Today’s episode of Small Beginnings looks at Mr Mel Gibson, controversial actor, director and producer.
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3rd 1956 in Peekskill, New York. His Father won 25.000$ US and moved their whole family including the eleven children to Australia in 1968. His sister first discovered his talent for acting and helped him to apply at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney where he got his first theater experience. In 1979 he had his breakthrough in George Miller’s “Mad Max”. The low-budget success were followed by two sequels with Gibson in the leading role. He gained his status as romantic lead and was offered roles in films like “The Year of Living Dangerously”, “The Bounty” and “The River”.
Films like the “Leathal Weapon” series helped him to secure his place in Hollywood’s stardom and following successful action films such as “Ransom”, “Payback” and “The Patriot” made him one of the best-paid actors of the US cinema. After becoming one of the most popular actors in the early 2000s, he decided to retreat from acting in order to concentrate on producing and directing. 1995 he landed a hit with “Braveheart” as actor, director and producer, which earned him ten Oscar nominations, winning in five categories.
“The Passion of the Christ” became another success despite the controversies that followed. “Apocalypto” followed in 2006 with similar responses. He currently works on a film called “The Maccabees”about Jewish freedom fighters. Gibson is also the owner of Icon Productions, his production company he founded in 1989 with Bruce Davey.
Despite his controversial comments and public appearances we wish Mr Gibson all the best for his family and career and thank him for his hard work that brought forth powerful art.