Melvin Van Peebles (I) (1932–2021)


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Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Shining (1997), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Don't Play Us Cheap (1972). He was previously married to Maria Marx. He died on September 21, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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The Shining Richard Hallorann
(1997)
(1972)
Jaws: The Revenge Mr. Witherspoon
(1987)

Filmography

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  Pile On! (Short) (post-production)
Hobo
 2018/I Armed
Grandpa V
 2017 Methane Momma (Short)
Mel
 2013 Peeples
Grandpa Peeples
 2012 We the Party
Big D
 2010 Redemption Road
Elmo
 2009 Us: A Love Story (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2008 All My Children (TV Series)
Melvin Woods
- Episode #1.9931 (2008) ... Melvin Woods
- Episode #1.9912 (2008) ... Melvin Woods
 2007/III Blackout
George
 2006 Hard Luck (Video)
Hospital Prophet
 2005 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Kenneth Daly
- Trial and Errors (2005) ... Kenneth Daly
- Everything Old Is New Again (2005) ... Kenneth Daly
 2003 Baltimore (Short)
 2003 The Hebrew Hammer
Sweetback
 2000 Antilles sur Seine
L'Américain à la soirée
 2000 Time of Her Time
Thompson
 1999 Smut
Elmore
 1998 Bulworth
Homeless Man (uncredited)
 1998 Love Kills
Abel
 1997 The Shining (TV Mini Series)
Richard Hallorann
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Richard Hallorann
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Richard Hallorann
 1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Bennett Jackson
- The Documentary (1997) ... Bennett Jackson
 1996 Calm at Sunset (TV Movie)
Mr. Bucket
 1996 Gang in Blue (TV Movie)
Andre Speier
 1996 Riot (TV Movie)
Vernon (segment "Homecoming Day")
 1996 Living Single (TV Series)
Warner Devant
- Likes Father, Likes Son (1996) ... Warner Devant
 1995 Fist of the North Star
Asher
 1995/I Panther
Old Jail Bird
 1994 Terminal Velocity
Noble
 1994 Dream On (TV Series)
Norman Green
- Steinway to Heaven (1994) ... Norman Green
 1993 Last Action Hero
Melvin Van Peebles
 1993 Posse
Papa Joe
 1992 Boomerang
Editor
 1991 True Identity
Taxi Driver
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Nathaniel Halwell
- An Angry Woman (1990) ... Nathaniel Halwell
 1989 Identity Crisis
The Inspector
 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Louis Armstrong
- Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong (1989) ... Louis Armstrong (voice)
 1988 Sonny Spoon (TV Series)
Mel Spoon
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1988) ... Mel Spoon
- Papa Rozzi (1988) ... Mel Spoon
- Never Go to Your High School Reunion (1988) ... Mel Spoon
- Tough Habit (1988) ... Mel Spoon
 1987 Taking Care of Terrific (TV Movie)
Hawk
 1987 Jaws: The Revenge
Mr. Witherspoon
 1986 America
Man Interviewed
 1985 O.C. and Stiggs
Wino Bob
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Mini Series)
Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky
 1970 Watermelon Man
Sign Painter (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote music / lyrics / book for "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death [Tunes From Blackness]" (earliest Broadway credit). Musical. Musical direction and supervision: Harold Wheeler. Scenic Design by Kert Lundell. Directed by Gilbert Moses. Ethel Barrymore Theatre (moved to The Ambassador Theatre 17 Nov 1971-close): 20 Oct 1971... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Twitter

Spouse:

Maria Marx  (divorced)  (4 children)

Children:

Mario Van Peebles
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[about criticism of his "eccentric" taste in antiques] They laughed at Columbus when he said the world was round, too. See more »

Trivia:

Made film shorts as an amateur in the late '50s and early '60s. See more »

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