Wesley Snipes is an actor, writer, director and martial artist, famous for his Blade movies and other high-profile roles. Snipes is a longtime devotee of the Brazilian form of Capoeira, aside from kung-fu and Brazilian Ju-jitsu. Born on July 30, he is a Leo. Leos are known to be quite generous and faithful. They are dominant and strong-willed, with the Lion being their symbol as a testament. Like a lion, they are courageous, strong, independent and self-reliant. They know exactly what they want and arenít afraid to get it.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Snipes is the son of a teacherís assistant and an aircraft engineer. They eventually moved to the Bronx in New York City, where he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing, but before he could graduate, he moved back to Florida. He started training in martial arts when he was 12. He was discovered by an agent when he was 23 in a tournament. In 1986, he made his first film appearance in the Goldie Hawn flick Wildcats. Aside from action movies, he also made his mark in the comedy films White Men Canít Jump, To Wong Foo and dramas where he received critical praise like The Waterdance and Disappearing Acts.
A Leo, when it comes to love and personal relationships, is faithful and affectionate. Strongly idealistic, they are often open, sincere and trusting. They are kind but straightforward in dealing with others, and as friends they are giving and trustworthy.
He has been romantically linked to various women like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Sanaa Lathan and even Halle Berry. His first marriage to April Snipes resulted in a son, whom they named Jelani Asar Snipes, born in 1988. His second marriage was to South Korean Nikki Park. They have four children, son Akhenaten Kihwa-T Snipes, daughter Iset Jua-T Snipes, son Alaafia Jehu-T Snipes and son Alimayu Moa-T Snipes. In 1978, Snipes converted to Islam, only to leave the religion in 1988.
Since 2010, he has been incarcerated due to fraudulent tax records. He reported to federal prison in December 2010. Snipes is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean, a medium security federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for release on July 19, 2013.