Melvin Van Peebles

Actor | Writer | Director
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KNOWN FOR 
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) | Panther (1995) | Last Action Hero (1993)
AWARDS 
11 wins More »
BORN 
Aug 21, 1932 (age 85)

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Films in Production (2 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
  • Primary photo for ArmedArmed Grandpa V  Less 2017 Post-Prod
  • Primary photo for Pile On!Pile On! (Short) Hobo  Less 2011 Post-Prod
Past Film & Video (47 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Methane MommaMethane Momma (Short) Mel  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for PeeplesPeeples Grandpa Peeples  Less 2013 $15MM $9.1MM / —
  • Primary photo for Lilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her CoattailLilly Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail (Short) Narrator, Composer, Director, Editor, Writer  Less 2012 $10K
  • Primary photo for The House I Live InThe House I Live In Thanks  Less 2012 $211K / —
  • Primary photo for We the PartyWe the Party Big D  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for KinyarwandaKinyarwanda Very Special Thanks  Less 2011 $400K
  • Primary photo for Redemption RoadRedemption Road Elmo  Less 2010 $27K / —
  • Primary photo for Fair Game?Fair Game? Himself, Thanks  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Us: A Love StoryUs: A Love Story (Short) Narrator (voice)  Less 2009 $30K
  • Primary photo for Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted MuthaConfessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha Director, Producer, Writer (screenplay)  Less 2008 $2K / —
  • Primary photo for BlackoutBlackout George  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Hard LuckHard Luck (Video) Hospital Prophet  Less 2006 $12MM
  • Primary photo for C.S.A.: The Confederate States of AmericaC.S.A.: The Confederate States of America Special Thanks  Less 2004 $671K / —
  • Primary photo for Baadasssss!Baadasssss! Writer (book "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto")  Less 2003 $366K / —
  • Primary photo for The Hebrew HammerThe Hebrew Hammer Sweetback  Less 2003 $1MM $20K / —
  • Primary photo for BaltimoreBaltimore (Short) Actor  Less 2003 £200K
  • Primary photo for The Real DealThe Real Deal (Video) Director  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Antilles sur SeineAntilles sur Seine L'Américain à la soirée  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for BamboozledBamboozled Thanks  Less 2000 $10MM $2.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for BellyfulBellyful Composer, Director, Delegate Producer, Writer  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Time of Her TimeTime of Her Time Thompson  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for SmutSmut Actor, Composer  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Love KillsLove Kills Abel  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Tales of EroticaTales of Erotica Director (segments: Vroom Vroom Vroooom)  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Fist of the North StarFist of the North Star Asher  Less 1995 $7MM
  • Primary photo for Vrooom Vroom VrooomVrooom Vroom Vrooom (Short) Composer, Director, Editor, Producer, Writer  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for PantherPanther Old jailbird, Producer, Writer (novel "Panther"), Writer (screenplay)  Less 1995 $6.8MM / —
  • Primary photo for Terminal VelocityTerminal Velocity Noble  Less 1994 $50MM $16MM / $27MM
  • Primary photo for Last Action HeroLast Action Hero Melvin Van Peebles  Less 1993 $85MM $50MM / $137MM
  • Primary photo for PossePosse Papa Joe, Performer ("Cruel Jim Crow (Posse Don't Play That)"), Writer ("Cruel Jim Crow (Posse Don't Play That)")  Less 1993 $10MM $18MM / —
  • Primary photo for BoomerangBoomerang Editor  Less 1992 $40MM $70MM / $131MM
  • Primary photo for True IdentityTrue Identity Taxi Driver  Less 1991 $15MM $4.7MM / —
  • Primary photo for HomeboundHomebound Writer ("Apple Stretching")  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Identity CrisisIdentity Crisis The Inspector, Director, Editor, Producer, Performer ("Same Ole Raggedy Song"), Writer ("Same Ole Raggedy Song")  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Jaws: The RevengeJaws: The Revenge Mr. Witherspoon  Less 1987 $23MM $21MM / $31MM
  • Primary photo for AmericaAmerica Man Interviewed  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for O.C. and StiggsO.C. and Stiggs Wino Bob  Less 1985 $7MM $30K / —
  • Primary photo for Greased LightningGreased Lightning Writer  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for WattstaxWattstax Himself (uncredited), Special Staging  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for Don't Play Us CheapDon't Play Us Cheap Composer, Director, Editor, Producer, Producer ("Don't Play Us Cheap"), Writer ("Quittin' Time", "Don't Play Us Cheap"), Writer  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss SongSweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Sweetback, Composer, Director, Editor, Producer, Performer ("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"), Writer  Less 1971 $500K $15MM / —
