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Also Known As: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson Died:
Born: January 3, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, USA Profession: director, actor, executive, producer, dishwasher

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A gifted and rather complicated performer who became one of the biggest stars in the world, only to be ostracized for racist comments and anger issues, actor-director Mel Gibson rode the wave of his 20-plus years of popularity to become one of the industry's most bankable stars. After finding fame in Australia with only his second film, "Mad Max" (1979), Gibson vaulted onto the international scene with the superior sequel, "The Road Warrior" (1981). Following an excellent performance in "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), Gibson staked his claim in Hollywood by starring in "Lethal Weapon" (1987), a highly successful buddy comedy by which all others would be measured. Gibson actively sought to usurp his action hero image with a wider range of roles, including playing the titular "Hamlet" (1990) and a reclusive burn victim in "The Man without a Face" (1993). He transformed himself from action star to Oscar-winning director with the historical epic "Braveheart" (1995) and sparked controversy for his "The Passion of the Christ" (2003), a rather bloody and violent look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ that many accused of bias against of Jews. Making matters worse for himself, Gibson became...

A gifted and rather complicated performer who became one of the biggest stars in the world, only to be ostracized for racist comments and anger issues, actor-director Mel Gibson rode the wave of his 20-plus years of popularity to become one of the industry's most bankable stars. After finding fame in Australia with only his second film, "Mad Max" (1979), Gibson vaulted onto the international scene with the superior sequel, "The Road Warrior" (1981). Following an excellent performance in "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), Gibson staked his claim in Hollywood by starring in "Lethal Weapon" (1987), a highly successful buddy comedy by which all others would be measured. Gibson actively sought to usurp his action hero image with a wider range of roles, including playing the titular "Hamlet" (1990) and a reclusive burn victim in "The Man without a Face" (1993). He transformed himself from action star to Oscar-winning director with the historical epic "Braveheart" (1995) and sparked controversy for his "The Passion of the Christ" (2003), a rather bloody and violent look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ that many accused of bias against of Jews. Making matters worse for himself, Gibson became notorious after letting fly an anti-Semitic rant while being arrested for drunk driving in 2006, and later lashing out at his ex-girlfriend in recorded calls laced with racial slurs and threats. Once a beloved leading man who could do no wrong, many wondered if Gibson's behavior had forever tarnished his once successful and lucrative career.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Apocalypto (2006)
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  Braveheart (1995) Director
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  Man Without A Face, The (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Blood Father (2015)
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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Casting By (2013)
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 Sleight of Hand (2012)
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 Get the Gringo (2012)
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 Beaver, The (2011)
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 Edge of Darkness (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1968:
Moved with family to Australia at 12 years old
1976:
Made stage debut opposite Judy Davis in the National Institute of Dramatic Art's production of "Romeo and Juliet"
1976:
Played a shy surfer in his film debut "Summer City"
1976:
Made TV debut on the Australian series "The Sullivans"
1978:
Joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide
1979:
Breakthrough role as the leather-clad post-apocalyptic survivor in George Miller's "Mad Max"
1979:
Portrayed a developmentally disabled man in "Tim"
1979:
Played Estragon, opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the Australian production of "Waiting for Godot"
1981:
Cast as one of the leads in Peter Weir's critically-acclaimed World War I drama "Gallipoli"
1981:
Re-teamed with Miller to reprise role for "Mad Max 2" (released in the U.S. as "The Road Warrior")
1982:
Re-teamed with Weir to play an Australian journalist in "The Year of Living Dangerously"
1984:
Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in "The Bounty"
1984:
Made American film debut opposite Sissy Spacek in Mark Rydell's "The River"
1985:
Completed "Mad Max" trilogy with "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome"
1987:
Played the role of Martin Riggs in "Lethal Weapon"; co-starred with Danny Glover and directed by Richard Donner
1989:
Reprised role as Riggs for "Lethal Weapon 2"; again collaborated with Donner and Glover
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Formed ICON productions, (formerly known as Gibson Productions)
1990:
First film produced by Icon Productions, "Hamlet"; also played the title role
1991:
Directed and appeared in the HBO special "Mel Gibson Goes Back to School"
1992:
Reunited with Donner and Glover for "Lethal Weapon 3"
1993:
Feature directorial debut, "The Man Without a Face"; also starred
1994:
Again collaborated with Donner on Western comedy "Maverick"
1995:
Lent his voice to John Smith for the animated feature "Pocahontas"
1995:
Directed and produced the Academy Award winning film "Braveheart"; also played the lead role of legendary Scot, William Wallace
1996:
Starred in the Ron Howard directed thriller "Ransom"
1997:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts in Donner's "Conspiracy Theory"
1998:
Re-teamed with Donner and Glover for "Lethal Weapon 4"
1999:
Starred in Brian Helgeland's directorial debut "Payback"; film was later re-cut and re-shot by the request of Gibson and the studio
2000:
Executive produced the ABC biopic "The Three Stooges"
2000:
Played the lead role in Roland Emmerich's Revolutionary war saga "The Patriot"
2000:
Portrayed a chauvinistic ad executive who can hear women's thoughts in Nancy Meyers' "What Women Want"
2002:
Executive produced and starred in the Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"
2002:
Moved ICON from Paramount to 20th Century Fox
2002:
Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural drama "Signs"
2002:
Appeared with Robert Downey Jr. in the musical comedy "The Singing Detective"
2004:
Directed the controversial feature "The Passion of the Christ," based on biblical accounts of the arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus; filmed in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew and earned over 600 million worldwide
2004:
Executive produced and directed several episodes of the short-lived ABC comedy "Complete Savages"
2006:
Directed the action-adventure film "Apocalypto"; filmed in the Yucatec Maya dialogue; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film
2010:
Played a homicide detective searching for his daughter's murderer in the film adaptation of "Edge of Darkness"
2011:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster in "The Beaver"; Foster also directed film
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Education

