Mario Van Peebles


Following in the footsteps of his father, iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles is a seasoned actor and film director. He has played in a long list of classics, from The Cotton Club and New Jack City to TV shows like Law & Order and All My Children. The Mexico-born entertainer starred in his own detective series called Sonny Spoon for a short stint in '88 and first donned a director's cap in '89 on the set of21 Jump Street. He's still practicing his skills in front of the camera and behind the lens, contributing his vision to shows like Nashville and Once Upon a Time.  (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)