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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. Actress Aida Turturro is John Turturro's cousin. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. Turturro was the producer, director and actor in Illuminata (1999). His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. This movie initiated a long-standing collaboration between the famous director and John Turturro. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. Spike Lee liked Turturro's performance in Five Corners and cast him in Do the Right Thing, where he played the explosive racist Pino.

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. He repeated it the following year Off-Broadway and won an OBIE Award. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. John Turturro created the title role of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in 1983. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). He worked as an extra in Raging Bull (1980). He did dinner theater and regional productions. He completed his MFA at the Yale School of Drama.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. He appeared in more than sixty movies. Turturro is also known for his capability of changing his demeanour and physique. He graduated from a Florida high school. John Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American actor noted for his performances in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), The Color of Money (1986), Five Corners (1987), Do the Right Thing (1989), and Men of Respect (1991). He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. To Live and Die in L.A., 1985, as Carl Cody.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. The Color of Money, 1986, as Julian. He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. Five Corners, 1987, as Heinz Sabantino. Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. Do the Right Thing, 1989, as Pino. Blade: Trinity (2004). Miller's Crossing, 1990, as Bernie Bernbaum.

Blade II (2002). Men of Respect, 1991, as Mike Battaglia. The Art of War (2000). Jungle Fever, 1991, as Paulie Carbone. Blade (1998). Barton Fink, 1991 as Barton Fink. Murder at 1600 (1997). Fearless, 1993, as Bill Pearlman.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). Quiz Show, 1994, as Herb Stempel. Demolition Man (1993). The Big Lebowski, 1998, as Jesus Quintana. Passenger 57 (1992). O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2000, as Pete. White Men Can't Jump (1992). The Luzhin Defence, 2001, as Alexander Luzhin.

New Jack City (1991). Collateral Damage, 2002, Armstrong. Major League (1989). Deeds, 2002, as Emilio. Wildcats (1986). Mr. Secret Window, 2004, as John Shooter.

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