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.
- 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.
- Son of the controversial 'Hutton Gibson' (qv) and Anne Gibson.
- _Braveheart (1995)_ (qv) is ranked #62 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
- His wife Robyn field for divorce in April 2009. They had already been separated since August 2006.
- Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) sent him the script for _The Departed (2006)_ (qv), offering him an unspecified role in the film. Gibson was unable to accept the role as he was starting production on _Apocalypto (2006)_ (qv) that same year.
- A chain smoker for most of his career, in 2004 Gibson's wife persuaded him to limit his addiction to just three cigarettes a day. However this did not last.
- 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv) has tried casting him twice. Once as 'Jim Garrison (I)' (qv) in _JFK (1991)_ (qv), and another time as Sgt. 'John McLoughlin (II)' (qv) in _World Trade Center (2006)_ (qv).
- Gibson has been widely perceived as a conservative Republican, even though he has never identified himself as such. In March 2004 he expressed doubts over the Iraq war, in particular the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, although he maintained that President 'George W. Bush' (qv) had "done a lot of good" elsewhere. At the People's Choice Awards ceremony in January 2005, Gibson again condemned the Iraq war and praised the liberal director 'Michael Moore (II)' (qv) and his documentary film _Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)_ (qv). Many of Gibson's positions are in accordance with traditional Catholicism. He released a statement in March 2005 condemning the euthanasia of Terri Schiavo, and has criticized stem cell research.