OG Actor Melvin VanPeeples Passes Away!!!!! Famous actor, writer, and director and father of actor, director, and writer Mario VanPeeples has passed away while surrounded by his family. He was 89.
Who Is Melvin VanPeeples?????
Melvin Van Peebles was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer. He worked as an active filmmaker into the 2000s. His feature film debut, The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1967), was based on his own French-language novel La Permission and was shot in France, as it was difficult for a black American director to get work at the time. The film won an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival which gained him the interest of Hollywood studios, leading to his American feature debut Watermelon Man, in 1970. Eschewing further overtures from Hollywood, he used the successes he had so far to bankroll his work as an independent filmmaker.
In 1971, he released his best-known work, creating and starring in the film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, considered one of the earliest and best-regarded examples of the blaxploitation genre. He followed this up with the musical, Don’t Play Us Cheap, based on his own stage play, and continued to make films, write novels and stage plays in English and in French through the next several decades; his final films include the French-language film Le Conte du ventre plein (2000) and the absurdist film Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha (2008). His son, filmmaker and actor Mario Van Peebles, appeared in several of his works and portrayed him in the 2003 biographical film Baadasssss!.
Melvin VanPeeples and Mario VanPeeples: Father And Son
Mario Van Peebles is an American film director and actor best known for directing and starring in New Jack City in 1991 and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage in 2016. He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he portrayed in the 2003 biopic Baadasssss!, which he also co-wrote and directed.
Movies/TV Shows That Melvin And Mario VanPeeples Starred In
New Jack City
Melvin VanPeeples set the tone for all African-American film makers from yesterday to today and he will be sadly misses. RIP Mr. Melvin VanPeeples and Thank You for your contributions to the African-American culture.