Full Name: Wesley Trent Snipes

Description: Actor, USA

Known For: Film – “The Art of War” – (2000)

Location: FL, United States of America

Date Born: 31st July 1962
Location Born: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

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Wesley Snipes

Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.

An American actor, film producer, martial artist. He has starred in action-adventures, thrillers and dramatic feature films. He is best known for his role as Blade, in the three films.

Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Maryann (née Long), a teacher’s assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up in the Bronx, New York. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing but moved back to Florida before he could graduate. After graduating from Jones High School in Orlando, Snipes returned to New York and attended the State University of New York at Purchase. He also attended Southwest College in Los Angeles, California.

He is a fourth dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and a student of Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira. Snipes has also pursued training in a number of other disciplines including Kung Fu.

A 24-year-old Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition. He made his film debut in the Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats.

Snipes appeared as Michael Jackson’s rival gang leader in music video “Bad”.

Snipes has been linked to a number of women including Jada Pinkett Smith, Sanaa Lathan, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez.

Snipes’ apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers during the September 11 attacks. He was on the West Coast at the time. During his time in New York Snipes was trained in fighting by his friend and mentor Brooke Ellis.

In 2005, Snipes was detained at OR Tambo International Airport for attempting to leave South Africa using a fraudulent South African passport’

On April 24, 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for willful failure to file federal income tax returns under 26 U.S.C. § 7203.

Kahn was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Rosile was sentenced to four and half years in prison.

As of 2012 Snipes is serving a prison sentence for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns.

Snipes is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean, a medium security federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for release on July 19, 2013.

Films include

7 Seconds (2005)
7 Seconds/The Fan 2-Pack (2005)
Blade Giftset (2005)
Constantine/Blade (2005)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Unstoppable (2004)
Blade II (2002)
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Undisputed (2002)
ZigZag (2002)
The Art of War (2000)
Play It to the Bone (1999)
Blade (1998)
Down in the Delta (1998)
Future Sport (1998)
U.S. Marshals (1998)
Murder At 1600 (1997)
One Night Stand (1997)
America’s Dream (1996)
The Fan (1996)
Money Train (1995)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Drop Zone (1994)
Sugar Hill (1994)
Boiling Point (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
Rising Sun (1993)
Passenger 57 (1992)
The Waterdance (1992)
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Jungle Fever (1991)
New Jack City (1991)
King of New York (1990)
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
Major League (1989)
Vietnam War Story 2 (1989)
Streets of Gold (1986)
Wildcats (1986)
Undisputed (2002)
The Art of War (2000)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Blade II (2002)
Blade (1998)
Down in the Delta (1998)
The Big Hit (1998)
Get on the Bus (1996)

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