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Mario "Chip" Cain Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is a Mexican-born U.S. director and actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films. He is the son of film-maker Melvin Van Peebles.
Van Peebles was born Mario Cain Van Peebles in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of writer, director and actor Melvin Van Peebles and German actress and photographer Maria Marx. He graduated from Saint Thomas More School in Connecticut in 1974 and from Columbia University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Over the next three decades, Van Peebles starred in and directed many television shows & films, including Panther, Ali, New Jack City, and an episode of Lost.
His 2004 biopic BAADASSSSS! describes the making of his father's seminal film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Van Peebles also directed Malcolm Takes a Shot, a CBS Schoolbreak Special about an aspiring high-school basketball star whose obstacles include epilepsy and his own arrogance. Van Peebles appeared in the special in a cameo, as Malcolm's doctor.
Van Peebles guest-starred on the television show Damages, as Agent Harrison. Van Peebles was first brought on to the FX series to direct a few Season 1 episodes, and was then cast in a small role as an agent. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Harrison will be back for six more episodes in Season 2 (which begins in early 2009). He is also on board to direct new episodes of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy. He is good friends with fellow actors Christopher Lambert and Jean Claude Van Damme. Van Peebles and his family live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, as documented in the reality series, Mario's Green House, which premiered on TV-One on September 27, 2009.
Van Peebles is married to Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles and has five children: Makaylo, Mandela, Marley, Maya and Morgana (3 boys, 2 girls).
|2013||Image Awards||Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series||"Boss" (2011).||Nominated|
|2011||Action on Film International Film Festival, USA||Best Supporting Actor||5th & Alameda (2011).||Nominated|
|2005||Black Reel Awards||Best Director||Baadasssss! (2003).||Won|
|2005||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Baadasssss! (2003).||Nominated|
|2005||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Director||Baadasssss! (2003).||Nominated|
|2004||Philadelphia Film Festival||Best Feature Film||Baadasssss! (2003).||Won|
|2004||Gijón International Film Festival||Best Feature||Baadasssss! (2003).||Nominated|
|2003||Phoenix Film Festival||Phoenix Film Foundation Awards||Won|
|2002||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Ali (2001).||Nominated|
|1995||Locarno International Film Festival||Panther (1995/I).||Won|
|1991||Directors Guild of America, USA||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - Daytime||"CBS Schoolbreak Special" (1984).||Nominated|
|1989||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Heartbreak Ridge (1986).||Won|
44th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals
"Alex Cross" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
Teen Domestic Violence "Stop the Bullying" Campaign Launch at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles on October 27, 2011
"Boss" Starz TV Series Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
2011 Peachtree Village International Film Festival - Day 1
2011 Peachtree Village International Film Festival - Day 2