Mario Van Peebles

Actor, Director, Producer
Though he was the son of legendary blaxploitation filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, actor and director Mario Van Peebles made his own name both in front of and behind the camera in numerous film and television projects ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1957 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (92)

Drumline 2: A New Beat 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hard Luck 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Submerged 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Finder 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

We the Party 2012 (Movie)

Sutton (Actor)

All Things Fall Apart 2011 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Hellcats 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

SEC: Storied 2011 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Game 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tied to a Chair 2011 (Movie)

Billy Rust (Actor)

Multiple Sarcasms 2010 (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha 2009 (Movie)

Pirate Captain (Actor)

Damages 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living With Ed 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carlito's Way Rise To Power 2005 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Melvin Van Peebles (Actor)

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hebrew Hammer 2003 (Movie)

Mohammed (Actor)

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Malcolm X (Actor)

Rude Awakening 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blowback 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Raw Nerve 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crazy Six 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

Poe Finklestein (Actor)

Valentine's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Riot 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Great American Gold Heist 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Solo 1996 (Movie)

Solo (Actor)

Strangers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Highlander III: The Final Dimension 1995 (Movie)

Kane the Magician (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Stokley Carmichael (Actor)

Gunmen 1994 (Movie)

Cole (Actor)

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Independent Spirit: Close Up 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Jessie Lee (Actor)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Detective Stone (Actor)

The World's Greatest Stunts II (02/22/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Identity Crisis 1990 (Movie)

Chilly D (Actor)

Malcolm Takes a Shot 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The White Girl 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Third and Oak: The Pool Hall 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sonny Spoon 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Jaws: The Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

This Time It's Personal -- Jaws: The Revenge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

3:15 1986 (Movie)

Whisperer (Actor)

Children of the Night 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Cop 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

"Stitch" Jones (Actor)

Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

John Hood (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exterminator 2 1984 (Movie)

X (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

Delivery Boys 1983 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

South Bronx Heroes 1982 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Cable Car Murder 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue Bayou (TV Show)

Actor

Crown Heights (TV Show)

Actor

Full Eclipse (TV Show)

Actor

Gang in Blue (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment Day (TV Show)

Actor

Killers in the House (TV Show)

Actor

Los Locos (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor

Sharpshooter (TV Show)

Actor

Stag (TV Show)

Actor

Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Show)

Actor

The Child Saver (TV Show)

Actor

The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

Actor
Director (23)

Chicago PD 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Hard Luck 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Monday Mornings 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

NCIS 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Red Sky 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Zero Hour 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Boss 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

We the Party 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

All Things Fall Apart 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Redemption Road 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Lost 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Sons of Anarchy 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Amendment Project 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Big Room 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Posse 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Ship (Tv Show)

Director

The Uniter (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Hard Luck 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

We the Party 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Identity Crisis 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

We the Party 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Identity Crisis 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

South Bronx Heroes 1982 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Music (4)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

("Getting The Man's Good Outta Your Baadasssss!") (Lyrics)

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

("Bionic Marine" "I Love You, But I Ain't Stupid" "Recon Rap") (Song Performer)

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

songs("Snack Attack" "Finale" "Two of a Kind" "Colors" "Lady Alcohol" "The Game" "Courtroom") (Song)

Biography

Though he was the son of legendary blaxploitation filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, actor and director Mario Van Peebles made his own name both in front of and behind the camera in numerous film and television projects. After a few years of finding his footing as an actor, Van Peebles broke through with a memorable turn in "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986), which opened the doors to bigger and better things, including directing. He made his debut in the director's chair with episodes of "21 Jump Street" (Fox. 1987-1991) and "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990), though it was his hit feature debut, "New Jack City" (1991) that propelled him to the next level. But Van Peebles stumbled with both "Posse" (1993) and "Panther" (1995), while flailing a bit onscreen in rather unworthy B-thrillers and television movies. Following a small, but solid performance as Malcolm X in "Ali" (2001), Van Peebles triumphantly returned to feature filmmaking with "Baadasssss!", an intensely entertaining depiction of his father's struggles to film his seminal movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971). While his career endured several ups and downs, there was no doubt that Van Peebles always remained a potent force both onscreen and off.

