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Early life

Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of eleven children. He is the 15th son of Hutton Gibson and Irish-born Anne Reilly Gibson. His paternal grandmother was the Australian opera soprano, Eva Mylott (1875–1920).[4] One of Gibson's younger brothers, Donal, is also an actor. Gibson's first name comes from a 5th century Irish Saint, Mel, founder of the diocese of Ardagh which contains most of his mother's native County, while his second name, Columcille, is also linked to an Irish saint.[5] Columcille is also the name of the parish in County Longford where Anne Reilly was born and raised. Because of his mother, Mel Gibson holds dual citizenship in America and the Republic of Ireland.[6]

Hutton Gibson relocated his family to Sydney, Australia in 1968, after winning $145,000 in a work related injury lawsuit against New York Central on February 14, 1968.[7][unreliable source?] The family moved when Gibson was twelve. The move to Hutton's mother's native Australia was for economic reasons and because he thought the Australian military would reject his oldest son for the Vietnam War draft.[8]

Gibson was educated by Christian Brothers at St. Leo's Catholic College in Wahroonga, New South Wales during his High School years.

[edit] Film career

Gibson graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney in 1977. His acting career began in Australia with appearances in television series, including The Sullivans, Cop Shop and Punishment. He made his film debut in the 1977 Australian film Summer City.

Gibson's physical appearance made him a natural for leading male roles in action projects such as the "Mad Max" series of films, Peter Weir's Gallipoli, and the "Lethal Weapon" series of films. Later, Gibson expanded into a variety of acting projects including human dramas such as Hamlet, and comedic roles such as those in Maverick and What Women Want. His most artistic and financial success came with films where he expanded beyond acting into directing and producing, such as 1993's The Man Without a Face, 1995's Braveheart, 2000's The Patriot, 2004's Passion of the Christ and 2006's Apocalypto. Gibson was considered for roles in Batman, GoldenEye, Amadeus, Gladiator, The Golden Child, X-Men, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Runaway Bride and Primary Colors.[9] Actor Sean Connery once suggested Gibson should play the next James Bond to Connery's M. Gibson turned down the role, reportedly because he feared being typecast.[10]

[edit] Honors

On July 25, 1997, 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.[11][12] In 1985, Gibson was named "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People, the first person to be named so.[13] Gibson quietly declined the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government in 1995 as a protest against France's resumption of nuclear testing in the Southwest Pacific.[14] Time magazine chose Mel Gibson and Michael Moore as Men of the Year in 2004, but Gibson turned down the photo session and interview, and the cover went instead to George W. Bush.[15]

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I used to love Mel, and even defended him after his crazy drunk rant... BUT THIS, THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS. Mel needs to take a giant step back and go *BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP* himself.

Listen to this, this is crazy, and I can't like him anymore. As much as I want to look past it, he's being a sexist, racist, crazy pig.

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheyd...page=6#comments

and here http://socialitelife.celebuzz.com/archive/...eased_audio.php

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Mel Gibson is a really talented man. Of course, great talent and insanity often go hand in hand..

lol that is soo true in so many cases :laugh:

The pictures Dziubalek88 posted make him look really crazy lol. That mustache and goatee combo is a big no no :whistle:

http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/ce...wenn-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...,0,341591.story

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