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Melvin Van Peebles


Born - 21 August 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died - 22 September 2021

Bearded Afro-American director, often seen in colourful cloth caps, who also took acting assignments and professed himself puzzled by his reputation as an iconic auteur and pioneer of the blaxploitation genre. He had begun making films in his twenties, his rather sparse output including Sunlight (1957), Cinq Cent Balles (1963), The Story of a Three Day Pass (1967), Watermelon Man (1970), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Don't Play Us Cheap (1972). After an extended break for acting and writing chores, he returned with Identity Crisis (1989), Gang in Blue (1996), Bellyful (2000), The Real Deal (2003) and Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy-Footed Mutha (2008), his last. The actor Mario Van Peebles is his son.