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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Mel Gibson

Famous For:
Braveheart, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon
Networth:
$425 Million
Currently Known For:
Directing and Acting Career
Famous Years:
1976-Present
Birthdate:
January 3, 1956
Mel Gibson



  Famous For:
Braveheart, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon

  Networth:
$425 Million


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Whether you agree with his political or personal views, there’s little doubt that Mel Gibson has been one of the most influential actors of the past 40 years. Gibson would burst onto the scene back in the late 1970s, and hasn’t looked back. Not only has he found success as an A-list actor during his career, but Gibson has also proven to be an accomplished director. Between both of these jobs, Gibson has been nominated for a slew of awards, taking home a lot of them in the process.


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Gibson is often associated with being from Australia, but he had actually been born in the United States in Peekskill, New York on January 3, 1956. Gibson had ties to Australia through older generations of his family, and he and his parents would move to Sydney when Gibson was 12 years old. During his teenage years, Gibson would train on-stage in British theater where he performed several Shakespearean plays. It didn’t take long for Gibson to branch out into on-screen acting, as he was 20 years old when he landed a role on the Australian show “The Sullivans” for a handful of episodes.

In 1977, Gibson would get onto the big screen for the first time when he had minor roles in the films “Summer City” and “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”. Two years later, Gibson would find himself in his breakout role when he played the title character in the cult classic “Mad Max”, which spawned a pair of sequels over the subsequent six years, and has since been remade in Hollywood. Even though the film was a big hit in his native Australia, it wouldn’t become as widely known in the United States at first.

The success of the “Mad Max” films allowed Gibson to try his hand at coming to Hollywood himself, however, making his debut in the 1984 film “The River”. After also appearing in “Mrs. Soffel”, Gibson had another big hit around the corner with “Lethal Weapon” in 1987 with Danny Glover. Like “Mad Max”, “Lethal Weapon” would be followed up with multiple sequels, coming as recently as 1998.

Gibson had his breakout movies behind him, and his star would only get bigger in the 1990s thanks to starring roles in films such as “Bird on a Wire”, “Hamlet” and “Maverick”. In 1995, Gibson would have perhaps his most critically acclaimed hit when he both directed and starred in “Braveheart”. The movie would win the Academy Award for Best Picture the following year, and also earned Gibson the award for Best Director.

A slew of hits followed for Gibson, and he’d continue his success into the new millennium. After directing the megahit “The Passion of the Christ”, though, Gibson wouldn’t appear on screen very frequently for several years. He had been going through legal problems that included a drunken driving charge, which resulted in a now infamous rant that caused him to not work in Hollywood as often.

At the time, Gibson had just released his fourth directed film “Apocalypto”, which didn’t find the kind of success that he enjoyed with his previous entry. Since then, he’s directed just one movie, coming with 2016’s “Hacksaw Ridge” that earned him another Oscar nomination for his directorial work. He’s also since returned to acting, appearing in films such as “The Expendables 3”, “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Blood Father”, marking his return to being in front of the camera.

Gibson also has several upcoming projects that firmly place him back into star status, with “The Professor and the Madman”, “Dragged Across Concrete” and “Boss Level” all set to release. It’s been an up and down career for Gibson to this point, who’s been able to rebound from controversy and get back into the good graces with the public. While not everyone’s forgiven or forgotten, it appears that many people have.

For Gibson, he saw “Hacksaw Ridge” as his big comeback after a decade of not landing many blockbuster starring roles or getting into the director’s chair. When asked about why he took so much time off, Gibson was pretty shy to answer. He told a reporter that “I don’t know if I want this in print,” about his absence. “You know why.” At this point in his life, Gibson is putting as much work into his films as improving his own life.

“I think if you make a film, your personality is sort of in the film, if it’s coherent and sticks together,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of work on myself these last 10 years. I’ve deliberately kept a low profile. I didn’t want to just do the celebrity rehab thing for two weeks, declare myself cured and then screw up again. I think the best way somebody can show they’re sorry is to fix themselves and that’s what I’ve been doing and I’m just happy to be here.”

As for any advice that the Aussie-raised Gibson would have for fellow celebrities, he says that “If you’re going to drink, don’t talk. Have a designated talker.”

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