Wesley Trent Snipes is a movie actor, Martial Artist, and a Film Producer. He is best known for his part, Blade in the series of the same name. He has the 5th black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.
Wesley Snipes's hometown is in Orlando, Florida. He spent his childhood in Net York with his parents. He did his schooling from Fiorello H. LaGuardia high school of music and art performing. Although, he migrated back to Florida before his graduation. Snipes completed his graduation from Jones High School in Orlando. He returned to
and got a degree from the State University of New York. He has also secured a degree from Southwest College in Los Angeles, California.
Wesley Snipes is an ardent martial art follower, and he has been training himself since the age of twelve. He is thorough with various forms of Martial Arts, and he has also received black belts in various degrees. Snipes married two times. His first wife, April Snipes was with him for five years. They also have a son together. In 2003, Snipes married Nakyung Park with whom he has four children. He was originally a Christian but converted himself to Islam later. Though, Snipes left practicing Islam. He once said in an interview, " Islam made me more conscious of what African people have accomplished, of my self-worth, and gave me some self-dignity." During the tragedy of the collapse of World Trade Center, Snipes apartment got collapsed. Fortunately, he was not present there at that moment.
Wesley, at the age of twenty-three, was spotted by an agent amidst performing in competition. He debuted with the film
in the year 1986. In the same year, he did a television show Miami Voice. He played the role of a drug dealer in the same. The next year, that is, 1987, Snipes appeared in the music video, Bad as Michael Jackson's nemesis. He gave some blockbusters like Major League, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, amongst others. Snipes has also tried his skills in Comedy genre like White Men Can't Jump and To Wong Foo. In the year 1998, he performed in the most commercially successful movie, Blade. It broke all records in
. He is extremely passionate and active about his work and profession, and he devotes his time to working. Along with his film career, he spread his knowledge and talent of Martial arts by opening a security firm along with his brother called Amen-Ra, which is also the name of his production house. With the help of this company, they used to provide bodyguards to celebrities and VIPs.
In his long career, Wesley Snipes has been rewarded for all the great work that he has done in the industry. He has been nominated for a variety of awards like the award for the best fight, the award for the best villain, award for best supporting actor, etc. While, he has won several awards for different categories like Award for the best actor, Best Actor in Television Movie, Best Actor in a motion picture, etc.