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Wesley Snipes's Biography

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Wesley Snipes was born on 31 July 1962 in Orlando, Florida but moved to The Bronx when he was just a one year old.

His film debut was in the 1986 film Wildcats, which starred Goldie Hawn.

In 1987, Wesley Snipes appeared in the video of Michael Jackson's Bad directed by Martin Scorsese. Wesley Snipes played the rival gang-leader to Jackson.

In the early 1990s, Wesley Snipes played a couple of important roles in Spike Lee films: Mo' Better Blues (1990) and Jungle Fever (1991).

With his career taking off, strong roles followed in the likes of the excellent New Jack City (1991), the superb White Men Can't Jump (1992), and the entertaining Rising Sun (1993).

Although often cast as an action hero, Wesley Snipes has shown his versatility with somewhat different roles, for example, his performance as a drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995).

He Played the title role in the Blade trilogy.

Wesley Snipes's skills include acting, dancing, puppets and martial arts.

Wesley Snipes came 96th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Movie Stars.

In October 2006 the US government issued an arrest warrant for Wesley Snipes on conspiracy to defraud the IRS charges, for which if found guilty Snipes faces up to 16 years in jail.

At the time Wesley Snipes was in Namibia, filming Gallowwalker.

On 1 February 2008, Wesley Snipes was found guilty of three charges of failing to file tax returns, but he was cleared of the more serious felony charges of tax fraud and conspiracy.

In April 2008, Wesley Snipes was sentenced to a three year prison term. Initially, he was free on bail while he appealed his conviction for tax evasion, however nearly two years later, he was ordered to report to a prison on 9 December 2010 to begin his sentence.

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