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Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles
File:Mario van Peebles 1991.jpg
Mario Van Peebles, 1991
Born Mario Cain Van Peebles
(1957-01-15) January 15, 1957 (age 59)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Vitello (2 children)
Chittra Sukhu (3 children)

Mario Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an American film director and actor best known for directing New Jack City in 1991. He is the son of film-maker Melvin Van Peebles.

Early life and education

Mario "Chip"[1][2] Cain Van Peebles was born Mario Cain Van Peebles in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of writer, director and actor Melvin Van Peebles and German actress and photographer Maria Marx.[3] He graduated from Saint Thomas More School in Connecticut in 1974 and from Columbia University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics.


Over the next three decades, Van Peebles starred in and directed many television shows & films.

Van Peebles played the lead in the short-lived detective show Sonny Spoon. The show ran for two brief seasons, both of which aired in 1988, before being canceled. He directed several episodes of the show as well as episodes of 21 Jump Street. Van Peebles also directed Malcolm Takes a Shot, a CBS Schoolbreak Special about an aspiring high-school basketball star whose obstacles include epilepsy and his own arrogance. Van Peebles appeared in the special in a cameo, as Malcolm's doctor.

He made his feature film directorial debut in 1991 with New Jack City. This was followed by Posse in 1993, Panther in 1995 and Love Kills in 1998. In that period he also co-directed Gang in Blue with his father.

His 2004 biopic BAADASSSSS! describes the making of his father's seminal film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Van Peebles guest-starred on the television show Damages, as Agent Harrison. Van Peebles was first brought on to the FX series to direct a few Season 1 episodes, and was then cast in a small role as an agent. He appeared in eleven episodes.

Personal life

Van Peebles is married to Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles and has five children: Makaylo, Mandela, Marley, Maya and Morgana (three boys, two girls).


Actor (film)

Actor (TV)


Actor (stage)


  1. ^ No Identity Crisis: A Father and Son's On Story of Working Together (Paperback)~ Melvin Van Peebles (Author), Mario Van Peebles (Author) Publisher: Fireside (July 1990) ISBN 0-671-67358-0
  2. ^ Highbeam biography
  3. ^ "Mario Van Peebles Biography (1957-).

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