Jan. 3rd, 1956
Peekskill, New York, USA
Mel Gibson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie 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.
- When _Apocalypto (2006)_ (qv) is finished, he plans to donate six replicas of Mayan pyramids and several movie-set villages.
- Ranked #15 in Premiere's 2003 annual "Power 100" list. Had ranked #17 in 2002.
- (October 1997) Ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Was considered for the role of Robert Clayton Dean in _Enemy of the State (1998)_ (qv).
- Attended drama school with 'Judy Davis (I)' (qv). They played Romeo and Juliet together.
- He was the first Australian actor to be paid $1,000,000 for a film role.
- He took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.
- Almost turned down the role of William Wallace in _Braveheart (1995)_ (qv) because he thought he was too old for the role. He asked the producers if he could direct it instead. A compromise was made, he could direct the movie if he agreed to portray Wallace.