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Wesley Snipes

Snipes in September 2009
Personal information
Birth nameWesley Trent Snipes
Birth dateJuly 31, 1962(age 54)
Place of birthOrlando, Florida, U.S.
OccupationActor, martial artist, film producer
Years active1987 - 2010
SpouseApril Dubois (1985 - 1990)
Nikki Park (2003 - present)

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Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist, who has starred in numerous action films, thrillers, and dramatic feature films. Snipes is known for playing the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film series, among various other high profile roles. Snipes formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991 and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. Snipes has been training in martial arts since age 12, earning a high ranking 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. He has also trained as a student of Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and in a number of other disciplines including various styles of kung fu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Snipes is serving a prison sentence for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns.

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