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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:||Cast ... director actor executive producer dishwasher|
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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