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|Also Known As:||Wesley Trent Snipes||Died:|
|Born:||July 31, 1962||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Orlando, Florida, USA||Profession:||producer, actor, singer, restaurateur, telephone installer|
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h was incorrect, as he was a U.S. born citizen - and that he was a target by prosecutors, as well as the racial prejudices of the town of Ocala, FL, where his trial was to take place. In 2007, it was discovered that Snipes had failed to pay taxes on a home in Alpine, NJ, and the tax lien on the property was sold to a third party. It was later revealed that Snipes also failed to pay taxes on a home owned in Florida.In January 2008, Snipes went on trial for felony conspiracy and fraud charges, and the jury returned with a verdict a month later. Snipes was acquitted on the felony charges, but was found guilty on three misdemeanor accounts of failing to pay federal income taxes; his co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn, a notorious "tax protestor," and Douglas P. Rosalie, were both found guilty of felonies. In April, the actor was sentenced to three years in prison for the misdemeanors, but posted bail and remained free pending an appeal of his conviction. Though limited in his travels, Snipes was able to move around in order to work, though in July 2008 a judge ruled that he exceeded his travel restrictions when he attended a party for the opening of a resort in Dubai. No additional charges were filed....
h was incorrect, as he was a U.S. born citizen - and that he was a target by prosecutors, as well as the racial prejudices of the town of Ocala, FL, where his trial was to take place. In 2007, it was discovered that Snipes had failed to pay taxes on a home in Alpine, NJ, and the tax lien on the property was sold to a third party. It was later revealed that Snipes also failed to pay taxes on a home owned in Florida.
In January 2008, Snipes went on trial for felony conspiracy and fraud charges, and the jury returned with a verdict a month later. Snipes was acquitted on the felony charges, but was found guilty on three misdemeanor accounts of failing to pay federal income taxes; his co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn, a notorious "tax protestor," and Douglas P. Rosalie, were both found guilty of felonies. In April, the actor was sentenced to three years in prison for the misdemeanors, but posted bail and remained free pending an appeal of his conviction. Though limited in his travels, Snipes was able to move around in order to work, though in July 2008 a judge ruled that he exceeded his travel restrictions when he attended a party for the opening of a resort in Dubai. No additional charges were filed. Meanwhile, he continued making movies, starring in the direct-to-DVD release, "The Art of War II: Betrayal" (2008). Snipes' career continued to emerge from its long fallow period with the release of "Gallowwalker" (2009), a supernatural Western in which Snipes played a cursed gunman battling the undead. He next co-starred opposite Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke in "Brooklyn's Finest" (2010), director Anton Fuqua's crime thriller about three Brooklyn cops who find themselves wrapped up in the violence and corruption of the crime-ridden 65th precinct, following a raid on a notorious drug dealer. His excitement with new projects was cut short when, after years of fighting tax evasion charges, Snipes was taken into custody by federal authorities on Nov. 19, 2010, to serve his time at a federal prison, where he would serve his 3-year sentence for tax crimes.e the Volpi Cup from the Venice Film Festival for his performance, but the film enjoyed a very limited theatrical release.
But Snipes bounced back in a major way with "Blade" (1998), an action-horror-thriller based on the popular Marvel Comics title. Snipes also produced and choreographed the fight sequences in this high-energy story of a half-vampire (Snipes) who learns to resist his inhuman urges in order to fight the undead. Snipes' extreme athleticism was a perfect match for the role, and the film grossed over $150 million at the box office. He followed "Blade" with what should have been another slam dunk - "U.S. Marshals" (1998), the sequel to the wildly successful "The Fugitive" (1993), and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones in a reprise of his Oscar-winning role as Sam Gerard - but the film failed to meet critics' approval. Its lackluster box office return seemed of little consequence to Snipes, who was once again riding high in Hollywood, and even received his star on the Walk of Fame in 1998 and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater at SUNY Purchase.
Snipes began to explore options behind the camera starting in 1996; through his company, Black Dot Media, he served as executive producer and narrator of the documentary "John Henrik Clarke: A Long and Mighty Walk," about the acclaimed author, historian, and civil rights activist. Snipes later served as executive producer on projects as varied as "Down in the Delta," a 1998 TV drama directed by Maya Angelou (in which he also co-starred), and "The Big Hit" (1998), a perversely eccentric action-comedy about professional killers with Mark Walhberg. Snipes also produced the highly rated "Futuresport" (1998), a sci-fi/action project for ABC, and presented the documentary "Masters of the Martial Arts" (1998), which focused on the foremost cinematic practitioners, including Jackie Chan.
