Mel Gibson Bio
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3 January 1956, Peekskill, New York, USA.
'Robyn Moore' (7 June 1980 - present); 7 children
-Some sources give 1951 as the year of birth.
-Studied Acting at NIDA (National Insitutute of Dramatic Art),
University of New South Wales, NSW, Sydney, Australia
-(October 1997) Ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100
Movie Stars of All Time" list.
-(1996) Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most
beautiful people in the world
-His father, Hutton Gibson, moved the family from upstate NY to
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1968 after winning as a
contestant on "Jeopardy".
-Gibson has 7 children with his wife Robyn: Hannah, twins Edward and
Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Tommy.
-Educated at University of New South Wales, Australia.
-Mel Gibson is a devout, traditional Catholic.
-Attended drama school with Judy Davis. They played Romeo and Juliet
-(1991) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful
People in the world.
-(1990) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful
People in the world
-Trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). As well as
Judy Davis, other fellow students, during his time there, included
Colin Friels and Dennis Olsen.
-Awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), Australia's
highest honor, in mid-1997.
-He took up acting only because his sister submitted an application
behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight,
and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.
-Brother of actor, Donal Gibson
-His father moved the family to Australia in part because he was
afraid his sons would be drafted during the Vietnam War.
-Acted in Death of a Salesman on Stage.
-Acted as Juliet in an all male production of Romeo snd Juliet.
-(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in
film history (#37).
-Was considered for the role of James Bond in Goldeneye (1995).
-(1985) Chosen as People Magazine's first Sexiest Man Alive
Patriot, The (2000) $25,000,000 (USA)
Conspiracy Theory (1997) $20,000,000
Ransom (1996) $20,000,000
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) $10,000,000
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) $1,200,000 (Australia)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) $120,000 (Australia)
Mad Max (1979) $15,000 (Australia)
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actor. (b. Jan. 3, 1956, Peekskill, N.Y.) The not-very-obscure object
of desire for countless female film fans, this Australian heartthrob
was actually born in the U.S., emigrating Down Under at the age of
12. His grandmother was an Australian opera singer who had moved to
the States, and when Gibson's father, a railroad brakeman, was
injured on the job, he used the settlement money to move Gibson and
his 11 siblings back to the old country. Gibson studied at the
National Institute of Dramatic Arts, where as a student he made his
cinema debut in Summer City (1976). Three years later he was cast as
a young retarded man in Tim (1979), which earned him Australia's
equivalent of the Oscar. He then won the lead in a grade-B sci-fi
film called Mad Max and that film's improbable success (over $100
million at the box office and two sequels) launched Gibson on the
road to stardom. Road Warrior (1981) satisfied his Mad Max fans, but
Gibson scored mainstream successes in starring roles in two pictures
directed by fellow Aussie Peter Weir. In Gallipoli (1981) he played a
young soldier unaware of impending massacre, and in The Year of
Living Dangerously (1983), he portrayed an Australian journalist and
sometime love interest of Sigourney Weaver. He costarred with Anthony
Hopkins in The Bounty (1984), taking the Fletcher Christian role that
was previously played by Clark Gable and Marlon Brando.
Gibson has worked hard to shed the image, in which he was typed
early in his career, as a good-looking hunk with meager acting
talents. In addition to breadand-butter roles in such action pictures
and thrillers as Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Tequila
Sunrise (1988), he has tackled more demanding roles, notably opposite
Diane Keaton in Mrs. Soffel (1984) and playing the title role
(surprisingly well) in Hamlet (1990). He's most popular in
lighthearted fare, where he can superimpose his own boisterous humor
on his characters: the Lethal Weapon trilogy (1987, 1989, 1992), Bird
on a Wire andAir America (both 1990). The father of six children, he
has shown real interest in upbeat, heartwarming movie fare, as
evidenced by the romantic drama Forever Young (1992) and the film he
chose for his directing debut, The Man Without a Face (1993), in
which he also starred. He returned to his métier for the movie
version of Maverick (1994), then tackled the hugely ambitious epic
Braveheart (1995) and did himself proud as actor, director, and
producer. In 1995 he also provided the voice of Captain John Smith
for Disney's animated Pocahontas. His film company, Icon Productions,
made the Beethoven biopic Immortal Beloved (1994).
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