Melvin Van Peebles - Famous Novelist

Melvin Van Peebles Net Worth


Famous American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, composer, and novelist Melvin Van Peebles had a net worth of $3 million at the time of his death. He was perhaps best known for creating the film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, which grossed $10 million and gained popularity with black rights advocacy groups.

Key facts:

The key facts about Melvin Van Peebles are:
  • Van Peebles was a multi-talented American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, composer, and novelist who was born in Chicago, Illinois in August 1932.
  • He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and served in the U.S. Air Force before writing about his experiences as a cable car driver in San Francisco.
  • In 1957, his book The Big Heart got published and the same year he directed his first short film titled Pickup Men for the Herrick Company.
  • Van Peebles rose to fame for creating the iconic film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in 1971 which was a huge hit with black rights advocacy groups and grossed $10 million dollars.
  • He authored 12 books, wrote or directed over 17 films or TV shows and won several prestigious awards such as Daytime Emmy Award, Gotham Tribute Award, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award among others.

Basic Information About Melvin Van Peebles

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Novelist, Playwright, Composer, Film Editor, Television Director
Net worth$3,000,000
Date of birth1932-08-21
Place of birthChicago
Date of death2021-09-21 (aged 89)
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseMaria Marx - (31 MayΒ 1956 - ?)Β (divorced)Β (3 children)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Melvin Van Peebles win?


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Melvin Van Peebles awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Writing in a Children's SpecialWinnerCBS Schoolbreak Special1987
Humanitas Prize - Children's Live-Action CategoryWinnerCBS Schoolbreak Special1987

Melvin Van Peebles roles

Movie / Series Role
Last Action HeroMelvin Van Peebles
Jaws: The RevengeMr. Witherspoon
Tales of EroticaDirector
GirlfriendsKenneth Daly 2 episodes, 2005
In the Heat of the NightNathaniel Halwell 1 episode, 1990
All My ChildrenMelvin Woods 2 episodes, 2008
Living SingleWarner Devant 1 episode, 1996
Homicide: Life on the StreetBennett Jackson 1 episode, 1997
The Outer LimitsDirector
CBS Schoolbreak SpecialWriter

Melvin Van Peebles's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Watermelon ManΒ (1970)$70,000

Melvin Van Peebles's Quotes

  • [about his somewhat eccentric taste in antiques] Some people get a sense of being alive by shopping and spending money. I get that feeling by giving unwanted things a new life.
  • [about criticism of his "eccentric" taste in antiques] They laughed at Columbus when he said the world was round, too.
  • Don't ask me something if you don't want to know. Because I will tell you...Why not have fun, man? If I feel like doing something, I just go ahead and do it.
  • I'm not going to let the accolades come to me when I'm in a wheelchair. 'Get a little more feeble, Melvin, and we'll recognize you.' Right now I'm a little too dangerous. I intend to stay dangerous.
  • I make a film like I cook for friends. I hope they like it, but if they don't, I'm prepared to enjoy it all by myself.

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Interesting Facts about Melvin Van Peebles

  1. Father of Mario Van Peebles, Megan Van Peebles, and Max Van Peebles.
  2. Is the subject of How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005).
  3. Has been nominated for three Tony Awards: in 1972, as Best Book (Musical) and Best Score, as both Composer and Lyricist, for "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death;" and in 1973, as Best Book (Musical) for "Don't Play Us Cheap."
  4. Is portrayed by his son Mario Van Peebles in How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
  5. Grandfather of Maya Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles.
  6. Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
  7. He was honored in June 2016 by the New Federal Theater with Novella Nelson for "their exceptional commitment to African American theater and film".

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