- NAME: Mel Gibson
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Director, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: January 03, 1956 (Age: 57)
- 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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Gibson's next historical epic, Apocalypto, released in December 2006, focused on the decline of the Mayan civilization.
Not long after filming The Passion, Gibson was accused of being both an anti-Semite and a racist. He had pleaded "no contest" to a drunk-driving charge in 2006, later admitting that he'd made anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest and openly acknowledging his battle with alcohol addiction. He was sentenced to three years of probation,
including mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
In the years following the incident, Gibson kept a relatively low profile. He served as a producer on the 2008 PBS documentary Another Day in Paradise, and as an executive producer on the related PBS miniseries Carrier. After years of directing and producing, Gibson stepped back in front of the camera for the 2010 thriller Edge of Darkness, starring as a police detective who investigates his daughter's death.
Amidst more leaked remarks that proved damaging to his image, Gibson starred in the 2011 film The Beaver alongside Jodie Foster, playing a suicidal man who bonds with his hand puppet. But the role failed to soften his image or restart his acting career, and Gibson returned to the action genre for his next four roles on the silver screen—in Get the Gringo (2012), Machete Kills (2013), Mad Max: Fury Road (2014) and The Expendables 3 (2014)—in an attempt to refind the acclaim he'd garnered earlier in his career.
In 1980, Gibson married Robyn Moore. The couple had seven children together before filing for divorce in 2009. Shortly after his divorce proceedings began, Gibson began dating singer Oksana Grigorieva. The couple had their first child shortly before splitting in 2010.
Gibson came under investigation for domestic abuse soon after their separation, with taped phone conversations of the actor spouting racial slurs and admitting to hitting Grigorieva surfacing on the internet. Gibson admitted to slapping Grigorieva once with an open palm, but refuted her claim that he'd punched her numerous times. During the 2011 trial, Gibson peaded "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He was sentenced to three years' probation, one year of domestic-violence counseling and community service, in addition to several fines. As a result, Gibson was denounced by Hollywood colleagues and dropped by his agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
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