Mario Van Peebles

by ethnic on April 29, 2011

Mario Van Peebles at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Manchurian

Birth Name: Mario Cain Van Peebles

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: January 15, 1957

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*German (mother)

Mario Van Peebles is an American director and actor. He is known for directing and starring in the film New Jack City (1991).

He is the son of Melvin Van Peebles (born Melvin Peebles), an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and composer, and Maria Marx, an actress and photographer. His father is American, and is African-American. His mother is German, and is white. He has two children, including actor and rapper Mandela Van Peebles, with his former wife, actress Lisa Vitello.

Mario has said:

We did our DNA and just found out West Africa, some German, French, British, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mario’s paternal grandparents were Marion Peebles and Edwin Griffin. Marion was from Birmingham, Alabama. Edwin was from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Source: Birth record of Mario’s father – https://familysearch.org

Photo by Starfrenzy/Bigstock.com

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stlucas March 7, 2018 at 10:18 am

Mario Van Peebles, 59, who directs his son 21-year-old son Mandela in Night 2 of the series, found an eclectic mix in his background. “We did our DNA and just found out West Africa, some German, French, British, Spanish and Portuguese.”

http://people.com/celebrity/roots-cast-learn-surprising-connections-after-dna-ancestry-tests/

fuzzybear44 February 24, 2017 at 1:53 am

Melvin Van Peebles is a cool dad. Any man who puts his son in a sexual scene with a grow woman, well what can I say. Now I going to be a hypocrite and say, any man or woman who puts there daughter in that same situation, need their a$$ whooped

fuzzybear44 February 24, 2017 at 1:54 am

(correction)grown woman

andrew December 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

His father is the prominent film director/actor Melvin Van Peebles

birth record of Mario’s father:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2S8-NNYD

Mario’s paternal grandparents: Marion Peebles and Edwin Griffin. Marion was from Birmingham, Alabama. Edwin was from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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