Mel Gibson

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

3rd January, 1956







Mel Gibson (born Mel Com-Cille Gerard Gibson, 3.1.1956) Mel Gibson is an internationally renowned actor, film director and producer. Amongst his best-known films are the Mad Max series and the Lethal Weapon series.

Childhood: Mel Gibson was born in the Peekskill area of New York. He has 10 siblings, being the sixth of 11 children born to Hutton Gibson and Anne Reilly. Mel's mother was Irish, so he was born with dual Irish and American nationality.

Hutton Gibson won $145,000 in an injury lawsuit against his employers, the New York Central Railroad, in 1968 and the family moved to Sydney, Australia. Mel Gibson was 12 years old at the time.

Acting Career: Early on in his acting career, Mel Gibson was compared to the likes of Steve McQueen, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. One his first films was 1981's Gallipolli, which also starred Mark Lee and Bill Kerr. He was easily cast into a number of very masculine lead roles, such as the Mad Max films. The first in the series of futuristic dystopian films was released in 1979. It was followed by Mad Max 2 in 1981 and Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome in 1985. The Mad Max films also starred Tina Turner and Bruce Spence and were directed by George Miller.

Another cornerstone of Gibson's career is the Lethal Weapon franchise. Also starring Danny Glover, the debut film was released in 1987, followed by Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989, Lethal Weapon 3, with Joe Pesci and Rene Russo in 1992 and a delayed follow-up in 1998, Lethal Weapon 4, with Chris Rock and Jet Li in 1998.

In 1993, Gibson starred in The Man Without A Face, a moving drama that Gibson also directed.

The following year saw Gibson team up with Jodie Foster and James Garner for the Western Comedy, Maverick. The film was met with a lukewarm response. Gibson's career did not falter, though, as 1995 saw the release of Braveheart, one of Gibson's most popular and successful films, telling the story of William Wallace. Again, Gibson directed the film, as well as starring in it.

Gibson also acted in The Patriot, an epic war film released in 2000. The film also starred Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson and Jason Isaacs. Reviews of the film were mixed, with its critics bemoaning its inaccurate depiction of historical events during the Revolutionary War. That same year, Mel Gibson also starred in a light-hearted comedy, opposite Helen Hunt, entitled What Women Want.

One of Mel Gibson's more controversial projects came in 2004, with the release of The Passion of the Christ. The film depicts the events surrounding the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The dialogue of the film is in Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew, with subtitles, making it the highest-grossing non-English language film of all time.

In 2006, Mel Gibson returned to depicting historical events with Apocalypto, which was concerned with the decline of the Maya civilisation. The film features a cast of Native Americans, using the Yucatec Maya dialogue.

Mel Gibson has also undertaken a wealth of theatrical roles, including the lead role in Romeo and Juliet opposite Judy Davis, when he was a student. He also took on the role of Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in an avant-garde production of the Shakespearian play. Mel Gibson was also once a member of the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide, appearing in productions such as Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

Personal Life: In June 1980, Mel Gibson married Robyn Denise Moore. They have seven children together. In June 2009, Robyn Gibson filed for divorce, after the couple had been separated for three years.

Mel Gibson then started dating a Russian musician, named Oksana Grigorieva and in may 2009, announced that they are expecting their first child. Grigorieva already has a son by the actor Timothy Dalton.

Mel Gibson has never been shy of courting controversy. In the past, he has been accused of homophobia, anti-Semitism and drink driving.

Jim Caviezel Resurrects His Jesus Costume For 'Passion Of The Christ 2'

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 31 January 2018

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He'll return in the titular role for Mel Gibson's sequel.

More news on Mel Gibson's forthcoming 'Passion of the Christ' sequel has been unveiled, as it is confirmed that lead actor Jim Caviezel is set to reprise his titular role. It comes two years after Gibson revealed it would be based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Image caption Jim Caviezel at the US Tennis Open

Fourteen years on, 49-year-old Jim Caviezel returns to Mel Gibson's Biblical retellings in his planned sequel to the controversial 2004 drama 'The Passion of the Christ'. Caviezel has revealed little about what to expect from the new movie, but has made some extraordinary claims.

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Daddy's Home 2 Review


Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story that's funny but never particularly clever. It's an enjoyable bit of escapist entertainment, mixing some sharp gags in between the more obvious jokes. But while the script makes a feeble attempt to poke fun at over-the-top machismo, it indulges in relentless gender stereotyping.

Now best buddies, co-dads Dusty and Brad (Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell) decide to combine their families to celebrate Christmas this year. Then Dusty's estranged tough-guy dad Kurt (Mel Gibson) turns up, as does Brad's more touchy-feely father Don (John Lithgow). This raises issues for both Dusty and Brad, who are clearly chips off the old blocks. They may be united in their love for their kids (Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez and Didi Costine), but old rivalries spark as they take the family to a huge mountain cabin with their wives (Alessandra Ambrosio and Linda Cardellini). What follows is a combination of wacky slapstick and various forms of sabotage as Dusty and Brad's bromance is put through the wringer.

