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Melvin Van Peebles Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (undisclosed)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Jaws: The Revenge (1987). He was previously married to Maria Marx. He died on September 21, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Family (2)

Spouse Maria Marx (31 May 1956 - ?)  (divorced)  (4 children)
Children Mario Van Peebles

Trivia (12)

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".
He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1953. He was also in Air Force ROTC, and after graduating, he spent three years as a flight navigator.
Studied astronomy at the University of Amsterdam and acting at the Dutch National Theater.
Made film shorts as an amateur in the late '50s and early '60s.
Had stints as a postal worker and, in San Francisco, a cable-car grip - about which he wrote his first book, "The Big Heart," in 1957.
He was the son of Edwin Griffin and Marion Peebles.

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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