Mario Van Peebles

A privileged celebrity, born into a world of fame and glamour.

Mario Van Peebles
Full NameMario Van Peebles


Mario Van Peebles is an esteemed director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial accomplishments have been widely acclaimed, seen in his work on the epic mini-series "Roots" as well as award-winning series such as "Empire," "The Last Ship," "Sons of Anarchy," "Lost," "Damages," and "Boss." As an actor, Van Peebles has an equally impressive list of credits, including his directorial breakthrough "New Jack City," "Posse" and "Panther," as well as his part in Michael Mann's Oscar® nominated "Ali." A master craftsman, he is a director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer and is known for funding his own projects. Born to a maverick filmmaker father, Van Peebles is an independent filmmaker with a legacy of extraordinary talent. He is truly a master of his craft, deserving of the utmost respect and admiration from all.

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  • The Sophisticated Gents
  • Wu-Tang: An American Saga
  • Power
  • Damages
  • Fair Game?
  • Roots
  • A Million Little Things
  • Bloodline
  • Robbery Homicide Division
  • The Street Lawyer
  • Mama Flora's Family
  • Power Book III: Raising Kanan
  • Being Mary Jane
  • CSI: Vegas
  • Hand of God
  • Empire
  • The Village
  • Deception
  • Living with Ed
  • Rude Awakening
  • Baadasssss!
  • Blindspot
  • Stompin' at the Savoy
  • Is That Black Enough for You?!?
  • A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story
  • Sonny Spoon
  • Lauren Hutton and...
  • The Child Saver
  • Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
  • Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
  • Sherman's Showcase
  • Bring Your 'A' Game
  • 10,000 Black Men Named George
  • Ali
  • Star
  • Z Nation
  • Blue Bayou
  • New Jack City
  • The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema
  • Proven Innocent
  • The Cotton Club
  • Tied to a Chair
  • Panther
  • 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out
  • Immortal
  • Salt-N-Pepa
  • The Hebrew Hammer

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The Van Peebles family is a legacy of cinematic excellence and profound talent. Third generation Mandela Van Peebles is no exception, recently filming the Taylor Sheridan and Antoine Fuqua-produced 'Mayor of Kingstown' alongside Jeremy Renner and Kyle Chandler in Toronto, and featured in the hit Hulu series 'Wu-Ta' in 2021. The family's royal roots stretch back to founder Melvin Van Peebles, an actor, writer, and independent filmmaker born in 1932. His son Mario is an equally revered director, actor, producer, and writer, responsible for the mini-series 'Roots' and the hit shows 'Empire' and 'The Last Ship.' Van Peebles' daughter Maya is an actress and producer, known for her roles in 'Ali' and 'Armed', and her grandson, Peter Gene Hernandez, is the multi-talented singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, dancer, and music video director, otherwise known as Bruno Mars. With his band, the Hooligans, Bruno performs a variety of musical styles, from pop to R&B, funk, soul, reggae, disco, and rock. The Van Peebles family is a true dynasty of cinematic and musical excellence, with a legacy of talent that spans generations.

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