Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1956 and he is an Australian-American actor and director. 

He is known for his performances in Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, What They Want and The Beaver . 

“All men die, but not all really live.”

“My family means more to me than the artificial trappings of my career. If I ever had to choose between my career and my family, my wife and children undoubtedly come out on top.“

                                                                                                                               -Mel Gibson-           

Mel Gibson Biography

He was the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson and the second of Patricia Reilly, of Irish origin.

His paternal grandmother was the operatic contralto Eva Mylott, who was born in Australia to Irish parents, while his paternal grandfather was of Irish, Scottish and Welsh descent. 

One of his younger brothers, Donal, is also an actor.His father was awarded $145,000 in a work-related injury lawsuit against the New York Central Railroad on February 14, 1968, and soon after moved his family to West Pymble, Sydney . 

He was 12 years old at the time.The move to his grandmother’s native Australia was for financial reasons and also because his father thought the Australian Defense Forces would turn away his eldest son during the Vietnam War.

Mel Gibson Studies

He was a lousy student who finished high school with a lot of effort. He was educated by the Christian Brothers at St. Leo’s Catholic College in Wahroonga, New South Wales, during his high school years. Later he worked canning orange juice and participated in television contests.

Mel Gibson Career

Like other actors, he was taking his first steps in the theater and then made his debut on the small screen, playing Ray Henderson in The Sullivans, in the second half of the seventies. 

He then was making his film debut in Summer City (1977) and he was playing a few roles in Cop Shop (1978) and The Hero (1979). In that same period he achieved fame thanks to Mad Max (1979 ), a film in which he starred alongside Joanne Samuel.

He subsequently co -starred in Tim (1979), with Piper Laurie, and Attack Force Z (1981 ) with John Phillip Law. That same year he was repeated a role in Mad Max 2, the road warrior (1981) and then he was participating in The Year We Live Dangerously (1982 ), alongside Linda Hunt. 

Two years later he was coming to Hollywood with The Bounty (1984) , a film by Roger Donaldson that would feature performances by Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson .

In this Gibson, he was playing mutineer leader Fletcher Christian.

After playing Max in the third installment of Mad Max (1985), he had success with the tapes Lethal Weapon 1 and 2 (1987 and 1989). In these he played a fearless officer who risked his life to capture a drug gang, along with his partner played by Danny Glover. 

In the early 1990s, he was  beggining directing, making his debut with The Man Without a Face (1993), a film in which he also starred alongside Margaret Whitton.

His second job was Brave Heart (1995), a film for which he was awarded the Oscar for Best Director and Best Film. 

In that time he would intervene in Maverick (1994), with Jodie Foster; in  Ransom (1996) with Gary Sinise (Mac Taylor on CSI New York); and in Conspiracy Theory (1997), opposite Julia Roberts . He also starred in Payback (1999) and reprized the role in Lethal Weapon 3 and 4.

He started the new millennium playing a war veteran in The Patriot (2000), alongside Heath Ledger , and was a macho publicist in What Women Want (2000). Two years later he released Sings (2002), a suspense and fiction film in which he was starring alongside Joaquín Phoenix and Abigail Breslin , who played his daughter.

He could later be watched in the Complete Savages series (2004-05), playing an officer. In that same period he was premiered with the controversial film The Passion of the Christ (2004) , being harshly criticized for the way in which he dealt with the events that led to the death of Jesus on the cross. 

Two years later he was criticized for Apocalypto (2006), a film in which he talks about the meeting between the Spanish and the Mayans, delving into certain practices such as flower wars (sacrifices, rituals, etc).

Years later he was returning to acting playing detective Thomas Craven in  Al Limite (2010) and later he played the creative Walter Black in El Castor (2011) by Jodie Foster. He also appeared in Vacations In Hell (2012), Los mercenarios 3 (2014) and Blood Father (2016); in the latter he shared credits with Diego Luna , Miguel Sandoval and Erin Moriarty.

That same year he premiered as a director the biographical film about Desmond Doss entitled Until The Last Man (2016). This tells the story of a soldier who refuses to fight in World War II , who would be played by Andrew Garfield .

He played the father of Mark Wahlberg in Dos Padres Por Desigual (2017) and was a retired officer in Dragged Across Concrete (2018), alongside Vince Vaughn. He recently starred in Between Reason and Madness (2019), a film in which he plays renowned lexicographer James Murray.

