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Real Name: Wesley Snipes
Birthday: 07/31/1962
Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida

 

Wesley Snipes Biography And Filmography:

The good looking Wesley Snipes has shown himself skilled at drama, comedy, sports, and adventure films. He worked countless small jobs while searching for stage work and is co-founder of the drama group Struttin' Street Stuff. His early work included television commercials for Levi's 501 jeans and Coca-Cola before getting his first real break in the Broadway debut of the Vietnam drama "The Boys of Winter" (1985).

Snipes was first noticed by filmmaker Spike Lee when he played a young thug who threatens Michael Jackson in the Martin Scorsese directed music video, "Bad" (1987). Lee later hired him to play musician Shadow Henderson in "Mo' Better Blues" film (1990) with Denzel Washington, and as the main character in the thought-provoking "Jungle Fever" (1991) with Samuel L. Jackson. Unlike most African American actors of the past, Wesley has been cast as a regularly loving leading man in many Hollywood films and movie productions.

While he began his profession playing sports athletes, a football player in "Wildcats" (1986) and Willie Mays Hayes in "Major League" 1989), he made a lasting impression in a small role in "King of New York" (1990), and as the sadistic drug kingpin in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" (1991) about a crime lord who ascends to power and becomes egomaniacal while a eccentric police detective vows to stop him.

In 1992, he scored with two smash hits, the basketball film "White Men Can't Jump", co-starring Woody Harrelson, about black and white basketball hustlers who join forces to double their chances at winning, and then "Die Hard". He then was hired to play a handicapped man in the drama, "The Waterdance" (1992) with Helen Hunt, before returning to the action adventure genre with "Boiling Point", as a federal agent determined to avenge the death of a associate. He followed with "Demolition Man" (1993) with Sandra Bullock, as policeman Sylvester Stallone's disturbed enemy. The film led to a $10 million paycheck for his next movie, "Drop Zone" (1994), with his character playing a United States Marshall in pursuit of a group of rebel stunt skydivers.

The role of drag queen Noxeema Jackson in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995) was by far not one of his most serious roles, and he quickly put a stop to a sequel. He returned to action movies and rejoined with Harrelson in "The Money Train" with Jennifer Lopez, about a bitter New York transit cop who decides to steal a trainload of subway money, while his brother, also a cop, tries to protect him. Next was a small cameo role as a married man trying to hit on Angela Bassett in the female bonding movie "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) based on Terry McMillan's book, this film follows four different African American women and their relationships with men.

After a role as a baseball player harassed by the over-enthusiastic Robert De Niro in "The Fan" (1996), Wesley moved into producing, acting as executive producer and speaker of the documentary "John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk" (1996), and the action adventure movie "The Big Hit" (1998) with Christina Applegate and Mark Wahlberg about Melvin Smiley, a successful young hitman, who is living a normal life for his Jewish fiancé Pam.

Even with an increased role behind the cameras, he continued to to stay busy as an actor. He was the Washington D.C. detective investigating "Murder at 1600", and a two-timing husband in "One Night Stand" (1997). He then appeared as the target of Tommy Lee Jones in "U.S. Marshals" (1998) about United States Marshal Samuel Gerard and his team of Marshals who are assigned to track down Sheridan, a murderer and robber. Next was the role in the action thriller "Blade" (1998), as an African American superhero fighting with a group of vampires. He ended the year as star and producer in Maya Angelou's first directed film, "Down in the Delta" and then moved back to television in the science fiction action adventure film "Futuresport" (1998).

In the thriller “The Art of War” (2000), he played Neil Shaw, an international terrorism guru who, after being set up by thugs in an attempt to bring down the United Nations, wages a secretive war to prevent World War III.  After filming the penitentiary boxing and fighting movie “Undisputed” (2002), he again returned to play the lead role in “Blade II” (2002), where Blade forms an uneasy association with the vampire council in order to oppose the Reaper vampires who feed on other vampires. He also appeared in the sequel “Blade: Trinity” (2004), co-starring Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds.

Then he appeared in the action adventure "Unstoppable" (2004) about the deranged military and former CIA agent Dean Cage who is in rehab trying to forget the traumatic loss of his best friend Scott. The following year he was hired and cast for the crime thriller "7 Seconds" (2005) a story about when an experienced thief accidentally makes off with a Van Gogh painting, and his partner is kidnapped by gangsters in pursuit of the artwork. Next was the action file "The Marksman" (2005) about Chechen rebels who take over a Russian nuclear plant and it's up to a mysterious agent to stop them. The actor finished the year with another crime drama titled "Chaos" (2005) with Ryan Phillippe about two cops, a rookie and a grizzled vet, who pursue an accomplished bank robber.

The year 2006 had the now famous actor appearing in two films. The first, the action thriller "The Detonator" (2006) about Sonni Griffith, a top United States Secret Agent who must protect a witness as he travels across Europe. The actors second film that year was the film "Hard Luck" (2006), with three converging stories involving bootleggers, a serial killer and drug dealers who are followed when a former drug dealer tries to go straight. He then starred in the role of James Dial in the movie "The Contractor" (2007) about an ex-CIA agent who is asked to take out a terrorist, only to realize he's been set up by his former employer. 

His next projects included the western horror "Gallowwalker" (2009) about a cursed gunman whose victims come back from the dead and recruit a young warrior to help in the fight against a gang of zombies. Finally, he starred with Ethan Hawke in the crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009). How much he will appear in this film is unclear since his conviction on tax fraud in May 2008 cost him 36 months in jail. 

 

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