Mel Gibson

Published August 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Occupation: Actor, Director, Producer 

Date of Birth: January 3, 1956 

Place of Birth: Peekskill, NY, USA 

Sign: Sun in Capricorn, Moon in Virgo 

Relations: Wife: Robyn Moore; kids: Hannah, Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo 

Education: National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney, Australia 


 

AS A FILM director, he has touched the hearts of millions with his poignant directorial assignments The Man Without a Face and Braveheart As a film actor, his Mad Max and Martin Riggs characters have coldheartedly slaughtered hundreds.  

While hugely popular all over the world, Mel manages to be reclusive and quiet when it comes to his personal life. We know this: When he isn't romancing co-stars like Jodie Foster or Julia Roberts on film, he's hanging out with his wife of many years, Robyn, and his six children.  

Mel was actually born in America (New York state, to be exact) and lived there until the age of 12. After an accident left his father unable to work, the Gibson family moved their clan (that's Mel and his 10 siblings) to Mom's homeland, Australia.  

Life was pretty normal for the young Mel. He entered drama school immediately after from graduating high school (thanks to the financial support of an older sister). After a few years of stage and Australian TV roles, Mel landed the role of Mad Max, a leather-clad anti-hero of the near future. Although low-budget, Mad Max was nevertheless exciting and unique enough to become Australia's highest-grossing film ever. It was quickly followed by the more popular sequel The Road Warrior.  

With fame and fortune at his heels, Mel opted to pursue more esoteric film fare with period piece dramas. In 1985 he reprised Mad Max role for the third time with Beyond Thunderdome.  

Mel re-gained superstar status in 1987 with his portrayal of suicidal cop Martin Riggs in the international smash-hit Lethal Weapon (a role so great he came back to it three more times!).  

The following years were evenly split between serious fare (1990's Hamlet) and Hollywood filler (Bird on a Wire). It was in 1993 that Mel first tried his hand as a director with The Man Without a Face. Critically acclaimed and enjoyed by audiences, Man paved the way for Mel's cinematic coup, Braveheart.  

The true story of wild Scotsman William Wallace, Braveheart (which Gibson also starred in) walked away with five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Direction. In the years since, Mel's output has lessened. Three of the last seven film performances he did were uncredited. 1996 saw Mel in the high-grossing kidnapping caper, Ransom. The following year he played a nutty taxi driver in the better-than-it-grossed film Conspiracy Theory.  

After a fourth Lethal Weapon installment, Mel took on Payback, a gritty noir thriller based on a Donald Westlake novel. Soon, it'll be back to the director's chair for the second film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic sci-fi tale Fahrenheit 451.  


 

Movies:  


 

1999 Fahrenheit 451  

1999 Payback  

1998 Lethal Weapon 4  

1997 Conspiracy Theory  

1997 Father's Day  

1997 Fairy Tale: A True Story 

1996 Ransom  

1995 Casper  

1995 Braveheart  

1995 Pocahontas  

1994 Maverick  

1993 The Man Without a Face  

1993 Earth and the American Dream  

1992 Lethal Weapon 3  

1992 Forever Young  

1990 Bird on a Wire  

1990 Air America  

1990 Hamlet  

1989 Lethal Weapon 2  

1988 Tequila Sunrise  

1987 Lethal Weapon  

1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome  

1984 The Bounty  

1984 Mrs. Soffel  

1984 The River  

1983 The Year of Living Dangerously  

1982 Attack Force Z  

1981 Gallipoli  

1981 The Road Warrior  

1980 The Chain Reaction  

1979 Tim  

1979 Mad Max  

1977 Summer City 


 

TV: 


 

1981 Punishment  

 

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