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Wesley Trent Snipes was born on 31 July 1962, in Orlando, Florida USA. Wesley is an Afro-American actor who has appeared in a number of well-known movies such as “Demolition Man”, “7 Seconds” and “White Men Can’t Jump”. However, many people recognize him best as the vampire hunter in the “Blade” trilogy.

So just how rich is Wesley Snipes? Due to a successful acting career, Wesley Snipes’ net worth is estimated by sources at $10 million, accumulated over a career beginning when he was 23 years of age.

Wesley Snipes Net Worth $10 Million

Wesley was actually raised in The Bronx, New York City, but eventually finished his education at Jones High School in Orlando, Florida, before moving back to New York. In his youth, Snipes practiced martial arts, and when he was 23 a talent agent noticed him in a martial arts competition. From that moment his life took a positive turn, and Wesley Snipes had the opportunity to show his strength in a quite different field – the film industry. His debut movie was “Wildcats” in which he starred with Goldie Hawn. Subsequently Snipes appeared in an episode of the television series “Miami Vice”, in the film “Streets of Gold” and in a Michael Jackson music video “Bad”. The film director Spike Lee saw the video and decided to offer Snipes a few roles in his movies. Consequently, Wesley Snipes become more noticed, and his net worth rose considerably. Even though the majority of Wesley Snipes movies are action thrillers, he has also starred in a few comedies, such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Thanks for Everything”. Snipes will appear in the upcoming movie “Expendables 3”.

Wesley Snipes is not only an actor, but also a film producer. In 1991, Snipes established his own production company, “Amen-Ra films” and its subsidiary “Black Dot Media”. Moreover, together with his brother Snipes established a security firm “The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra”, which offers protection to celebrities. As a result, Wesley Snipes net worth has significantly increased.

It is worth mentioning that while being a successful actor, Wesley Snipes has not neglected martial arts. Snipes has a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He also practices kung fu, jiu-jitsu, capoeira and other styles of martial arts. It is no wonder that in the majority of films Snipes portrays tough guys such as athletes, police officers and drug dealers.

Away from the screen, thanks to his good looks Wesley Snipes has dated plenty of beautiful Hollywood actresses, for instance, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez. Snipes was married to April Spice , with whom he has a son, but his second marriage to the painter Nakyung Park has proven successful, and they have four children.

Despite his successful career and considerable capital, Wesley Snipes has had money related problems. The IRS discovered that Snipes had been avoiding paying taxes since 1996. In the period from 1996 to 2004 the actor earned $37.9 million dollars but had neglected to pay taxes and even forged documents. Subsequently, Wesley Snipes was sentenced to prison,  spending 90% of a three year sentence in jail, and a fine of $17 million, to the IRS. Before going to prison, Wesley Snipes had a $53 million dollar capital, which was then considerably diminished.

