Wesley Snipes was once a film juggernaut — tackling drama, comedy and action — but in recent years has been plagued off-screen by personal and financial difficulties.
His breakthrough performance in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (1984) catapulted him to stardom and led to a flurry of projects. His roles were diverse: a drug lord in "New Jack City," the endearing bigmouth in "White Men Can't Jump," a streetwise police detective in “Rising Sun” – and, of course, his most memorable role as Blade from the “Blade” trilogy. Once riding high, his film career has since waned, with mostly straight-to-DVD movies.
His life behind the scenes has garnered him even more attention. In 1993, he was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed gun, to which he pleaded “no contest.” Since then, there have been numerous scuffles and lawsuits — including a paternity suit, a 2005 case he filed against New Line Cinema over his salary on “Blade: Trinity” and a run-in with the Internal Revenue Service over his income taxes.