Melvin Van Peebles : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Deth

Melvin Van Peebles was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Name Melvin Van Peebles
Birthdate ( Age) 21 August 1932
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality  American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Maria Marx
Children Mario Van Peebles, Megan Van Peebles, Max Van Peebles
Parents Name not Known
Education Not Known
Profession American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer
Net Worth $10 Million
Last Update September 2021

Melvin Van Peebles was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer.He was known for creating and starring in the film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. He was the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles.

He died at his home on Tuesday night, according to a statement shared on social media.His son, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films celebrated his contributions to the arts in a statement.”In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” the statement read.

Early Life and Family

Born Melvin Peebles,in Chicago, Illinois, his father was a tailor. In 1954, Melvin graduated with a B.A. in literature from Ohio Wesleyan University and, thirteen days later, joined the Air Force, serving for three and a half years.

Melvin Van Peebles Wife

Melvin Van Peebles married Maria Marx. They lived in Mexico for a period in the late 1950s, where he painted portraits. Their son, actor and director Mario Van Peebles, was born while they resided in Mexico. The family subsequently returned to the United States.

Melvin Van Peebles Net Worth

Melvin Van Peebles was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer has an estimated Net Worth arrond 10 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

He worked as a cable car gripman in San Francisco.Later, he wrote about these experiences. His first book, The Big Heart, credited to Melvin Van, evolved from a small article and a series of photographs taken by Ruth Bernhard.According to Van Peebles, a passenger suggested that he should become a filmmaker. Van Peebles shot his first short film, Pickup Men for Herrick in 1957, and made two more short films during the same period.

During 1965–66, Mad magazine attempted a French edition and hired Van Peebles as editor-in-chief during its run of only five issues. He began to write plays in French, utilizing the sprechgesang form of songwriting, where the lyrics were spoken over the music. This style carried over to Van Peebles’ debut album, Brer Soul.Van Peebles was a prolific writer in France. He published four novels and a collection of short stories. He completed at least one play, La Fête à Harlem which was also released as a novel, and which he would later make into the musical Don’t Play Us Cheap.

In 1970 Van Peebles was also to direct filming of the Powder Ridge Rock Festival, which was banned by court injunction. After Watermelon Man, Van Peebles became determined to have complete control over his next production, which became the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), privately funded with his own money, and in part by a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby.

In 2011, Van Peebles started doing shows in NYC with members of Burnt Sugar, under the name Melvin Van Peebles wid Peebles has said that the band is called Laxative because they “make shit happen”.In November, 2011, Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative performed his song “Love, That’s America” at Zebulon Cafe Concert, two weeks after the venue showed the original video for this song involving Occupy Wall Street footage,which was uploaded to YouTube in October 2011.

In September 2013, Van Peebles made his public debut as a visual artist, as a part of a gallery featured called “eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles & Artists on the Cusp”.It features “Ex-Voto Monochrome (A Ghetto Mother’s Prayer)”, one of many pieces of art he created to be on display in his home.

In 2017, Methane Momma, a short film directed by Alain Rimbert, featured Van Peebles and his narration of poetic work with accompaniment of music by The Heliocentrics.In 2019, Burnt Sugar presented the film Sweetback in Brooklyn while playing their own interpretation of the soundtrack. Van Peebles appeared at the presentation.