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Mario Van Peebles

Biography

He became known for starring as Agent Harrison on the tv screen show Problems. He in addition has made an appearance on All My Kids, Hellcats, The Cosby Present, as well as the Finder. He was raised as the kid of the well-known filmmaker Melvin Truck Peebles. He aimed 21 Jump Road in 1989. He wedded Chitra Sukhu Truck Peebles, with whom he previously five kids. He aimed a 2010 bout of Lost that highlighted Michael Emerson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mario Van Peebles
Date Of Birth January 15, 1957
Place Of Birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.78 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Columbia University
Nationality Mexican, American
Spouse Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles
Children Mandela Van Peebles, Maya Van Peebles, Morgana Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Makaylo Van Peebles
Parents Melvin Van Peebles, Maria Marx
Siblings Max Van Peebles, Megan Van Peebles
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie, DGA Drama Show Day Award
Movies New Jack City, Baadasssss!, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, Posse, Panther, We the Party, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Heartbreak Ridge, Jaws: The Revenge, All Things Fall Apart, Ali, Highlander III: The Sorcerer, Hard Luck, Gunmen, Gang in Blue, Rappin', Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Love Kills, The Hebrew Hammer, Exterminator 2, Red Sky, Redemption Road, Solo, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out, Multiple Sarcasms, Los Locos, American Warships, Full Eclipse, South Bronx Heroes, The Cotton Club, Identity Crisis, Submerged, Delivery Boys, Crazy Six, Last Resort, Judgment Day, Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright, Tied to a Chair, 10,000 Black Men Named George, Raw Nerve, Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha, Blowback, Killers in the House, Drumline: A New Beat, A Letter to Dad, Mantervention, Stag, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story, Children of the Night, Bring Your A Game
TV Shows Sonny Spoon, Rude Awakening, Superstition, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, Mama Flora's Family, Black in the 80s
Star Sign Capricorn

