MEL GIBSON (Voz) was born in upstate New York and moved with his family to
Australia when he was 12 years old. Gibson attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts at
the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His stage appearances include "Death of a
Gibson was eventually brought to the attention of director George Miller who cast him in
Mad Max, the film that first brought him worldwide recognition. This was followed by the title
role in Tim. Gibson's portrayal of a handicapped young man won him an Australian Film Institute
Best Actor Award.
He was further established as an international star by the two hit sequels to Mad Max--The
Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome--along with Peter Weir's Gallipoli, which
brought Gibson a second Australian Best Actor Award. A few years later, Weir and Gibson again
collaborated on The Year of Living Dangerously.
Gibson made his American film debut in The River. Also, he starred in the worldwide
record breaking Lethal Weapon (1, 2, 3, and 4) franchise. Gibson's other films include The
Bounty, Mrs. Soffel, Tequila Sunrise, Bird on a Wire, Air America, and Hamlet. Hamlet, directed
by Franco Zeffirelli, was the first film produced by Gibson's production company, IconProductions. The role brought him the William Shakespeare Award from the Folger Theatre in
Washington, DC. Also, he starred in the Icon produced Forever Young and Maverick. Gibson
made his directorial debut and starred in The Man Without A Face, another Icon production. The
company has also produced Immortal Beloved and Airborne, among others.
In 1995, Gibson produced, directed and starred in the critical and box office success
Braveheart, which was the recipient of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best
Director, after receiving a leading 10 nominations. Gibson received a Golden Globe Award for
Best Director as well. Also, he received a Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award given by
the National Board of Review and was honored as the 1996 NATO/ShoWest Director of the Year,
as well as being the recipient of the Best Director Award given by the Broadcast Film Critics
In 1996, Gibson starred in Ransom, directed by Ron Howard for Disney's Touchstone
Pictures. A remake of the 1956 MGM picture tells the story of a New York millionaire who must
employ daring tactics to retrieve his kidnapped son. He received a Golden Globe nomination for
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), as well as winning the People's Choice Award for
Favorite Motion Picture Actor.
In August of 1997, Gibson starred in the romantic-thriller Conspiracy Theory, co-starring
Julia Roberts and directed by Richard Donner for Warner Bros. In July of 1998, Gibson starred in
Lethal Weapon 4, grossing close to $300 million worldwide.
In February of 1999, he starred in the hard-edge thriller Payback, an Icon Production based
on Donald F. Westlake's (writing as Richard Stark) novel The Hunter. Payback was distributed in
the U.S. and Canada by Paramount Pictures and internationally by Warner Bros.
In 2000, Gibson became the first actor in history to star in three $100 million films
(domestic gross) during the same year. In the summer, Gibson starred in the emotionally charged
adventure The Patriot as Benjamin Martin, a reluctant hero who is swept into the American
Revolution when war reaches his home and threatens his family. The Columbia Pictures release
was written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) and directed by Roland Emmerich. Also, Mel
lent his voice as the all-American rooster named Rocky; in the critically acclaimed DreamWorks
SKG animated adventure comedy, Chicken Run.
Later that year, he starred as Nick Marshall, the chauvinistic advertising executive who
gets in touch with his feminine side in the Paramount Pictures/Icon Productions, smash hit What
Women Want. The romantic comedy, directed by Nancy Meyers and co-starring Helen Hunt
opened at $33.6 million, that December. For his portrayal, he was nominated for a Golden Globe
as "Best Actor, Motion Picture Comedy."
In 2002, Gibson starred in We Were Soldiers, a film based on the book We Were Soldiers
Once...And Young, telling the story of the first battle between U.S. and Viet Cong troops, in which
400 soldiers were helicoptered in and surrounded by 2000 enemy troops, as told from the vantage
point of Harold Moore, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, and Joseph Galloway, a
reporter who was on the scene for the 34-day battle. It was directed and written by Randall
Wallace, who was nominated for an Academy Award for writing Braveheart.
Later that year, he starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller, Signs, for Disney, setting
Gibson's opening weekend box office record of $60 million and grossed an all-time individual
record of over $400 million.
In 2004, Gibson produced, co-wrote and directed The Passion of The Christ starring Jim
Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci. The Ash Wednesday release on February 25
grossed an industry-record average of $41,295 per screen (3043 theaters) totaling a five-day gross
of $125.2 million; giving it the best five-day opening ever, at that time, for a film with a
Wednesday opening. The previous record-holder had been The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
the King ($124.1 million). The opening three-day weekend numbers totaled $83,848, 082 (Fri. -
$22.9 million, Sat. $33 million, Sun. $27.8 million), making it number eight on the all-time
opening weekend box-office chart at the time. The Passion of The Christ had a worldwide box-
office gross of $610 million, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film and highest grossing
independent film in film history. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
In 2006, Gibson brought to life his latest epic, visceral action thriller, Apocalypto. Gibson
produced, co-wrote and directed the thriller that follows one man's heart-pounding race through
primeval jungles to rescue his family during the fading days of the mysterious, ancient Mayan
civilization. Apocalypto opened at number one in its opening weekend grossing $15.2 million and
garnered three Academy Award nominations.
Gibson returned to acting in 2009 with GK Films' Edge of Darkness, where he starred as
Thomas Craven, a Boston detective who uncovers sinister government conspiracies when he
investigates the brutal shooting death of his only daughter. The psychological action thriller was
directed by Martin Campbell.
Gibson was in The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, about a man who finds unusual solace
in his beaver hand-puppet.
Gibson produced, co-wrote and starred in the Icon Production Get The Gringo, which
centers on a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican authorities and is sent to a drug and
crime filled prison where he learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. Icon
Productions teamed with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on a domestic direct-to-
consumer release in partnership with DIRECTV in May 2012.