None of this is remotely original, with elaborate set-pieces that feel like they've been lifted wholesale from other holiday comedies. And the plot is never remotely surprising either. But the actors have chemistry, and invest some sparkiness in their characters. Much of the antics centre on the clash between Gibson and Lithgow, who play up the aggression and sweetness, respectively. It's badly exaggerated, but the actors throw themselves into the roles, and the interaction between the three generations is nutty enough to keep the audience chuckling even through some rather stupid gags. The filmmakers seem to think that crazed conflict is hilarious, but actually the funniest moments are when Walhberg and Ferrell are working together to approach a problem.

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Mel Gibson On Recovering His Reputation In Hollywood

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 23 November 2017

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Gibson's career went off the rails in the noughties amid allegations of domestic abuse and anti-Semitism.

Mel Gibson has expressed his “surprise” at how he has been welcomed back into Hollywood circles, more than a decade after a series of personal troubles and incidents that could have ended his film career.

The actor and Oscar-nominated director infamously fell from favour in the noughties after a string of incidents that saw him accused of racism and anti-Semitism, as well as a domestic abuse allegation against his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in 2011 that led to a conviction for battery, which was wiped after he completed a three-year probation.

However, the 61 year old star has rebuilt his career in recent years, scoring multiple Oscar nominations for his war movie Hacksaw Ridge this time last year. Now, he’s back on the big screen himself with a role in comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2.

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Daddy's Home 2 Trailer

It’s part of modern life that divorce and separation is part of many families and a lot can't even form civil friendships. When Brad Whitaker met his wife Sara and her two children he thought that he'd been given the instant perfect family - for the most part, he had! Though Megan and Dylan were a little reluctant to take to Brad, with time and much persistence, both kids warmed to their mum's new husband.

Brad is kind, friendly and a real family man, just like his father. Megan and Dylan's birthfather, Dusty, on the other hand isn't quite as mild mannered as the latest addition to the family and when Dusty announces that he's going to come visit the family, Sara is far from impressed. What starts out as animosity toward one another soon develops into an admiration for both their strengths.

Though many wouldn't have guessed it, now Brad and Dusty are great friends! As the winter holidays come around, both Dusty with his partner, Karen and Brad and Sara decide that the family will all get together for one big holiday celebration. The kids are thrilled with the decision, as is the entire family, but the mood soon changes when Dusty receives a phone call from his dad, Kurt. The family unit has just got a little bit bigger and Dusty really isn't sure how his rough and ready father is going to appreciate the new Dusty or their larger family arrangement. If that wasn't enough, Brad's father also joins the team.

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Mel Gibson seen alone and with Rosalind Ross at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 11th December 2016

Mel Gibson at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 7th November 2016

Mel Gibson Wants To 'Enlighten' Resurrection Story With 'Passion Of The Christ' Sequel

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 November 2016

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He's finally confirmed his latest Biblical project.

Earlier this year is was rumoured that Mel Gibson was working on a sequel to his controversial 2004 film 'The Passion Of The Christ', and now the actor has confirmed the news in an interview with Stephen Colbert revealing that the new film will focus on the Resurrection of Jesus.

Image caption Mel Gibson opens up about 'The Passion of the Christ' sequel

The actor, who directed the original movie, will bring 'The Resurrection' to life in the next few years, though he's yet to decide what direction he's going to take it in. He spoke about the potential scope of the movie during his appearance on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.

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Mel Gibson is all smiles as he goes to film an episode of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' New York City, United States - Tuesday 1st November 2016

Whether You Love It Or Hate It, 'Hacksaw Ridge' Is One Big Gorefest

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 November 2016

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Mel Gibson's latest movie is stomach-churningly bloody.

The critics' consensus for Mel Gibson's first directorial project in ten years, 'Hacksaw Ridge', is largely positive; viewers love the storyline, the actors and Desmond Doss. However, brace yourself if you've got a weak stomach because it's without doubt the bloodiest movie of the year.

Andrew Garfield stars as Desmon Doss 'Hacksaw Ridge'

'Hacksaw Ridge' follows Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), an American World War II army medic, as he goes into battle armed with nothing but his medical supplies. He went on to win the Medal of Honor as the first conscientious objector of the war, and as a man who cared about his religion more than his life.

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Director Mel Gibson at a screening of "Hacksaw Ridge", the screening was held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 25th October 2016

Seeing 'Hacksaw Ridge' Director Mel Gibson's Son Milo Is Like Turning Back Time

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 October 2016

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The father and son look so alike, it's ridiculous.

