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Mel Gibson

Lowest Rated:   13% Air America (1990)
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Birthplace:   Peekskill, New York
Despite a thick Australian accent in some of his earlier films, actor Mel Gibson was born in Peeksill, NY, to Irish Catholic parents on January 3rd, 1956. One of eleven children, Gibson didn't set foot in Australia until 1968, and only developed an Aussie accent after his classmates teased him for his American tongue. Mel Gibson's looks have certainly helped him develop a largely female following similar to the equally rugged Harrison Ford, but since his 1976 screen debut in Summer City, Gibson has been recognized as a critical as well as physiological success.Though he had, at one point, set his sights on journalism, Gibson caught the acting bug by the time he had reached college age, and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, despite what he describes as a crippling ordeal with stage fright. Luckily, this was something he overcame relatively quickly -- Gibson was still a student when he filmed Summer City and it didn't take long before he had found work playing supporting roles for the South Australia Theatre Company after his graduation. By 1979, Gibson had already demonstrated a unique versatility. In the drama Tim, a then 22-year-old Gibson played the role of a mildly retarded handy man well enough to win him a Sammy award -- one of the Australian entertainment industry's highest accolades -- while his leather clad portrayal of a post-apocalyptic cop in Mad Max helped the young actor gain popularity with a very different type of audience. Gibson wouldn't become internationally famous, however, until after his performance in Mad Max 2 (1981), one of the few sequels to have proved superior to its predecessor. In 1983, Gibson collaborated with director Peter Weir for the second time (though it was largely overlooked during the success of Mad Max 2, Gibson starred in Weir's powerful WWI drama Gallipoli in 1981) for The Year of Living Dangerously, in which he played a callous reporter responsible for covering a bloody Indonesian coup. Shortly afterwards, Gibson made his Hollywood debut in The Bounty with Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins, and starred opposite Sissy Spacek in The River during the same year. He would also star in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) alongside singer Tina Turner.After the third installment to the Mad Max franchise, Gibson took a two-year break, only to reappear opposite Danny Glover in director Richard Donner's smash hit Lethal Weapon. The role featured Gibson as Martin Riggs, a volatile police officer reeling from the death of his wife, and cemented a spot as one of Hollywood's premier action stars. Rather than letting himself become typecast, however, Gibson would surprise critics and audiences alike when he accepted the title role in Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990). Though his performance earned mixed reviews, he was applauded for taking on such a famously tragic script.In the early '90s, Gibson founded ICON Productions, and through it made his directorial debut with 1993's The Man Without a Face. The film, which also starred Gibson as a horrifically burned teacher harboring a secret, achieved only middling box-office success, though it was considered a well-wrought effort for a first-time director. Gibson would fare much better in 1994 when he rejoined Richard Donner in the movie adaptation of Maverick; however, it would be another year before Gibson's penchant for acting, directing, and producing was given its due. In 1995, Gibson swept the Oscars with Braveheart, his epic account of 13th century Scottish leader William Wallace's lifelong struggle to forge an independent nation. Later that year, he lent his vocal talents -- surprising many with his ability to carry a tune -- for the part of John Smith in Disney's animated feature Pocahontas. Through the '90s, Gibson's popularity and reputation continued to grow, thanks to such films as Ransom (1996) and Conspiracy Theory (1997). In 1998, Gibson further increased this popularity with the success of two films, Lethal

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Daddy's Home 2
  • Kurt
2017
No Score Yet The Professor and the Madman
  • Producer
  • Prof. James Murray
2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge
  • Director
$67.2M 2016
88% Blood Father
  • Link
2016
No Score Yet The Madness of Max
  • Actor
2015
53% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Producer
2014
32% The Expendables 3
  • Conrad Stonebanks
$34.8M 2014
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
28% Machete Kills
  • Voz
$5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Untitled Viking Drama
  • Director
2012
81% Get the Gringo
  • Screenwriter
  • Driver
$0.5M 2012
61% The Beaver
  • Walter Black
$0.9M 2011
56% Edge of Darkness
  • Thomas Craven
$43.3M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Another Day in Paradise
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2008
65% Apocalypto
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$50.8M 2006
69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$0.9M 2006
88% Who Killed the Electric Car?
  • Actor
$1.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up
  • Porter
2006
44% The Big Question
  • Actor
2006
40% Passion Recut
  • Director
$0.5M 2005
18% Paparazzi
  • Man in Waiting Room (uncredited)
  • Producer
$15.6M 2004
49% The Passion of the Christ
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$368.1M 2004
39% The Singing Detective
  • Dr. Gibbon
  • Producer
$0.3M 2003
74% Signs
  • Graham Hess
$228M 2002
63% We Were Soldiers
  • Lt. Col. Moore
$78.1M 2002
No Score Yet Invincible
  • Executive Producer
2001
54% What Women Want
  • Nick Marshall
$181.5M 2001
No Score Yet The Face: Jesus In Art
  • Narrator
2001
61% The Patriot
  • Benjamin Martin
$2.4M 2000
No Score Yet 'The Simpsons': America's First Family
  • Actor
2000
97% Chicken Run
  • Rocky Rhodes
$106.7M 2000
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
  • Executive Producer
2000
26% The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Skinner
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
2000
54% Payback
  • Porter
1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Martin Riggs
1998
50% Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • Frances' Father
1997
52% Conspiracy Theory
  • Jerry Fletcher
1997
25% Fathers' Day
  • Tattooed Man (uncredited)
1997
26% Anna Karenina
  • Producer
1997
75% Ransom
  • Tom Mullen
1996
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
1995
57% Pocahontas
  • John Smith
1995
78% Braveheart
  • Director
  • Producer
  • William Wallace
1995
44% Casper
  • Himself (uncredited)
1995
67% Maverick
  • Bret Maverick
1994
67% The Man Without a Face
  • Director
  • Justin McLeod
1993
53% Forever Young
  • Daniel McCormick
1992
57% Lethal Weapon 3
  • Martin Riggs
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: David and Goliath
  • Actor
1992
76% Hamlet
  • Hamlet
1990
13% Air America
  • Gene Ryack
1990
32% Bird on a Wire
  • Rick Jarmin
1990
No Score Yet Cousteau: Western Australia - Out West Down Under
  • Actor
1990
83% Lethal Weapon 2
  • Martin Riggs
1989
42% Tequila Sunrise
  • Dale McKussic
1988
83% Lethal Weapon
  • Martin Riggs
1987
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • Mad Max
1985
40% Mrs. Soffel
  • Ed Biddle
1984
No Score Yet The River
  • Tom Garvey
1984
82% The Bounty
  • Fletcher Christian Master's Mate
1984
89% The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Guy Hamilton
1983
98% Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  • Max Rockatansky
1982
No Score Yet Attack Force Z
  • Capt. P.G. Kelly
1982
No Score Yet Tim
  • Actor
1981
90% Gallipoli
  • Frank Dunne
1981
No Score Yet The Chain Reaction (Nuclear Run)
  • Bearded Mechanic
1980
No Score Yet Tim
  • Tim Melville
1979
90% Mad Max
  • Mad Max Rockatansky
1979
No Score Yet Summer City
  • Scollop
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Tosh.0
2009
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1989

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