Mario "Chip" Cain Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an American director and actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films. He is son of legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles.
Van Peebles was born in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of writer, director and actor Melvin Van Peebles and German actress and photographer Maria Marx. He graduated from Saint Thomas More School in Connecticut in 1974 and from Columbia University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Over the next 30 years, Van Peebles starred in and directed many television shows & films, including Lost, Panther, Ali and New Jack City.