Mel Gibson Awards
1995 — Best Director — Braveheart — Winner
2017 — Best Director — Hacksaw Ridge —Golden Globe Winner
2017 — Best Director — Hacksaw Ridge — Nominated
2001 — Best Actor – Comedy or Musical — What Women Want — Nominated
1997 — Best Actor – Drama — Rescue — Nominated
1996 — Best Director — Braveheart — Winner
Mel Gibson Filmography
As director:

1993: The Man Without a Face .

1995: Braveheart .

2003: The Passion of Jesus Christ .

2006: Apocalypse .

Like actor:

1977: Summer City .

1978: Mad Max, freeway savages ; Tim .

1981: Gallipoli ; Attack Force Z ; Mad Max 2, the road warrior.

1982: The year we live dangerously.

1984: Mutiny on board ; When the river rises ; Mrs Soffel .

1985: Mad Max III, beyond the dome of thunder.

1986: Clean straw for nothing.

1987: Lethal weapon.

1988: Tequila Connection.

1989: Lethal Weapon II .

1990: Air America; Two birds within range ; Hamlet.

1991: Lethal Weapon III.

1992: Forever young. 

1993: The man without a face.

1994: Maverick. Braveheart ; Pocahontas.

1996: Rescue.

1997: Fairy Tale: a true story ; Conspiracy.

1998: Lethal Weapon IV.

1999: Payback ; The million dollar hotel.

2000: The Patriot .

2002: When We Were Soldiers ; Signs .

2003: The Singing Detective .

2004: Paparazzi .

2010: To the limit ; The Beavers .

2011: How I Spend My Summer Vacation .

Mel Gibson Generosity

He followed in the footsteps of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, and Marlon Brando by playing Fletcher Christian in a film retelling of the Mutiny on the Bounty. 

The resulting 1984 film The Bounty is considered the most historically accurate version. However, he has expressed his belief that the film’s revisionism did not go far enough. 

Mel Gibson Net Worth

He is currently believed by Celebrity Net Worth to have a current net worth of $425 million, which is a result of his various roles in the entertainment industries.

In 2004, he paid $15 million for an island in the Pacific. The 2,160-hectare Mago Island , which used to belong to a Japanese hotel chain, has about 40 residents, mostly coconut farmers, has two lagoons and wonderful white-sand beaches.

He is a real estate investor, with multiple properties in Malibu, California, various locations in Costa Rica, a private island in Fiji, and properties in Australia. 

In December 2004, he sold his 300-acre (1.2 km 2 ) Australian farm in the Kiewa Valley for $6 million. Also in December 2004, he purchased Mago Island in Fiji from the Tokyu Corporation of Japan for $15 million. Descendants of the original native inhabitants of Mago, who were displaced in the 1860s, have protested the purchase.

He stated that his intention was to conserve the pristine environment of the undeveloped island. In early 2005, he sold his 45,000-acre (180 km 2 ) ranch in Montana to a neighbor.

In April 2007 he bought a 400-acre (1.6 km 2 ) ranch in Costa Rica for $26 million, and in July 2007 he sold his 76-acre (31 ha) Tudor estate in Connecticut (which he bought in 1994 for $9 million) for $40 million to an unidentified buyer.

Also that month, he sold a Malibu estate for $30 million that he had bought for $24 million two years earlier.  In 2008, he bought the Malibu home of actors David Duchovny and Téa Leoni.

Mel Gibson Personal Life

On June 7, 1980, he married Robyn Moore , a nurse whom he met through a dating service. They had one daughter and six sons. In 2009 Robyn filed for divorce due to physical and psychological abuse inflicted by the actor. 

The divorce cost him half of his fortune, almost 380 million euros that belong to his ex-wife, in what became the most expensive separation in Hollywood history. 

Although they officially divorced on December 23, 2011, the couple had already been broken since 2006, when he alleged “irreconcilable differences” in his marriage.

Hannah Gibson, Mel’s eldest daughter, married musician Kenny Wayne .

On March 12, 2011, he was sentenced to 36 months probation for a domestic abuse case after assaulting his girlfriend, Russian Oksana Grigorieva . 

In addition, he was forced to undergo therapy and perform 16 hours of community service.Since 2014, he has been associated with writer Rosalind Ross , with whom he had his ninth child, Lars Gerard, on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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