  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Mario appeared in the music video of Billy Joel's song "A Matter of Trust" in 1986.
2 Was considered for the role of Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
3 Has his own movie production company named "MVP Filmz".
4 Mother is German actress Maria Marx.
5 His movie debut came when he was 13 in his father's 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), where he had a love scene with an older woman.
6 Earned a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1978.
7 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]
8 Son of director Melvin Van Peebles and German actress Maria Marx. Father of Maya Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles. Brother of Megan Van Peebles and Max Van Peebles.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If filming Chief
Submerged 2016 Hector
For Justice 2015 TV Movie Ben Tolan
Nashville 2014-2015 TV Series Henry Benton
Drumline: A New Beat 2014 TV Movie Mr. Bolton
Mantervention 2014 Steve
Red Sky 2014/I Jason Cutter
American Warships 2012 Video Captain James Winston
We the Party 2012 Sutton
The Finder 2012 TV Series Fontana
Tied to a Chair 2011 Billy Rust
Hellcats 2011 TV Series Michael Verdura
5th & Alameda 2011 Trevor
The Game 2011 TV Series Bo
All Things Fall Apart 2011 Eric
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright 2010 Video Agent Hobbs
Multiple Sarcasms 2010 Rocky
Mario's Green House 2009 TV Series
A Letter to Dad 2009 Norman
Damages 2007-2009 TV Series Agent Randall Harrison Agent Harrison Man #2
All My Children 2008 TV Series Samuel Woods
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha 2008 Pirate Captain
Sharpshooter 2007 TV Movie Flick
Law & Order 2007 TV Series Attorney Carsley
Hard Luck 2006 Video Captain Davis
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power 2005 Video Earl
Soul Food 2004 TV Series Quentin James
Crown Heights 2004 TV Movie Paul Johnson
The Street Lawyer 2003 TV Movie Mordecai Green
Gang of Roses 2003 Jessie Lee (Cameo)
Baadasssss! 2003 Melvin Van Peebles
44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out 2003 TV Movie Henry Jones
The Hebrew Hammer 2003 Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim
Fiona 2002 TV Movie Detective Winston Cates
Robbery Homicide Division 2002 TV Series Alton Davis
10,000 Black Men Named George 2002 TV Movie Ashley Totten
Ali 2001 Malcolm X
Guardian 2001 Detective Kross
Rude Awakening 2000-2001 TV Series Marcus Adams
Blowback 2000 Insp. Don Morrell
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal 2000 TV Movie James Hemings
Martial Law 2000 TV Series Jake Cord
Raw Nerve 1999 Detective Blair Valdez
Judgment Day 1999 Video Thomas Payne
Killers in the House 1998 TV Movie Rodney Sawyer
Love Kills 1998 Poe Finklestein
Protector 1998 Video Jack Valentine
Mama Flora's Family 1998 TV Mini-Series Luke
Los Locos 1997 Chance
Crazy Six 1997 Video Dirty Mao
Stag 1997 Michael Barnes
The Outer Limits 1997 TV Series Captain William Clark
Riot 1997 TV Movie Turner (segment "Homecoming Day")
Gang in Blue 1996 TV Movie Michael Rhoades
Solo 1996 Solo
Living Single 1996 TV Series Cole Front
Strangers 1996 TV Series Mac
Panther 1995/I Stokely Carmichael
In the Living Years 1994 Norman
Highlander: The Final Dimension 1994 Kane
Full Eclipse 1993 TV Movie Max Dire
Gunmen 1993 Cole Parker
Posse 1993 Jesse Lee
In the Line of Duty: Street War 1992 TV Movie Raymond Williamson
Stompin' at the Savoy 1992 TV Movie Walter
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1991 TV Movie Ricky Bell
New Jack City 1991 Stone
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1990 TV Series Dr. Thompson
In Living Color 1990 TV Series
Blue Bayou 1990 TV Movie Jay Filley
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts 1989 TV Series Shooter
21 Jump Street 1989 TV Series Dancer / Dana
Identity Crisis 1989 Chilly D
Sonny Spoon 1988 TV Series Sonny Spoon
The Child Saver 1988 TV Movie
Jaws: The Revenge 1987 Jake
The Facts of Life Down Under 1987 TV Movie David Johnson
Hotshot 1987 Winston
Heartbreak Ridge 1986 Stitch
L.A. Law 1986 TV Series Andrew Taylor
D.C. Cops 1986 TV Movie Cliff Dickerson
Last Resort 1986 Pino
3:15 1986 Whisperer
The Cosby Show 1985 TV Series Garvin
Children of the Night 1985 TV Movie Roy Spanish
South Bronx Heroes 1985 Tony
Rappin' 1985 John Hood
Delivery Boys 1985 Spider (as Mario van Peebles)
The Cotton Club 1984 Dancer
Exterminator 2 1984 X
The Sophisticated Gents 1981 TV Series Nicholas
Crosscurrent 1971 TV Movie Raphael
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 1971 Young Sweetback / Kid (as Mario Peebles)
One Life to Live 1968 TV Series Doc Gilmore (1982-1983)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dionne 2017 rumored announced
If filming
Empire 2015-2016 TV Series 3 episodes
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage 2016 directed by
Roots 2016 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Hand of God 2015-2016 TV Series 2 episodes
Being Mary Jane 2015 TV Series 2 episodes
The Last Ship 2015 TV Series 1 episode
Chicago P.D. 2015 TV Series 1 episode
Once Upon a Time 2014 TV Series 3 episodes
Nashville 2013-2014 TV Series 3 episodes
Red Sky 2014/I
Zero Hour 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Monday Mornings 2013 TV Series 1 episode
NCIS 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Boss 2011-2012 TV Series 5 episodes
We the Party 2012
All Things Fall Apart 2011
Fair Game? 2010 Documentary
Redemption Road 2010
Lost 2010 TV Series 1 episode
Law & Order 2008-2009 TV Series 3 episodes
Damages 2007-2009 TV Series 3 episodes
Bring Your 'A' Game 2009 Documentary short
Sons of Anarchy 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Hard Luck 2006 Video
The First Amendment Project: Poetic License 2004 TV Movie documentary
Baadasssss! 2003
Robbery Homicide Division 2002 TV Series 1 episode
Standing Knockdown 1999
Love Kills 1998
Gang in Blue 1996 TV Movie
Panther 1995/I
Posse 1993
Gabriel's Fire 1991 TV Series 1 episode
New Jack City 1991
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Wiseguy 1989 TV Series 1 episode
21 Jump Street 1989 TV Series 3 episodes
Top of the Hill 1989 TV Series
Sonny Spoon 1988 TV Series 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We the Party 2012 executive producer
Fair Game? 2010 Documentary producer
Mario's Green House 2009 TV Series executive producer
Bring Your 'A' Game 2009 Documentary short producer
Hard Luck 2006 Video producer
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema 2004 Video documentary short producer
The First Amendment Project: Poetic License 2004 TV Movie documentary producer
Baadasssss! 2003 producer
Standing Knockdown 1999 producer
Judgment Day 1999 Video executive producer
Love Kills 1998 producer
Los Locos 1997 producer
Gang in Blue 1996 TV Movie producer
Panther 1995/I producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rappin' 1985 performer: "Snack Attack", "Colors", "Lady Alcohol", "Courtroom" / writer: "Two of a Kind", "Snack Attack", "Colors", "Lady Alcohol", "The Game", "Courtroom", "Finale"
Hard Luck 2006 Video performer: "Feel Lucky" - as MVP / writer: "Feel Lucky"
Baadasssss! 2003 lyrics: "Gettin' the Man's Foot outta Your Baadasssss!"
Posse 1993 writer: "Ride of Your Life", "Ride of Your Life" instrumental version
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1988 TV Special performer: "Once In A Lifetime"
Heartbreak Ridge 1986 lyrics: "I Love You But I Ain't Stupid" / music: "I Love You But I Ain't Stupid" / performer: "I Love You But I Ain't Stupid" / writer: "Bionic Marine", "Recon Rap"
South Bronx Heroes 1985 lyrics: "Makin It Real", "'Revenge' Rap" / performer: "Makin It Real", "'Revenge' Rap"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If filming
Red Sky 2014/I screenplay
Hard Luck 2006 Video screenplay
Baadasssss! 2003 screenplay
Standing Knockdown 1999 writer
Love Kills 1998 writer
Los Locos 1997
Identity Crisis 1989 writer
South Bronx Heroes 1985 additional dialogue

