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Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last Ship," as well as "Sons of Anarchy," "Lost," "Damages... See full bio »

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Ali Malcolm X
New Jack City
Baadasssss! Melvin Van Peebles
One Life to Live
One Life to Live Doc Gilmore (1982-1983)


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  If (filming)
 2016 Submerged
 2015 For Justice (TV Movie)
Ben Tolan
 2014-2015 Nashville (TV Series)
Henry Benton
- I'm Lost Between Right or Wrong (2015) ... Henry Benton
- How Far Down Can I Go (2014) ... Henry Benton
 2014 Drumline: A New Beat (TV Movie)
Mr. Bolton
 2014 Mantervention
 2014/I Red Sky
Jason Cutter
 2012 American Warships (Video)
Captain James Winston
 2012 We the Party
 2012 The Finder (TV Series)
- Bullets (2012) ... Fontana
 2011 Tied to a Chair
Billy Rust
 2011 Hellcats (TV Series)
Michael Verdura
- I'm Sick Y'all (2011) ... Michael Verdura
- Papa, Oh Papa (2011) ... Michael Verdura
 2011 5th & Alameda
 2011 The Game (TV Series)
- The Right to Choose Episode (2011) ... Bo
- Death Becomes Her (2011) ... Bo
 2011 All Things Fall Apart
 2010 Multiple Sarcasms
 2009 Mario's Green House (TV Series)
 2009 A Letter to Dad
 2007 Sharpshooter (TV Movie)
 2007 Law & Order (TV Series)
Attorney Carsley
- Murder Book (2007) ... Attorney Carsley
 2006 Hard Luck (Video)
Captain Davis
 2004 Soul Food (TV Series)
Quentin James
- Don't Think This Hasn't Been Fabulous (2004) ... Quentin James
 2004 Crown Heights (TV Movie)
Paul Johnson
 2003 The Street Lawyer (TV Movie)
Mordecai Green
 2003 Gang of Roses
Jessie Lee (Cameo)
 2002 Fiona (TV Movie)
Detective Winston Cates
 2002 Robbery Homicide Division (TV Series)
Alton Davis
- Alton Davis Redux (2002) ... Alton Davis
- A Life of Its Own (2002) ... Alton Davis
 2002 10,000 Black Men Named George (TV Movie)
Ashley Totten
 2001 Ali
Malcolm X
 2001 Guardian
Detective Kross
 2000 Blowback
Insp. Don Morrell
 2000 Martial Law (TV Series)
Jake Cord
- Deathfist 5: Major Crimes Unit (2000) ... Jake Cord
 1999 Raw Nerve
Detective Blair Valdez
 1999 Judgment Day (Video)
Thomas Payne
 1998 Killers in the House (TV Movie)
Rodney Sawyer
 1998 Love Kills
Poe Finklestein
 1998 Protector (Video)
Jack Valentine
 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Luke
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Luke
 1997 Los Locos
 1997 Crazy Six (Video)
Dirty Mao
 1997 Stag
Michael Barnes
 1997 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Captain William Clark
- Bodies of Evidence (1997) ... Captain William Clark
 1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Turner (segment "Homecoming Day")
 1996 Gang in Blue (TV Movie)
Michael Rhoades
 1996 Solo
 1996 Living Single (TV Series)
Cole Front
- Likes Father, Likes Son (1996) ... Cole Front
 1996 Strangers (TV Series)
- Leave (1996) ... Mac
 1994 In the Living Years
 1993 Full Eclipse (TV Movie)
Max Dire
 1993 Posse
Jesse Lee
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War (TV Movie)
Raymond Williamson
 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
 1991 A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (TV Movie)
Ricky Bell
 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Dr. Thompson
- Malcolm Takes a Shot (1990) ... Dr. Thompson
 1990 In Living Color (TV Series)
 1990 Blue Bayou (TV Movie)
Jay Filley
 1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
- Third and Oak: The Pool Hall (1989) ... Shooter
 1989 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Dancer / Dana
- Eternal Flame (1989) ... Dancer (uncredited)
- High High (1989) ... Dana
 1989 Identity Crisis
Chilly D
 1988 Sonny Spoon (TV Series)
Sonny Spoon
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1988) ... Sonny Spoon
- Ratman Can (1988) ... Sonny Spoon
- Deuces Wild (1988) ... Sonny Spoon
- Papa Rozzi (1988) ... Sonny Spoon
- Blind Justice (1988) ... Sonny Spoon
 1988 The Child Saver (TV Movie)
 1987 The Facts of Life Down Under (TV Movie)
David Johnson
 1987 Hotshot
 1986 Heartbreak Ridge
 1986 D.C. Cops (TV Movie)
Cliff Dickerson
 1986 Last Resort
 1986 3:15
 1985 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
- Clair's Sister (1985) ... Garvin
 1985 Children of the Night (TV Movie)
Roy Spanish
 1985 South Bronx Heroes
 1985 Delivery Boys
Spider (as Mario van Peebles)
 1984 The Cotton Club
 1984 Exterminator 2
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Nicholas
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Nicholas
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Nicholas
 1971 Crosscurrent (TV Movie)
 1971 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Young Sweetback / Kid (as Mario Peebles)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Doc Gilmore (1982-1983)
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(2/02) Stage: Appeared in "War Letters", based on the book "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars. Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

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1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mario Peebles | Mario van Peebles


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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No matter what color you are, if you mentor some little boy or girl, you make a huge difference in their lives because they then model behavior that leads to success versus modeling behavior that doesn't. See more »


Earned a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1978. See more »


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