An American actor, movie producer, and a writer among other things, Wesley Snipes is one of the most popular faces in Hollywood movies. He is known for many movies such as New Jack City, Demolition Man, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Expendables 3, Blade, and many more. Here are things to know about him.
Wesley Snipes’ Bio
Born Wesley Trent Snipes on July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida, he was raised in the Bronx, New York by his aircraft engineer father, Wesley Rudolph Snipes, who was a veteran in the Air Force and his mother, Maryann Long Snipes, who was a teacher’s assistant. The oldest of three children, Snipes had to move as much as five times with his family when he was just a child, and even after leaving Orlando, the family soon returned.
For his education, he graduated from the Jones High School and from there he proceeded to the State University of New York, where he got a bachelor of arts. Since he was a little kid, it was obvious that he had the talent for acting and that was what saw him start out as an actor. At the same time, he had also started practicing martial arts which he would also be popular by later in his life.
The first movie that the actor would participate in was Wildcats in 1986. In the same year, he also took a part in Streets of Gold. The next year, he was featured in Critical Condition and Bad. More so, he would go on to act in New Jack City (1991), Demolition Man (1993), Blade (1998) and Blade II. By 2018, he had already taken a part in many more movies including Undisputed (2002) which he also produced, Blade: Trinity (2004), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), The Expendables 3 (2014), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2008).
Apart from the movies, he has also taken a part in a number of TV series such as Miami Vice (1986), A Man Called Hawk (1989), The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1989), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1997), The Bernie Mac Show (2003), and The Prayer (2015).
Wife and Children
Relationship wise, Wesley Snipes is one who has dated more women than one can count on five fingers. Among the women he dated is American actress, Pilar Sanders. He was also linked to Sanaa Lathan in the past. In 1985, he got married to April Dubois but the marriage ended in 1990 after five years.
Snipes also dated Halle Berry, but that did not last more than a year. Next, there was Jada Pinkett Smith whom he dated in 1991, shortly after she broke up with Tupac Shakur. From 1994 to 1995, it was Jennifer Lopez, followed by Donna Wong between 1996 and 1998.
When his relationship with Wong ended, Snipes met South Korean painter, Nikki Park. Born on the 1st of September, 1977, Nikki Park dated the actor from 2000 to 2003 when they got married and they have remained together ever since. Their union has been blessed with 4 children: Alaafia Jehu-T, Akhenaten Kihwa-T, Iset Jua-T, and Alimayu Moa-T Snipes. Before getting married, Snipes had also had a son, Jelani Asar Snipes with his ex-wife, April Dubois.
With many movies to his name, Snipes is one of the best actors out there. Not only has he acted in many movies, he has taken a part in many that are extremely successful over the years. That said, he has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He made his fortune mostly from his career as an actor.
Height and Weight
As noted, Snipes is also a martial artist, hence linking that to the fact that he has always acted in action movies, it becomes apparent that he is has a good and athletic build.
He has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm) and a body weight of 178 pounds (81 kg).
Other Facts About Wesley Snipes
- Just as his name is Wesley, his father and his brother also go by the same name.
- Wesley and his family lived in New York and their house was destroyed in the 9-11 attack and it almost cost him his life.
- Wesley Snipes has been a martial artist since he was 12, but only got to start really acting in his 20s.
- He has had his clash with the law in the past, which saw him imprisoned in 2013.
- He has won awards such as the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, CableACE Awards, and the Image Awards. The actor has been nominated for various awards also, including the MTV Movie Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.