Wesley Snipes is an African American actor best known for his role in the first Blade trilogy from 1998 to 2004. As Blade, Snipes proved to be a popular character, leading the way for the success of modern superhero movies. Before his mainstream success as Marvel’s vampire hunter, Snipes had a few small television roles before landing a spot in Major League as Willie Mays Hayes. Other notable portrayals include his roles in King of New York, New Jack City, and White Men Can’t Jump.
Born on July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida, Snipes is a Leo. His middle name is Trent.
Over the years, Wesley Snipes has dabbled in a handful of religious views. In his youth, the actor was raised under the Christian faith, but he later converted to Islam in around 1978. About 10 years later, shortly after his small role on Miami Vice, Snipes reportedly left the faith all together. Overall, through his martial art’s mindset, Snipes has been interested in various aspects of many faiths, including Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.
When Snipes was convicted to a three-year prison sentence for federal tax evasion, the Libertarian Party took notice. Apparently, rather than simply being ignorant of the laws, Snipes is actually a tax protester. According to the New York Times, he has even been quoted in saying that he should not be “required to pay taxes”. This would most likely make him part of the Tea Party or Libertarian party as they are opposed to this kind of taxation.
Wesley loves martial arts and has been practicing it since he was 12. In fact, he actually has a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He also has a 2nd degree in Hapkido, among others, such as Capoeira, which combines dance, acrobatics, and music.
The actor has been married twice in his life. April Snipes, his first wife, had a cameo role in his film, Mo’ Better Blues. The couple has a son named Jelani. Later, in 2003, Snipes married Nakyung “Nikki” Park, where they share four children together.
Snipes has been nominated twice for the MTV Movie Award’s Best Movie Villain. Once in 1991 as Nino Brown in the film New Jack City and the second time as Simon Phoenix in 1993’s Demolition Man.