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Melvin Van Peebles        

Actor, Filmmaker, Novelist, Screenwriter & Composer Known for "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song"

Melvin Van Peebles is an actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer. He is known for having written, directed, scored, edited, co-produced and starred in the 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. That film heralded in a new era of films focused on the lives of black Americans.

He is the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles.

Peebles has a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Ohio Wesleyan University, which he earned prior to joining the U.S. Air Force in 1954.

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