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Bio For: Wesley Snipes
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WESLEY SNIPES is a globally celebrated actor, film producer, master in various martial arts, and a loving father and husband. Born in Orlando, Florida on July 31, 1962, he spent his childhood between Orlando, Florida and Bronx, New York while attending the High School of Performing Arts in NYC and graduated from Jones High School in Florida.

While attending the High School for Performing Arts, Snipes started performing off Broadway where he started to fine-tune his craft as a drama and musical theater artist. He later founded a bus-n-truck street troupe with his friends called "Struttin Street Stuff" which took him into central parks, dinner theaters, and regional productions in Florida before his college years at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase.

Snipes' performances in TV commercials and off Broadway soon caught the attention of soon to be Chairman of 20th Century Fox, Joe Roth, who cast Snipes as an Olympic hopeful boxer in Roth's directorial debut, Streets of Gold. Snipes was then handpicked by award winning director Martin Scorsese and legendary record producer Quincy Jones to play the gang leader in Michael Jackson's Bad music video. Snipes movied on to Wildcats (1986) and then worked with Spike Lee in Mo' Better Blues (1990) and Jungle Fever (1991).

The unique diversity of Snipe's acting ability and his proficiency in martial arts of various styles, coupled with his tall, charismatic looks garnered him the attention and roles alongside some of the industry's biggest names – Directors such as Martin Scorsese and Walter Hill and actors Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Dennis Hopper and Sylvester Stallone all took notice of his talents. These roles include Major League (1989), Passenger 57 (1992), Rising Sun (1993), Boiling Point (1993), Demolition Man (1993), Drop Zone (1994), The Fan (1996), Future Sport (1998), and Undisputed (2002), all of which made him a most favored African American action figure not only in Hollywood, but internationally.

Snipes has not limited himself into just being an action hero, and continues to pleasantly surprise his fans and audiences with his versatile dramatic acting skills, evident in his award winning roles in The Water Dance (1992) and as a drag queen in the drama To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). In 1997, Snipes was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor of the Year at the Venice Film Festival, and for One Night Stand (1997), he received the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award.

Other notable dramatic roles include Disappearing Acts (2011), Murder at 1600 (1997) and US Marshals (1998). In 1998, although faced with strong opposition and concerns, Snipes' acumen saw the need for an urban action hero. Hence Blade, a lesser known Marvel character, was adapted and released. As he had envisioned, Snipes successfully brought the comic character Blade alive in action-packed fight sequences, which he choreographed himself. The Blade Trilogy is currently one of the highest grossing adaptations worth $1.5 billion worldwide. In the same year, 1998, the success of Snipes film career got engraved into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and once again was affirmed by him receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater at SUNY Purchase. Snipes has also expanded his working space abroad, widening his global fan base doing independent projects which have established him as one of the industry's top internationally bankable stars.

Beyond film and TV, Snipes, as a producer, has ventured into documentaries. His award winning documentaries include: John Henrik Clark: A Great Mighty Walk, and Dr. Ben, about historically significant African American teachers and historians (2001). Added to that list are Blade (1998), Dr. Maya Angelou's directorial debut, Down in the Delta (1998), Big Hit (1998), Futuresport (1998), and Masters of Martial Arts (1998), which was one of the highest grossing projects on TNT featuring the 50 top male and female Grand Masters. The Art of War (2000), Disappearing Acts (2000), Blade II (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), Julius Styles: The International-IOS Game (2011), OM5 (2011), web graphic novels and mobile games are all additional testaments to Snipes' producer talents. Snipes was one of the first Actor/Producers to formally enter integrated digital media services market in 1997, with the creation of Mamisi Digital Media Studio, further bridging the gap between computer technology and the entertainment industry before there was a Myspace, Facebook or Twitter.

Snipes ranks among the highest paid African American actors with gross earnings worldwide estimated at approximately $2 billion. His highest box office hits include The Blade Trilogy (1998-2004), White Men Can't Jump (1992), Money Train (1995), and New Jack City (1991).

Snipes has been married to Korean artist Nikki Park since 2000. He has four children with her and an older son from a previous marriage.

Movies For: Wesley Snipes
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THE EXPENDABLES 3 (PG-13) On Video: 11/25/2014 At Theaters: 8/15/2014
BROOKLYN'S FINEST (R) On Video: 7/6/2010 At Theaters: 3/5/2010
BLADE TRINITY (R) On Video: 4/26/2005 At Theaters: 12/10/2004
UNDISPUTED (R) On Video: 11/26/2002 At Theaters: 8/23/2002
BLADE II (R) On Video: 9/3/2002 At Theaters: 3/22/2002
THE ART OF WAR (R) On Video: 12/26/2000 At Theaters: 8/25/2000
DOWN IN THE DELTA (PG-13) On Video: 7/20/1999 At Theaters: 12/25/1998
BLADE (R) On Video: 12/22/1998 At Theaters: 8/21/1998
U.S. MARSHALS (PG-13) On Video: 7/21/1998 At Theaters: 3/6/1998
ONE NIGHT STAND (R) On Video: 3/24/1998 At Theaters: 11/14/1997
MURDER AT 1600 (R) On Video: 8/5/1997 At Theaters: 4/18/1997
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