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Born: January 3, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


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

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