Mel Gibson

Actor, Director, Producer
A gifted and rather complicated performer who became one of the biggest stars in the world, only to be ostracized for racist comments and anger issues, actor-director Mel Gibson rode the wave of his 20-plus years of ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

Blood Father 2015 (Movie)

John Link (Actor)

Sleight of Hand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Stonebanks (Actor)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

Voz (Actor)

Get the Gringo 2012 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Beaver 2011 (Movie)

Walter Black (Actor)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

Craven (Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Question 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Making The Passion of the Christ 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Before They Were Stars! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Singing Detective 2003 (Movie)

Dr Gibbon (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Signs 2002 (Movie)

Graham Hess (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Actor)

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Quest For Captain Kidd 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

Detective Skinner (Actor)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

of Rocky the Rooster (Voice)

History or Hollywood? The Patriot 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

Benjamin Martin (Actor)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Nick Marshall (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Porter (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

Martin Riggs (Actor)

Conspiracy Theory 1997 (Movie)

Jerry Fletcher (Actor)

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 ShoWest Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Tom Mullen (Actor)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Australia's Outback: The Vanishing Frontier 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

William Wallace (Actor)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

of Captain John Smith (Voice)

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Bret Maverick (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

Justin McLeod (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

Martin Riggs (Actor)

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mel Gibson Goes Back to School 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Australia: Continent of Dreams 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/14/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Air America 1990 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

Rick Jarmin (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 (Movie)

Hamlet (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

Martin Riggs (Actor)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Dale McKussic (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

Martin Riggs (Actor)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 (Movie)

Mad Max Rockatansky (Actor)

Mrs. Soffel 1984 (Movie)

Ed Biddle (Actor)

The Bounty 1984 (Movie)

Fletcher Christian (Actor)

The River 1984 (Movie)

Tom Garvey (Actor)

Attack Force Z 1982 (Movie)

Captain Paul Kelly (Actor)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

Guy Hamilton (Actor)

Gallipoli 1981 (Movie)

Frank Dunne (Actor)

The Road Warrior 1981 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Mad Max 1979 (Movie)

Max Rockatansky (Actor)

Tim 1979 (Movie)

Tim Melville (Actor)

Summer City 1976 (Movie)

Scollop (Actor)

Breaking the News (TV Show)

Narrator

Cold Warrior (Movie)

(Actor)

The Face: Jesus in Art (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (15)

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get the Gringo 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Another Day in Paradise 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

Carrier 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shattered 2007 (Movie)

Producer (Executive Producer)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clubhouse 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Paparazzi 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Passion of the Christ 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Singing Detective 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Invincible (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Three Stooges (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (5)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Complete Savages 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Passion of the Christ 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Get the Gringo 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Passion of the Christ 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Physical Effects (1)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 (Movie)

(Stunts)
Music (1)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

("Amazing Grace") (Song Performer)

Biography

A gifted and rather complicated performer who became one of the biggest stars in the world, only to be ostracized for racist comments and anger issues, actor-director Mel Gibson rode the wave of his 20-plus years of popularity to become one of the industry's most bankable stars. After finding fame in Australia with only his second film, "Mad Max" (1979), Gibson vaulted onto the international scene with the superior sequel, "The Road Warrior" (1981). Following an excellent performance in "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), Gibson staked his claim in Hollywood by starring in "Lethal Weapon" (1987), a highly successful buddy comedy by which all others would be measured. Gibson actively sought to usurp his action hero image with a wider range of roles, including playing the titular "Hamlet" (1990) and a reclusive burn victim in "The Man without a Face" (1993). He transformed himself from action star to Oscar-winning director with the historical epic "Braveheart" (1995) and sparked controversy for his "The Passion of the Christ" (2003), a rather bloody and violent look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ that many accused of bias against of Jews. Making matters worse for himself, Gibson became notorious after letting fly an anti-Semitic rant while being arrested for drunk driving in 2006, and later lashing out at his ex-girlfriend in recorded calls laced with racial slurs and threats. Once a beloved leading man who could do no wrong, many wondered if Gibson's behavior had forever tarnished his once successful and lucrative career.

