Melvin Van Peebles Biography (1932-)

Original name, Melvin Peebles; born August 21, 1932, in Chicago, IL; divorced; children: Mario (an actor and producer), Megan, Melvin. Career: Writer, composer, producer, director, and actor. Performed with Dutch National Theatre; appeared in a cabaret production, Bottom Line, New York City, 1974; appeared in nightclubs and cabarets in France; journalist and avant-garde filmmaker in France. Director of the Whodini music video Funky Beat. Also worked as a cable car grip operator, San Francisco, CA, a floor trader for theAmerican Stock Exchange, 1984, and a portrait painter in Mexico. Militaryservice: U.S. Air Force, served as navigator and bombardier. Member: Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and RadioArtists, French Directors Guild. Awards, Honors: Honorary doctorate,Hofstra University, 1995; first prize from Belgian Festival for Don'tPlay Us Cheap. Addresses: Contact: c/o Simon & Schuster, 1230Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020-1586.

Writer, composer, producer, director, actor
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August 21, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, United States

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