- NAME: Mel Gibson
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Director, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: January 03, 1956 (Age: 58)
- Did You Know?: Mel Gibson was named People magazine's first-ever "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1985.
- EDUCATION: St. Leo's Catholic College (Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia), National Institute of Dramatic Art (Kensington, Sydney, Australia), Asquith Boys High School (Asquith, New South Wales, Australia)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Peekskill, New York
- Full Name: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
- AKA: Mel Gibson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Born in Peekskill, New York, on January 3, 1956, Mel Gibson moved to Australia during his youth and went on to pursue a film career. After appearing in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon film series, Gibson eventually directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart and directed The Passion of the Christ. Outside of his work, the actor has been accused of homophobia, anti-semitism, racism and misogyny.
"I'm as vain as the next guy. I have a facade on right now. But you can't see it, because it's reality-based."
"I think any kind of hiatus one takes in an artistic journey is going to make a huge difference. The pause will inform the choices that you make."
"I'll always continue to work. I've never much depended on anyone but myself, as far as that goes."
Actor, director and producer Mel Gibson was born Mel Cumcille Gerard Gibson on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of 11 children born to Hutton and Ann Gibson, Roman Catholics of Irish descent. Shortly after the onset of the Vietnam War, Hutton Gibson relocated his family to Australia for fear that his sons would be drafted into battle. Mel spent the remainder of his childhood in Sydney, where he attended St. Leo's Catholic College, an all-boys Catholic high school. He finished his high school education at Asquith Boys High School in Asquith, New South Wales, Australia.
Following his graduation from Asquith, Gibson considered becoming a chef or journalist, but ended up taking a different career path after his sister submitted an application on his behalf to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and he decided to audition. Without any prior acting experience, he was accepted into and enrolled at the drama school. Not long after, Gibson made his stage debut in a NIDA production of Romeo and Juliet, and his screen debut in the low-budget film Summer City in 1977.
Following his graduation from NIDA that same year, Gibson joined the Southern Australian Theater Company, where he appeared in title roles in classical productions, including Oedipus and Henry IV.
After conquering the stage, Gibson tried his hand at television, landing his first role on the Australian series The Sullivans (1976-83). He graduated to mainstream cinema in 1979 with two film roles: as a futuristic warrior in Mad Max, and as a mentally disabled man who falls in love (with Mary Horton, played by Piper Laurie) in Tim. For his performance in the latter film, Gibson earned his first Australian Film Institute Award, for best actor. Furthermore, Mad Max became the biggest commercial success of any previously released Australian film, grossing more than $100 million worldwide.
Gibson received his second AFI Award (again for best actor) for his performance as a patriotic idealist in Peter Weir's 1981 World War I drama, Gallipoli. Later that same year, he reprised his role as the leather-clad hero in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the United States as The Road Warrior in 1982). The film's success established Gibson as an international star. His second collaboration with Weir, The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), featured the actor in his first romantic lead, alongside Sigourney Weaver.
Gibson's American film debut in 1984's The River was considered a success.
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