Mel Gibson's son Milo Gibson makes his acting debut in the visceral World War II biopic 'Hacksaw Ridge' and shocked people earlier this week when he showed up at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for the US premiere looking a total dead-ringer for his famous dad.

Image caption Milo Gibson looks so much like his father

The 26-year-old looked the spitting image of his father as they appeared together on the red carpet at the 'Hacksaw Ridge' premiere in Beverly Hills, California on Monday (October 24th 2016), although he looked distinctly less lined and his beard wasn't quite as impressive.

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Hacksaw Ridge - Trailer and Clips

In 1919 Desmond Doss was born, he lived a quiet life and always wanted to become a doctor and also had ambitions to marry his sweetheart, Dorothy. As the World War II continued to spread terror around the world, Doss knew he must play his part and serve his country with his fellow man. For religious and ethical reasons, Doss had always been a pacifist and never believed in hurting another man and joined the forces as a medic in the hopes of saving the lives of injured soldiers.

When he arrived for training, resources were so tight that all medics were made to train in armed combat, there was no other option but to pick up a weapon and begin training like everyone else on the base. Unable to falter from his convictions, Doss's superiors were soon involved in the situation and Doss fought for his beliefs and was officially named a conscientious objector; that also made him a target for the other recruits who came to nickname him a coward.

As their initial battle day approached, the men didn't look toward Doss as one of their own, more as just another potential body going into a losing battle. The whole regiment found themselves being bombarded by powerful blasts from bombs and guns and somehow Doss survived, but not only did he survive, he went on to pull a number of men away from the front line and save them from certain death.

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Mel Gibson seen alone and with Rosalind Ross at the World Poker Tournament Presents 'Four Kings And An Ace' held at CITIZEN, Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 21st October 2016

Mel Gibson Expecting Ninth Child With Girlfriend Rosalind Ross

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 17 September 2016

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Gibson has seven children with ex wife Robyn Moore and a six-year-old daughter with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Mel Gibson is to become a father for the ninth time at the age of 60. The actor’s girlfriend of two years, 26-year-old Rosalind Ross, is reportedly pregnant with her first child and the couple are said to be ‘excited’ at the news.

Image caption Mel Gibson and girlfriend Rosalind Ross are expecting their first child together

A source told People magazine: “Mel and Rose are so excited about the baby. Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had.”

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Mel Gibson Gets A Standing Ovation For WWII Movie 'Hacksaw Ridge'

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 September 2016

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The director took to Venice Film Festival at the weekend.

Mel Gibson is back in the director's chair for the first time in ten years. His new World War II drama 'Hacksaw Ridge' premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival at the weekend to a huge reception, proving that he's lost none of his edge.

Image caption Mel Gibson premieres new film 'Hacksaw Ridge'

The 60-year-old Hollywood icon received a 10-minute long standing ovation on Saturday night (September 3rd) following the premiere of his latest movie 'Hacksaw Ridge'. Of course, the reception could just be down to Mel's return in itself, with many fans donning blue paint on their face to emulate 'Braveheart'.

With a screenplay by Andrew Knight ('The Water Diviner') and Robert Schenkkan ('The Pacific'), the film is about the activity of army doctor Cpl. Desmond T. Doss during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. He was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor after refusing to kill enemey soldiers or even carry a firearm because of his faith.

The film stars Andrew Garfield ('The Amazing Spider-Man') as Doss, alongside Teresa Palmer ('Lights Out'), Luke Bracey ('Point Break'), Sam Worthington ('Everest'), Hugo Weaving ('The Hobbit') and Vince Vaughn ('True Detective'), as well as Mel's own son Milo Gibson in his acting debut.

Early reviews are extremely positive; the Guardian describes how the film 'couldn't be more perfect' while Variety reports it as a 'brutally effective, bristlingly idiosyncratic combat saga'.

Mel Gibson's last directorial venture was 2006's 'Apocalypto', and he is well-known for 2004's 'The Passion of the Christ' and the 5-time Oscar winning 'Braveheart' of 1995 in which he also starred. Mel hasn't directed a movie since he was arrested for DUI and hit headlines for a reported anti-Semitic outburst in 2006.

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'Sometimes you take a big step backwards, I've done it', Mel told reporters regarding his relationship with Hollywood. 'For one reason or another, maybe it's where you are in your life.'

Many critics are describing this new film as a kind of 'act of atonement'. However, this past decade hasn't been about resting on his laurels, and he actually has another project underway.

'I've been developing one thing for over 10 years, set back in the 15th century of Italy', he told People. 'It has all the trappings of a Jacobean tragedy, and I want to make it like that, even to the point of soliloquies and stuff.'

'Hacksaw Ridge' hits US theaters on November 4th 2016.