Melvin Van Peebles, the famous writer, artist, and director dies at the age of 89. He was considered ad the Godfather of Black Cinema. He acted in the film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Melvin Van kept his personal life away from Media.
Melvin Van’s Wife
Melvin Van got married to Maria Marx several years ago. But, he did not have a wife at the time of his death.
Melvin Van and Maria Marx got divorced several years ago. Maria Marx was a German actress and a Photographer. They got married in 1950 and got divorced later. They had a son named Mario Van Peebles.
As of reports, The couple lived in Mexico while they were together. But after their divorce, Melvin stayed with his children and grandchildren.
Melvin Van Peebles’s Children
As Melvin kept his life away from the media, we got to know that he had three children. Melvin’s eldest son was Mario Van Peebles. He was born in Mexico.
Mario is popular in the movie business. The 64-year-old has starred in highly successful films like Exterminator 2 (1984), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Judgement Day (1999), Ali (2001), and most recently in Run The Race (2018).
Melvin’s second child was Megan Van Peebles. She was also an actor who was born in 1958. She got married to Ron Van.
Melvin’s third child is Max Van Peebles. He too was an actor who has starred in films like New Jack City (1991), Whip It (2009) and many more.
Mario Van Pebbles’s Film Collaborations With His Father
Melvin and Mario’s major collab came when the latter was still a kid.
Mario played the role of young Sweetback in the movie, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, while Melvin played the older version.
The father-son duo teamed up again on the 1989 film Identity Crisis, which saw Melvin taking over the director’s seat, while Mario worked on scripting and starring as a rapper who is possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer.
After realizing how far their creative collaboration can take them, Melvin and Mario worked together again for the 1993 film Posse. Once again, Melvin directed the film while Mario acted.
It’s a wise choice for a father to start learning from his grown son and Melvin proved that. He adapted the script for Mario’s 1995 drama, Panther, from his own novel.
Fans mourn Mario Van Pebbles’s Death
Many fans have twitted to mourn the star’s death.