Despite money troubles in the past Wesley Snipes is still wealthy. He owns a number of luxurious cars, big houses and apartments.  He also owns the rights to the “Blade Trilogy”.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Recall 2017 post-production The Hunter
Armed Response post-production
Chronicles of the Mayan Tunnel announced Ah Puch - God of War
Chi-Raq 2015 Cyclops
The Player 2015 TV Series Mr. Johnson
The Expendables 3 2014 Doc
Gallowwalkers 2012 Aman
Julius Styles: The International 2011 Video Game Julius Styles (voice)
Game of Death 2011 Marcus
Brooklyn's Finest 2009 Caz
The Art of War II: Betrayal 2008 Video Shaw
The Contractor 2007 Video James Dial
Hard Luck 2006 Video Lucky
The Detonator 2006 Video Sonni Griffith
Chaos 2005/II Lorenz Jason York
The Marksman 2005 Video Painter
7 Seconds 2005 Video Jack Tuliver
Blade: Trinity 2004 Blade
Unstoppable 2004 Dean Cage
The Bernie Mac Show 2003 TV Series Duke
Undisputed 2002 Monroe Hutchen
Blade II 2002 Blade
Zig Zag 2002 Dave Fletcher
Liberty Stands Still 2002 Joe
Disappearing Acts 2000 TV Movie Franklin Swift
The Art of War 2000 Neil Shaw
Play It to the Bone 1999 Ringside Fan
Futuresport 1998 TV Movie Obike Fixx
Blade 1998 Blade
Down in the Delta 1998 Will Sinclair
U.S. Marshals 1998 Mark J. Sheridan Warren Roberts
One Night Stand 1997 Max Carlyle
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series The Pied Piper
Murder at 1600 1997 Detective Regis
The Fan 1996 Bobby Rayburn
America's Dream 1996 TV Movie George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
Waiting to Exhale 1995 James Wheeler (uncredited)
Money Train 1995 John
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 Noxeema
Demolition Man 1994 Video Game Simon Phoenix
Drop Zone 1994 Pete Nessip
Demolition Man 1993 Simon Phoenix
Sugar Hill 1993 Roemello Skuggs
Rising Sun 1993 Lt. Webster Smith
Boiling Point 1993/I Jimmy Mercer
Passenger 57 1992 John Cutter
White Men Can't Jump 1992 Sidney Deane
The Waterdance 1992 Raymond Hill
Jungle Fever 1991 Flipper Purify
New Jack City 1991 Nino Brown
Mo' Better Blues 1990 Shadow Henderson (Sax)
King of New York 1990 Thomas Flanigan
H.E.L.P. 1990 TV Series Off. Lou Barton
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1989 TV Series Hood
Major League 1989 Willie Mays Hayes
A Man Called Hawk 1989 TV Series Nicholas Murdock
Vietnam War Story 1988 TV Series Bookman
Michael Jackson: Bad 1987 Video short Mini Max
Critical Condition 1987 Ambulance Driver
Miami Vice 1986 TV Series Silk
Streets of Gold 1986 Roland Jenkins
Wildcats 1986 Trumaine

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Recall 2017 producer post-production
59 Rows of Teeth executive producer announced
Chronicles of the Mayan Tunnel producer announced
Revelations of the Mayans: 2012 and Beyond 2012 Documentary executive producer
Blade: Trinity 2004 producer
Undisputed 2002 executive producer
Blade II 2002 producer
Dr. Ben 2001 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Disappearing Acts 2000 TV Movie executive producer
The Art of War 2000 executive producer
Futuresport 1998 TV Movie producer
Blade 1998 producer
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes 1998 TV Special documentary executive producer
Down in the Delta 1998 producer
The Big Hit 1998 producer
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk 1996 Documentary executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mo' Better Blues 1990 performer: "Pop Top 40"

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blade II 2002 fight coordinator

