Mel Gibson is an actor known for his roles as an action hero. He became famous for his leading role in the film series Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, where he played Max Rockatanskyrose and Martin Riggs respectively.
Mel Gibson Wiki, Height
Mel Gibson was born on 3 January 1965 as Colmcille Gerard Gibson in Peekskill, New York. At the age of 12, he moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, and began his acting career at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where he studied acting. His first stage appearance was in the NIDA production of Romeo and Juliet, and his first screen appearance was in the 1977 film Summer City. Immediately after graduating from NIDA, Gibson enrolled with the Southern Australian Theater Company and performed in classic productions such as Oedipus and Henry IV.
In the 1980s he soon founded a production company called Icon Entertainment. In 1981 he was cast as one of the leading actors in Gallipoli, an outstanding drama from the First World War directed by Peter Weir, which earned him an award as the best actor from the Australian Film Institute and increased his fame as a talented actor.
The actor has maintained an incredibly fit physique over the years with a gallant height of 5ft 9in or 179.83cm.
Gibson as an Actor and Director
In 1984 Gibson entered the American film industry with the film The River, which was a success and received four Oscar nominations. In 1985 he returned to Australia to complete the Mad Max series Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, which featured singer Tina Turner. The actor also won People’s Magazine’s first “Sexiest Man Alive” that year. As a result, the popularity of the actor increased by leaps and bounds.
Gibson was on the big screen in 1987 with the blockbuster movie Lethal Weapon, in which he was cast as Martin Riggs, a policeman, alongside Danny Glover, who played Roger Murtaugh. Due to the high recommendations the film received, it was extended to three more series – Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), in which Gibson and Glover played bad and good cops respectively throughout the series.
The actor is also known for his remarkable role in Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet (1990) as the troubled prince. This was also the first film produced by Gibson’s production company Icon Productions, followed by Beethoven’s 1994 Biopic Immortal Beloved and the 1997 remake of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
His first film as director was The Man Without a Face (1993), in which he appeared as a victim with extreme burn scars. His most acclaimed work Braveheart (1995), in which he played a 13th-century Scottish nobleman, Sir William Wallace, was also directed by him. The film won top awards at the Oscars in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Direction. In 1995 Gibson played his first voice as John Smith in Disney’s Pocahontas.
Mel Gibson is also known for his 2004 directorial work The Passion of the Christ, which made headlines with its depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In response to the controversy, however, Gibson said he was divinely inspired to direct the film by the Holy Spirit. His next historical epic was the Apocalypto in 2006 with a cast of Mexican and Native American actors, which was also a success that topped the box office charts.
The actor, director, and producer was also confronted with his share of public criticism and personal struggles due to allegations that he was a racist and alcoholic, for which he was on probation for three years and attended meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Gibson came back into the limelight in 2010 with the thriller Edge of Darkness, in which he played a policeman investigating the tragic death of his daughter. He then starred in the following action films: Get the Gringo (2012), Machete Kills (2013) and The Expendables 3 (2014).
In 2016, after ten years of being rusty and not directing, Gibson directed Hacksaw Ridge. The film was not his best, but modest enough to earn him a Gloden Globe and Oscar nomination for good direction. The actor also had a comeback appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony in February 2017.
Gibson’s Wife, Divorce
Gibson married Robyn Moore in 1980 and they lived happily together until Robyn Moore filed for divorce in 2009 when news of her husband’s relationship with their now-estranged girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, became public. The divorce proceedings made headlines as the settlement was considered one of the most expensive settlements in Hollywood. Mel Gibson’s divorce cost him at least £250 million.
Mel Gibson’s Girlfriend, Children, and Family
Soon after his divorce, Gibson dated Oksana Grigorieva, who had a daughter for him in 2010. Their relationship ended shortly thereafter with accusations of domestic violence that she had made against him. Gibson applied for custody of the child but reached a settlement with Grigorieva about joint custody.
The actor is currently dating Rosalind Ross, and in September 2016 he announced that they were expecting joint custody after two years of dating. They welcomed the child in early 2017.
The acclaimed actor, who is now a director and producer, has built up a large clan over the years with seven children of ex-wife Robyn Moore: Hannah, the twin boys Christian and Edward, William, Louis, Milo, and Thomas. He also has a daughter, Lucia, with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and a son Lars with current girlfriend Rosalind Ross.
His father is Hutton Peter Gibson, a writer, and his mother is Anne Rielly. Gibson’s paternal grandmother was the famous opera alto, Eva Mylott.