Jan. 3rd, 1956
Peekskill, New York, USA
Mel Gibson's Main TV Roles
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Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956), in Peekskill, New York, USA as the sixth of eleven children to parents Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Ann Gibson, who was born in Australia and died in December of 1990. Though born in the US, Mel and his family moved to New South Wales, Australia. After high school, Mel studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, performing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts alongside future film thespians Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush. After college, Mel had a few stints on stage and starred in a few TV shows. Eventually, he was chosen to star in Mad Max (1979) and in a movie called Tim (1979), co-starring Piper Laurie. The small budgeted movie Mad Max (1979) made him known worldwide, while Tim (1979) garnered him an award for Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute (equivalent to the Oscar). Later, he went on to star in Gallipoli (1981), which earned him a second award for Best Actor from the AFI. In 1980, he married Robyn Moore and had seven children. In 1984, Mel made his American debut in The Bounty (1984), which co-starred Anthony Hopkins. Then in 1987, Mel starred in what would become his signature series, Lethal Weapon (1987), in which he played "Martin Riggs". In 1990, he took on the interesting starring role in Hamlet (1990), which garnered him some critical praise. He also made the more endearing Forever Young (1992) and the somewhat disturbing _The Man Without a Face (1993). 1995 brought his most famous role as "Sir William Wallace" in Braveheart (1995), for which he won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. From there, he made such box office hits as The Patriot (2000), Ransom (1996), and Payback (1999). Today, Mel remains an international superstar mogul, continuously topping the Hollywood power lists as well as the Most Beautiful and Sexiest lists. His $25 million paycheck for The Patriot (2000) is the latest milestone for actor's salaries.
- Ranked number 1 on Forbes 2004 "Celebrity 100 List". He was the highest paid celebrity in 2004 with a reported $210,000,000 salary from his _The Passion of the Christ (2004)_ (qv) profits, plus a potential $150,000,000 that is yet to be accounted for. He made more money than 'Oprah Winfrey' (qv) ($210,000,000), 'J.K. Rowling' (qv) ($147,000,000), 'Tiger Woods' (qv) & 'Michael Schumacher (V)' (qv) ($80,000,000 each) and 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) ($75,000,000) in 2004.
- Gibson has an estimated fortune of $850 million, according to the "Los Angeles Business Journal". The size of his fortune him the 47th richest person in the Los Angeles area and the wealthiest actor in the world.
- Ranked #10 in Premiere's 2004 annual "Power 100" list. Had ranked #15 in 2003. He is the highest-ranked actor on the 2004 list.
- He was the original choice to play Jack Stanton in _Primary Colors (1998)_ (qv) but lost out to 'John Travolta' (qv).
- Actor 'Girard Swan' (qv) formerly worked as his stand in and photo double.
- He and his wife met through a dating service.
- Was spoofed in both _"South Park" (1997)_ (qv) and _"Family Guy" (1999)_ (qv), and both of the times he was spoofed, there was a reference to the Looney Tunes cartoons. In the _"South Park" (1997)_ (qv) episode "The Passion of the Jew", his character acts a lot like Daffy Duck in the cartoon _Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943)_ (qv), while scaring Stan and Kenny, in the hopes that they will both torture him. And in the _"Family Guy" (1999)_ (qv) episode "North by North Quahog", he chases Peter and Lois Griffin to the top of Mount Rushmore and is tricked into walking off a ledge, to which he plummets to the ground, very much like Wile E. Coyote does in several cartoons.
- His wife Robyn field for divorce in April 2009. They had already been separated since August 2006.