Mario Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an American film director and actor best known for directing New Jack City in 1991. He is the son of film-maker Melvin Van Peebles. Early life and education: Mario "Chip" Cain Van Peebles was born Mario Cain Van Peebles in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of writer, director and actor Melvin Van Peebles and German actress and photographer Maria Marx. He graduated from Saint Thomas More School in Connecticut in 1974 and from Columbia University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Career: Over the next three decades, Van Peebles starred in and directed many television shows & films, including Panther, Ali, New Jack City, and an episode of Lost. His 2004 biopic BAADASSSSS! describes the making of his father's seminal film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Van Peebles also directed Malcolm Takes a Shot, a CBS Schoolbreak Special about an aspiring high-school basketball star whose obstacles include epilepsy and his own arrogance. Van Peebles appeared in the special in a cameo, as Malcolm's doctor. Van Peebles played the lead in the short-lived detective show Sonny Spoon. The show ran for two brief seasons, both of which aired in 1988, before being canceled. Van Peebles guest-starred on the television show Damages, as Agent Harrison. Van Peebles was first brought on to the FX series to direct a few Season 1 episodes, and was then cast in a small role as an agent. He appeared in eleven episodes. He is good friends with fellow actors Christopher Lambert and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Peebles and his family live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, as documented in the reality series, Mario's Green House, which premiered on TV-One on September 27, 2009. Personal life: Van Peebles is married to Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles and has five children: Makaylo, Mandela, Marley, Maya and Morgana (three boys, two girls). Filmography: Actor (film): Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), Exterminator 2 (1984), The Cotton Club (1984) (cameo), South Bronx Heroes (1985), Children of the Night (1985), Rappin' (1985), Delivery Boys (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Last Resort (1986), Hotshot (1987), Jaws: The Revenge (1987), Identity Crisis (1989), Blue Bayou (1990), New Jack City (1991), Full Eclipse (1992), Stomping at the Savoy (1992), Posse (1993), Highlander: The Final Dimension (1994), Gunmen (1994), Panther (1995), Solo (1996), Riot (1997), Stag (1997), Gang in Blue (1997), Los Locos (1997), Killers in the House (1998), Mama Flora's Family (1998), Love Kills (1998), Raw Nerve (1999), Judgment Day (1999), Blowback (2000), Ali (2001), Crown Heights (2002), 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002), The Hebrew Hammer (2003), BAADASSSSS! (2003), Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005), Hard Luck (2006), Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010), All Things Fall Apart (2011), We the Party (2012), American Warships (2012), Red Sky (2014), Mantervention (2014), Actor (TV): One Life to Live (1982-1983), The Cosby Show (1985), L.A. Law (1986), Sonny Spoon (1988), 21 Jump Street (1989-1990), A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991), In the Line of Duty: Street War (1992), Living Single (1995), Riot (1997, co-starred with Luke Perry), The Outer Limits (1997), Rude Awakening (2000-2001), 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002), 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003), L.A Riots 29 April 1992 (2004), Law & Order (2007), All My Children (2008-2009), Damages (2009), Mario's Green House (2009), House houses (2009), Hellcats (2011), The Game (2011), The Finder (2012), American Warships (2012), Nashville (2014), Director: 21 Jump Street (1989-1990), New Jack City (1991), Posse (1993), Panther (1995), Gang in Blue (1996), Love Kills (1999), BAADASSSSS! (2003), Hard Luck (2006), Sons of Anarchy (2008) Season 1 episode 10: "Better Half", Law & Order (2008) Season 19, episode 6: "Sweetie", Damages (2008), Lost (2010) Season 6, episode 7: "Dr. Linus", Kerosene Cowboys (TBA), Redemption Road (2010), Boss (2011) Season 1 episodes 3, 6, 8; Season 2 episodes 6, 9, All Things Fall Apart (2011), We The Party (2012), NCIS (2013) Season 10, episode 16: "Detour", Monday Mornings (2013), Zero Hour (2013), Nashville (2013) Season 2 episode 7: "She's Got You", Once Upon A Time (2014) Season 3 episode 16: "It's Not Easy Being Green", Red Sky (2014), Actor (stage): Waltz of the Stork (1982)

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