Melvin Van Peebles Biography

Film Actor, Screenwriter, Actor, Director, Producer, Playwright(1932–)
Melvin Van Peebles was a filmmaker and auteur who pioneered the "blaxsploitation" genre of African American action films in the 1970s.

Synopsis

Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Wesleyan University. His film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song--made using much of his own money with a primarily nonprofessional cast and crew--was a huge success with African American audiences and pioneered the "blaxsploitation" film genre. His son is actor/director Mario Van Peebles.

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