Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, martial artist and author. His prominent film roles include New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, U.S. Marshals and the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy, The Expendables 3 and for his role on The Player.
The actor was born Wesley Trent Snipes on July 31st, 1962. Although he was born in Florida, he grew up in New York City. After attending a school for performing arts in New York, he moved back to Orlando before he could graduate from high school. While performing arts were obviously a focus for Snipes from a young age, he was also heavily involved in martial arts. From the age of 12, the actor began his life-long dedication to the art of fighting.
Wesley Snipes would continue to move around the United States throughout his youth. After moving back to Orlando to graduate from high school, he returned to New York once again to attend college. Finally, he traveled to Los Angeles to attend Southwest College.
Attending college in Los Angeles thrust Wesley Snipes into the heart of the film industry. It wasn't long before he was discovered by an agent and began booking roles. His first major film appearance was in a movie called Wildcats, and further success would soon follow. A guest appearance on the show Miami Vice helped put him on the map, as did his role in the iconic Micheal Jackson music video for the single "Bad." In this music video, Snipes played Jackson's nemesis – and director Spike Lee couldn't help but take notice.
Linking up with Spike Lee won Snipes roles in films like Jungle Fever and Mo' Better Blues. Although Wesley Snipes was clearly an actor with an incredible range, he also gravitated towards a particular type; either a drug dealer or a crime lord. The actor played these types of roles in movies like New Jack City and Sugar Hill. Snipes also won a role in the film Kings of New York.
After establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with, Wesley Snipes gravitated more towards action movies, giving himself the opportunity to show off his genuine martial arts prowess. During this phase of the actor's career, he appeared in films like Passenger 57, Money Train, The Fan, U.S. Marshalls, Rising Sun, and perhaps most notably Demolition Man alongside Sylvester Stallone. That being said, Snipes also showed his comedic talents during this period with films like White Men Can't Jump and To Wong Foo.
Wesley Snipes is an American actor, film producer and martial artist who has a net worth of $10 million dollars. He was one of the most prominent actors of the 90s, starring in memorable films such as White Men Can't Jump, Demolition Man, and the Blade trilogy. He has created his own production company for film and television, and he is also an author.