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Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson was born on 3 January 1956, in Peekskill, New York City USA, of Irish and Irish-Australian (mother) and American descent. As Mel Gibson, he is known world-wide as an actor, director and producer who is probably best remembered for his appearances in the “Lethal Weapon” series of films, and the “Mad Max” series too. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1976.

So just how rich is Mel Gibson? Sources estimate that Mel has an estimated net worth of $425 million. Mel has accumulated his wealth over a period of 40 years not only through his career as an actor but also other ventures like film directing and producing, screenwriting. He is the winner of several Academy Awards as well as the Golden Globe Award as the Best Director and an Australian Film Institute Award as the Best Actor which proves him to be an outstanding producer and actor. His wealth may also have been grester if not for an expensive divorce settlement.

Mel Gibson Net Worth $425 Million

In 1968 his family moved to Sydney, Australia, and Mel was educated at St Leo’s Catholic College in Sydney. Gibson then graduated from the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1977, after which his net worth accumulation began almost immediately in television series’ ‘The Sullivans’ created by Crawford Productions, ‘Cop Shop’ created by Terry Stapleton, and ‘Punishment’ made by the Reg Grundy Organisation. Moreover, Mel adored his work at the South Australia Theatre Company where he worked as an actor on the tours’ ‘Waiting for Godot’. In addition to this, in 1977 Mel appeared on the big screen for his first role of Scallop in the film directed by Christopher Fraser, ‘Summer City’.

In 1979 Gibson increased his net worth winning two Australian Film Institute Awards for the Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the drama film ‘Tim’, written and directed by Michael Pate, and ‘Gallipoli’ directed by Peter Weir. Mel Gibson was a highly valued actor within Australia at that time, and following his starring in ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’ directed by George Miller, he became well known not only in the US as well but all over the world. Mel received a nomination at the Saturn Awards for the Best Actor in this particular film, which added to his international fame and the assisted his growing net worth too.

Later Gibson increased his net worth while starring in films like ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ directed by Peter Weir, ‘Attack Force Z’ directed by Tim Burstall, ‘Mrs. Soffel’ directed by Gillian Armstrong, ‘The River’ directed by Mark Rydell, ‘The Bounty’ directed by Roger Donaldson, and ‘Lethal Weapon’ and its sequels directed by Richard Donner. However, he also somewhat sur[prisingly perhaps appeared in ‘Hamlet’ directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and other films.

Furthermore, in 1995 Mel Gibson established himself as a film director and producer with the film entitled ‘Braveheart’ after which Gibson was announced the winner of two Academy Awards for the Best Director and the Best Picture, a Golden Globe Award for the Best Director and National Board of Review Special Achievement in Filmmaking. Subsequently, Mel Gibson increased his net worth considerably after  producing the successful films ‘The Singing Detective’, ‘The Passion of the Christ’, ‘Apocalypto’, ‘Get the Gringo’, ‘Eliza Graves’ and others.

In his personal life, Mel Gibson married Robyn Denise Moore in 1980 with whom he had seven children. After thirty one year of marriage the couple divorced, with Mel having to settle for a reputed $425 million – effectively half his net worth. From 2009 Mel was dating Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva who gave birth to one more child of Mel, however, they have since split somewhat acrimoniously. Mel has had periodic problems apparently caused by over-indulgence in alcohol, but now in remission. Of significance, he (with ex-wife Robyn) is also a philanthropist, particularly supporting children and environmental causes.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Professor and the Madman filming James Murray
Blood Father 2016 Link
The Expendables 3 2014 Stonebanks
Machete Kills 2013 Voz
Get the Gringo 2012 Driver
The Beaver 2011 Walter Black
Edge of Darkness 2010 Craven
Complete Savages 2004-2005 TV Series Officer Cox
Paparazzi 2004 Anger Management Therapy Patient (uncredited)
The Singing Detective 2003 Dr. Gibbon
Signs 2002 Rev. Graham Hess
We Were Soldiers 2002 Lt. Col. Hal Moore
The Quest for Captain Kidd 2001 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
What Women Want 2000 Nick Marshall
The Patriot 2000 Benjamin Martin
Chicken Run 2000 Rocky (voice)
The Million Dollar Hotel 2000 Detective Skinner
The Simpsons 1999 TV Series Mel Gibson
Payback 1999/I Porter
Lethal Weapon 4 1998 Martin Riggs
FairyTale: A True Story 1997 Frances' Father (uncredited)
Conspiracy Theory 1997 Jerry Fletcher
Fathers' Day 1997 Scott the Body Piercer (uncredited)
Ransom 1996 Tom Mullen
The Chili Con Carne Club 1995 Short Mel
Pocahontas 1995 John Smith (voice)
Casper 1995 Mel Gibson (uncredited)
Braveheart 1995 William Wallace
Maverick 1994 Bret Maverick
The Man Without a Face 1993 Justin McLeod
Forever Young 1992 Capt. Daniel McCormick
Lethal Weapon 3 1992 Martin Riggs
Hamlet 1990 Hamlet
Air America 1990 Gene
Bird on a Wire 1990 Rick Jarmin
Lethal Weapon 2 1989 Martin Riggs
Tequila Sunrise 1988 McKussic
Lethal Weapon 1987 Martin Riggs
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 Mad Max Rockatansky
Mrs. Soffel 1984 Ed Biddle
The River 1984 Tom Garvey
The Bounty 1984 Fletcher Christian Master's Mate
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 Guy Hamilton
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981 Max
Tickled Pink 1981 TV Series
Gallipoli 1981 Frank Dunne
Attack Force Z 1981 Captain P.G. (Paul) Kelly
Punishment 1981 TV Series Rick Monroe
The Chain Reaction 1980 Bearded mechanic (uncredited)
Tim 1979 Tim Melville
Mad Max 1979 Max
The Hero 1979 TV Movie Rob Mulligan
Summer City 1977 Scollop
The Sullivans 1976 TV Series Ray Henderson

