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      Melvin Van Peebles

      Melvin Van Peebles

      Highest Rated: 100% The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1967)

      Lowest Rated: 16% 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

      Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
      Tales of Erotica
      Black, White and Blues
      The Hebrew Hammer
      True Identity
      Boomerang
      Peeples
      Posse

      Photos

      SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, Melvin Van Peebles, 1971. WATERMELON MAN, Estelle Parsons, Melvin Van Peebles, Godfrey Cambridge, 1970 WATERMELON MAN, Godfrey Cambridge, Melvin van Peebles, 1970 SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, Melvin Van Peebles, 1971. SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, Melvin Van Peebles, 1971. POSSE, Stephen Baldwin, Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles, Blair Underwood, ?, Tone Loc, 1993, (c) Gramercy Pictures BAADASSSSS!, Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics PANTHER, director Mario Van Peebles with father/writer Melvin Van Peebles on set, 1995, (c)Gramercy Pictures PEEPLES, l-r: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, Melvin Van Peebles, David Alan Grier, 2013, ph: Nicole Rivelli/©Lionsgate

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking Self - 2021
      No Score Yet 64% Armed Grandpa V (Character) - 2018
      39% 49% Peeples Grandpa Peeples (Character) $9.1M 2013
      57% 58% Black, White and Blues Elmo (Character) $27.0K 2010
      66% 51% Freakonomics Narrator $100.7K 2010
      27% No Score Yet Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 2008
      No Score Yet 49% Blackout Unknown (Character) - 2007
      50% 64% 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 No Score Yet Love Kills Abel (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 88% Classified X Narrator,
      Executive Producer,
      Writer
      - 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Riot Vernon (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Time of Her Time Thompson (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 27% Fist of the North Star Asher (Character) - 1995
      25% 75% Panther Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $6.3M 1995
      16% 22% Terminal Velocity Noble (Character) $16.5M 1994
      60% 20% Tales of Erotica Unknown (Character),
      Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1994
      33% 46% Posse Papa Joe (Character) $16.4M 1993
      48% 59% Boomerang Editor (Character) $66.7M 1992
      50% 24% 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
      73% 48% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Sweetback (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Original Music,
      Film Editing
      - 1971
      88% 70% Watermelon Man Director,
      Original Music
      - 1970
      100% 91% The Story of a Three-Day Pass Director,
      Writer
      - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les cinq cent balles Director,
      Writer
      - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Pickup Men for Herrick Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Original Music
      - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunlight Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Original Music
      - 1957

      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 67% Stephen King's The Shining Unknown (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1996