Wesley Snipes

  • Birth Name: Wesley Trent Snipes
  • Birth Place: Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • Began studying martial arts as a child.
  • Had an aunt who signed him up for talent shows, which led to a role in the off-Broadway play The Me Nobody Knew when he was 12 years old.
  • Performed with a traveling puppet group called Struttin' Street Stuff.
  • Had a job installing telephones before making his feature film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn movie Wildcats.
  • Appeared in the video for Michael Jackson's "Bad," as the rival gang leader.
  • Was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion in 2008, and began serving his prison term in 2010.


  • 1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 1997, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner


  • Alimayu Moa-T — Son
  • Della Saunders — Aunt
  • Nikki Park — Wife
  • Iset — Daughter
  • Jelani Asar Snipes — Son
  • April Snipes — Ex-wife
  • Jua — Daughter
  • Brigitte — Sister
  • Marian Snipes — Mother


  • State University of New York, Purchase, New York, United States (BFA in Acting)