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blade 1998 martial arts choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Wong with Kung Fu: Thanks for Everything, a 6 Year Old and an 8 Year Old 2013 Short dedicatee
Wages of Sin 2007 special thanks
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda 1996 TV Movie documentary thanks - as Welsey Snipes
Fast Track 1995 TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2015 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood Live 2015 TV Series Himself
Today 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package 2014 Video short Himself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3' 2014 Video documentary Himself
Choccywoccydoodah 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
Extra 2014 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Unscripted 2014 TV Series Himself
GeekRockTV 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Fox and Friends 2014 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 1993-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Brooklyn's Finest: An Eye for Detail 2010 Video short Himself
Brooklyn's Finest: Boyz N the Real Hood 2010 Video short Himself
Brooklyn's Finest: Three Cops and a Dealer 2010 Video short Himself
Conflict and Chaos: The Life of a New York Cop 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Tavis Smiley 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Balls of Steel 2008 TV Series Himself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather 2007 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Road to 'New Jack City' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Hardwood Dreams: Ten Years Later 2004 TV Movie documentary Narrator
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II' 2002 Video documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee (uncredited)
Rank 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1998-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dr. Ben 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2000 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Stars and Bras 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Vivement dimanche 1998 TV Series Himself
1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Nulle part ailleurs. 1ère partie 1998 TV Series Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
Jackie Chan: My Story 1998 Video documentary Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk 1997-1998 TV Series Himself
John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk 1996 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
HBO First Look 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
MTV Video Music Awards 1995 1995 TV Special Himself
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory 1995 Video documentary Mini Max (segment "Bad")
Moviewatch 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991-1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
1993 MTV Movie Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Big City 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Hardwood Dreams 1993 Documentary Narrator (voice)
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
1992 MTV Movie Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Real Malcolm X 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1991-1992 TV Series Himself
Siskel & Ebert 1992 TV Series Himself
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
The Annual Artists Rights Foundation Gala 1991 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1991 TV Series Himself
Invisible Universe 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014-2015 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series Mini Max
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See 2006 TV Short Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary
Ultimate Fights from the Movies 2002 Video documentary Blade Trio (Blade)
Dangerous: The Short Films 1993 Video Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Outstanding Contribution to Film and TV Award (Int) Screen Nation Awards
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actor Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror Blade (1998)
1998 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 21 August 1998. At 7020 Hollywood Blvd.
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series America's Dream (1996)
1997 Volpi Cup Venice Film Festival Best Actor One Night Stand (1997)
1993 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture New Jack City (1991)
1992 Gold Special Jury Award WorldFest Houston Best Actors The Waterdance (1992) · William Forsythe
· Eric Stoltz
1989 ACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series Vietnam War Story (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 All Def Movie Award All Def Movie Awards Best Bad Mu#&a Award New Jack City (1991)
2016 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series The Player (2015)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor Undisputed (2002)
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Network/Cable - Best Actor Disappearing Acts (2000)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Duo - Action/Adventure U.S. Marshals (1998) · Tommy Lee Jones
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Blade (1998)
1998 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Blade (1998)
1994 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Demolition Man (1993)
1993 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male The Waterdance (1992)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo White Men Can't Jump (1992) · Woody Harrelson
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss White Men Can't Jump (1992) · Woody Harrelson
1992 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain New Jack City (1991)

TitleSalary
Blade: Trinity (2004) $13,000,000
The Fan (1996) $7,000,000
Money Train (1995) $5,500,000
Drop Zone (1994) $7,000,000
Wildcats (1986) $30,000

#Fact
1 Was set to star in Major League II (1994) reprising his role of Willie Mays Hayes, but gave up the project due to schedule conflicts. The role was recast with Omar Epps.
2 Was set to star in Miracle at St. Anna (2008) but had to leave the project due to tax problems which made him unable to travel to Italy, the film's principal shooting location. His intended role went to Derek Luke.
3 Is close friends with Woody Harrelson.
4 (April 2, 2013) New York City, USA. Released from McKean Federal Corrections where he had been serving time for federal tax evasion since 2010. He is under house arrest until his sentence ends, July 19, 2013.
5 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).
6 The character of Raven from Tekken 5 (2004) was modeled after him.
7 Was Sylvester Stallone's original choice to play Hale Caesar in The Expendables (2010), but couldn't accept because of his tax issues made him unable to leave the United States.
8 Lives in Alpine, New Jersey.
9 (November 11, 2008) Attended the star-studded opening of Dubai's lavish Atlantis Palms resort. Guests were welcomed in style with a display of one million fireworks, said to be visible from space.
10 Father of sons Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes, Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, Alimayu Moa-T Snipes (born March 26, 2007) and daughter Iset Jua-T Snipes (born July 31, 2001) with wife Nakyung Park.
11 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 21, 1998.
12 Godfather of actress Cashalà L'Shauntyelle.
13 On October 17, 2006, he was indicted on eight counts of tax fraud. He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced on April 24, 2008, to three years imprisonment. It was determined that he had not filed federal income tax returns from 1999 to 2007 and owed the IRS approximately $20,000,000 in back taxes. On the day he was sentenced, he paid $5,000,000 to the IRS.
14 Introduction and training in the martial arts was first by fellow classmate and now fight co-coordinator/technical advisor Marcus Salgado.
15 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.
16 Ranked the tenth most popular movie star in America by the Annual Harris Poll (1999).
17 Father retired from United States Air Force Reserve's 315AW Charleston Air Force Base April 1998 with the rank of MSGT.
18 Is a fanatical music lover and collector and owns more than 1,000 LPs and 4,000 CDs.
19 His apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. He happened to have been delayed at the gym where he was working out, otherwise he would have been home at that moment.
20 Has mastered numerous martial arts forms including the Brazilian street fighting form Capoeira.
21 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.
22 Married Korean painter Nikki Park, who is the mother of his four youngest children, in March 2003. Snipes spends a great deal of time in Park's home country, which he calls his "second home".
23 Father of son Jelani Asar Snipes (born 1988) with first wife, April.
24 Insisted that the role of Mimi (played by Ming-Na Wen), his character's wife in the film One Night Stand (1997), be played by an Asian woman in order to "push the boundaries of racial-sexual taboos". Snipes's character, Max, is a successful Black commercial director who has an extramarital affair with an attractive blonde (Nastassja Kinski).
25 Publicly blasted John Singleton for not casting him in the title role of the updated version of Shaft (2000). Snipes claims the film would have made twice its $60 million+ earnings had he been cast.
26 Practices Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts.
27 Is a fifth degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He also studies several forms of Kung Fu.
28 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1991).
29 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.
30 Despite the fact that he does not often acknowledge it, he did attend 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.
31 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.

