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December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Wesley Snipes career highlights

He hit the big time with blockbusters like Blade, but the actor’s personal favorites may surprise you

New Jack City (1991)
A gangster epic set during the crack era, with Snipes as sadistic kingpin Nino Brown. ”He was a bad guy,” Snipes says with a grin.

The Waterdance (1992)
Snipes plays a ladies’ man-turned-paraplegic. ”I think I pulled it off pretty good,” says the actor. ”People said I did, at least.”

White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Snipes and Woody Harrelson play hoops hustlers. ”That’s what movies should be. I got to laugh every day.”

To Wong Foo… (1995)
”I played a transvestite nun on Broadway. I knew I could do it. I didn’t want Nino to be the last character people remembered me for.”

Disappearing Acts (2000)
A made-for-TV romance, with Snipes and Sanaa Lathan as a pair of mismatched lonely hearts.

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