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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. The Kinks song "Waterloo Sunset" was written as a tribute to both Stamp and Julie Christie who were a couple in the late 1960's. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. He played a transsexual in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. More recently, he starred in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) as Chancellor Finis Valorum and as Prince Lubovedsky in Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979). Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. However, he gained considerable popular fame as the Phantom Zone prisoner, General Zod, in the Superman feature film series starring Christopher Reeve.

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 played the title role in Billy Budd, and starred in Far from the Madding Crowd with Julie Christie. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. He was born at Stepney, London, United Kingdom, and has appeared in more than fifty feature films, first making his name in the 1960s as one of the most famous faces in "swinging" London society. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). Terence Stamp (born July 22, 1939) is a British 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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