Name:
Mel Gibson
Birth Date:
January 3, 1956
Birth Place:
Peekskill, New York, USA
Height:
5' 9
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His leading role in 'Mad Max' (1979)
Profession:
actor, director, producer
Education:
All-boys Catholic school
BIOGRAPHY
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Mad Max Gibson

Background:

"It's all happening too fast. I've got to put the brakes on or I'll smack into something." Mel Gibson

Hollywood movie star tycoon Mel Gibson won Oscar awards for both starring and directing the huge hit Braveheart (1995). He first caught the public's attention playing Max Rockatansky in Mad Max (1979) and continued to play the title role in its sequels. Gibson topped the Hollywood celebrity list and was listed in People's "Most Beautiful and Sexiest" several times.

Gibson's recent film (for which he directed and produced), the controversial religious drama, The Passion of the Christ (2004), has been recently locked-out of Oscar's major award categories. Instead, the film was nominated for three minor awards, makeup, cinematography, and music.

In 2004, Mel Gibson donated $10 million to two hospitals in Los Angeles to aid children with severe health problems that cannot pay or achieve appropriate treatment in their homeland.


Gibson Bloodline

Childhood and Family:

A New York native, actor, director and producer Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, would later be famous as Mel Gibson. Born on January 3, 1956, Gibson was shuffled to Australia in 1968 after his father won a Jeopardy contest and because his father wanted to avoid his sons being drafted into the Vietnam War. Mel spent the rest of his childhood in Sidney and attended a Catholic high school for boys.

The sixth son of Roman Catholics of Irish decent parents, Hutton Gibson (railroad brakeman) and Ann Gibson (born in Australia, died December 1990), Gibson has ten siblings, one of who is brother Donal Gibson (actor, born on February 13, 1958).

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson means 'honey' in Portuguese. He has only married once (a rare feat in Hollywood) and is still married to his wife, Robyn Moore (dental nurse). The couple married in 1980. Their large family consists of two daughters, Louis (born in 1988) and Hannah (born in 1980) and five sons, Thomas (born in 1999), Milo (born in 1990), Willie (born in 1985), Christian (actor, born in 1982) and Edward (actor, twin of Christian, born in 1982).


Braveheart Phenomenon

Career:

"When I first started out acting, I had a suspicion this stardom thing could happen, but that was it... I didn't care. I mean I really didn't care. I had no commitments, no kids, no one to be responsible to. But then in a funny kind of way, the less you care, the easier you seem to get there." Mel Gibson

Formerly expected to be a chef or journalist, Mel Gibson auditioned for Sidney's National Institute of Dramatic Art due to his sister's insistence. While studying, he debuted on stage in a production of Romeo Juliet and debuted on screen with the film Summer City (1977). He was also involved in the Southern Australian Theater Company where he played the title roles in Oedipus and Henry IV. Beginning his acting career in Australia, Gibson first appeared in the Australian TV series The Sullivans (1976). On the big screen, he portrayed the title roles in Tim (1979), for which he won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) for Best Actor and Mad Max (1979). He won the AFI award for Best Actor again for his work in Peter Weir's World War I drama Gallipoli (1981).

It was the worldwide success of the sequel, Mad Max 2 (1981), released in America as The Road Warrior (1982), which launched Gibson's name internationally. Also in that same year, Gibson starred in the film The Year of Living Dangerously, opposite actor Sigourney Weaver. His global fame brought him back to America and in 1984 Gibson starred with Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins in the mutiny classic, The Bounty. In 1984 Gibson also costarred with Sissy Spacek in The River (1984). Mel then returned to Australia to work with singer Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

After finishing his work in the Mad Max trilogy, Gibson returned to America to take on character Sergeant Martin Riggs, in the smash hit Lethal Weapon (1987, costarring Danny Glover). The runaway success of Lethal Weapon cinched the follow-up of Gibson's appearances in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). Actor first, producer second, Gibson founded his own production company, ICON Productions. His company debuted with Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990), in which he was cast in the title role and garnered mixed reviews. He also added his work to Air America (1990), Forever Young (1992), and his first directed film The Man Without a Face (1993), as well as Maverick (1994, opposite Jodie Foster).

1995 was probably Gibson's most glorious year. He gathered Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director with the mega box-office success Braveheart. His credited role was Sir William Wallace, a Scottish leader of the 13th century. Following in that year, Gibson lent his voice to John Smith in Disney's animated movie Pocahontas.

A string of other high-profile movies are listed in Gibson's resume, including Ransom (1996), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Payback (1999), The Patriot (2000), What Women Want (2000), Signs (2002), We Were Soldiers (2002), and The Singing Detective (2003).

In 2004 Gibson released his controversial film, The Passion of the Christ. The film received mixed reviews ranging from brilliant to anti-Semitism. The controversy actually increased the public's awareness of the film, moving vast numbers of viewers to theaters. Gibson is currently working on the fourth chapter of Mad Max, Fury Road. "I like directing much better. It's more fun, that's all there is to it. It's essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story. It's a high. I love it." Mel Gibson.


Awards:

  • People's Choice: Favorite Actor in a Film, 1997
  • MTV Movie: Best Action Sequence, Braveheart, 1996
  • Oscar: Best Picture, Braveheart, 1995
  • Oscar: Best Director, Braveheart, 1995
  • Golden Globe: Best Director, Braveheart, 1995
  • BAFTA Lloyds Bank: Favorite Film, Braveheart, 1995
  • NATO/ShoWest Director of the Year, 1995
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Director, Braveheart, 1995
  • MTV Movie: Best Onscreen Duo, Lethal Weapon 3, 1993
  • NATO/ShoWest Male Star of the Year, 1992
  • Australian Film Institute: Best Actor, Gallipoli, 1981
  • Australian Film Institute: Best Actor, Tim, 1979
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