Mario Van Peebles (Samuel Woods on All My Children)
Current Character: Samuel Woods
Birthplace: Born in Mexico City, Mexico
Mario Van Peebles was born in Mexico City in 1957; he is the son of director Melvin Van Peebles and German actress Maria Marx. In 1979 he was an analyst for the New York City Mayor's Office!
Mario is no stranger to soap opera acting. His first soap role was on One Life To Live when he played Doc Gilmore in the early 1980s. From daytime television he moved to primetime roles on shows such as "The Cosby Show", "L.A. Law" and "Highlander III". He recently finished work on "Sharpshooter", "Multiple Sarcasms" and "The Uniter". His film debut came at the age of 13 when he was cast in his father's film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" in 1971.
From the director's chair, Mario has worked on films such as "Posse", "The First Amendment Project: Poetic License" and "The Uniter".
He has been nominated for awards with the Director's Guild of America, Black Reel and the NAACP Image Awards, among others. Of his ten nominations, Mario has won six different awards.