years; Snipes returned from Namibia, where he was filming a movie to surrendered to authorities Dec. 8, 2006, two months after he was indicted. Snipes faced the possibility of up to sixteen years in prison and substantial fines if convicted on all the charges. On Feb. 1, 2008, Snipes was acquitted on one felony count of conspiracy to defraud the government and one felony count of filing a false claim with the government. He was, however, found guilty on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file Federal income tax returns.

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On April 24, 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison on tax charges. He appealed the case claiming, among other things, that his sentence was "unreasonable," but on July 16, 2010, the appeals court backed the original ruling.

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Wesley Snipes was ordered on Nov. 19, 2010 to start serving a three-year prison sentence for a felony tax conviction after a Florida judge rejected his bid for a new trial.

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