Born in Orlando, Florida, on July 31, 1962, Snipes moved to the South Bronx as an infant and went on to attend the High School for the Performing Arts. In 1980, Snipes returned to New York to attend SUNY/Purchase, where he was “to be a well-trained actor for the classic American stage.” Snipes’ big break came in 1985; with the comedy hit ‘Wildcats’ where he starred opposite Goldie Hawn. He appeared as Michael Jackson’s rival gang leader in the Martin Scorsese-directed music video “Bad”, in 1987.
His feature film, ‘Streets of Gold’, brought him to the attention of Spike Lee and he has since worked with Lee in numerous projects, including ‘Mo” Better Blues’ and ‘Jungle Fever’. He then went on to star in a succession of hits, such as ‘Major League’, starring opposite Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen, ‘New Jack City’, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, ‘Passenger 57’, ‘The Waterdance’, ‘Rising Sun’, ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Sugar Hill’, ‘Drop Zone’, ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar’, ‘Money Train’, ‘The Fan’, ‘One Night Stand’ (winning him the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice Film Festival), and ‘US Marshals’.
Recent feature credits include ‘The Art of War’ (which he also executive produced), the prison drama ‘Undisputed’ and his ‘cult classic’ martial arts/vampire films: ‘Blade’, ‘Blade II’ and ‘Blade: Trinity’. Snipes also served as producer on Blade II. Snipes is a seasoned, trained martial artist in a number of different disciplines including Karate, Kung Fu and Capoeira. Wesley Snipes has distinguished himself as one of the most talented and respected leading men, as evidence by his starring roles in numerous box office hits. He has starred opposite such notable actors as Robert De Niro and Sean Connery. He has also made a name for himself as a talented martial arts/action star.