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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 is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. In 1991, Snipes formed the independent production company is Amen Ra Films. He died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles in May 2003. His second child, a daughter born in 2001, was with Korean painter Nikki Park. Stack had undergone radiation therapy for prostate cancer in October 2002. Snipes was married from 1985 to 1990 and has a son from this marriage. In 1996 he lent his voice as Agent Fleming in Beavis and Butthead Do America.

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 began hosting Unsolved Mysteries in 1988, where his deep, ominous voice and expressionless face lent an authentic seriousness to the show's dark subject matter. He often plays tough characters in action movies, and demonstrates considerable athletic and fighting ablity. His role on the show brought Stack a best actor Emmy Award in 1960. An agent spotted Snipes and got him a role in Wildcats (1986). The show portrayed the ongoing battle between gangsters and federal agents in a Prohibition-era Chicago. He did dinner theater and regional productions. Stack depicted the crimefighting Eliot Ness in the television drama The Untouchables from 1959 to 1963.

He then attended the State University of New York College at Purchase and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1985. Known for his steadfast, humorless demeanor, he made fun of his own persona in comedies such as 1941 (1979), Airplane! (1980), Caddyshack II (1988), and Baseketball (1998). While in Florida, Snipes did puppet theatre, mime and musical theatre in competitions and festivals. He starred in more than 40 films, including The Iron Glove (1954); Good Morning Miss Dove (1955) and Is Paris Burning? (1966). He graduated from a Florida high school. In 1957, Stack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Written on the Wind. He started the High School for the Performing Arts, but his mother divorced and they moved back to Orlando. During World War II, Stack served as gunnery instructor in the United States Navy.

Snipes grew up in The Bronx and decided early on that he wanted to be a dancer until he took some acting classes. 'Gee, that sounds keen,' I told him. I got the part.". He is probably best known for his role as the eponymous vampire hunter in the Blade trilogy of movies. Recalled Stack, "He said 'How'd you like to be in pictures? We'll make a test with Helen Parrish, a little love scene.' Helen Parrish was a beautiful girl. Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. When Stack visited the set of Universal Studios at age 20, producer Joe Pasternak offered him an opportunity to enter the business. Blade: Trinity (2004). His deep voice and good looks attracted producers in Hollywood.

Blade II (2002). Stack took drama courses at the University of Southern California. The Art of War (2000). He became fluent in French and Italian at an early age, but he did not learn English until returning to Los Angeles. Blade (1998). Stack was born in Los Angeles, California but spent his early childhood growing up in Europe. Murder at 1600 (1997). Robert Stack (January 13, 1919 - May 14, 2003), born Robert Langford Modini, was an American actor famous for his film acting as well as his role in the television series The Untouchables and as host of Unsolved Mysteries.

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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