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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.
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.
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It co-produced the first
two Blade films and other titles that Snipes has starred in.
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 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.
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 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
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).
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.  (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)
The Deer Hunter (1978)