Chip/ Mario Van Peebles

Born as Mario Van Cain Peebles in Mexico City, Mexico, Peebles is a part of the American film industry. Peebles is a filmmaker and an actor and has starred in many notable films. He was also the co-writer of the film Baadasssss! – a biopic about his father, Melvin Van Peebles.

Well, how well do you know about Mario Van Peebles? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Mario Van Peebles’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Mario Van Peebles to date.

Biography and Early Life

Mario Van Peebles was born to a Mexican family in Mexico City, Mexico on January 15, 1957. He had inherited the acting genes from his father- the famous director, actor, writer, and musician Melvin Van Peebles. Mario is also incredibly versatile in many arts, a talent he inherited from his father. His mother was a German photographer, Maria Marx. Marx was an actress as well. Peebles also has two siblings Max Van Peebles and Megan Van Peebles. Peebles is both Mexican and American and also has a bit of African – American and German ancestry.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Mario Van Peebles in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Mario Van Peebles’s age is 64 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 15 January 1957. Though, he is 5′ 7″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 176 lbs in Pound and 80 kg in Kilograms.


Mario was a student of Saint Thomas More School which is located in Connecticut. He completed high school in the year 1974. He did his graduation from the college, Columbia University, four years later in 1978. He also worked at New York’s Department of Environmental Protection before beginning his journey in the Hollywood film industry, though Peebles might be described as an indie filmmaker. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Hofstra University in 1994.

Peebles has a bachelor’s degree in economics, the subject he studied at Columbia University.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Peebles tries to educate people on living a lifestyle that is environmentally conscious. He has tried to film the attempts of his family to live a more green lifestyle which resulted in hilarious events. Peebles is very serious about eco-consciousness. He has a reality TV show based upon the same theme which is known as Mario’s Green House.

Mario married Lisa Vitello and had two children, but the marriage didn’t work. The couple had to end things. Today Peebles is happily married to Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles and has five children, three boys and two girls: Mandela Van Peebles, Makayla Van Peebles, Marley Van Peebles, Morgana Van Peebles and Maya Van Peebles.

Is Mario Van Peebles Gay?

No Mario Van Peebles is not gay. Peebles identifies as a heterosexual man. He is married to Chitra Sukhu Van Peebles.

Professional Career

Mario Van Peebles has had a remarkable professional career both behind the camera and in front of the camera. He first appeared on a soap opera One Life to Live in 1968. However, his major role was in Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. This movie was a ‘blaxploitation’ movie that was made by his father, Melvin Van Peebles. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song influenced a lot of blaxploitation movies.

His early career consists of several series and movies. He appeared in The Sophisticated Gents, a miniseries, and in the action-packed movie Exterminator 2 in 1984. He also enacted the role of a dancer in The Cotton Club, a film by Francis Ford Coppola.

Mario’s first major role as a leading actor was in Rappin’ in the year 1985. This was followed by Delivery Boys in the same years. He also played the lead role in Sonny Spoon, a detective show that had a mere two seasons.

Mario began his directorial venture with a few episodes of Top of the Hill, 21 Jump Street and Wiseguy. Peebles went on to direct New Jack City in the year 1991 followed by Baadasssss! in 2003 and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage in 2016. These became some of the best works of his career as a director.


Mario has had a successful career, and it is only right that he should be given the recognition he deserves. For his directorial work, he was nominated for the DGA Award by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows. His movie Panther was awarded the Ecumenical Jury at the Locarno International Film Festival. It was also nominated for PFS Award by the Political Film Society. Peebles was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor at NAACP Image Awards.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Mario Van Peebles in 2021

Peebles has had a colorful career. He dabbled in acting, writing and filmmaking and looked good doing it. It comes as no surprise then that Mario Van Peebles’ net worth is close to $15 million as of 2021.

Mario Van Peebles deserves more recognition for his work and not just as the son of Melvin Van Peebles. He has done some stupendous work, as an actor and a director.

  1. Jennifer Olsen May 20, 2021 at 8:42 am

Facts of Mario Cain Van Peebles

  • Gender Male
  • full nameMario Cain Van Peebles
  • birthplaceMexico City, Mexico
  • Date of Birth January 01, 1957
  • Age 67 years 1 months
  • Horoscope Capricorn
  • Lucky Number 4
  • Lucky Stone
  • Lucky Color
  • Best Match for Marriage
  • nationalityMexican
  • religionN/A
  • net worth$15 million
  • professionActor, filmmaker, writer
  • weightIn Kilograms – 80 Kg, In Pounds –  176 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 178 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 7″
  • hair colorBlack
  • eye colorBlack
  • high schoolSaint Thomas More School

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