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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 January 1957Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Nicknames stone
Chip
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mario Van Peebles was born in Mexico City. He was an analyst for the New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Ed Koch during the city's fiscal crisis in 1979, going by the name Mario Peebles. Assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency budget task force.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Glenn Worthman

Spouse (1)

Chittra Sukhu (? - present) (5 children)

Trivia (8)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
Earned a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1978.
His movie debut came when he was 13 in his father's 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), where he had a love scene with an older woman.
Mother is German actress Maria Marx.
Has his own movie production company named "MVP Filmz".
Was considered for the role of Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
Mario appeared in the music video of Billy Joel's song "A Matter of Trust" in 1986.

Personal Quotes (14)

I had unusual parents. We'd been to Europe. We'd been in the theater. We were sort of like the Addams Family.
I went from being 'Mario who?' to 'Mario baby!
I'm not in business to make money.
My father told me you have two loves in your life: What you do and the people you're with.
There is definitely places in America where, if you're born into that environment, your chances of getting out are really, really limited.
We think birth is a miracle and death is a tragedy, but really they're flip sides of the same coin - anything born is gonna die.
When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness - Cannon Pictures.
When you make a film that is based in reality, reality will come up all around it.
If I or any other black can deliver at the box office, I'll get a lot of work. Too many young actors, regardless of their color, try to play an attitude on camera and fail to remember their job is to fit into an entertainment.
If you sort of treat the environment in sort of this mechanical, industrial way that there's a disconnect between man and the environment, it's very easy to treat people that way.
My dad always said there's four phases in an actor/director's life. There's 'Mario Who?' There's 'Get me Mario!' 'Get me a young Mario,' and 'Mario Who?'
My father, Melvin van Peebles, and my mother were both very active politically when I was a kid. The first time I was allowed to stay up late was to attend a demonstration.
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.
When young people see movies like 'Gandhi 'or 'JFK,' there is an element of romanticization of these powerful people, and young people often feel a huge distance between their own lives and the lives of these social-change heroes. But the Panthers were flawed-up people from the streets, so it's easier to identify with them.

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