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Wesley Snipes Biography

Birth Name:
Wesley Trent Snipes
Birth Place:
Orlando, Florida, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1997Venice Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 1993Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated


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