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      Mario Van Peebles

      Mario Van Peebles

      Highest Rated: 91% Baadasssss! (2003)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jan 15, 1957

      Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

      Though he was the son of legendary blaxploitation filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, actor and director Mario Van Peebles made his own name both in front of and behind the camera in numerous film and television projects. After a few years of finding his footing as an actor, Van Peebles broke through with a memorable turn in "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986), which opened the doors to bigger and better things, including directing. He made his debut in the director's chair with episodes of "21 Jump Street" (Fox. 1987-1991) and "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990), though it was his hit feature debut, "New Jack City" (1991) that propelled him to the next level. But Van Peebles stumbled with both "Posse" (1993) and "Panther" (1995), while flailing a bit onscreen in rather unworthy B-thrillers and television movies. Following a small, but solid performance as Malcolm X in "Ali" (2001), Van Peebles triumphantly returned to feature filmmaking with "Baadasssss!," an intensely entertaining depiction of his father's struggles to film his seminal movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971). While his career endured several ups and downs, there was no doubt that Van Peebles always remained a potent force both onscreen and off.

      Highest rated movies

      Baadasssss!
      New Jack City
      Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
      Ali
      Heartbreak Ridge
      The Hebrew Hammer
      Seized
      Run the Race

      Photos

      RAPPIN', Mario Van Peebles, Tasia Valenza, 1985, (c) Cannon Films GUNMEN, Mario Van Peebles, 1994. ©Miramax Films GUNMEN, Mario Van Peebles, 1994. ©Dimension Films GUNMEN, from left: Christopher Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, 1994. ©Miramax Films SOLO, Mario Van Peebles, William Sadler, 1996, ©Triumph Films SOLO, Mario Van Peebles, 1996, ©Triumph Films RAPPIN', Mario Van Peebles, 1985. ©MGM/courtesy Everett NEW JACK CITY, director Mario Van Peebles, on-set, 1991, ©Warner Bros. / SOLO, William Sadler, Mario Van Peebles (r.), 1996, ©Triumph Films ALI, Mario Van Peebles, 2001, (c) Columbia BAADASSSSS!, Joy Bryant, Mario Van Peebles, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE, from left: director Mario Van Peebles, Nicolas Cage, on set, 2016, ©Saban Films BAADASSSSS!, from left: Rainn Wilson, Karimah Westbrook, Mario Van Peebles, Kate Krystowiak, 2004. ©Sony Pictures Classics BAADASSSSS!, Saul Rubinek, Mario Van Peebles, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics RAPPIN', Richie Abanes, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Plowden, Eric LaSalle, Kadeem Hardison, 1985. ©MGM/courtesy Everett RAPPIN', Leo O'Brien, Edye Byrde, Mario Van Peebles, 1985. ©MGM/courtesy Everett BAADASSSSS!, Mario Van Peebles, 2004, (c) sony Pictures Classics RAPPIN', Richie Abanes, Eric LaSalle, Tasia Valenza, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Plowden, 1985. ©MGM/courtesy Everett BAADASSSSS!, Ossie Davis, Mario Van Peebles, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics BAADASSSSS!, Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Posse Chief (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Rescue William Alexander (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salt-N-Pepa Director - 2021
      40% 40% Seized Mzamo (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Immortal Carl (Character) - 2019
      0% No Score Yet A Clear Shot Gomez (Character) - 2019
      40% 83% Run the Race Pastor Bennett Baker (Character) $6.4M 2018
      No Score Yet 64% Armed Jason Chief Pratt (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2018
      17% 30% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Director - 2016
      25% 21% Submerged Hector (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 67% Mantervention Steve/Tyra Sperry (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 11% Red Sky Director - 2014
      No Score Yet 37% Drumline: A New Beat Mr. Bolton (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 12% American Warships Captain Winston (Character) - 2012
      28% 67% We the Party Sutton (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets and Death Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 5th & Alameda Trevor (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 58% Things Fall Apart Eric (Character),
      Director
      - 2011
      No Score Yet 28% Across the Line Agent Hobbs (Character) - 2010
      57% 58% Black, White and Blues Director $27.0K 2010
      9% 24% Multiple Sarcasms Rocky (Character) $28.9K 2010
      0% 40% Tied To a Chair Billy Rust (Character) - 2009
      27% No Score Yet Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha Pirate Captain (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 20% Sharpshooter Flick (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 24% Hard Luck Captain Davis (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 2006
