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Melvin Van Peebles was born on the 21st August 1932, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is an actor, director, screenwriter and composer, perhaps still best known for creating the cult film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” (1971), which launched him into the film industry.Over the years he became one of the greatest actors, directors and screenwriters in the history of Afro-Americans. Melvin`s career started in 1955.

Have you ever wondered how rich Melvin Van Peebles is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Peebles` net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

Melvin Van Peebles net Worth $3 Million

Melvin is the son of an Afro-American tailor, and he grew up in his hometown where he went to high school. After matriculation he enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature in 1953. Melvin then joined the US Air Force, and spent the next three years serving. Upon return he lived in Mexico for a while, before he settled in the USA, and found a job driving cable cars in San Francisco.

He began writing short stories and after a suggestion from one of the passengers, Melvin took his work and shot a film entitled “Three Pickup Men for Herrick” (1957), and ventured to Hollywood; however, the doors closed before he even knocked on them. Instead, he filmed another short film – “Sunlight” – and moved to Paris, where his films received positive critiques, and he made another short film “Cinq cent balles” (1965). In 1968, Melvin made his debut in the feature film called “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” (1968), and he then returned to the USA and Hollywood and presented his film “Watermelon Man” (1970), which received a BAFTA Award nomination. Just a year later, Melvin wrote, directed and starred in “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”, which sparked his career, and also earned him $10 million from the box office, which increased his net worth by a large margin. Since then, Melvin has directed such films as “Don`t Play Us Cheap” (1973), “Identity Crisis” (1989), “Bellyful” (2000), and “Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha” (2008), among others, all of which certainly increased his net worth.

Apart from working as a director, Melvin is a celebrated actor, and has appeared in more than 40 film and TV titles; after starring in his own accomplishment as Sweetback, ten years later Melvin had a role in the TV series “The Sophisticated Gents”. In 1985 he appeared in “O.C and Stiggs”, and in the second half of the 1980s was quite busy, appearing in productions “America” (1986), “Jaws: The Revenge” (1987), and “Sonny Spoon” (1988). He started the 1990s with a role in “True Identity” (1991), and continued with appearances in “Terminal Velocity” (1994) starring Charlie Sheen, “First of the North Star” (1995), and in 1998 appeared in his son Mario’s film “Love Kills”, alongside Lesley Ann Warren and Donovan Leitch Jr. Since 2000 he has appeared sporadically in films and TV series, making appearances in “The Hebrew Hammer” (2003), “Blackout” (2007), and “Redemption Road” (2010). Most recently he appeared in “Peeples” (2013), and will appear in the short film “Methane Momma” (2016). His net worth is well maintained.

Thanks to his skills, Melvin has received several prestigious awards, including the Black Film Award in category Best International film for “Bellyful” and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. Furthermore he received a Special Achievement Award from African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).

Regarding his personal life, Melvin married Maria Max in 1956 with whom he had three children before they divorced. His son is director Mario Van Peebles.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 21, 1932
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession:Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Novelist, Playwright, Composer, Film Editor, Television Director
Education:Ohio Wesleyan University
Nationality:American
Children:Mario Van Peebles, Megan Van Peebles, Max Van Peebles
Parents:Edwin Griffin
Awards:Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2Grandfather of Maya Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles.
3Is portrayed by his son Mario Van Peebles in Baadasssss! (2003)
4Has 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."
5Is the subject of How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005).
6Father of Megan Van Peebles and Max Van Peebles.
7Father of actor Mario Van Peebles


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Watermelon Man (1970)$70,000


