Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles

Highest Rated: 91% Baadasssss! (2003)

Lowest Rated: 19% Terminal Velocity (1994)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1932

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Though primarily known as a director, the multi-talented Melvin Van Peebles also distinguished himself as an author, theatrical director, actor, and even Wall Street trader. But it was his breakthrough film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971), that venerated him to generations of filmmakers and fans of the blaxploitation movement he spawned while making him an iconic figure within the African-American community. Though none of his subsequent directing work had a comparable impact to "Sweetback," Van Peebles remained visible as an actor and director with a variety of film and television projects while taking a detour down Wall Street as a successful trader and municipal bonds manager in the mid-1980s. While he returned to directing with films like "Identity Crisis" (1989) and the politically-charged "Panther" (1995), which was attacked by critics on both the left and right, Van Peebles was unable to duplicate past success. Nonetheless, he remained an iconic presence in films by a younger generation of black filmmakers: Van Peebles' career as a director was less important for its artistic finesse than for the fact that his grittier-than-Hollywood portraits of black America somehow made it through the system despite institutional and societal roadblocks.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 69% Armed Grandpa V (Character) - 2018
38% 49% Peeples Grandpa Peeples (Character) $9.1M 2013
57% 59% Black, White and Blues Elmo (Character) $27K 2010
66% 51% Freakonomics Narrator $100.7K 2010
27% No Score Yet Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Film Editor
- 2008
No Score Yet 49% Blackout Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hebrew Hammer Sweetback (Character) $19.5K 2003
91% 84% Baadasssss! Self $365.2K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Antilles sur Seine L'Américain à la soirée (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bellyful Director,
Writer
- 2000
No Score Yet 88% Classified X Narrator,
Executive Producer,
Writer
- 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Kills Abel (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Time of Her Time Thompson (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 75% Riot Vernon (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% Gang in Blue Andre Speier (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Calm at Sunset Mr. Bucket (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 26% Fist of the North Star Asher (Character) - 1995
27% 75% Panther Producer $6.3M 1995
19% 22% Terminal Velocity Noble (Character) $16.5M 1994
60% No Score Yet Tales of Erotica Unknown (Character),
Producer,
Director,
Writer
- 1994
33% 47% Posse Papa Joe (Character) $16.4M 1993
43% 59% Boomerang Editor (Character) $66.7M 1992
43% 26% True Identity Taxi Driver (Character) $4.7M 1991
No Score Yet 17% Identity Crisis Director,
Producer
- 1989
No Score Yet 52% Greased Lightning Screenwriter - 1977
No Score Yet 100% Don't Play Us Cheap Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1972
71% 48% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Sweetback (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Original Music,
Film Editor
- 1971
86% 71% Watermelon Man Director - 1970
No Score Yet 100% The Story of a Three-Day Pass Director,
Writer
- 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Director 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen King's The Shining Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1996

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