Melvin Van Peebles Poster


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Overview (1)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Shining (1997), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Bellyful (2000).

Spouse (1)

Maria Marx (31 May 1956 - ?) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (7)

Has been nominated for three Tony Awards: in 1972, as Best Book (Musical) and Best Score, as both Composer and Lyricist, for "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death;" and in 1973, as Best Book (Musical) for "Don't Play Us Cheap."
Is portrayed by his son Mario Van Peebles in Baadasssss! (2003)
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
He was honored in June 2016 by the New Federal Theater with Novella Nelson for "their exceptional commitment to African American theater and film".

Personal Quotes (5)

[about his somewhat eccentric taste in antiques] Some people get a sense of being alive by shopping and spending money. I get that feeling by giving unwanted things a new life.
[about criticism of his "eccentric" taste in antiques] They laughed at Columbus when he said the world was round, too.
Don't ask me something if you don't want to know. Because I will tell you...Why not have fun, man? If I feel like doing something, I just go ahead and do it.
I'm not going to let the accolades come to me when I'm in a wheelchair. 'Get a little more feeble, Melvin, and we'll recognize you.' Right now I'm a little too dangerous. I intend to stay dangerous.
I make a film like I cook for friends. I hope they like it, but if they don't, I'm prepared to enjoy it all by myself.

Salary (1)

Watermelon Man (1970) $70,000

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