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Mel Gibson directs and stars in "The Beaver," alongside Jodie Foster, as Walter.

Mel Gibson was born in upstate New York and moved with his family to Australia when he was 12 years old. He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His stage appearances include "Death of a Salesman."

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.

Gibson was further established as an international star by the two hit sequels "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." He also starred in the worldwide record breaking "Lethal Weapon" franchise, consisting of four films in all. Gibson's other films include "The Bounty," "Mrs. Soffel," "Tequila Sunrise," "Bird on a Wire," "Air America" and "Hamlet," directed by Franco Zeffirelli, the first film to be produced by Gibson's production company Icon Productions. The role brought him the William Shakespeare Award from the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. He also starred in the Icon produced "Forever Young" and "Maverick" opposite Jodie Foster. Gibson made his directorial debut and starred in "The Man Without a Face," another Icon production.

In 1995, he 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 Association.

In 1996, Gibson starred in "Ransom," directed by Ron Howard, receiving 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 1997, Gibson starred in the romantic-thriller "Conspiracy Theory," co-starring Julia Roberts and directed by Richard Donner, followed by the hard-edge thriller "Payback," an Icon Production based on Donald F. Westlake's (writing as Richard Stark) novel "The Hunter."

In 2000, Gibson starred in the emotionally charged adventure "The Patriot," as well as lending his voice as the all-American rooster named Rocky in the critically acclaimed DreamWorks SKG animated adventure comedy, "Chicken Run." That year he also starred opposite Helen Hunt in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "What Women Want."

In 2002, Gibson starred in "We Were Soldiers" and M. Night Shyamalan's thriller "Signs," and in 2004, Gibson produced, co-wrote and directed "The Passion of The Christ" starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci, the highest grossing independent film in film history and nominated for three Academy Awards.

In 2006, he directed the action thriller "Apocalypto," which also earned three Academy Award nominations. Gibson was more recently seen in Warner Bros. "Edge of Darkness."




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MEL GIBSON: FACTS

How tall is Mel Gibson? How old is Mel Gibson? Find out here.

Age: 58 years old
Birthday: January 3, 1956
Height: 5' 9 ¾"
Full Name / Real Name: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Birthplace: Peekskill, NY
Wife: Robyn Moore (6/7/1980 - 4/13/2009, divorced, 7 children)





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