Mel Gibson Known For His Action Hero Roles
Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, popularly known as Mel Gibson, is an American actor and filmmaker. He is an Academy Award winner and is well-known for his portrayal of characters in movies like Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series.
Mel Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, USA, to Hutton Gibson and Anne Patricia. He is the sixth-born child of the couple and had 10 other siblings. His family moved to Sydney, Australia for safety and domestic stability when he was just 12. His father feared that if he stayed in the U.S., both his sons would be drafted for the Vietnam War. In Australia, after completing his school education, Mel Gibson enrolled at a drama school. This became the turning point of his life. From theatre, he soon went on to give his first hit movie Mad Max in Australia, and then captivated the US audience as well with its sequels and other movies. People magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive in 1985. The movie Braveheart proved to the audience that his directing skills were as good as his acting skills. This successful change from actor to director earned him comparisons with Clint Eastwood. But outside of his work, his life has been marred by his controversies such as, alcoholism, drunk driving, domestic violence, drug addiction, and accusations of him being a homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynist.
Awards & Achievements
Gibson received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Tim and Gallipoli, in 1979, and 1981, respectively.
He won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director for Braveheart in 1995.
He won the People’s Choice Awards: Favourite Motion Picture Actor in 1991, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
He was named the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity by the US business magazine Forbes.
Happy Birthday to Gibson