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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. After being nominated several times before, in 2002 Denzel won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in the film Training Day in which he played a corrupt, drug-dealing cop. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. He turned down several similar roles, such as the chance to play Martin Luther King Jr., because he didn't want to risk being typecast by subject matter. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. Malcolm X transformed Denzel's career, turning him overnight into one of Hollywood's most respected actors. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. Denzel played one of his most critically acclaimed roles in 1992's Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee where his performance as the Black Nationalist leader earned him an Oscar nomination.

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. In 1989 Denzel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, after playing a defiant self-possessed slave in the film Glory. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. In 1987 he starred as South African anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). Washington turned down roles in several action films, in hopes for a more challenging role. He did dinner theater and regional productions. Elsewhere.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. His big break came when he starred in the popular TV hospital drama St. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. While filming this movie he met actress Pauletta Pearson, who he later married. He graduated from a Florida high school. He landed his first film role in the 1975 TV movie Wilma. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. His mother's reaction was to send him away to preparatory school, and then on to Fordham University, where he discovered acting and earned a degree in journalism.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. When his parents split up, Denzel went through a rebellious stage, at the end of which several of his friends went to prison after getting into trouble. He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. In his youth, Denzel was banned by his parents from watching movies. Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of a minister and a beauty-parlour owner. Blade: Trinity (2004). Denzel Washington (born 28 December 1954) is an African American, Oscar-winning actor.

Blade II (2002). Carbon Copy (1981). The Art of War (2000). A Soldier's Story (1984). Blade (1998). Power (1986). Murder at 1600 (1997). Cry Freedom (1987).

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). For Queen and Country (1988). Demolition Man (1993). The Mighty Quinn (1989). Passenger 57 (1992). Glory (1989). White Men Can't Jump (1992). Heart Condition (1990).

New Jack City (1991). Mo' Better Blues (1990). Major League (1989). Mississippi Masala (1991). Wildcats (1986). Ricochet (1991). Malcolm X (1992) aka X.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993). The Pelican Brief (1993). Philadelphia (1993). Crimson Tide (1995).

Virtuosity (1995). Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). Courage Under Fire (1996). The Preacher's Wife (1996).

Fallen (1998). He Got Game (1998). The Siege (1998). The Bone Collector (1999).

The Hurricane (1999). Remember the Titans (2000). Training Day (2001). John Q (2002).

Antwone Fisher (2002). Out of Time (2003). Man on Fire (2004). The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

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