Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles
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Mario Van Peebles Biography

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.

Early life and education

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.


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Mario Van Peebles Awards

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

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Mario Van Peebles Trivia

  • Son of director Melvin Van Peebles, father of Maya Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles.
  • Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]
  • Earned a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1978.
  • Brother of Megan Van Peebles and Max Van Peebles.
  • His movie debut came when he was 13 in his father's 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971), where he had a love scene with an older woman.
  • Mother is German actress Maria Marx.
  • Was an analyst for the New York City Mayor's Office of Managment and Budget under Mayor Koch during the city's fiscal crisis in 1979. Assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency budget task force.

Mario Van Peebles Photos

  • Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles

    44th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

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    "Alex Cross" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    Teen Domestic Violence "Stop the Bullying" Campaign Launch at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles on October 27, 2011

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    "Boss" Starz TV Series Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

  • Mario Van Peebles, T.Y. Martin & Clifton Powell

    2011 Peachtree Village International Film Festival - Day 1

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    2011 Peachtree Village International Film Festival - Day 2

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