#Quote
1 (2010, GQ magazine) You know, when I was doing films like White Men Can't Jump (1992) and the money was hefty, I didn't get it. I didn't know what you could do with it. Like, I've never been to Hawaii. I didn't know. I had no experience in 'Let's take some money and go to Hawaii and rent a chalet and live it up and champagne and da da da.' So I didn't go anywhere, I didn't do anything. I'm not saying I didn't have fun, but I didn't have the fun you would expect for a person who for all intents and purposes hit the lottery. I didn't do all the movie-star Hollywood things.
2 [his advice to aspiring actors] They should be very versatile. Versatility is what's going to give them the longevity. The world is opening up and a lot more stories and a lot more interesting scenes to portray in film. Versatility will help them. They must be able to see the world, learn the world, and bring it to their craft.
3 [on why he loves the sport of boxing] I love the idea of the man to man, against one another. I like that. I don't know why.
4 I never really planned on making action films. It just kind of happened. I've focused primarily on acting and developing characters, but that has blossomed into a whole new venue I'm still young and fit enough to do. My love is still drama, though. Even if I play a straight action guy, I want to give him some depth and substance.
5 I have a great deal of fun playing Blade. The lifestyle of it, the controlled rebelliousness, is wonderful to me. And it's therapeutic, too. A role like this lets you vent.
6 I used to do puppet theatre and also mime and musical theatre in Florida for competitions and festivals, which was great. I was very much involved in theatre when I was in college. It's funny because all I wanted to do when I was young was to become a dancer and then I went to acting school, where they taught me great drama! And that was it, I became an actor and the rhythm went through the door. But I can still do some dancing, some choreography in my films and that's cool.
7 Certain roles are more challenging than others, but I haven't come across one yet that I can't tackle.
8 I read that Asian women were bedroom generals. Some people think that means they're great in bed, but that's not the issue. They're talking about a place where the man is at his most vulnerable, where they have the most control. They don't have to beat him over the head to mow the lawn. They can whisper it in his ear and give him a kiss on the cheek and it's no problem. That's a general. (August 1998: Jet Magazine v.94 #13 pg.58)
9 [on marriage] I don't understand the mandate of being together forever. The idea that you should do that is wrong. It makes us slaves to a societal mandate. You can still love, but it doesn't mean you have to be tethered to the flesh. [9.14.97: Toronto Sun newspaper: Interviewed by Liz Braun]
10 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.

#Trademark
1 Deep commanding voice
2 Characters in his films, usually his own characters, frequently quote the literary classic "The Art of War", written by Sun Tzu around 500 B.C.E., which is widely regarded as the single best resource for training military special forces groups worldwide.

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