The news of the passing of influential director Melvin Van Peebles left many saddened on Tuesday. Yes, he died at the age of 89 at home in Manhattan. The director was widely popular and containing millions of fan following all around the world. His work has already been appreciated by many and continues to be loved by numerous people from every corner of the world.
Let us also tell you that he was the father of Mario Van Peebles and they both wrote and directed the movie Panther in the year 1995. Now, his family members and loved ones are mourning his death because he was actually a very good personality in the industry.
‘Godfather of Black Cinema’ Melvin Van Peebles Passed Away
Talking about his films in which he worked then Watermelon Man (1970) and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) are also included in the list in which Peebles put the four moons by joining the story or directing it. Let us also tell you that when he was struggling he worked as a cable car gripman in San Francisco.
Later, he wrote about all the moments that he experienced while working. The name of his first book is “The Big Heart” in which some small articles and a series of photographs were taken by Ruth Bernhard.
According to Van Peebles, a passenger suggests to him that he should become a filmmaker. When he actually created his first short film, the name he gave to the film is “Pickup Men for Herrick” in 1957. About this film, Van says “I thought they were features. Each one turned out to be eleven minutes long.
I was trying to do features. I knew nothing”. Later, he got much success and become a well-known celebrity in the entertainment industry. He was born on 21st August 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Talking about his personal life, his father was a tailor and Melvin graduated with a B.A. in literature from Ohio Wesleyan University. When he completed his graduation, he joined Air Force and served three and half years in the country. Later, he married Maria Marx and the couple has a son named Mario Van Peebles. Currently, his son Mario is also a very reputed and famous director and actor.
Sadly, Melvin Van Peebles passed away at the age of 89 but there is no information related to the cause of his death. Currently, no official statement has arrived yet and several people paying soulful and emotional tribute to the legendary director.