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Mel Gibson Biography

Mel Gibson Profile:
  • Name: Mel Gibson
  • Birth Name: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Sex: M
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Birth Date: January 3, 1956 at 4:45pm-EST
  • Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, USA
  • Profession: actor, director, producer
  • Education: All-boys Catholic school
  •   : National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia
  •   : South Australia Theater Company
  • Husband/Wife: Robyn Gibson (dental nurse; married on June 7, 1980)
  • Father: Hutton Gibson (railroad brakeman)
  • Mother: Ann Gibson (Australian; died in December 1990)
  • Brother: Donal Gibson (actor; born on February 13, 1958)
  • Son: Thomas Gibson (born in 1999), Milo Gibson (born in 1990), Willie Gibson (born in 1985), Christian Gibson (actor; born in 1982), Edward Gibson (actor; twin of Christian; born in 1982)
  • Daughter: Louis Gibson (born in 1988), Hannah Gibson (born in 1980)
  • Claim to fame: as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max (1979)

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Mel Gibson Quotes:
  • On human embryonic stem cell research: "I found that the cloning of human embryos will be used in the process and that, for me, I have an ethical problem with that. Why do I, as a taxpayer, have to fund something I believe is unethical?"
  • On the making of THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "There have been a lot of unusual things happening on this set, good things like people being healed of diseases, a couple of people have had sight and hearing restored, another guy was struck by lightning while we were filming the crucifixion scene and he just got up and walked away. There was even a little six-year-old girl (the daughter of a person connected with the crew) who had epilepsy since she was born and had up to 50 epileptic fits a day. She's doesn't have them anymore for over a month now." He marvels at how this movie has effected or touched most of the cast in some deep and personal way. "And they really give you a lot of hope. It's like wow! I mean, we're not kidding around about this. It's really happening."
  • On the making of THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "The performances I'm getting out of Jim, Maia and Monica -- they knock my socks off! And you should see the guy who plays Judas; he's doing an incredible job and the guards -- they're very scary people. There's not a bad performance in my cast. It's amazing."
  • On the making of THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "My hope is that this movie has a tremendous message of faith, hope, love, forgiveness and a message of tremendous courage and sacrifice. My hope is that it will effect people on a very profound level and somehow change them and that message is a pretty good message to be pushing right now. There's so much turmoil in the world today, on the brink of everybody at each other's throats. I think usually when the world is tried in this way people usually start going back to something higher to fill a void in their souls, particularly if the earth is crying out in pain from all the suffering and fear that's inflicted by war and hatred. For me, I don't think there's a better message you could put out there, than what's in this movie."
  • On THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "It's absolutely not about the blame game. Christ doesn't want it to be about that."
  • On why he made THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "I'm not a preacher, and I'm not a pastor. But I really feel my career was leading me to make this. The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelize."
  • On why he made THE PASSION OF CHRIST: "I wanted to show His sacrifice for all sin for all time."
  • About his spiritual side: "I wasn't exactly the most zealous keeper-of-the-flame, you know? I was a pretty wild boy quite frankly. Even now when I'm trying more than I was before, I still fail every day at some level, but that's being human."
  • "Deal with Jesus for a year and you can't help but become deeply affected."
  • "I'd like to be able to wake up early every morning, but I don't. I'd like to quit smoking. I'd like to never lose my temper. The list goes on and on. I'd even like to get dressed by myself, and not have other people watching me."
  • "I like directing much better. It's more fun, that's all there is to it. It's essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story. It's a high. I love it."
  • "I did a lot of crazy things so I'm surprised to be alive."
  • "I have 6 chickens, 5 dogs, 2 cats, and a fish."
  • "Be yourself or be no one."
  • Itís all happening too fast. Iíve got to put the brakes on or Iíll smack into something.Ē
  • "That's like asking you to pick your favorite child... I do however, think Bird on a Wire was one of my finest works. Oscar caliber." - Biography
  • "After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of that one. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate." [on what women want]
  • "I immediately felt terrible... They were nice guys. They're funny and little and I was looking down on all three of them and they're hairy." [at once yelling at the remaining Beatles for making noise in a sound stage]
Mel Gibson Awards:
  • Hollywood Film Festival: Producer of the Year (2004)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2004)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2003)
  • Australian Film Institute: Global Achievement Award (2002)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Drama, THE PATRIOT (2001)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2001)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama (2001)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Suspense, CONSPIRACY THEORY (1998)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Suspense, RANSOM (1997)
  • Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Man of the Year (1997)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (1997)
  • Academy Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996)
  • Academy Awards: Best Picture, BRAVEHEART (1996)
  • ShoWest Award: Director of the Year (1996)
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996)
  • National Board of Review: Special Achievement in Filmmaking, BRAVEHEART (1995)
  • American Cinematheque Gala Tribute: American Cinematheque Award (1995)
  • MTV Movie Awards: Best Action Sequence, LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1993)
  • MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo, LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1993) - shared with Danny Glover
  • ShoWest Award: Male Star of the Year (1993)
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (1991)
  • Australian Film Institute: Best Actor in a Lead Role, GALLIPOLI (1981)
  • Best Actor in a Lead Role, TIM (1979)

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