What was Melvin Van Peebles' net worth?
Melvin Van Peebles was an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, composer, and novelist who had a net worth of $3 million dollars at the time of his death. Melvin was perhaps best known for creating the film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
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- Net Worth:
- $3 Million
- Date of Birth:
- Aug 21, 1932 - Sep 21, 2021 (89 years old)
- Place of Birth:
- Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Novelist, Playwright, Composer, Film Editor, Television Director
- United States of America
Van Peebles was born in Chicago, Illinois in August 1932. His son is actor and director Mario Van Peebles. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and served in the U.S. Air Force. Melvin drove cable cars in San Francisco and started writing about his experiences.
His book The Big Heart was published in 1957. That same year he shot his first short film titled Pickup Men for Herrick. As an actor his first role was in the 1970 film Watermelon Man. He starred as Sweetback in Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in 1971.
Van Peebles also starred in the films Jaws: The Revenge, Posse, Last Action Hero, Terminal Velocity, Fist of the North Star, Love Kills, Time of Her Time, The Hebrew Hammer, Blackout, Redemption Road, We the Party, and Peeples.
The Sweetback film was popular with black rights advocacy groups and resonated with the black struggle. The film grossed $10 million dollars. Melvin won a Daytime Emmy Award, A Gotham Tribute Award, an Image Award, and a Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. He authored 12 books and wrote or directed over 17 films or TV shows.
Melvin died on September 21, 2021 at the age of 89.