Mario Van Peebles has been in some of my favorite bad movies. Son of director Melvin Van Peebles and German actress Maria Marx, MVP made his acting debut in 1971, at the age of 13, in his dad’s 70s Blaxplotation flick Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. After Sweetback, MVP earned a BA in Economics from Columbia in ’78 and served as an analyst for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Ed Koch [source: imdb].
MVP isn’t on my list of favorite bad actors because of his econ background, his director role, or even his 6 awards and 10 nominations. No, it’s MVP’s stellar performances in the following flicks that put him in my list of all-time favorite bad actors.