Mario Van Peebles
Birth Name: Mario Cain Van Peebles
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Date of Birth: January 15, 1957
*German, English (mother)
Mario Van Peebles is an American director and actor. He is known for directing and starring in the films New Jack City and Posse, among others.
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 African-American. His mother is white, of German and English heritage. He has seven children, including, with his former wife, actress Lisa Vitello, actor and rapper Mandela Van Peebles.
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 named Marion Peebles and Edwin Griffin. Edwin was from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Marion was from Birmingham, Alabama.
Mario’s maternal grandfather was Fritz Morstein Marx, known as F. M. Marx (the son of Ludwig Morstein August Marx and Amanda Plumhof). Fritz was born in Hamburg, Germany, and was a political and administrative scientist. He moved to the U.S. in 1933, because of the rise of the Nazis. Ludwig was the son of Wilhelm Nicolaus Jürgen Marx and Emma Margaretha Hinriette Südhölter. Amanda was the daughter of Friederich/Friedrich Wilhelm Julius Plumhof and Amanda Caroline Henriette Möller.
Mario’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Spackman (the daughter of Henry Spencer Spackman and Jennie Fryer Spencer). Barbara was born in Pennsylvania. Henry was the son of The Rev. Henry Spencer Spackman and Anna Cornelia Elliot. Jennie was the daugher of Robert Smithurst Spencer and Katharine Violetta Fryer.
Sources: Mario writes about his upbringing – https://www.talkhouse.com
Birth record of Mario’s father – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of and biographical information on Mario’s maternal grandfather, Fritz Morstein Marx – https://www.deutsche-biographie.de
A DNA test whose results Mario’s daughter Maya displayed on Twitter stated that her genetic ancestry is (Maya’s mother is also of African and European descent):
*41.4% Sub-Saharan African
——–*38.0% West African
——–*1.9% Central & South African
——–*1.5% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
*1.4% Middle Eastern & North African
*0.3% East Asian & Native American