Relationships

Maria Marx

Mother
Caucasian blue-eyed blonde of French extraction

Melvin Peebles

Father
of black and Indian extraction born on August 21, 1932

Megan Peebles

Sister
played Van Peebles' sister in the 1983 feature "South Bronx Heroes" (released direct-to-video in 1985)

EDUCATION

studied acting with Stella Adler in 1983

Columbia University

New York , New York 1980

Milestones

2004

Wrote, produced, directed and starred in "Baadasssss!" a homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; received Independent Spirit Award Nominations for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay

2003

Played Mohammed and Sweetback in the holiday comedy "The Hebrew Hammer"

2001

Portrayed Malcolm X in "Ali", Michael Mann biopic of the boxer Muhammed Ali

2000

Joined cast of the Showtime series "Rude Awakening" for its final season

1999

Signed development deal with CBS to star in a TV series

1998

Produced, wrote, directed and co-starred in "Love Kills"

1997

Wrote, produced and starred in "Los Locos", a TV-movie sequel to "Posse" aired on The Movie Channel

1996

Directed by father in "Gang in Blue" (Showtime)

1995

Collaborated with father Melvin Van Peebles on "Panther"

1993

Directed less successful "Posse"

1991

Starred in CBS TV-movie "Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story"

1991

Directed first feature, "New Jack City" (also co-star)

1990

Directed "Malcolm Takes a Shot", a presentation of "CBS Schoolbreak Specials" about a high school athelete who develops epilepsy

1989

TV directing debut, helmed several episodes of the Cannell-produced quasi-teen cop show "21 Jump Street"

1989

Feature producing (co-produced with father) and scripting debut, "Identity Crisis", a broad farce directed by his father (also starred); released in 1990

1989

Directed an episode of Cannell's acclaimed crime drama "Wiseguy"

1988

Starred as title character in the NBC-TV detective comedy series, "Sonny Spoon", produced by Stephen J. Cannell

1986

Played a recurring role during the first season of "L.A. Law" (also performed songs)

1986

Breakthrough feature supporting role, Clint Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge"

1985

First TV guest shot, "The Cosby Show"

1985

Wrote song, "Two of a Kind" and performed five songs in film "Rappin'" (also actor)

1984

First appearance in a major film, a bit part in Francis Coppola's "The Cotton Club"

1984

Broadway acting debut in his father's comedy with music, "Waltz of the Stork"

1984

First released feature as an adult, "Exterminator 2"

1983

Film acting and writing (provided additional dialogue) debut, "South Bronx Heroes" (released direct-to-video 1985)

1979

Played a small part in "The Sophisticated Gents", a superior NBC miniseries scripted by his father (who also acted); shelved for two years before airing in 1981

1970

First film appearance (in bit part as the young Sweetback) in father's "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song"

1970

TV acting debut, "The Cable Car Murder/Cross Current", an unsold pilot

1965

Returned to USA at age eight (date approximate)

Grew up in Europe

Directed music videos for Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Nightrain (also produced and had a cameo)

Worked as a Ford model

Moved to the commodities exchange

Will direct and co-star in the thriller "Yellow Wood" (lensed 2005)

Served as budget analyst under NYC Mayor Ed Koch for two years

Worked for a film investment firm setting up limited partnerships

Bonus Trivia

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"Directing is like being a father and acting is like being a child, so I like to do both." --Mario Van Peebles (quoted in "Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story" press material)

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"We've been working together since Mario was 2 years old. I directed him in some short films when he was still in diapers." --Melvin Van Peebles (quoted in press material for "Sonny Spoons")

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He also directed, produced, wrote and starred in the short, "Juliet".

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Won the Bronze Halo Award for outstanding TV appearance in "Children of the Night"

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