Quotes

#Quote
1I 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.
2I'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.
3Don'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.
4[about criticism of his "eccentric" taste in antiques] They laughed at Columbus when he said the world was round, too.
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.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Cinema Vanguard AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
2008Special Achievement AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
2008Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardLos Angeles Pan African Film Festival
2000Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest International FilmLe conte du ventre plein (2000)
2000Byron E. Lewis Trailblazer AwardAcapulco Black Film Festival
1999Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement AwardChicago Underground Film Festival
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Shining (1997)
1987Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SpecialCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
1987Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeChildren's Live-Action CategoryCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
1970Image AwardImage AwardsBest Musical ScoreWatermelon Man (1970)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If2017post-productionGrandpa V
Methane Momma2016Short completedMel
Pile On!2011Short post-productionHobo
Peeples2013Grandpa Peeples
Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail2012ShortNarrator
We the Party2012Big D
Redemption Road2010Elmo
Us: A Love Story2009ShortNarrator (voice)
Mario's Green House2009TV Series
All My Children2008TV SeriesMelvin Woods
Blackout2007/IIIGeorge
Hard Luck2006VideoHospital Prophet
Girlfriends2005TV SeriesKenneth Daly
Baltimore2003Short
The Hebrew Hammer2003Sweetback
Antilles sur Seine2000L'Américain à la soirée
Time of Her Time2000Thompson
Smut1999
Love Kills1998Abel
The Shining1997TV Mini-SeriesRichard Hallorann
Riot1997TV MovieVernon (segment "Homecoming Day")
Homicide: Life on the Street1997TV SeriesBennett Jackson
Calm at Sunset1996TV MovieMr. Bucket
Gang in Blue1996TV MovieAndre Speier
Living Single1996TV SeriesWarner Devant
Panther1995/IOld jailbird
Fist of the North Star1995Asher
Terminal Velocity1994Noble
Dream On1994TV SeriesNorman Green
Last Action Hero1993Melvin Van Peebles
Posse1993Papa Joe
Boomerang1992Editor
True Identity1991Taxi Driver
In the Heat of the Night1990TV SeriesNathaniel Halwell
Identity Crisis1989The Inspector
Sonny Spoon1988TV SeriesMel Spoon
Taking Care of Terrific1987TV MovieHawk
Jaws: The Revenge1987Mr. Witherspoon
America1986Man Interviewed
O.C. and Stiggs1985Wino Bob
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV SeriesWalter 'Moon' Porter / Silky
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971Sweetback
Watermelon Man1970Sign Painter (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail2012Short
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha2008screenplay
Baadasssss!2003book "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto"
Le conte du ventre plein2000
Classified X1998TV Movie documentary
Vrooom Vroom Vrooom1995Short
Panther1995/Inovel "Panther" / screenplay
CBS Schoolbreak Special1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV Series 3 episodes
Greased Lightning1977written by
Just an Old Sweet Song1976TV Movie
Don't Play Us Cheap1973writer
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971written by
Slogan1969screenplay
The Story of a Three-Day Pass1968writer
Cinq cent balles1963Short writer
Sunlight1957Short
Three Pickup Men for Herrick1957Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail2012Short
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha2008
The Real Deal2003Video short
Le conte du ventre plein2000
The Outer Limits1997TV Series 1 episode
Tales of Erotica1996segment "Vroom Vroom Vroooom"
Gang in Blue1996TV Movie
Vrooom Vroom Vrooom1995Short
Identity Crisis1989
Don't Play Us Cheap1973
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971
Watermelon Man1970
The Bill Cosby Show1970TV Series 1 episode
The Story of a Three-Day Pass1968
Cinq cent balles1963Short
Sunlight1957Short
Three Pickup Men for Herrick1957Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha2008producer
Le conte du ventre plein2000delegate producer
Classified X1998TV Movie documentary executive producer
Gang in Blue1996TV Movie producer
Vrooom Vroom Vrooom1995Short producer
Panther1995/Iproducer
Identity Crisis1989producer
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV Series associate producer - 3 episodes
Don't Play Us Cheap1973producer
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971producer
Sunlight1957Short producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail2012Short
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis2005TV Movie documentary
Le conte du ventre plein2000
Smut1999
Vrooom Vroom Vrooom1995Short
Don't Play Us Cheap1973
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971
Watermelon Man1970
The Story of a Three-Day Pass1968
Cinq cent balles1963Short
Sunlight1957Short
Three Pickup Men for Herrick1957Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Posse1993performer: "Cruel Jim Crow Posse Don't Play That" / writer: "Cruel Jim Crow Posse Don't Play That"
Identity Crisis1989performer: "Same Ole Raggedy Song" / writer: "Same Ole Raggedy Song"
Kotia päin1989writer: "Apple Stretching"
Don't Play Us Cheap1973writer: "Quittin' Time"
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971performer: "Sweetback's Theme", "Hoppin John", "Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around", "Sweetback Losing His Cherry" / writer: "Sweetback's Theme", "Hoppin John", "Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around", "Sweetback Losing His Cherry"
Watermelon Man1970performer: "Love, That's America", "Soul'd On You" / writer: "Love, That's America", "Great Guy", "Eviction Theme", "Soul'd On You", "Where Are The Children", "Erica's Theme"

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail2012Short
Vrooom Vroom Vrooom1995Short
Identity Crisis1989
Don't Play Us Cheap1973
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song1971

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis2005TV Movie documentary music producer
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV Series composer - 3 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baadasssss Cinema2002TV Movie documentary source
Wattstax1973Documentary special staging

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The House I Live In2012Documentary thanks
Kinyarwanda2011very special thanks
Fair Game?2010Documentary thanks
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America2004special thanks
Bamboozled2000thanks
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens2012TV Series documentary
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-19752011DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door2011DocumentaryHimself
Fair Game?2010DocumentaryHimself
Way Black When2010TV MovieHimself
Freakonomics2010DocumentaryHimself - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")
Directors on Directing2009DocumentaryMelvin VanPeebles
The Black List: Volume Two2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Swing2008DocumentaryHimself
Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio2008DocumentaryHimself
Sex: The Revolution2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Breaking the Rules2006DocumentaryHimself
American Stag2006DocumentaryMelvin Van Peebles
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)2005DocumentaryHimself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema2004Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Baadasssss Cinema2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (Actor, Producer, Director)
Acapulco Black Film Festival2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1995TV SeriesHimself
Without Walls1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Adieu, Babylone!1992Himself - Cineaste
Family Figures1990TV SeriesHimself - Host
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself / Louis Armstrong's words read by
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHimself
Working in the Theatre1982TV Series documentaryHimself
Black Journal1976TV SeriesHimself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1974TV Series documentaryGuest
The Midnight Special1974TV SeriesHimself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHimself
Wattstax1973DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Missing Reel2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Sweetback

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