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