Mel Gibson at the premiere of Air America in August, 1990.
Mel Gibson at the premiere of Air America in August, 1990. Alan Light

Famous birthdays this week: Mel Gibson

03/01/1956 - current (62 years old).

"I am politically incorrect, that's true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won't be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn't going to love you all the time".

1956: Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an actor and filmmaker. Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, USA. He moved with his parents to Sydney, when he was 12 years old, and studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

1977: While a student at NIDA, Gibson made his film debut in Summer City.

1979: Gibson played the title character in the film Mad Max. Shortly after making the film he did a season with the South Australian Theatre Company. During this period he shared a $30 a week apartment in Adelaide with his future wife Robyn. After Mad Max, Gibson also played a mentally slow youth in the film Tim. During this period Gibson also appeared in Australian television series guest roles: The Sullivans as naval lieutenant Ray Henderson, in police procedural Cop Shop and in the pilot episode of prison serial Punishment which was produced in 1980, screened 1981.

1980: He married Robyn Denise Moore on June 7 of this year and divorced her in 2011.

1981: During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a production company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called "an alternative to the studio system". Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed World War I drama Gallipoli, which earned Gibson a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute as well as a reputation as a serious, versatile actor.

1982: Gibson again attracted critical acclaim in Peter Weir's romantic thriller The Year of Living Dangerously.

1984: Following a one-year hiatus from film acting after the birth of his twin sons, Gibson took on the role of Fletcher Christian in The Bounty. Mel Gibson's first American film was Mark Rydell's drama The River, in which he and Sissy Spacek played struggling Tennessee farmers. Gibson then starred in the Gothic romance Mrs. Soffel for Australian director Gillian Armstrong. He and Matthew Modine played condemned convict brothers opposite Diane Keaton as the warden's wife who visits them to read the Bible.

1985: Gibson earned his first million dollar salary for playing Max Rockatansky for the third time, in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. After working on four films in a row, Gibson took almost two years off at his Australian cattle station. He returned to play the role of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon, a film which helped to cement his status as a Hollywood "leading man". He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People, the first person to be named so.

1988: Gibson's next film was Robert Towne's Tequila Sunrise, followed by Lethal Weapon 2, in 1989.

1990: He next starred in three films back-to-back: Bird on a Wire, Air America, and Hamlet; all were released in this year.

1995: Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the epic historical drama film Braveheart, for which he won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Director, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture.

1997: On July 25, Gibson was named an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in recognition of his "service to the Australian film industry". The award was honorary because substantive awards are made only to Australian citizens.

2000's: Gibson acted in three films that each grossed over $100 million: The Patriot, Chicken Ru, and What Women Want.

2002: He appeared in the Vietnam War drama We Were Soldiers and M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, which became the highest-grossing film of Gibson's acting career. While promoting Signs, Gibson said that he no longer wanted to be a movie star and would only act in film again if the script were truly extraordinary. In an interview about his time at NIDA, Gibson said, "I had really good highs but some very low lows. I found out recently I'm manic depressive”. Gibson has said that he started drinking at the age of 13.

2004: Gibson later directed and produced the financially successful and controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ. He wrote and directed the film, which became a cult classic amongst Christian viewers but received criticism for its excessive violence and its portrayal of Jews

2006: He received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto, which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century. On July 28, Gibson was arrested by a deputy James Mee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for driving under the influence (DUI) while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol, which is illegal in California. On August 17, Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge and was sentenced to three years probation.

2009: Gibson began dating Oksana Grigorieva until 2010.

2010: Appeared in Edge of Darkness, which marked his first starring role since 2002 and was an adaptation of the BBC miniseries, Edge of Darkness. Following an outburst at his ex-girlfriend that was made public, Gibson was dropped from the talent agency of William Morris Endeavor.

2011: Gibson starred in The Beaver, a domestic drama about a depressed alcoholic directed by former Maverick co-star Jodie Foster. The Beaver premiered at The South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX on March 16.

2013: He most recently played two villains: Voz in Machete Kills in, opposite Danny Trejo, and Conrad Stonebanks in The Expendables 3 opposite Sylvester Stallone in 2014.

2014: Gibson is in a relationship with former champion equestrian vaulter and writer Rosalind Ross. Ross gave birth to their son, and Gibson's ninth child, Lars Gerard, on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles. He has a total of nine children, seven sons and two daughters.

Mel Gibson at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
Mel Gibson at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

2016: After a 10-year hiatus from directing, Gibson returned with the critically praised and financially successful Hacksaw Ridge, which won two Academy Awards and was nominated for another four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson, his second nomination in the category. 

2017: Variety confirmed that Gibson had been cast in the lead role of director S. Craig Zahler's police brutality themed film Dragged Across Concrete.


The Man Without a Face 1993; Braveheart 1995; The Passion of the Christ 2004; Apocalypto 2006; Hacksaw Ridge 2016.


Gibson was born sixth of eleven children. He is the second son of Hutton Gibson, a writer, and Irish-born Anne Patricia. His paternal grandmother was the famous opera contralto, Eva Mylott.

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