MEL GIBSON (Porter)
was most recently seen in the summer blockbuster "Lethal
Weapon 4" starring Danny Glover and with Julia Roberts in
the 1997 summer release "Conspiracy Theory," a thriller
written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Richard Donner. Gibson
also starred in the box-office smash hit "Ransom," directed
by Ron Howard. In 1995, Gibson, produced, directed and starred
in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture, "Braveheart,"
which also earned him 1996's Best Director Oscar®. Earlier,
he starred for producer/director Richard Donner on the worldwide
blockbuster trilogy of "Lethal Weapon" films, plus the
Western comedy "Maverick," which was jointly produced
with Gibson's and Bruce Davey's own Icon Productions.
Gibson's career began with George Miller's "Mad Max,"
which catapulted him to international stardom. His next two films,
"Tim" and Peter Weir's "Gallipoli," each earned
him Best Actor Awards from the Australian Film Institute. Gibson
made his American film debut with "The River," followed
by "Mrs. Soffel." His other film credits include "Tequila
Sunrise," "Bird on a Wire," "Air America,"
Franco Zefirelli's "Hamlet" (which marked the first
project from Icon Productions), "Forever Young," "The
Bounty," "The Year of Living Dangerously," "The
Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."
Gibson made his directing debut with "The Man Without a Face,"
in which he also starred.
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