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Mel Gibson Biography

Birth Name:
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Birth Place:
Peekskill, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • The sixth of 11 children (he has five brothers and five sisters)
  • While he considers himself an Australian, he was 12 when he moved Down Under with his family
  • The night before his Mad Max audition, a bar fight left him with a black eye and stitches---the exact apocalyptic, world-weary look that director George Miller was seeking
  • When the 1979 film was released stateside, an American actor dubbed Gibson's voice
  • Was arrested in 1984 for drunken driving while filming Mrs
  • Soffel, 22 years before his much more infamous DUI arrest in 2006
  • Named People magazine's first Sexiest Man Alive in 1985 and has been frequently cited in their annual Most Beautiful People issue
  • His father was involved with the Alliance for Catholic Tradition, a group opposed to the more liberal philosophies of the post-Vatican II Catholic Church; this influenced Mel's own conservative stance
  • A renowned practical joker, he has famously played pranks on costars including Rene Russo and Julia Roberts, and director Ron Howard
  • Produced a number of TV projects, including the short-lived sitcom Complete Savages, which was loosely inspired by his own life
  • His self-financed directorial vision of the final hours leading to the crucifixion of Jesus, 2004's The Passion of the Christ, spurred debate over a possible anti-Semitic backlash while breaking box-office records
  • In 2006, he was involved in another headline-producing situation with the Jewish community when he made anti-Semitic remarks during the course of a drunken-driving arrest

Awards

  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2016AACTA Awards-Best Direction: winner
  • 2016Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film not in the English Language: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2001People's Choice Awards-Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama: winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1996Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 1995Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 1995Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 1983Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1981Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1979Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner

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