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Wesley Snipes

Highest Rated:   93% The Waterdance (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Armed Response (2017)
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Birthplace:   Orlando, Florida, USA
With sleek, well-muscled good looks that easily lend themselves to romantic leading roles or parts that call for running, jumping, and handling firearms, Wesley Snipes became one of the most popular Hollywood stars of the 1990s. First coming to prominence with roles in Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues and Jungle Fever, Snipes went on to prove himself as an actor who could appeal to audiences as a man that women want and men want to be.Born in Orlando, FL, on July 31, 1962, Snipes grew up in the Bronx. He developed an early interest in acting and attended Manhattan's High School for the Performing Arts. His mother moved him back to Florida before he could graduate, but after finishing up high school in Florida, Snipes attended the State University of New York-Purchase and began pursuing an acting career. It was while performing in a competition that he was discovered by an agent, and a short time later he made his film debut in the Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats (1986). Although he appeared in a few more films during the 1980s, it was Snipes' turn as a street tough who menaces Michael Jackson in the Martin Scorsese-directed video for "Bad" that caught the eye of director Lee. He was so impressed with the actor's performance that he cast him in his 1990 Mo' Better Blues as a flamboyant saxophonist opposite Denzel Washington. That role, coupled with the exposure that Snipes had received for his performance as a talented but undisciplined baseball player in the previous year's Major League, succeeded in giving the actor a tentative plot on the Hollywood map. With his starring role in Lee's 1991 Jungle Fever, Snipes won critical praise and increased his audience exposure, and his career duly took off.That same year, Snipes further demonstrated his flexibility with disparate roles in New Jack City, in which he played a volatile drug lord, and The Waterdance, in which he starred as a former wild man repenting for his ways in a hospital's paraplegic ward. Both performances earned strong reviews, and the following year Snipes found himself as the lead in his first big-budget action flick, Passenger 57. The film, which featured the actor as an ex-cop with an attitude who takes on an airplane hijacker, proved to be a hit. Snipes' other film that year, the comedy White Men Can't Jump, was also successful, allowing the actor to enter the arena of full-fledged movie star. After a few more action stints in such films as Rising Sun (1993), which featured him opposite Sean Connery, Snipes went in a different direction with an uncredited role in Waiting to Exhale (1995). The same year he completely bucked his macho, action-figure persona with his portrayal of a flamboyant drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Snipes continued to focus on less testosterone-saturated projects after a turn as a baseball player in The Fan (1996), starring as an adulterous director in Mike Figgis' One Night Stand (1997) -- for which he won a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival -- and as Alfre Woodard's handsome cousin in Down in the Delta in 1998. That same year, Snipes returned to the action genre, playing a pumped-up vampire slayer in Blade and a wrongfully accused man on the run from the law in the sequel to The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals. The former would prove to be a massive cult hit and one of his biggest box-office successes to date. And while the new millenium would see most of Snipes' films relegated to straight-to-video releases, a pair of Blade sequels in 2002 and 2004 helped the actor remain a presence at the multiplexes.Sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion in 2008, Snipes began serving his term in 2010.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% Armed Response
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Recall
  • The Hunter
$20.1k 2017
81% Chi-Raq
  • Cyclops
$2.7M 2015
32% The Expendables 3
  • Doc
$34.8M 2014
No Score Yet Game of Death
  • Marcus Jones
2010
43% Brooklyn's Finest
  • Caz
$26.8M 2010
No Score Yet Gallowwalkers
  • Aman
2009
No Score Yet Chasing the Dragon
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Art of War II: Betrayal
  • Neil Shaw
2008
No Score Yet The Contractor
  • James Dial
2007
No Score Yet Hard Luck
  • Lucky
2006
No Score Yet The Detonator
  • Sonni Griffith
2006
No Score Yet Chaos
  • Lorenz/Jason York
2005
No Score Yet The Marksman
  • Painter
2005
No Score Yet 7 Seconds
  • John Tuliver
2005
25% Blade: Trinity
  • Producer
  • Blade
$52.5M 2004
No Score Yet Unstoppable (9 Lives)
  • Dean Cage
2004
48% Undisputed
  • Executive Producer
  • Monroe Hutchen
2002
44% Zigzag
  • Dave Fletcher
2002
No Score Yet Zig Zag
  • Actor
2002
57% Blade II
  • Producer
  • Blade
$82M 2002
No Score Yet Liberty Stands Still
  • Joe
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Disappearing Acts
  • Actor
2000
16% The Art of War
  • Executive Producer
  • Shaw
$29.5M 2000
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Ringside Fan
1999
78% Down in the Delta
  • Will Sinclair
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Futuresport (Future Sport)
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Obike Fixx
1998
54% Blade
  • Blade
  • Producer
1998
41% The Big Hit
  • Producer
1998
28% One Night Stand
  • Max
1997
27% U.S. Marshals
  • Mark Sheridan
1997
34% Murder at 1600
  • Det. Harlan Regis
1997
37% The Fan
  • Bobby Rayburn
1996
No Score Yet America's Dream
  • George Du Vaul
1996
52% Waiting to Exhale
  • James Wheeler (uncredited)
1995
22% Money Train
  • John
1995
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Noxema Jackson
1995
35% Drop Zone
  • Pete Nessip
1994
20% Sugar Hill
  • Roemello Skuggs
1994
64% Demolition Man
  • Simon Phoenix
1993
35% Rising Sun
  • Web Smith
1993
20% Boiling Point
  • Jimmy Mercer
1993
No Score Yet Hardwood Dreams
  • Narrator
1993
23% Passenger 57
  • John Cutter
1992
93% The Waterdance
  • Raymond Hill
1992
76% White Men Can't Jump
  • Sidney Deane
1992
81% Jungle Fever
  • Flipper Purify
1991
76% New Jack City
  • Nino Brown
1991
71% King of New York
  • Thomas Flannigan
1990
73% Mo' Better Blues
  • Shadow Henderson
1990
83% Major League
  • Willie Mays Hayes
1989
No Score Yet Vietnam War Story 1
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Critical Condition
  • Ambulance Driver
1987
31% Streets of Gold
  • Roland Jenkins
1986
13% Wildcats
  • Trumaine
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
39% The Player
2015
  • Mr. Johnson
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002

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