Being a good actor means being able to evoke emotions in your audience, no matter how un-relatable your character might be. There are only a handful of truly talented actors who are able to do this, and Wesley Snipes is one of them. Today, Snipes has become something of a legend and has continued to captivate audiences from around the globe with his talents and charm.
From Humble Beginnings
Wesley Trent Snipes was born on July 31, 1962 to parents Maryann and Wesley Rudolph Snipes. His mother was a schoolteacher, and his father an aircraft engineer. Snipes grew up in the Bronx and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing. Before Snipes could finish his studies however, he found himself having to move to Florida with his family thus cutting his education at the institution short. In Florida, he attended the Jones High School in Orlando before moving to New York to enrol himself in the State University of New York at Purchase.
Snipes always had an interest in performing arts and took part in plays and small productions at school. The man has said that his brief study at LaGuardia High School was the reason why he developed an interest in acting. Snipes was discovered when he was 23 years old. He was performing in a local competition where a talent agent just happened to pass by. He was immediately taken in and by 1986, he was cast for Wildcats. In that same year, he secured a TV gig as a drug-dealer on the hit show Miami Vice. This was followed by a number of small roles, including a gig as Michael Jackson’s nemesis in the music video for Bad.
Snipes won his first Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festical in 1997 for his role in One Night Stand. But his real success came with the dawn of Blade, a 1998 film franchise that would send his career sky rocketing to success. The movie grossed over $150 million USD worldwide and has managed to gain a cult following among viewers. From there, Wesley Snipes’ success just seemed to soar on its own with hit movie after hit movie.
Assets and Net Worth
Wesley Snipes is one of the most popular names in the film industry. With hit films like Blade, he managed to accumulate a solid base of adoring fans and a hefty income. Today, Wesley Snipes enjoys a net worth of $10 million USD.