Wesley Snipes young
July 31, 1962
5 ft 9 in | 175 cm
82 kg | 180 lbs
10 US | 43 EU
Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, United States, on July 31, 1962, is an American actor and martial artist. Young Wesley Snipes first started his career as a martial artist, he began training at the age of twelve.
He was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition, at the age of 23.
He landed his big screen debut in sports comedy movie Wildcats (1986) in role as Trumaine. He got his television debut in NBC crime drama series Miami Vice (1986) in episode "Streetwise", in role as Silk.
Wesley's breakthrough performance came as "Willie Mays" Hayes in sports comedy film Major League (1989).
Coming 2 America (2020) romantic comedy in role as General Eazie, opposite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) biographical comedy in role as D'Urville Martin, with Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock
Cut Throat City (2019) action drama heist, opposite Terrence Howard and Ethan Hawke
He portrayed Blade, a human with vampire genes in Blade film trilogy:
Blade II (2002)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
He won a Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Casanova "Caz" Phillips in drama crime movie Brooklyn's Finest (2009).
Demolition Man (1993) science fiction action opposite Sylvester Stallone
King of New York (1990) crime thriller with Christopher Walken
New Jack City (1991) action gangster with Ice T and Chris Rock
White Men Can't Jump (1992) sports comedy with Woody Harrelson
One Night Stand (1997) drama with Robert Downey Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan
The Fan (1996) psychological thriller opposite Robert De Niro and Benicio del Toro
Jungle Fever (1991) romantic drama directed by Spike Lee
U.S. Marshals (1998) action crime thriller with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Downey Jr.
Mo' Better Blues (1990) musical drama with Denzel Washington
Rising Sun (1993) thriller drama opposite Sean Connery
Passenger 57 (1992) thriller action with Bruce Payne and Elizabeth Hurley
The Expendables 3 (2014) action thriller with Sylvester Stallone
Money Train (1995) action with Jennifer Lopez and Woody Harrelson
Gallowwalkers (2012) western horror in role as Aman
Armed Response (2017) thriller action in role as Isaac
The Recall (2017) science fiction in role as "The Hunter"
H.E.L.P. (1990) ABC television drama series in role as Lou Barton
He played George Du Vail in HBO drama film America's Dream (1996).
He portrayed Obike Fixx in television film Futuresport (1998).
The Player (2015) NBC action thriller television series in role as Mr. Johnson
Attended the High School of Performing Arts of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Graduated from Jones High School in Orlando.
Attended the State University of New York at Purchase.
Wesley practices Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts and several forms of Kung Fu.
He is a fifth degree black belt in Shotokan karate, 9th Dan in the Kushindaryu and Karate, 5th Dan in Sanuces Ryu Jujutsu and a 9th Dan in Weaponry.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in 1998.
Formed a production company "Amen-Ra Films", in 1991.
Featured in music video for Michael Jackson "Bad" (1987).
Close friends with Woody Harrelson.
He was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.
Lives in Alpine, New Jersey.
He was married to April Snipes (1985-1990), they have one son.
He married Nakyung "Nikki" Park in 2003, they have four children.
He dated Donna Wong (1996-1998), Jennifer Lopez (1994-1995) and Jada Pinkett Smith (1990-1991).
Certain roles are more challenging than others, but I haven't come across one yet that I can't tackle.
I have a great deal of fun playing Blade. The lifestyle of it, the controlled rebelliousness, is wonderful to me. And it's therapeutic, too. A role like this lets you vent.
I love the idea of the man to man, against one another. I like that. I don't know why.
I didn't go into this business to do action because I'm a classically trained actor. But I'm good at kicking and punching.
I have a whole other side that has yet to be seen on screen.
I never really planned on making action films. It just kind of happened.
I grew up in the Bronx. The Bronx teaches you to survive. It's like, 'Bring it on!'