Throwback Thursday: Mario Van Peebles
Today we’re going to talk about MVP and I don’t mean Montell Vontavius Porter. I’m talking about Mario Van Peebles. Son of legendary film director Melvin Van Peebles and German actress Maria Marx, Mario had a unique upbringing surrounded by the political movements his parents were a part of and the first time Mario was able to stay up late was when he accompanied his parents to a political demonstration.
Mario’s first film role came when he was only 13 years old in his father’s 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Mario would go on to have a love scene with an older woman. Talk about a nerve-wrecking first foray into the world of acting. MVP broke into the business working for his father but made a name for himself throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Personally, I loved when he partnered up with the awesome Christopher Lambert for both Gunmen and Highlander: The Final Dimension. Van Peebles would later become a very successful director in his own right with over thirty credits to his name and most recently has directed several episodes of the country music drama Nashville and Once Upon a Time. Early on, Mario said “When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness – Cannon Pictures. “ If only Cannon were still around to give young directors that same feeling of freedom of expression. Instead we have companies like Sony who are afraid to even put out their films. It’s madness.
Mario has worked with a real who’s who of Hollywood and it’s on this day that we wish him a very Happy Birthday. Keep on making solid movies and we’ll keep on watching.
On the set of Baadasssss!
From his recent directorial work on Once Upon a Time.
Who could forget his marine biologist Rastafarian from JAWS The Revenge.
As the sorta, kinda MJ clone in SOLO.
Alongside Will Smith in Ali.
Directing New Jack City.
Jammin’ on set of Redemption Road.
From Clint Eastwood classic Heartbreak Ridge.