Wesley Snipes Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth, Marriage

Who is Wesley Snipes?

Wesley Trent Snipes is a famous American professional actor, film producer, and martial artist. His major movie roles include New Jack City (1991), White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Rising Sun (1993). As well as Demolition Man (1993), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything1 Julie Newmar(1995), U.S. Marshals (1998). In addition to as the dhampiric vampire hunter Eric Brooks/ Blade in the Blade film trilogy (1998-2004), The Expendables 3 (2014), and for the role on The Player (2015).

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Snipes got nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his work in The Waterdance. He also won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his performance in the movie One Night Stand. Snipes formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films in 1991, and a subsidiary Black Dot Media, to create projects for movies and television. He has trained in martial arts from the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.

How old is Wesley Snipes?

Wesley Trent Snipes was born on July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., and is aged 59 as of 2021. He shares his birthday with celebrities including John Ericsson, Milton Friedman, Ted Cassidy, Michael Biehn, J. K. Rowling,  Bretman Rock, Angelica Hale,  Bill Berry, Dean Cain, among others.

Wesley Snipes Family

Who are Wesley Snipes’s parents?

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida to Marian and Wesley Rudolph Snipes. His mother was a teacher’s assistant while his father was an aircraft engineer. He was brought up in the Bronx, New York.

Does Wesley Snipes have siblings?

Snipes was born as the only son of his parents. He has one sibling, half-brother, A.D. Snipes with whom he started the security firm, the Royal Guard of Amn-Ra. He is also an entertainer, and comedian living in San Antonio.

Wesley Snipes Education

Snipes joined and studied at the High School of Performing Arts of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Before he graduated, he moved back to Florida. He then attended Jones High School in Orlando, where he graduated, and returned to New York. Snipes joined the State University of New York at Purchase and then attended Southwest College in Los Angeles, California.

Wesley Snipes Interests

Snipes is a martial artist and has been training since he was 12. He has earned a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. Snipes has trained in Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and various other disciplines such as kung fu at the USA Shaolin Temple and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.

Wesley Snipes Wife

Snipes has married two times in his life to date. Initially, he was married to April Dubois Snipes in 1985. They have one child together, a son, Jelani, who had a cameo role in Snipes’ 1990 movie Mo’ Better Blues. They later divorced and went separate ways in 1990.

Snipes then married painter Nakyung ”Nikki” Park in 2003. The couple has four children together.

Wesley Snipes Kids

Snipes has five children collectively. One son with his ex-wife April, Jelani Asar Snipes. He has four children with his current wife Nikki, Iset Jua-T Snipes, Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes, and Alimayu Moa-T Snipes.

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Wesley Snipes Residence

Snipes’ apartment in New York got destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers during the September 11 attacks. At the time Snipes was on the West Coast.

Wesley Snipes Height

The American actor and filmmaker have an athletic and fit, muscular, and well-built body with an amazing height of 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and a weight of 82 kg (181 lbs).

Wesley Snipes Career


Aged 23, Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition. He has made his movie debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. Later the same year he portrayed a drug-dealing pimp on the TV show Miami Vice in the episode ”Streetwise”, which first aired on December 5, 1986. He performed as Michael Jackson’s nemesis in the Martin Scorsese-directed music video ”Bad” and the feature movie Streets of Gold. Snipes was considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation the same year, but the role went to LeVar Burton. He also auditioned and lobbied hard for the role of Leroy Green in the 1985 cult classic film The Last Dragon, however, the role went to Taimak.

His performance in the music video ”Bad” caught the eye of director Spike Lee. Snipes turned down a short role in Lee’s Do the Right Thing for the largest part of Wille Hayes in Major League, starting a succession of box-office hits for him. Snipes was later cast by Lee as the jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Mo’ Better Blues and as the lead in the interracial romance drama Jungle Fever. Following the success of Jungle Fever, the Washington Post described Snipes as ”the most celebrated new actor of the season”. Snipes then portrayed Thomas Flanagan in King of New York alongside Christopher Walken. He portrayed the drug lord Nino Brown in New Jack City, written specifically for him by Barry Michael Cooper. Additionally, he portrayed a drug dealer in the 1994 movie Sugar Hill and Coming to America alongside, Eddie Murphy.


Wesley has played numerous roles in action movies including Passenger 57, Demolition Man (alongside Slyvester Stallone), Money Train, The Fan, Rising Sun, and U.S. Marshals. In addition to comedies such as White Men Can’t Jump, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, playing a drag queen. He has appeared in dramas such as The Waterdance and Disappearing Acts. Snipes received the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 54th Venice Film Festival in 1997, for his performance in New Line Cinema’s One Night Stand. He had his biggest commercial success with Blade in 1998, grossing over $150 million globally, and it turned into a series. Snipes also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As well as an honorary doctorate in humanities and fine arts from his alma mater, Suny/Purchase.

Wesley Snipes

In 2004, he reprised his role in the third movie, Blade: Trinity, which he also produced, He sued New Line Cinema and David S. Goyer, the movie’s studio and director, respectively in 2005. This was because the studio did not pay his full salary, being intentionally cut out of casting decisions and that his character’s screen time was cut in favor of co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. The suit was then settled, however, no details were released. He later discussed reprising the role of Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but got replaced by Mahershala Ali. His last theatrical release in the U.S. was Trinity until 2010.

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Snipes appeared in The Contractor, filmed in Bulgaria and the UK, Gallowwalkers, launched in 2012, and Game of Death. He was initially plotted to play one of the four leads in Spike Lee’s 2008 war movie Miracle at St. Anna, however, he had to leave the movie because of tax issues, and his role went to Derek Luke. He made a comeback performance in Brooklyn’s Finest as Casanova ”Caz” Phillips, a supporting character, his first theatrical release movie since 2014. Snipes has to turn down the role of Hale Ceasar in The Expendables due to the fact that he would not leave the United States without the court’s approval. He then appeared in the sequel The Expendables 3 in 2014. He has received positive reviews and a number of award nominations for his comedic role-playing D’Urville Martin in Dolemite Is My Name.

Other businesses

Snipes and his brother began a security firm named the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, aimed to provide VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement and martial arts. Amen-Ra is the name of his film company. The first movie produced by his company was A Great and Mighty Walk- Dr. John Henril Clarke, in 1998.

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The business was investigated for alleged ties to the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors in 2000. It was discovered that he had spotted 200 acres (0.81 km^2) of land near their Tama-Re compound in Putnam County, Georgia. He intended to buy and use the land for his business academy, however, he did not buy the land and established their company in Florida, Antigua, and Africa. Snipes entered into discussions to fight Fear Factor host Joe Rogan on Ultimate Fighting Match in 2005, but the deal fell through.

Wesley Snipes Net Worth

American actor, film producer, and martial artist, Snipes has been active from 1985 to the present. He has made a fortune in the acting industry for his numerous film roles and has an accumulative net worth of $10 million as of 2021.


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