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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.
. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. Walken also helped choreograph the dance. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. In this video, Walken performs a virtuoso tap dance around the lobby of the Marriott hotel in Los Angeles. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. It won six MTV awards in 2001 and also won best video of all time in April 2002, in a list of the top 100 videos of all time, compiled from a survey of musicians, directors and music industry figures conducted by a UK music TV channel VH1.

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. Spike Jonze has directed numerous other video clips and films such as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. Weapon of Choice is a three minute video clip directed by Spike Jonze with music by Fatboy Slim. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986).
. He did dinner theater and regional productions. Koons explains just how the watch had been hidden during long years in a prisoner of war camp.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. This film, which has received many accolades, contains another frequently quoted cult scene with Walken scripted by Tarantino. Here Walken offers a slightly disturbing but nonethless amusing turn as a Vietnam veteran Captain Koons who in a long speech delivers a watch to a small boy from his dead father. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals.
. He graduated from a Florida high school. After an exchange of dialogue (penned by Quentin Tarantino) Walken's character, Sicilian gangster Vincenzo Coccotti, summarily executes Hopper's character after deliberate provocation by the latter. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. This scene alone is the subject of four commentaries on the DVD attesting to its cult status.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. This so-called 'Sicilian scene' has become a cult favourite and is frequently hailed by critics - professional and amateur alike - as the best scene in the film. He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. Walken plays a scene opposite Dennis Hopper in this film. Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer.
. Blade: Trinity (2004). Walken's otherworldly looks and his ability to play vulnerable damaged characters are put to good effect here.

Blade II (2002). Walken later spoofed his role in a sketch in Saturday Night Live in a sketch titled "Trivial Psychic". The Art of War (2000). The role is currently being reprised by Anthony Michael Hall in a TV series of the same name. Blade (1998). Walken plays a school teacher, Johnny Smith, who after lying in a coma for six years awakes to find he has psychic powers. Murder at 1600 (1997).
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To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). He plays Nick, a young working class man with a poetic bent who is destroyed by the experience of war in Vietnam. Walken's perfomance is notable for his transformation from a sensitive, gentle character to a zoned out lost soul, high on drugs and gambling with his life at Russian roulette. Demolition Man (1993). Walken won an Oscar for best supporting actor with his performance in this controversial film. Passenger 57 (1992).
. White Men Can't Jump (1992). More general information about each of these films can be found on the individual pages for the films.

New Jack City (1991). Listed in chronological order. Major League (1989). His first video role was as Madonna's guardian angel in her 1993 "Bad Girl" video and the second appearance was in Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice video in 2001. Wildcats (1986). He has also starred in two music videos. Another skit for which Walken has become famous was a spoof recording session for Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Playing a music producer, he repeatedly stopped the recording to request "more cowbell!" This sketch has become a huge cult hit.

He is also a frequent guest on Saturday Night Live where he has a recurring character and sketch called "The Continental". He tried his hand at writing and directing with the short five minute film Popcorn Shrimp in 2001. He has perfomed the main role in a number of Shakespeare plays - notably Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Coriolanus. He won the Clarence Derwent award for his performance in The Lion in Winter in 1966 and an Obie for his 1975 perfomance in Kid Champion.

He also has a considerable body of work in the theatre with over 100 plays to his credit. He was nominated again in 2002 for Catch Me if You Can. He was George Lucas' second choice for Han Solo after Harrison Ford. [1] (http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,4120,1286587,00.html) He also has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Deer Hunter (1978) where he played alongside Robert De Niro. He has been in nearly one hundred movies and television shows since 1953, including The Dead Zone (1983), Brainstorm (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), Batman Returns (1991) True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Catch Me If You Can (2002).

A select number of his movies include dance moves that he has worked in, reflecting this early background. Walken initially trained as a dancer in musical theatre before moving on to more serious roles in theatre and then film. He was born in Queens, New York, and has been married to casting director, Georgianne Walken, since 1969. Ronald Walken (born March 31, 1943), known professionally as Christopher Walken, is an American film, television and theatre actor best known for playing menacing or psychologically damaged characters.

Weapon of Choice (2001)
. Pulp Fiction (1994)
. True Romance (1993)
. The Dead Zone (1983)
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The Deer Hunter (1978)
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