dotsWesley Snipes stars as Mr. Johnson in the new NBC drama “The Player”

Published on September 23, 2015 by Sonya's Spotlight

wesleyAbout The Player  – From the executive producers of “The Blacklist” comes the action-packed Las Vegas-set thriller “The Player.” The series co-stars Wesley Snipes as a pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative turned security expert Philip Winchester (“Strike Back,” “Fringe”) to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins.

John Rogers serves as writer and executive producer. John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri also executive produce. “The Player” is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment and Kung Fu Monkey.

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Wesley Snipes has an extensive film background and is often best known for his role as Blade, a human with vampire genes, in the comic book-based trilogy of the same name. The films earned more than a combined $415 million at the box office.

A master in the martial arts, Snipes was born in Orlando, Fla., and got his big career break with a role in the 1986 Goldie Hawn film “Wildcats.” He then landed a role in an episode of the hit NBC series “Miami Vice” and a year later was cast by iconic director Martin  Scorsese in the Michael Jackson music video “Bad.”

Larger roles quickly followed, including co-starring turns in such films as “Passenger 57,” “Demolition Man,” “Money Train,” “The Fan,” “Rising Sun,” “New Jack City,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.” Previous TV roles include “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” “America’s Dream” and “The Bernie Mac  Show.”

Snipes has won two NAACP Image Awards for “New Jack City” and “America’s Dream.” He also won the best actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his role in the film “One Night Stand.”



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