  • Primary photo for Watermelon ManWatermelon Man Sign Painter (uncredited), Composer, Director, Performer ("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")  Less 1970 $1MM $1.5MM / —
  • Primary photo for SloganSlogan Writer (screenplay)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The Story of a Three-Day PassThe Story of a Three-Day Pass Composer, Director, Writer  Less 1968 $100K
  • Primary photo for Cinq cent ballesCinq cent balles (Short) Composer, Director, Writer  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for SunlightSunlight (Short) Composer, Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1957
  • Primary photo for Three Pickup Men for HerrickThree Pickup Men for Herrick (Short) Composer, Director, Writer  Less 1957
Past Television (23 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Mario's Green HouseMario's Green House (TV Series) Actor  Less 2009– 
  • Primary photo for All My ChildrenAll My Children (TV Series) Melvin Woods ( 2 episodes, 2008 )  Less 2008 2
  • Primary photo for GirlfriendsGirlfriends (TV Series) Kenneth Daly ( 2 episodes, 2005 )  Less 2005 2
  • Primary photo for Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie DavisUnstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis (TV Movie) Himself, Composer, Music Producer  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Baadasssss CinemaBaadasssss Cinema (TV Movie) Himself, Source  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Classified XClassified X (TV Movie) Himself / Narrator, Executive Producer, Writer  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for The Outer LimitsThe Outer Limits (TV Series) Director ( 1 episode, 1997 )  Less 1997 1
  • Primary photo for The ShiningThe Shining (TV Mini-series) Richard Hallorann ( 2 episodes, 1997 )  Less 1997 2
  • Primary photo for RiotRiot (TV Movie) Vernon (segment "Homecoming Day")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Homicide: Life on the StreetHomicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) Bennett Jackson ( 1 episode, 1997 )  Less 1997 1
  • Primary photo for Calm at SunsetCalm at Sunset (TV Movie) Mr. Bucket  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Gang in BlueGang in Blue (TV Movie) Andre Speier, Director, Producer  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Living SingleLiving Single (TV Series) Warner Devant ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996 1
  • Primary photo for Dream OnDream On (TV Series) Norman Green ( 1 episode, 1994 )  Less 1994 1
  • Primary photo for In the Heat of the NightIn the Heat of the Night (TV Series) Nathaniel Halwell ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1990 1
  • Primary photo for Making 'Do the Right Thing'Making 'Do the Right Thing' (TV Movie) Special Thanks  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Sonny SpoonSonny Spoon (TV Series) Mel Spoon ( 10 episodes, 1988 )  Less 1988 10
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  • Primary photo for CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1987 )  Less 1987 1
  • Primary photo for Taking Care of TerrificTaking Care of Terrific (TV Movie) Hawk  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for The Sophisticated GentsThe Sophisticated Gents (TV Series) Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky ( 3 episodes, 1981 ) , Composer (song "Greased Lightning") ( 3 episodes, 1981 ) , Associate Producer ( 3 episodes, 1981 ) , Writer ( 3 episodes, 1981 )  Less 1981 3
    • Episode #1.3 (1981) Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky, Composer (song "Greased Lightning"), Associate Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.2 (1981) Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky, Composer (song "Greased Lightning"), Associate Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.1 (1981) Walter 'Moon' Porter / Silky, Composer (song "Greased Lightning"), Associate Producer, Writer  Less
  • Primary photo for Just an Old Sweet SongJust an Old Sweet Song (TV Movie) Writer  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Soul TrainSoul Train (TV Series) Guest ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for The Bill Cosby ShowThe Bill Cosby Show (TV Series) Director ( 1 episode, 1970 )  Less 1970 1
Self (35 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
Archive Footage (1 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Missing ReelMissing Reel (TV Mini-series) Himself / Sweetback ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014
    • Blaxploitation (Mar 6, 2014) Himself / Sweetback (archive footage)  Less
Domestic gross includes USA and Canada.

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