WESLEY SNIPES (Sheridan) reunites with producer Arnold
Kopelson following his topbilled role as a detective investigating
a crime in the nation's capital in the recent actionthriller
"Murder at 1600."
Snipes has displayed his versatility and commanding screen presence
through a succession of memorable performances in widely varied
roles, such as Spike Lee's interracial love story, "Jungle
Fever"; the streetsmart basketball hustler in "White
Men Can't Jump"; the ruthless Harlem drug lord Nino Brown
in "New Jack City"; one of a trio of drag queens stranded
in a small midwestern town in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything,
Julie Newmar"; and the diabolical Simon Phoenix in the futuristic
adventure, "Demolition Man," opposite Sylvester Stallone.
Born in Florida, Snipes moved to the South Bronx as an infant
and later attended New York's famous High School for the Performing
Arts, studying dancing and acting. He completed his secondary
education in Orlando, Florida, then teamed up with friends to
form a traveling puppet troupe that performed in public parks
In 1980, he returned to New York to attend college at SUNY/Purchase,
winning an audition into its competitive theatre arts program.
He subsequently landed roles on Broadway in such productions as
"The Boys of Winter," "Executive of Justice"
and the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's "Death and the King's
Horsemen" before venturing into movies.
Snipes' film career began in 1985, playing a high school football
player for coach Goldie Hawn in "Wildcats." He followed
his debut with a role in the Michael Jackson music video "Bad,"
directed by Martin Scorsese, then won the part of jazz saxophonist
Shadow Henderson in Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues."
He continued to showcase his broad range as a dramatic and comedic
actor in such diverse projects as "Money Train," "Major
League," "The Waterdance," "The King of New
York," "Passenger 57," "Drop Zone," "Sugar
Hill," "Rising Sun," "The Fan" and "Streets
of Gold." He recently won the Best Actor prize at the 1997
Venice Film Festival for his role in Mike Figgis' drama, "One
Night Stand," and will next be seen in New Line Cinema's
"Blade," which he also produced through his own production
company, Amen Ra Films.
On television, Snipes won the CableACE Award for his role as Sgt.
Bookman in HBO's "Vietnam War Story" and will executive
produce the ABC pilot "Futuresport." The actor recently
appeared in the Maya Angeloudirected feature "Down
in the Delta" for Showtime, a project developed by his production
Amen Ra Films is creating a varied slate of films, and Snipes
will also finance and narrate a series of documentaries entitled
"African Scholars," the first profiling Dr. John Henrik
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