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Posse 1993 executive soundtrack album producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris, je t'aime 2006 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2015 TV Series
Snoop & Son: A Dad's Dream 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator (2015)
2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2012 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Herschel 2011 Documentary Narrator
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself
Fair Game? 2010 Documentary Himself
Way Black When 2010 TV Movie Himself - Host
Tavis Smiley 2004-2010 TV Series Himself
Bring Your 'A' Game 2009 Documentary short Himself - Director
Spiritual Liberation 2009 Video documentary
Living with Ed 2008 TV Series Himself
The BET Honors 2008 TV Movie Himself
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Secret's Out 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Siskel & Ebert 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
The 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho 2005 Documentary Quotes (voice)
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power - Making of Documentary 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Road to 'New Jack City' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) 2005 Documentary Himself
36th NAACP Image Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Black in the 80s 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Harlem World: A Walk Inside 2005 Video short Himself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema 2004 Video documentary short Himself
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The First Amendment Project: Poetic License 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - presenter
That's Black Entertainment: Westerns 2002 TV Movie documentary Host
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
That's Black Entertainment: Actors 2002 TV Movie documentary Host
That's Black Entertainment: Comedians 2002 TV Movie documentary Host
HBO First Look 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Ali' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Acapulco Black Film Festival 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Anti Gravity Room 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
The Last Great American Gold Heist 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-1996 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-1996 TV Series Himself
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show 1994 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1994 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Host
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard 1993 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987-1993 TV Series Himself
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 TV Special
The Howard Stern Interview 1993 TV Series Himself
The Real Malcolm X 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Host
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Family Figures 1990 TV Series Himself - Host
The Marsha Warfield Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood 1990 TV Special documentary Host
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The New Hollywood Squares 1988 TV Series Guest Appearance
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 TV Special Himself
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Host
Behind the Scenes with 'Jaws: The Revenge' 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Masters 1986 TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2004 Audience Award Philadelphia Film Festival Best Feature Film How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2003 Copper Wing Tribute Award Phoenix Film Festival Phoenix Film Foundation Awards
1995 Silver Leopard Locarno International Film Festival Panther (1995)
1995 Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention Locarno International Film Festival Panther (1995)
1989 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Boss (2011)
2011 Action on Film Award Action on Film International Film Festival, USA Best Supporting Actor 5th & Alameda (2011)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Drama How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film, Drama How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003) · Dennis Haggerty
2004 Grand Prix Asturias Gijón International Film Festival Best Feature How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Ali (2001)
1995 Golden Leopard Locarno International Film Festival Panther (1995)
1991 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - Daytime CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)


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#Quote
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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?'
5 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.
6 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.
7 When you make a film that is based in reality, reality will come up all around it.
8 When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness - Cannon Pictures.
9 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.
10 There is definitely places in America where, if you're born into that environment, your chances of getting out are really, really limited.
11 My father told me you have two loves in your life: What you do and the people you're with.
12 I'm not in business to make money.
13 I went from being 'Mario who?' to 'Mario baby!
14 I had unusual parents. We'd been to Europe. We'd been in the theater. We were sort of like the Addams Family.


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