St. Leo's Catholic College: -
National Institute of Dramatic Art: - 1977

Notes

In 1992, Gibson received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (the Will Award) from The Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger in Washington, DC in recognition of his work on behalf of classical theater.

He reportedly stormed out of the 1996 MTV Movie Awards after the presenters, Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, spoofed "Braveheart" in the opening sequence.

Awarded the Order of Australia medal and honored as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year (Harvard University) in 1997.

"I didn't have control there. It wasn't just difficult because it was a difficult part, it was difficult because of the work situation. I don't want to name names or anything. I should have done it onstage first. Anyway, long story. Boring, boring . . . making excuses. I'm supposed to know what to do. That's my craft."---Mel Gibson on playing Hamlet in US, June 1995.

"Americans' first perceptions of Mel Gibson were immediately varied because on the one hand he was a leading man in films like 'The Year of Living Dangerously' and on the other hand was an action hero in a film like 'Road Warrior'. There wasn't one image that had to be torn down and reconstructed to make room for the other. But right away it was clear this was not just another action star. There was something more to him."---Leonard Maltin in The Hollywood Reporter Mel Gibson Tribute Issue, March 5, 1996.

In 1999, Gibson donated $640,000 to his alma mater, the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

"It made me observant. Right away I saw there was a difference between them and me. In order to cope and not have a punchup every other day, I tried to be like them. It was good training for an actor."---Gibson on moving from the USA to Australia as a boy to Daily News, January 3, 1999.

About pulling rank on director Brian Helgeland on 'PaybacK': "Some changes were required. We asked him if he'd do them. Lots of times. He said no, he wouldn't ... that he didn't want to compromise his artistic integrity. I, on the other hand, have no problem with artistic integrity."

"As a producer, you have to make decisions based on many different factors, and not everybody's going to be happy. But someone's going to have the casting vote and the final cut ... It's taken me 20 years to get final cut."---Gibson quoted in Boston Herald, February 6, 1999.

"I think violence in the movies gets a bad rap. Over the years I think it's been a handy scapegoat for the inadequacy of the social regime to fix their problems. 'They saw this film and it made them want to go out and shoot people.' Bullshit."--Gibson to Empire, April 1999.

"I want to direct, that's the most fun you can have standing up, but if you're going to spend two years of your life with something, you want to make sure it's not horrible."

"It's terrifying, they give you a budget and everyone acts like you know what you're doing. But it's exhilarating at the same time, it's the fear of the unknown and you're actually stepping up to the plate. It's somewhere between frightened and inspired and sometimes those two can feed on each other. They do, in fact. Someone rips ten pages out of your script and you've got to make a change fast and you've got to make the script work, you come up with the answer and you do it fast and you make it work. You need to be up against the wall before you can make those decisions."---Gibson in Empire, April 1999.

"I was 24 years old and I knew I was going to be a father by the time I was 25, and I just sat there in disbelief, thinking about how little I knew and saying to myself, 'Someone's going to call me Dad, the poor little creature.' I just felt totally unprepared and ill-equipped. I didn't have the first idea about that kind of stuff. But you know, once you're on that road, you start pulling your socks up. Unfortunately, with the first one you're kinda learning."---Gibson talking about one of his most influential moment for People Magazine's 30th Anniversary Special April 12, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Robyn Gibson. Dental nurse. Met in Adelaide, Australia in 1977; married in 1980; have seven children together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Hutton Gibson. Railroad brakeman. Born c. 1918; leading figure in a conservative Catholic splinter group, The Alliance for Catholic Traditions; won $21,000 on the Art Fleming-hosted "Jeopardy" in 1968 while waiting out a workman's compensation suit after falling from a train and injuring his back; moved family to Australia soon after, partly because he didn't want his sons drafted into Vietnam War.
mother:
Ann Gibson. Born c. 1921 in Longford, Ireland; died in December 1990.
brother:
Donal Gibson. Actor. Born c. 1958.
daughter:
Hannah Gibson. Born c. 1980; mother, Robyn Gibson.
son:
Edward Gibson. Twin of Christian; born c. 1982; mother, Robyn Gibson.
son:
Christian Gibson. Twin of Edward; born c. 1982; mother, Robyn Gibson.
son:
William Gibson. Born c. 1984; mother, Robyn Gibson.
son:
Louis Gibson. Born c 1987; mother, Robyn Gibson.
son:
Milo Gibson. Born c. 1990; mother, Robyn Gibson; father has nicknamed him 'Jarhead'.
son:
Thomas Gibson. Born on April 14, 1999; mother, Robyn Gibson.
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