Wesley Snipes | Biography
Wesley Spines is the well-recognized name in the America’s film industry, which is associated with the high-profiled action films such as ‘Passenger 57’ and ‘Blade’. Making the film debut through 1986 movie ‘Wild Cats’, he went on continuing his film works with high-profiled releases like ‘Jungle Fever’. During the course of establishing the promising status in the film industry, he had to take break for struggling against his trouble with law for unpaid taxes. Now, he has made his comeback in his vibrant career fulfilled with various colors of success and wide acclaim.
Proud parents, Maryann and Wesley Rudolph Snipes gave birth to Wesley Trent Snipes on 31st July, 1962 in Orlando, FL, United States. His mom had landed a job of assistant to a teacher and his dad was an aircraft engineer. While growing up in the Bronx, New York, had dreamed of becoming a professional dancer. He had studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art but moved to Florida before completing his graduation after his parents separated. Finally, he completed his graduation from Jones High School and returning to New York; he attended State University of New York at Purchase and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1985. Thereafter, he began landing the performing jobs at the local dinner theatres and also in regional theatre productions.
Married twice, Snipes is the father of five children. His first marriage happened with April Snipes from 1995 to 1990. While he remained as the better half of April, he was gifted with a son named Jelani Asar Snipes in 1988. He is currently in warmth of his second wife, Nakyung “Nikki” Park. The two had begun dating in 2000 and tied a knot in 2003 to be better half of each other. Now, the couple blessed with four children including sons: Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes & Alimayu Moa-T Snipes and a daughter named Iset Jua-T Snipes are dividing their time between US and South Korea (which Snipes calls his second home as its home of his wife).
Being scouted by an agent, Snipes went to earn his film debut in the year 1986’s ‘Wild Cats’. A 5th degree black belt, Snipes often landed tough characters in numerous action films that have demonstrated the considerable fighting and athletic ability of Snipes. One such films, he has ever performed in was a 1991 crime thriller ‘New Jack City’, where he played for character, Nino Brown who with his group become a dominant drug ring in city. For his commendable role, he had won NAACP Image Award on the category of Outstanding Actor in Motion Picture. Besides, Snipes played a role of John Catter in movie ‘Passenger 57’. His character in the movie was airline security expert, who had to save him and others in passengers’ jet when terrorists grab its control. In 1993, he was recognized for his action in American motion picture ‘Demolition Man’. The movie tells the story about two men, one policeman and another evil criminal. His work in the movie also won millions of hearts. He continued with several minor roles till 2004, when he earned a titular role in movie ‘Blade: Trinity’. The movie was third production in Blade trilogy after ‘Blade’ and ‘Blade II’. His work in the movie has great contribution in establishing his high-profile fame. After numbers of action roles that has framed his image with the strong reviews and adoration from the viewers, he has played in several low profile movies including ‘The Marksman’ (2004), ‘Unstoppable’ (2004), ‘7 Seconds’ (2005), ‘Hard Rock’ (2006), ‘Chasing the Dragon’ (2006), ‘The Detonator’ (2006), ‘Gallowwalker’ (2007), ‘Toussiant’ (2007) and many more. Other action movies with his outstanding portrayals are ‘Money Train’, ‘U.S. Marshals’, ‘The Fan’, ‘Rising Sun’ and many more. Some of the comedy movies, he had played in are ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, ‘Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’ and ‘To Wong Foo’. Recently, he has been seen in movies like ‘Game of Death’, ‘Gallowwalkers’, ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’, ‘The Expendables’ and ‘The Expendables 3’.
During the fall of 1990s, he started a new deed in collaborating with his brother. He and his brother had started a security firm named Royal Guard of America, aiming to be dedicated in providing bodyguards trained with martial arts & law enforcements to the VIPs. He is also an owner of Film Company named Amen-Ra, through which first film released was 1996’s ‘A Great and Mighty Walk-Dr. John Henrik Clarke’. The actor has garnered the net-worth of $10 million.
Snipes, martial artist since 12-years age is 5th dan balck belt in Shotokan Karate & 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. He has earned loyal fan bases primarily through his outstanding roles in action movies. His detailed biography can be acquired in wiki. There’re millions of viewers following him in social networking sites like Facebook and twitter.