Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Wesley Snipes. Check it out!
Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Marian (Long), a teacher’s assistant, and SMSGT Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that dance and the theatre were to be his career. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts (popularized in Fame (1980)). But dreams of the musical theater (and maybe a few commercials) faded when his mother moved to Orlando, Florida before he could graduate. Fortune would have it that he along with two friends and his “Drama class” teachers Mr. S Porro and K. Rugerio, would start a bus-n-truck theatre company (Struttin Street Stuff) be instrumental in his high schools (Jones High) induction into the International Thespian Society, Orlando Chapter and help lay the foundation for what would become Dr. Phillips High Schools theatre arts program. Musical theatre rooted Snipes performed song-n-dance, puppetry, and acrobatics in city parks, dinner clubs, and performing arts centers around central Florida. As a recipient of a Victor Borge Scholarship, Snipes left Orlando and entered the world-renowned professional theatre arts program at SUNY Purchase in New York, now Purchase College, where he honed his theatrical performance and martial arts skills. Graduating with a BFA, he went on to co-star in a few soap operas and nighttime dramas, peppered in between critical acclaim performances Broadway. It was there in a Broadway theater An agent saw him on stage and invited him to audition for his first feature film role.
Interesting Facts about Wesley Snipes
- He attended the State University of New York at Purchase. He joins the other notable SUNY Purchase attendees who include: Parker Posey, Sherry Stringfield, Melissa Leo, Stanley Tucci, directors Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez, and producers Todd Baker and Bob Gosse. He left Purchase and transferred to a school in Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985.
- Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1991).
- The character of Raven from Tekken 5 (2004) was modeled after him.
- Godfather of actress Cashalà L’Shauntyelle.
- Father retired from United States Air Force Reserve’s 315AW Charleston Air Force Base April 1998 with the rank of MSGT.
- Listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1990” in John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 42.
- You can see him reading a book on the plane in his big action film Passenger 57 (1992). The book is “The Art of War” which is the same title as a movie that he starred in eight years later, though unrelated to it.
- Introduction and training in the martial arts was first by fellow classmate and now fight co-coordinator/technical advisor Marcus Salgado.
- Has appeared in Michael Jackson’s music video Michael Jackson: Bad (1987). You can only see him in the full length, 16-minute, black and white/color music video. It is usually shortened down to just the color segment for television.
- Pennsylvania, USA: Serving a prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. Scheduled for release on July 19, 2013 (2010).
- Is a fanatical music lover and collector and owns more than 1,000 LPs and 4,000 CDs.
- On April 18, 2005, Snipes filed a suit against New Line Cinema for more then $5 million, claiming that the studio failed to pay the balance of his fixed rate for Blade: Trinity, and that he wasn’t allowed to approve the director, per his contract stipulations.
Personal Quotes by Wesley Snipes
I’m a good mimic.- Wesley Snipes
Lot of the scripts I’ve been in with other non-white actors haven’t been great. Lot of non-white actors ain’t all that great.- Wesley Snipes
I’ve come to the conclusion that beautiful women in the West aren’t comfortable finding strength in their femininity. They want to do masculine-oriented things to establish their femininity. It’s a contradiction.- Wesley Snipes
I think that all of us, as Americans, are due due process and have a right to a fair trial, and have a right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. I think that is the American way and it’s the foundation upon which this country was built.- Wesley Snipes
I come out of repertory theatre so I’ve been working under pressure my whole career.- Wesley Snipes