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Mel Gibson Actor Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series and Max Rockatansky ... Born: January 3, 1956 (age 60), Peekskill, NY Height: 5′ 10″ Spouse: Robyn Moore Gibson (m. 1980–2011) Partner: Oksana Grigorieva (2009–2010) Children: Lucia Gibson, Christian Gibson, Hannah Gibson Film Actor, Director, Producer

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. Synopsis Born in Peekskill, New York, on January 3, 1956, Mel Gibson moved to Australia during his youth and went on to pursue a film career. After appearing in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon film series, Gibson eventually directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart and directed The Passion of the Christ.

Outside of his work, the actor has been accused of homophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny. Early Life Actor, director, and producer Mel Gibson was born Mel Camille Gerard Gibson on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of 11 children born to Hutton and Ann Gibson, Roman Catholics of Irish descent.
Shortly after the onset of the Vietnam War, Hutton Gibson relocated his family to Australia for fear that his sons would be drafted into battle. Mel spent the remainder of his childhood in Sydney, where he attended St. Leo's Catholic College, an all-boys Catholic high school. He finished his high school education at Asquith Boys High School in Asquith, New South Wales, Australia. Following his graduation from NIDA that same year, Gibson joined the Southern Australian Theater Company, where he appeared in title roles in classical productions,

including Oedipus and Henry IV. Gibson received his second AFI Award (again for best actor) for his performance as a patriotic idealist in Peter Weir's 1981 World War I drama, Gallipoli. Later that same year, he reprised his role as the leather-clad hero in Mad Max 2:

The Road Warrior (released in the United States as The Road Warrior in 1982). The film's success established Gibson as an international star. His second collaboration with Weir, The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), featured the actor in his first romantic lead, alongside Sigourney Weaver.

Gibson's American film debut in 1984's The River was considered a success. The film earned four Academy Award nominations, including a best actress nod for Sissy Spacek. In 1985, Gibson returned to Australia to complete the Mad Max trilogy in the less-impressive Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, which also starred singer Tina Turner.
Later that year, the actor's popularity was confirmed when he was featured on the cover of People as the magazine's first-ever "Sexiest Man Alive." After a brief hiatus, Gibson returned to the screen with the blockbuster hit Lethal Weapon (1987), playing volatile cop Martin Riggs opposite Danny Glover, who portrayed by-the-book character, Roger Murtaugh.

The success of Lethal Weapon inspired three sequels—Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)—all featuring Glover and Gibson in their respective roles as "good cop" and "bad cop."

Hollywood A-List In Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990), Gibson gave a notable performance as the tormented prince. Hamlet also marked the first film produced by Gibson's newly formed production company, Icon Productions. (Other productions by Icon include the Beethoven biopic Immortal Beloved (1994) and the 1997 remake of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.)
Gibson appeared in a few poorly received films in the early 1990s, including Air America (1990) and the sappy Forever Young (1992). He made his feature directorial debut with the 1993 tearjerker The Man Without a Face, in which he also starred as a severely disfigured burn victim.