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Earlier this month the Brooklyn Academy of Music highlighted the work of Wesley Snipes. The star of the Blade film trilogy, Wesley Trent Snipes was born in 1962. His martial arts training has been evident in each of his action films like Demolition Man, Passenger 57 and U.S. Marshals. The profile of this film actor and producer is definitely worth reading.

Points Of Interest

He debuted with a supporting role in the movie Wildcats in the year 1986, and there are more than 50 Wesley Snipes movies today. He was one of the most successful actors in the 1990’s. During the same time, he co-founded a security firm for VIPs along with his brother. He also founded a film company called Amen-Ra.

Wesley Snipes was convicted on the charges of a misdemeanor because he failed to file income tax returns. His prison sentence began in 2010 and ended in 2013. In response to the accusation by the Internal Revenue Services, he wrote a letter in 2006 and claimed himself as a “non-resident alien.”

During the September 11 attacks his apartment was destroyed, but fortunately, he wasn’t home at the time.

Some Facts About His Personal Life

Wesley Snipes was born to Wesley Sr. and Marian Snipes (Maryann) and was raised in the Bronx, New York along with his sister Bridget Snipes.

He has 5 children, 1 with his ex-wife April Snipes, to whom he was married for 5 years from 1985 to 1990.  With his second wife, Nakyung ‘Nikki’ Park (married in 20013), he has 4 children, Iset Jua-T, Alaafia Jehu-T, Alimayu Moa-T and Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes.

He began practicing Islam in 1978 and stopped in 1988. However, he has declared himself to be appreciative of Islam by stating that the religion gave him self-dignity.


  • In Shotokan Karate, Wesley snipes has a 5th dan black belt.
  • He has earned a 2nd dan black belt in Hapdiko.
  • In 1991, he was nominated for the Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Award.
  • SUNY Purchase College awarded him an honorary doctorate.
  • Blade (1998 film) was a huge commercial success.

The Audience Point Of View

The Wesley Snipes Blade film series remains one of the best-loved movies of this actor. However, his roles in the films New Jack City, Mo’ Better Blues, and One Night Stand are also generally well appreciated.

He has not been seen in the movies too much recently. However, he has 2 movies lined up for 2017.