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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Famous As: Actor

Who is Mel Gibson?

Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, popularly known as Mel Gibson, is an American actor and filmmaker. He is an Academy Award winner and is well-known for his portrayal of characters in movies like Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series. Born in New York, his family moved to Sydney, Australia for safety and domestic stability when he was just 12. His father feared that if he stayed in the U.S., both his sons would be drafted for the Vietnam War. In Australia, after completing his school education, Mel Gibson enrolled at a drama school. This became the turning point of his life. From theatre, he soon went on to give his first hit movie Mad Max in Australia, and then captivated the US audience as well with its sequels and other movies. People magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive in 1985. The movie Braveheart proved to the audience that his directing skills were as good as his acting skills. This successful change from actor to director earned him comparisons with Clint Eastwood. But outside of his work, his life has been marred by his controversies such as, alcoholism, drunk driving, domestic violence, drug addiction, and accusations of him being a homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynist.

Career

After graduation, Gibson aspired to be a chef or a journalist. But his sister submitted an application on his behalf at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. He auditioned and got selected. After graduating in 1977, he went to the Southern Australian Theater Company.

His big screen debut was an un-credited role in the movie I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. He did another low-budget movie called Summer City and a television show called The Sullivans, all in 1977.

The doors to fame opened in 1979 after his portrayal of Max Rockatansky in the movie Mad Max and as a mentally disabled man in Tim.

In 1981, Mel Gibson returned with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The movie made him an international star. He received critical praise for The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) and The River (1984). He worked with stars like Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Day-Lewis in The Bounty (1984).

In 1985, he received his first million-dollar salary with Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, the third sequel of the series.

In Lethal Weapon, starring opposite Danny Glover, he became a familiar face in the United States. The 1987 movie was such a hit that three other sequels were made in 1989, 1992, and 1998.

In 1990, afraid of being stereotyped as an action hero, Mel Gibson changed genres. He did Hamlet, Bird on a Wire (adventure comedy), and Air America (action comedy).

In 1993, he made his directorial debut with the movie The Man Without a Face and also starred as a severely disfigured burn victim in the film.

Gibson's most passionate project to date, Braveheart was released in 1995. Along with directing, he played the role of Sir William Wallace in the film. He surpassed everyone's expectations and the movie went on to win two Oscars.

The year 2000 was financially a good one for him. Three of his films, The Patriot, Chicken Run, and What Women Want, grossed over $100 million.

In 2002, he was seen in the hit movie Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

After 2002, he had a long hiatus and then in 2010, he played the lead role in the movie Edge of Darkness.

He also expanded his genre and played negative characters in the movies, Machete Kills (2013) and The Expendables 3 (2014).

In 2016, he directed Hacksaw Ridge, which received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2019, he produced and acted in the biographical drama film The Professor and the Madman.

In 2021, Mel Gibson appeared in a couple of films, namely Boss Level and Dangerous.

Timeline

2005
Zack Sinclair, Mel's own personal stalker, gets a maximum three-year jail sentence for trying to pray with Mel and for sending disturbing letters, with contents like, God told him to pray with Mel
2005
Landless Fijians are trying to raise money to challenge the sale of their ancestral home, Mago Island, to Mel. They claim it was stolen from them back in the 19th century
2004
The Passion of the Christ debuts. Mel is credited as the director, co-producer, and the man who fronted his own money, $25 million
2004
Mel's Island. For $15 million, Mel buys his own paradise, Mago, a 5,400-acre island in Fiji
2000
Mel Gibson does the voice of the main rooster, Rocky, in the animated film Chicken Run
1995
Braveheart. Plays William Wallace in Braveheart, which he also directed and produced
1992
Research. Begins doing research for a movie later down the road that will eventually become The Passion of the Chris
1987
Leathal Weapon. Plays Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon
1985
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Stars in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with Tina Turner
1984
The Bounty. Plays Fletcher Christian in The Bounty with Anthony Hopkins

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Mel Gibson REVEALS His Biggest Life Lessons (Exclusive)

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January 26, 2022

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