Do Your Taxes! Wesley Snipes Is Out of Jail
Wesley Snipes meets with a media gathering at Orlando International Airport Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. Snipes surrendered to authorities earlier in the day on tax fraud charges and was released on bail. (Peter Cosgrove/AP Photo)
It did for a while, though, as Wesley Snipes was convicted in 2008 for failing to file tax returns on his $38 million income, which sent the "Blade" star to the slammer. Snipes began serving his three-year sentence at Pennsylvania's McKean Federal Correctional Institution in December 2010.
The end of three years came early, as Snipes, 50, was released on April 2 (in celebration of tax season, apparently). Inmate #43355-018 (which sounds almost as cool as "Passenger 57") was transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office and will complete the rest of his sentence under house arrest, which will end on July 19.
Snipes was once an A-list star, deftly mixing roles in Spike Lee dramas like "Mo' Better Blues" (1990) and "Jungle Fever" (1991) with action turns in genre pics like "Passenger 57" (1992) and "Money Train" (1995) and comedic performances in sports comedies such as "Major League" (1989) and "White Men Can't Jump" (1992). His most famous role is arguably the half-human/half-vampire title role of the "Blade" series, which he portrayed in "Blade" (1998), "Blade II" (2002) and "Blade Trinity" (2004).
After the critical and commercial failure of "Blade Trinity" and an increasing number of reports describing his difficult and eccentric behavior on set, Snipes was banished to the land of direct-to-video, headlining such cheapies as "7 Seconds" (2005), "The Marksman" (2005) and the appropriately titled "Hard Luck" (2006). His most recent projects include the Sundance mini-hit "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009) and "Game of Death" (2010), with the horror western "Gallowwalkers" set for some sort of release later this year.
Now that Snipes is out of prison, he may be poised for a major comeback, as he's rumored to be involved with the inevitable "The Expendables 3." Snipes certainly has plenty of time to do things like have meetings with Sylvester Stallone while he's under house arrest.
Anyway, do your taxes, people. Ten days 'til the deadline.