      33% 50% Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Earl (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 45% Crown Heights Paul Johnson (Character) - 2004
      50% 64% The Hebrew Hammer Mohammed (Character) $19.5K 2003
      91% 84% Baadasssss! Melvin Van Peebles (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Screenwriter
      $365.2K 2003
      No Score Yet 57% 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout Henry Jones (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 78% 10,000 Black Men Named George Ashley Totten (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 44% Guardian Detective Kross (Character) - 2001
      68% 65% Ali Malcolm X (Character) $58.2M 2001
      No Score Yet 76% Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judgement Day Thomas Payne (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet 18% Blowback Inspector Don Morrell (Character) - 1999
      40% 14% Judgment Day Thomas Payne (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet 20% Raw Nerve Detective Blair Valdez (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentine's Day Jack Valentine (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Kills Poe Finklestein (Character),
      Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1998
      No Score Yet 21% Crazy Six Dirty Mao (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 70% The Protector Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 78% Killers in the House Rodney Sawyer (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Riot Turner (Character) - 1997
      40% 38% Stag Michael Barnes (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 27% Los Locos Chance (Character),
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet 33% Gang in Blue Michael Rhoades (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1996
      8% 26% Solo Solo (Character) $4.9M 1996
      25% 75% Panther Stokely Carmichael (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      $6.3M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Living Years Norman (Character) - 1994
      15% 34% Gunmen Cole Parker (Character) $2.9M 1994
      5% 28% Highlander III: The Sorcerer Kane (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 47% Full Eclipse Max Dire (Character) - 1993
      33% 46% Posse Jesse Lee (Character),
      Director
      $16.4M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War Raymond Williamson (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story Ricky Bell (Character) - 1991
      80% 80% New Jack City Stone (Character),
      Director
      $44.1M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Bayou Jay Filley (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 17% Identity Crisis Chilly D (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Child Saver Unknown (Character) - 1988
      0% 15% Jaws the Revenge Jake (Character) $18.8M 1987
      No Score Yet 15% Last Resort Pino (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotshot Winston (Character) - 1986
      68% 74% Heartbreak Ridge Corporal "Stitch" Jones (Character) $41.0M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of the Night Roy Spanish (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 35% Rappin' John Hood (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 44% South Bronx Heroes Tony (Character) - 1985
      0% 31% Exterminator 2 X (Character) - 1984
      73% 48% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Young Sweetback / Kid (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crosscurrent Raphael (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2024
      No Score Yet 77% CSI: Vegas Director 2022
      100% No Score Yet Sherman's Showcase Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      2019-2020
      81% 81% Power Director 2020
      84% 48% Empire Uncle Ray (Guest Star) 2019
      64% 91% Deception Bruce Conners (Guest Star) 2018
      67% 72% Superstition Isaac Hastings (Character),
      Producer
      2017-2018
      No Score Yet 81% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Himself (Guest Star) 2015
      91% 72% Nashville Henry Benton (Guest Star),
      Director
      2013-2015
      78% 78% Once Upon a Time Director 2014
      42% 50% Zero Hour Director 2013
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Director 2013
      57% 80% The Finder Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      65% 44% Hellcats Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      86% 90% Lost Director 2010
      91% 88% Damages Director 2009
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      57% No Score Yet Robbery Homicide Division Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Captain William Clark (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Dana (Guest Star),
      Director
      1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sonny Spoon Sonny Spoon (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1985