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Mario Van Peebles

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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dionne
  • Director
2017
9% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  • Director
2016
25% Submerged
  • Hector
2015
28% We the Party
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Sutton
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet All Things Fall Apart
  • Eric
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet American Warships
  • Captain Winston
2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game
  • Producer
2012
57% Redemption Road
  • Director
$26.3k 2011
0% Tied to a Chair
  • Billy Rust
2011
No Score Yet 5th & Alameda
  • Actor
2011
5% Multiple Sarcasms
  • Rocky
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Captain Davis
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
  • Director
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Crown Heights
  • Paul Richards
2004
52% The Hebrew Hammer
  • Mohammed
2003
91% Baadasssss!
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Melvin Van Peebles
$0.3M 2003
No Score Yet 44 Minutes
  • Officer Henry Jones
2003
No Score Yet 10,000 Black Men Named George
  • Ashley Totten
2002
67% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Poe Finklestein
  • Director
1999
40% Judgment Day
  • Payne
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
  • Chance
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet Riot
  • Turner
1997
40% Stag
  • Michael Barnes
1997
No Score Yet Gang in Blue
  • Producer
  • Michael Rhoades
  • Director
1996
6% Solo
  • Solo
1996
27% Panther
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Stokely Carmichael
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
31% Posse
  • Director
  • Jessie Lee
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
83% 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
75% The Cotton Club
  • Dancer
1984
0% Exterminator 2
  • "X"
1984
No Score Yet Delivery Boys
  • Spider
1984
71% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Ebony Elegance
  • Actor
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Superstition
2017
  • Isaac Hastings
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Being Mary Jane
2014
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Director
  • 2015
85% Empire
2015
  • Director
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Last Ship
2014
  • Director
  • 2015
92% Nashville
2012
  • Henry Benton
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
75% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Director
  • 2014
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Director
  • 2013
42% Zero Hour
2013
  • Director
  • 2013
57% The Finder
2012
  • Fontana
  • 2012
84% Boss
2011-2012
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
97% Damages
2007-2012
  • Agent Randall Harrison Randall Harrison
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2007
64% Hellcats
2010-2011
  • Alice's Father
  • 2011
87% Lost
2004-2010
  • Director
  • 2010
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Dave
  • 1987
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
  • Samuel Woods

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