Mel Gibson Biography

Mel Gibson is an American actor and filmmaker. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

Mel Gibson
Quick Facts

Birthday: January 3, 1956

Nationality: American

Famous: Philanthropists Actors

Age: 63 Years, 63 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO

Born in: Peekskill

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Rosalind Ross (2014–present), Robyn Moore (m. 1980; div. 2011)

father: Hutton Gibson

mother: Anne Reilly

siblings: Donal Gibson

children: Christian Gibson, Edward Gibson, Hannah Gibson, Louis Gibson, Lucia Gibson, Milo Gibson, Thomas Gibson, William Gibson

Partner: Oksana Grigorieva (2009–2010)

Personality: ESFP

Diseases & Disabilities: Bipolar Disorder

U.S. State: New Yorkers

Founder/Co-Founder: Icon Productions

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education: St Leo's Catholic College, National Institute of Dramatic Art

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Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, popularly known as Mel Gibson, is an American actor and filmmaker. He is a two-time academy award winner and is well known for his portrayal as an action hero in movies like 'Mad Max' and the 'Lethal Weapon' series. Born in New York, his family moved to Sydney, Australia for safety and domestic stability, when he was just 12. His father feared that if he stayed in the U.S, both his sons would be drafted for Vietnam War. In Australia, after completing his school education, Mel Gibson enrolled at a drama school. This became the turning point of his life. From theatre he soon went onto give his first hit movie 'Mad Max' in Australia, and then captivated the US audience as well with its sequels and other movies. 'People' magazine named him as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1985. The movie 'Braveheart' displayed to the audience that his directing skills were as good as his acting skills. This successful change from actor to director earned him comparisons with Clint Eastwood. But outside of his work, his life has been marred by his controversies such as, alcoholism, drunk driving, domestic violence, drug addiction and accusations of him being a homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynist

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Mel Gibson
Childhood & Early Life
  • Mel Gibson was born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA to Hutton Gibson and Anne Patricia. He was the sixth born child of the couple and had 10 other siblings.
  • Hutton was a railroad brakeman. In the year 1964, he suffered a major accident and lost his job. The New York Central Railroad compensated him with US $145,000. He also won $21000 in the game show 'Jeopardy'.
  • Mel was 12 years old during the Vietnam War. Afraid that their sons might be drafted in the war, the family shifted to West Pymble, Sydney, Australia.
  • He completed his high school education at St. Leo's Catholic College, Wahroonga, and Asquith Boys High School in Asquith. For graduation he went to the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
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Career
  • After graduation, Gibson aspired to be a chef or a journalist. But his sister submitted an application on his behalf at the 'National Institute of Dramatic Art' (NIDA) in Sydney. He auditioned and got selected. After graduating in 1977, he went to the 'Southern Australian Theater Company'.
  • His big screen debut was an un-credited role in the movie "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden'. He did another low-budget movie called 'Summer City' and a television show called 'The Sullivans', all in 1977.
  • The doors to fame opened in 1979 after his portrayal of Max Rockatansky in the movie 'Mad Max' and as a mentally disabled man in 'Tim'.
  • In 1981 he returned with 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'. The movie made him an international star. He received critical praise for 'The Year of Living Dangerously'(1982) and 'The River'(1984). He worked with stars like Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis in 'The Bounty'(1984).
  • In 1985, he received his first million dollar salary with the 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome', the third sequel of the series.
  • In 'Lethal Weapon', starring opposite Danny Glover he became a familiar face in the United States. The 1987 movie was such a hit that three other sequels were made in 1989, 1992 and 1998.
  • In 1990, afraid of being type-casted as an action hero, he changed genres. He did 'Hamlet', 'Bird on a Wire' (adventure comedy) and 'Air America' (action comedy).
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  • In 1993, he made his directorial debut with the movie 'The Man Without a Face' and also starred as a severely disfigured burn victim in it.
  • Gibson's most passionate project to date, 'Braveheart' was released in 1995. Along with directing, he played the role of Sir William Wallace in the film. He surpassed everybody's expectations and the movie went on to win two Oscars.
  • The year 2000 was financially a good one for him. Three of his films, 'The Patriot', 'Chicken Run' and 'What Women Want', grossed over $100 million.
  • In 2002, he was seen in the hit movie 'Signs', directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
  • After 2002, he had a long hiatus and then in 2010, he played the lead role in the movie ‘Edge of Darkness’.
  • Recently, he expanded his genre and played negative characters in the movies: Machete Kills (2013) and The Expendables 3 (2014)
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Major Works
  • Gibson has acted in 43 films, most noteworthy being the 'Mad Max'-series and the 'Lethal Weapon'-series. .
  • He has directed four films. Among which 'Braveheart' and 'The Passion of the Christ' became huge hits. 'Braveheart' got him his first two Academy awards.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Gibson received the 'Australian Film Institute Award: Best Actor in a Leading Role' for 'Tim' and 'Gallipoli', in 1979 and 1981 respectively.
  • He won the 'Academy Award' for 'Best Picture' and 'Best Director' for 'Braveheart', in 1995.
  • He won the 'People's Choice Awards: Favourite Motion Picture Actor' in 1991, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
  • He was named as the 'World's Most Powerful Celebrity' by the US business magazine 'Forbes'.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Mel Gibson married Robyn Denise Moore, a dental nurse on June 7, 1980 in a Roman Catholic Church in Forestville, New South Wales. Together they have a daughter and six sons. They separated in 2006 after 26 years of marriage and finally got divorced in 2011.
  • In 2009, he began dating Grigorieva and had a daughter, Lucia with her. They split up a year later.
  • The 'Gay & Lesbian Alliance Defamation' levelled serious charges of him being a homophobic after his comments on homosexuals in an interview on December 1991.
  • His 2004 directorial venture 'The Passion of the Christ' treaded on the lines of anti-Semitism.
  • On July 2010, a recorded phone call between Gibson and Grigorieva got him a restraining order and a case of domestic violence.
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Net Worth
  • Mel Gibson has an estimated net worth of $425 million. Earlier, he had a net worth of $850 million, but in a divorce settlement finalized between him and his former wife, Robyn Denise Moore, he gave half of his wealth to her.
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Trivia
  • Mel Gibson is involved with various charities. These include: providing lifesaving medical treatment to needy children worldwide, restoration of Renaissance artwork, protecting last tract of virgin rain forest in Central America, and funding archeological excavations in the "cradle of Mayan civilization."
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1. Braveheart (1995)

  (War, History, Biography, Drama)

2. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

  (Biography, History, Drama, War)


3. Apocalypto (2006)

  (Action, Drama, Thriller, Adventure)

4. Lethal Weapon (1987)

  (Action, Thriller, Crime)



5. The Patriot (2000)

  (History, Drama, War, Action)

6. Mad Max 2 (1981)

  (Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi)




7. Payback (1999)

  (Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama)

8. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

  (Drama)





Awards

Academy Awards(Oscars)
1996 Best Picture Braveheart (1995)
1996 Best Director Braveheart (1995)
Golden Globe Awards
1996 Best Director - Motion Picture Braveheart (1995)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1993 Best On-Screen Duo Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
1993 Best Action Sequence Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
People's Choice Awards
2004 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner
2003 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner
2001 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner
2001 Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama Winner
1997 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner
1991 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner

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