Mel Gibson was born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York. From the beginning Gibson had the markings of a true actor and he proved this in his second feature film Mad Max in 1979. He made the sequel Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981 and went on to international stardom. He acted in The Year of Living Dangerously in 1982. He made Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 with Tina Turner in Australia and concentrated on his family.
Gibson cemented his U.S. acting career in Lethal Weapon in 1987 and its subsequent sequels. Next came Tequila Sunrise in 1988 and Bird on a Wire in 1990. Air America with Robert Downey Jr. was not a big hit but showcased Gibson's patented swagger (1990). In 1990 was in Hamlet with Glenn Close and in 1992 he starred in Forever Young. Gibson's directorial debut was The Man without a Face in 1993. In 1994 Maverick with Jodie Foster was a box office success and he return to directing and acting gin Braveheart 1998. This film earned Gibson Academy Awards for Best Director and Best picture. He entered in to animation by providing the voice for John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas in 1995. He then played in Ransom (1996), Conspiracy Theory in 1997 and Payback in 1999.
In 2000 Gibson played in the romantic comedy What Women Want and was awesome in The Patriot (2000). He was the voice of Rocky the Rooster in Chicken Run and was hugely successful in Signs in 2002. In 2004 The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto in 2006 were highly critical, but successful. In 2010 Gibson and his wife divorced stating irreconcilable differences. They had seven children. His mistress Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva and Gibson have one child. Gibson's legal battles began with a rant against a drunk driving charge and a battery charge against his mistress. Gibson has gone into seclusion, but one hopes that he will return again to his acting roots.