Mario Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an American film director and actor best known for directing New Jack City in 1991. He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he worked with on the films Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Baadasssss!.
Mario Van Peebles was born in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles and his wife, Maria Marx. His parents divorced when he was four years old and he was raised in the United States by his mother. He has four siblings: actors Antonio Van Peebles, Mark Van Peebles, Maya Van Peebles, and Marissa Van Peebles.
Van Peebles was educated at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. He later studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
Van Peebles made his acting debut in his father’s film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971). He went on to appear in a number of his father’s films, including The Watermelon Man (1970), We’re Not Gonna Take It (1972), and Baadasssss! (2003).
In 1991, Van Peebles made his directorial debut with the film New Jack City, starring Wesley Snipes and Ice-T. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $47 million at the box office.
Van Peebles has since directed a number of films, including Panther (1995), Posse (1993), and Baadasssss! (2003). He has also appeared in a number of films, including Jaws: The Revenge (1987), Ali (2001), and Django Unchained (2012).
Mario Van Peebles has a net worth of $5 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful career as a film director and actor.
Mario Van Peebles
Date Of Birth
January 15, 1957
1.78 m, 1.78 m
Screenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director, Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Television Director, Television producer
Columbia University, Rutgers University, Columbia University
Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles, Katrina Peebles, Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles
Mandela Van Peebles, Maya Van Peebles, Makaylo Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Morgana Van Peebles, R. Donahue Peebles III, Mandela Van Peebles, Maya Van Peebles, Morgana Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Makaylo Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles, Maria Marx, Roy Donahue Peebles Sr., Ruth Yvonne Willoughby, Melvin Van Peebles, Maria Marx
Megan Van Peebles, Max Van Peebles, Megan Van Peebles, Max Van Peebles
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, Independent Spirit Award fo...
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, New Jack City, Baadasssss!, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, We the Party, Posse, Panther, Jaws: The Revenge, Heartbreak Ridge, All Things Fall Apart, Red Sky, Highlander III: The Sorcerer, Hard Luck, Solo, Exterminator 2, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Gunmen, Gan...
Sonny Spoon, Rude Awakening, Black in the 80s, Sonny Spoon, Rude Awakening, Sharpshooter, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, Mama Flora's Family, Black in the 80s
When young people see movies like 'Gandhi 'or 'JFK,' there is an element of romanticization of these powerful people, and young people often feel a huge distance between their own lives and the lives of these social-change heroes. But the Panthers were flawed-up people from the streets, so it's easier to identify with them.
No matter what color you are, if you mentor some little boy or girl, you make a huge difference in their lives because they then model behavior that leads to success versus modeling behavior that doesn't.
My father, Melvin van Peebles, and my mother were both very active politically when I was a kid. The first time I was allowed to stay up late was to attend a demonstration.
My dad always said there's four phases in an actor/director's life. There's 'Mario Who?' There's 'Get me Mario!' 'Get me a young Mario,' and 'Mario Who?'
If you sort of treat the environment in sort of this mechanical, industrial way that there's a disconnect between man and the environment, it's very easy to treat people that way.
If I or any other black can deliver at the box office, I'll get a lot of work. Too many young actors, regardless of their color, try to play an attitude on camera and fail to remember their job is to fit into an entertainment.
When you make a film that is based in reality, reality will come up all around it.
When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness - Cannon Pictures.
We think birth is a miracle and death is a tragedy, but really they're flip sides of the same coin - anything born is gonna die.
There is definitely places in America where, if you're born into that environment, your chances of getting out are really, really limited.
My father told me you have two loves in your life: What you do and the people you're with.
I'm not in business to make money.
I went from being 'Mario who?' to 'Mario baby!
I had unusual parents. We'd been to Europe. We'd been in the theater. We were sort of like the Addams Family.
Mario appeared in the music video of Billy Joel's song "A Matter of Trust" in 1986.