Snipes also began developing a security firm that would provide trained bodyguards for high-profile clients; the company - called The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra - was launched in 1998, but found itself in hot water two years later when an investigation was launched into its connection to an extremist religious cult. Snipes' company sought to buy property in Georgia from the cult, though the sale was cancelled after the investigation was launched. The business deal was not the only aspect of Snipes' life that had gone sour by the late 1990s; his strategy of switching from high-energy action films to smaller dramas ran out of gas with 2000's "The Art of War," about a UN security official who finds himself the target of a massive conspiracy involving the U.S. government and Triad gangsters. The film, which Snipes also co-produced, was dismissed as ludicrous, despite Snipes' trademark brand of martial arts action. Its follow-up, a modest thriller called "Liberty Stands Still" (2001), was ignored in its fall release by the massive coverage of the September 11th attacks. "Disappearing Acts," a 2000 romantic drama about a construction worker (Snipes) who falls for a teacher (Sanaa Lathan), performed moderately well (thanks to its source material by Terry McMillan), but Snipes did not enjoy another substantial hit until 2002's "Blade II," which brought critical favorite Guillermo Del Toro on board as director. Reviewers were less than kind to the sequel, but audiences turned out in droves and made it the most popular of the film trilogy.
By the new millennium, Snipes was earning more headlines for his personal life than for his movie output. In 2002, he was the subject of a scandalous paternity suit that alleged he had fathered a child with an Indiana woman after they had intercourse in a crack den in 2000; the suit was dismissed when the biological father was located, but the allegations helped to briefly soil Snipes' character. The following year, the smears got even worse when R&B singer Christopher Williams publicly accused Snipes of abusing Halle Berry during their brief relationship in an attempt to defend allegations that he had inflicted injury on the Oscar-winning actress - an injury that resulted in Berry losing hearing in on ear. In 2003, Snipes married South Korean painter Nakyung Park, with whom he had four children. The marriage ended sometime prior to 2007.
Unfortunately, Snipes' fortunes did not halt their rapid decline as the decade wore on. He was arrested in the Johannesburg Airport for attempting to leave the country with a forged South African passport. He was later allowed to exit the country with his valid U.S. passport, but authorities reduced his immigration status to disagreeable. His film career also continued to falter, with only "Blade: Trinity" (2005) achieving any sort of box office return, though much less than the previous two entries. The film's success, however, was dampened by a lawsuit filed by Snipes against New Line Cinema and director David S. Goyer for allegedly failing to pay his full salary, refusing to include him in casting decisions (Snipes once again served as producer of the film), and reducing his screen time in favor of newer characters played by Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. The press later reported that Snipes had allegedly made death threats against Goyer and acted in an uncooperative manner on set, though none of this was substantiated in the suit, which went unresolved for several years.
The most devastating blow to Snipes' fortunes began that same year when Snipes defaulted on paying his property taxes in California, which totaled over $171,000. This was followed by a 2006 conspiracy charge, which alleged that Snipes and his associates had sought to defraud the U.S. government by filing a false tax payment and sending fraudulent tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service. Snipes was also charged with failing to pay taxes from 1996 through 2004. The actor responded by declaring himself a non-resident alien - whic
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Snipes is the owner of China One, a restaurant in L.A.
"I'm a physical type of actor and love projects in which I can get physical. The more action, the better."---Snipes quoted to The New York Times, August 24, 1990.
He received the Victor Borge Scholarship, given by the Governor of Florida.
"I see characters as having not only a physical life but a spiritual life. In Haiti, when people get possessed by the spirit, they take on a differenct form; they surrender themselves to a different manifestation. I ask the character to let me represent him the way he would represent himself, using my body. If you're operating from that kind of energy, you're going to get a performance that will jump off the screen."---Wesley Snipes quoted in Premiere, July 1991.
"If you really respect the artistic contribution of black folks, then we don't want to do no more movies about a nigga in the 'hood, 'cause a nigga in the 'hood ain't no more different from a pimp on the block back in the 70s, and you see what happened to that. After they didn't have no more pimps and they told every pimp story they could tell, BOOM, end of the industry. So we gotta change the movies, start doing movies that go beyond just a nigga in the 'hood."---Snipes quoted in Vibe, October 1993.
"All I meet is other actors and models. With this crazy schedule it's hard to say, 'OK, baby, I'll be over at 4 a.m.' I just wish I could meet some normal woman. Because a lot of the people I meet just don't have heart."---Snipes on his dream woman, to Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times, November 7, 1997.
"I'm a Bruce Willis fan and I'm seeing him and Mel Gibson, and they're making a lot of cash," he said in an interview last week at a downtown hotel here. "And I'm like, 'Wouldn't it be nice to be a part of that club?' "---Snipes quoted to Derek Tse of the Toronto Sun, March 20, 2002.
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