- 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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Mel Gibson is a well-known film actor, director and producer, having starred in Braveheart, Hamlet, Maverick, and both the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series.
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The film earned four Academy Award nominations, including a best actress nod for Sissy Spacek. In 1985, Gibson returned to Australia to complete the Mad Max trilogy in the less-impressive Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, which also starred singer Tina Turner. Later that year,
the actor's popularity was confirmed when he was featured on the cover of People as the magazine's first-ever "Sexiest Man Alive."
After a brief hiatus, Gibson returned to the screen with the blockbuster hit Lethal Weapon (1987), playing volatile cop Martin Riggs opposite Danny Glover, who portrayed by-the-book character Roger Murtaugh. The success of Lethal Weapon inspired three sequels—Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)—all featuring Glover and Gibson in their respective roles as "good cop" and "bad cop."
In Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990), Gibson gave a notable performance as the tormented prince. Hamlet also marked the first film produced by Gibson's newly formed production company, Icon Productions. (Other productions by Icon include the Beethoven biopic Immortal Beloved (1994) and the 1997 remake of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenia.)
Gibson appeared in a few poorly received films in the early 1990s, including Air America (1990) and the sappy Forever Young (1992). He made his feature directorial debut with the 1993 tearjerker The Man Without a Face, in which he also starred as a severely disfigured burn victim.
Gibson released his most passionate project to date in 1995, directing and starring as 13th century Scottish nobleman Sir William Wallace in the medieval epic Braveheart. The film went on to triumph at the Oscars, winning top honors in five categories, including best picture and best director. Also in '95, Gibson diversified his range of characters by providing the voice of John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas.
In the late '90s, Gibson starred in a handful of crime thrillers, including 1996's Ransom (with Renee Russo and Gary Sinise), 1997's Conspiracy Theory (with Julia Roberts) and the independent film Payback (1999). In 2000, the actor headlined the highly anticipated war saga The Patriot, in which he played a reluctant hero during the American Revolution. That same year, he starred in the romantic comedy What Women Want alongside Helen Hunt, Lauren Holly and Bette Midler.
In 2002, Gibson headlined another box-office hit, M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, playing a rural Pennsylvania farmer whose life takes a drastic turn when 500-foot crop circles begin appearing in his cornfields.
Mel Gibson returned to the director's chair for his next project, an ambitious film about the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life entitled The Passion of the Christ (2004). The unlikely blockbuster made headlines for its controversial adaptation of the Crucifixion. A devout Catholic, Gibson stated at the time that the Holy Spirit was making the film through him: "I was just directing traffic," he said.
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