Relationships

Robyn Gibson

Wife
Met in Adelaide, Australia in the late 1970s soon after filming "Mad Max" (1979) Married June 7, 1980 in Forestville, New South Wales She filed for divorce April 13, 2009 Divorced Dec. 23, 2011

Donal Gibson Actor

Brother
Born Feb. 13, 1958; had minor roles in films starring his brother Mel, such as "Braveheart" (1995) and "Maverick" (1994)

Hutton Gibson

Father
Was a leading figure in the conservative Catholic splinter group, The Alliance for Catholic Traditions; won a workman's compensation suit against New York Central Railroad in 1968, after falling from a train and injuring his back; moved family to Sydney, Australia when Mel was twelve; appeared on the Art Fleming-hosted version of the game show "Jeopardy!" and retired undefeated after five shows Filed for divorce at age 93 in June 2012 from his wife Teddy Joye Gibson Couple divorced Jan. 2, 2013

Ann Gibson

Mother
Born c. 1921 in Ireland Died in December 1990

Hannah Gibson

Daughter
Born c. 1980; mother, Robyn Gibson; married Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd in September 2006

Lucia Gibson

Daughter
Born Oct. 30, 2009; mother, Oksana Grigorieva

Christian Gibson

Son
Born c. 1982; twin of Edward; mother, Robyn Gibson

Edward Gibson

Son
Born c. 1982; twin of Christian; mother, Robyn Gibson

Louis Gibson

Son
Born c. 1987; mother, Robyn Gibson

Milo Gibson

Son
Born c. 1990; mother, Robyn Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Son
Born c. 1999; mother, Robyn Gibson

William Gibson

Son
Born c. 1984; mother, Robyn Gibson

Oksana Grigorieva Actor

Companion
Rumors that they were dating began to surface around the time his wife filed for divorce in April 2009 Reportedly split after dating for just over a year; revealed after their split that they were together for three years In June 2010, she filed a restraining order against him, claiming he abused her; Gibson also filed a restraining order against Grigorieva

Eva Mylott

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother

EDUCATION

National Institute of Dramatic Art

1977
Attended with actress Judy Davis

St. Leo's Catholic College

Attended the all-boys Catholic school founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Jodie Foster in "The Beaver"; Foster also directed film

2010

Played a homicide detective searching for his daughter's murderer in the film adaptation of "Edge of Darkness"

2006

Directed the action-adventure film "Apocalypto"; filmed in the Yucatec Maya dialogue; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film

2004

Executive produced and directed several episodes of the short-lived ABC comedy "Complete Savages"

2004

Directed the controversial feature "The Passion of the Christ," based on biblical accounts of the arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus; filmed in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew and earned over 600 million worldwide

2002

Appeared with Robert Downey Jr. in the musical comedy "The Singing Detective"

2002

Executive produced and starred in the Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"

2002

Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural drama "Signs"

2002

Moved ICON from Paramount to 20th Century Fox

2000

Portrayed a chauvinistic ad executive who can hear women's thoughts in Nancy Meyers' "What Women Want"

2000

Executive produced the ABC biopic "The Three Stooges"

2000

Played the lead role in Roland Emmerich's Revolutionary war saga "The Patriot"

1999

Starred in Brian Helgeland's directorial debut "Payback"; film was later re-cut and re-shot by the request of Gibson and the studio

1998

Re-teamed with Donner and Glover for "Lethal Weapon 4"

1997

Co-starred with Julia Roberts in Donner's "Conspiracy Theory"

1996

Starred in the Ron Howard directed thriller "Ransom"

1995

Lent his voice to John Smith for the animated feature "Pocahontas"

1995

Directed and produced the Academy Award winning film "Braveheart"; also played the lead role of legendary Scot, William Wallace

1994

Again collaborated with Donner on Western comedy "Maverick"

1993

Feature directorial debut, "The Man Without a Face"; also starred

1992

Reunited with Donner and Glover for "Lethal Weapon 3"

1991

Directed and appeared in the HBO special "Mel Gibson Goes Back to School"

1990

First film produced by Icon Productions, "Hamlet"; also played the title role

1989

Reprised role as Riggs for "Lethal Weapon 2"; again collaborated with Donner and Glover

1987

Played the role of Martin Riggs in "Lethal Weapon"; co-starred with Danny Glover and directed by Richard Donner

1985

Completed "Mad Max" trilogy with "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome"

1984

Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in "The Bounty"

1984

Made American film debut opposite Sissy Spacek in Mark Rydell's "The River"

1982

Re-teamed with Weir to play an Australian journalist in "The Year of Living Dangerously"

1981

Cast as one of the leads in Peter Weir's critically-acclaimed World War I drama "Gallipoli"

1981

Re-teamed with Miller to reprise role for "Mad Max 2" (released in the U.S. as "The Road Warrior")

1979

Played Estragon, opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the Australian production of "Waiting for Godot"

1979

Portrayed a developmentally disabled man in "Tim"

1979

Breakthrough role as the leather-clad post-apocalyptic survivor in George Miller's "Mad Max"

1978

Joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide

1976

Played a shy surfer in his film debut "Summer City"

1976

Made TV debut on the Australian series "The Sullivans"

1976

Made stage debut opposite Judy Davis in the National Institute of Dramatic Art's production of "Romeo and Juliet"

1968

Moved with family to Australia at 12 years old

Formed ICON productions, (formerly known as Gibson Productions)

Bonus Trivia

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In 1985, Gibson became the first person People magazine named "The Sexiest Man Alive."

