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Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies.

Biography

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. He graduated from a Florida high school. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985.

He did dinner theater and regional productions. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. He is interested in martial arts, including Karate, Kung Fu and Capoeira, and this interest is reflected in the fact that many of his movies make reference to Sun Tzu's Art of War.

Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park.

In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. It co-produced the first two Blade films and other titles that Snipes has starred in.

Selected Filmography

  • Wildcats (1986)
  • Major League (1989)
  • New Jack City (1991)
  • White Men Can't Jump (1992)
  • Passenger 57 (1992)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
  • Murder at 1600 (1997)
  • Blade (1998)
  • The Art of War (2000)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)

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It co-produced the first two Blade films and other titles that Snipes has starred in. He has since appeared in starring and supporting roles in many films, including Francis of Assisi, The Fiercest Heart, The Comancheros, Convicts Four, The Day and the Hour, Signpost to Murder, Shock Treatment, Rio Conchos, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Sands of the Kalahari, An American Dream, The Last Escape, The Invincible Six, Night of the Lepus, Shatter, Tony Saitta, and Guyana: Crime of the Century. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. In 1961, Whitman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a child molester in The Mark. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. His first starring role was in Murder, Inc. in 1960. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. He had a small part in When Worlds Collide, then took small roles in such films as The All American, Brigadoon, Ten North Frederick and The Sound and the Fury.

He is interested in martial arts, including Karate, Kung Fu and Capoeira, and this interest is reflected in the fact that many of his movies make reference to Sun Tzu's Art of War. After leaving the army, he enrolled in Los Angeles City College and the Los Angeles Academy of Dramatic Art. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. Born in San Francisco, California, he graduated from high school in Los Angeles and spent three years in the Army Corps of Engineers, where he took up boxing. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). Stuart Whitman (born February 1, 1926 or, according to other sources 1928 or 1929) is an American actor. He did dinner theater and regional productions.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. He graduated from a Florida high school. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. Blade: Trinity (2004).

Blade II (2002). The Art of War (2000). Blade (1998). Murder at 1600 (1997).

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). Demolition Man (1993). Passenger 57 (1992). White Men Can't Jump (1992).

New Jack City (1991). Major League (1989). Wildcats (1986).

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