Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles

Highest Rated: 92% How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) (2005)

Lowest Rated: 0% Tied to a Chair (2011)

Birthday: Jan 15, 1957

Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

The son of African American director/writer Melvin Van Peebles, Mario van Peebles made his acting bow in a small role in his dad's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971). At the time, Van Peebles had no burning desire to become a performer, choosing instead to study economics at Columbia University. He wavered between a financial and an acting career before becoming a full-time actor with the 1984 film Cotton Club. In 1988, Van Peebles starred in a conformist TV comedy adventure series, Sonny Spoon, playing a glib private eye with a predilection for elaborate disguises; this brief series afforded him his first opportunity to direct. Three years later he made his film directing debut with New Jack City, a film widely praised by some as being a truthful, no-nonsense dissection of inner-city life, and widely derided by others as merely a slick outgrowth of the "blaxploitation" flicks of the 1970s. Van Peebles played a major role in New Jack City, as he would in his subsequent Posse (1993), a revisionist western about a Utopian all-black community. Van Peebles' next directorial endeavor was Panthers (1995), a recounting of the Black Panther Movement that came under fire from several of the real-life activists depicted in the film despite the fact that Van Peebles steadfastly defended it as historically accurate. In addition to making and starring in his own films, Van Peebles occasionally appears in the films of others. He had a starring role in Clint Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and for his performance earned an NAACP Image Award. On television, Van Peebles has starred in a number of prestigious productions, including The Emperor Jones for PBS and The Pool Hall opposite James Earl Jones. For this latter role, Van Peebles was nominated for a Cable ACE award. For his work in Children of the Night he received a Bronze Halo Award. He has also directed episodes of television series, notably those of producer Steven J. Cannell. For directing the ABC After School Special: Malcolm Takes a Shot, he received a nomination for a Directors Guild Award. In the late '90s, Van Peebles joined a growing trend and starred in an elaborate CD-Rom game for Sony called Solo in which he played an android superhero with a human learning capacity.


Highest Rated Movies



40% Run the Race Actor 2019
No Score Yet Armed Screenwriter Chief Director 2018
No Score Yet Dionne Director 2017
17% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Director 2016
25% Submerged Hector 2015
No Score Yet Red Sky Screenwriter Director Actor 2013
28% We the Party Sutton Producer Director Screenwriter Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet All Things Fall Apart Eric Director 2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game Producer 2012
No Score Yet American Warships Captain Winston 2012
57% Redemption Road Director $26.3K 2011
0% Tied to a Chair Billy Rust 2011
No Score Yet 5th & Alameda Actor 2011
9% Multiple Sarcasms Rocky 2010
60% Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore Narrator 2010
No Score Yet Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright Agent Hobbs 2010
No Score Yet Michael Bernard Beckwith: Spiritual Liberation - Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential Actor 2009
No Score Yet A Letter to Dad Norman 2009
27% Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha Actor 2008
No Score Yet Sharpshooter Flick 2008
No Score Yet Hard Luck Director Producer Captain Davis Screenwriter 2006
33% Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Earl 2005
92% How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) Actor 2005
No Score Yet The First Amendment Project Actor Director 2004
No Score Yet Crown Heights Paul Richards 2004
46% The Hebrew Hammer Mohammed 2003
91% Baadasssss! Producer Director Melvin Van Peebles $0.4M 2003
No Score Yet 44 Minutes Officer Henry Jones 2003
No Score Yet 10,000 Black Men Named George Ashley Totten 2002
68% Ali Malcolm X $58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Guardian Kross 2001
No Score Yet Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Actor 2000
No Score Yet Raw Nerve Blair Valdez 2000
No Score Yet Love Kills Poe Finklestein Screenwriter Producer Director 1999
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family Luke 1999
No Score Yet Blowback Insp. Don Morrell 1999
No Score Yet Killers in the House Rodney Sawyers 1998
No Score Yet The Protector Actor 1998
No Score Yet Crazy Six Dirty Mao 1998
No Score Yet Classified X Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Los Locos Producer Chance Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Riot Turner 1997
40% Stag Michael Barnes 1997
No Score Yet Gang in Blue Director Michael Rhoades Producer 1996
6% Solo Solo 1996
27% Panther Producer Stokely Carmichael Director 1995
No Score Yet Fist of the North Star Actor 1995
No Score Yet Highlander: The Final Dimension Kane 1994
No Score Yet In the Living Years Actor 1994
No Score Yet Full Eclipse Max Dire 1993
15% Gunmen Cole 1993
29% Posse Jessie Lee Director 1993
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War Raymond Williamson 1992
77% New Jack City Director Stone 1991
No Score Yet Identity Crisis Chilly D. Screenwriter Producer 1989
0% Jaws: The Revenge Jake 1987
73% Heartbreak Ridge Stitch 1986
No Score Yet 3:15 (3:15 The Moment Of Truth) Whisperer 1986
No Score Yet Last Resort Pino 1986
No Score Yet Hot Shot Winston 1986
No Score Yet South Bronx Heroes Tony 1985
No Score Yet Rappin John Hood 1985
76% The Cotton Club Dancer 1984
0% Exterminator 2 "X" 1984
No Score Yet Delivery Boys Spider 1984
75% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Actor 1971
No Score Yet Ebony Elegance Actor 1958


81% Power
Director 2020
99% Sherman's Showcase
Guest 2020
84% Empire
Director Uncle Ray 2019
No Score Yet Superstition
Director Isaac Hastings Producer 2018
90% Being Mary Jane
Director Producer 2017
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
Director 2015
83% The Last Ship
Director 2015
90% Nashville
Director Henry Benton 2015
80% Once Upon a Time
Director 2014
52% Monday Mornings
Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
Director 2013
42% Zero Hour
Director 2013
57% The Finder
Fontana 2012
81% Boss
Director 2012
91% Damages
Director Agent Randall Harrison Randall Harrison 2012
65% Hellcats
Alice's Father 2011
No Score Yet The Game
Bo 2011
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
Guest 2011
85% Lost
Director 2010
87% Sons of Anarchy
Director 2008
57% Robbery Homicide Division
Director Alton Davis 2002
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
Captain 1997
No Score Yet Living Single
Cole Front 1996
No Score Yet In Living Color
Performer 1993
71% Gabriel's Fire
Director 1991
No Score Yet 21 Jump Street
Director 1989
No Score Yet Wiseguy
Director 1989
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
Dave 1987
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Garvin 1985
No Score Yet All My Children
Samuel Woods


Michael says: What do you know about it?

Hoagie says: Well she got the idea in her head that the shark that killed Martin and Sean is now following the family.

Jake says: Hey, he's not talking about OUR shark is he?

Jake says: Hey, he's not talking about our shark is he?

Michael says: (after a long pause) What do you do when you're not flying people?

Michael says: What do you do when you're not flying people?

Hoagie says: I deliver laundry. (smiles)

Hoagie says: I deliver laundry.

Max Dire says: He’s back, like Dirty Harry on crack.

Max Dire says: He's back, like Dirty Harry on crack.