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Gibson was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year (Harvard University) in 1997.

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On July 25, 1997, Gibson was named an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in recognition of his "service to the Australian film industry".

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"It made me observant. Right away I saw there was a difference between them and me. In order to cope and not have a punchup every other day, I tried to be like them. It was good training for an actor." – Gibson on moving from America to Australia as a boy, as quoted in the Daily News, Jan. 3, 1999

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"I want to direct, that's the most fun you can have standing up, but if you're going to spend two years of your life with something, you want to make sure it's not horrible.""It's terrifying, they give you a budget and everyone acts like you know what you're doing. But it's exhilarating at the same time, it's the fear of the unknown and you're actually stepping up to the plate. It's somewhere between frightened and inspired and sometimes those two can feed on each other. They do, in fact. Someone rips ten pages out of your script and you've got to make a change fast and you've got to make the script work, you come up with the answer and you do it fast and you make it work. You need to be up against the wall before you can make those decisions." – Gibson quoted in Empire magazine, April 1999

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Time magazine chose Mel Gibson and Michael Moore as "Men of the Year" in 2004, but Gibson turned down the photo session and interview. The cover went instead to George W. Bush.

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"I was 24 years old and I knew I was going to be a father by the time I was 25, and I just sat there in disbelief, thinking about how little I knew and saying to myself, 'Someones going to call me Dad, the poor little creature.' I just felt totally unprepared and ill-equipped. I didn't have the first idea about that kind of stuff. But you know, once you're on that road, you start pulling your socks up. Unfortunately, with the first one you're kinda learning." – Gibson quoted in People magazine's 30th Anniversary Special, April 12, 2004

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On July 28, 2006, Gibson was arrested for DUI while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol. Gibson was reported to be screaming profanities and anti-Semitic slurs at authorities. Gibson was quoted as saying, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." – As reported by The New York Times, July 29, 2006

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Gibson released a statement regarding his arrest, stating: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed," the statement read. "(After) I was stopped by the L.A. County Sheriffs, I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone who I have offended." – from the Associated Press, July 31, 2006

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On June 24 2010, Gibson filed for a restraining order against Oksana Grigorieva, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his 7-month-old daughter, Lucia. Grigorieva filed her own restraining order against the actor, citing he allegedly abused her.

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In July 2010, audio tapes of Gibson allegedly shouting misogynistic, racist, and threatening comments towards Grigorieva (who reportedly recorded the argument) were leaked. On July 9, Gibson's longtime agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, dropped him as a client.

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On July 15, a detective from the L.A. County Sheriff's domestic violence division obtained the conversations reportedly between Gibson and Grigorieva. Other detectives investigating allegations of child endangerment were also present in court after Grigorieva alleged the actor hit their baby daughter, Lucia. Meanwhile, Gibson's ex-wife Robyn swore under oath that the actor never physically abused her or their kids in the 28 years she was married to him. On July 16, RadarOnline.com released a disturbing picture of Grigorieva reportedly taken just hours after she claimed Gibson punched her in the face. In Aug. 2010, a Los Angeles judge ordered Gibson and Grigorieva to share visitation of their daughter Lucia, with Gibson's custodial rights set to increase from 20 percent to 40 percent once Lucia turns one-year-old on Oct. 30.

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On the night of Aug. 15, 2010, Gibson lost control of his 2008 Maserati and crashed his car into a rocky hillside in Malibu, CA. The actor reportedly told officers in the field that he did not know how the car drifted out of the lane and into the hillside.

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On Oct. 11, 2011, Gibson's car rear-ended another vehicle in Phoenix, AZ. Gossip site TMZ.com reported no injuries, but both vehicles suffered minor damages.

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After collaborating on a failed film project titled "The Maccabees" with Gibson, Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas wrote an explosive letter in April 2012 that accused Gibson of making anti-Semitic comments and violent threats against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Gregorieva during production, and also claimed Gibson was using the film about a Jewish hero to save his tarnished reputation. In a response letter, Gibson denied Eszterhas' allegations and called him out for writing a "substandard first draft."

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