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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. He was also nominated for the 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Newcomer (for Varsity Blues). In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. Van Der Beek has won the following awards:. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. In 2002 he married actress Heather McComb. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. He stopped going to college to film the series, but plans to return to earn his degree.

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. However, his career didn't really take off until he was cast as Dawson Leery in the television series Dawson's Creek in 1998. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. He started his film career with the movie Angus in 1995. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). Later, he was given a scholarship to attend Drew University, where he was an English major. He did dinner theater and regional productions. He began auditioning in New York City at age 16 and appeared in the off-Broadway play Finding the Sun; he also appeared in the play Shenandoah in 1994.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. Van Der Beek began acting at age 13, playing Danny Zuko in a his school's performance of Grease. While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. He is the son of former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jim Van Der Beek and former Broadway dancer Melinda Van Der Beek. He graduated from a Florida high school. He was born on March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. James William Van Der Beek, Jr. (best known by the name James Van Der Beek) is a film actor.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. the 2001 MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo in a Movie (for Scary Movie). He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. the 1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance (for Varsity Blues). Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. Standing Still (2004). Blade: Trinity (2004). Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986; voice actor in 2003 English version).

Blade II (2002). The Rules of Attraction (2002). The Art of War (2000). Texas Rangers (2001). Blade (1998). Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). Murder at 1600 (1997). Scary Movie (2000).

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). Varsity Blues (1999). Demolition Man (1993). Harvest (1998). Passenger 57 (1992). Dawson's Creek (1998) (tv series). White Men Can't Jump (1992). I Love You, I Love You Not (1996).

New Jack City (1991). As the World Turns (1995) (tv series). Major League (1989). Angus (1995). Wildcats (1986).

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