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bombing 2016 creative supervising producer completed
The Professor and the Madman producer filming
Stonehearst Asylum 2014 producer
Get the Gringo 2012 producer
Another Day in Paradise 2008 TV Movie documentary producer
Carrier 2008 TV Series documentary executive producer - 10 episodes
Apocalypto 2006 producer
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man 2005 Documentary executive producer / producer
Clubhouse 2004-2005 TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Complete Savages 2004-2005 TV Series executive producer - 15 episodes
Paparazzi 2004 producer
The Making of 'Paparazzi' 2004 Video short producer
Evel Knievel 2004 TV Movie executive producer
The Passion of the Christ 2004 producer
Family Curse 2003 TV Movie executive producer
The Singing Detective 2003 producer
Invincible 2001 TV Movie executive producer
The Three Stooges 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Braveheart 1995 producer
Forever Young 1992 executive producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hacksaw Ridge 2016 directed by
Apocalypto 2006
Complete Savages 2004 TV Series 3 episodes
The Passion of the Christ 2004
Braveheart 1995
The Man Without a Face 1993
Mel Gibson Goes Back to School 1991 TV Movie documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get the Gringo 2012 written by
The Brain Storm 2011 Short
Apocalypto 2006 written by
Complete Savages 2004 TV Series story by - 1 episode
The Passion of the Christ 2004 screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edge of Darkness 2010 as Gibson, "Say My Name"
The Jay Leno Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Zombie Blood Chaos 2007 Short performer: "Argo Crag", "Road Warrior" / writer: "Argo Crag", "Road Warrior"
Pocahontas 1995 performer: "The Virginia Company" Reprise 1995, "Mine, Mine, Mine" 1995, "If I Never Knew You" 2005 - Special Edition
Maverick 1994 performer: "Amazing Grace"

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bombing 2016 completed

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Passion of the Christ 2004 soundtrack producer - uncredited

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 stunts

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Criminal 2016 the director would like to thank
The Birth of a Nation 2016 special thanks
Abed 2012 Short special thanks
Black Red Yellow 2010 Short grateful acknowledgment
Intermission 2010 Video special thanks
My Longest Day 2008 Documentary short acknowledgment
Study Hall 2004 Short special thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Pure Lethal!: New Angles, New Scenes, and Explosive Outtakes 1998 Video documentary short special thanks
Braveheart Reloaded Video thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor 2004 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Making 'Signs' 2003 Video documentary Himself / Rev. Graham Hess
Declaration of Independence 2003 Video documentary short Himself
We Were Soldiers: Getting It Right 2002 Video documentary short Himself / Lt. Col. Hal Moore
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
Revealed with Jules Asner 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Parkinson 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture Drama
Independence Day 2001 2001 TV Movie Himself
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The One Dollar Diary 2001 Documentary Himself
Breaking the News 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Mel Gibson and What Women Want 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Art of War 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart': A Filmmaker's Passion 2000 TV Short documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1997-2000 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 1994-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Omnibus 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Poultry in Motion: The Making of 'Chicken Run' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
'The Simpsons': America's First Family 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Flogging 'Fight Club' 2000 Video short Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
Drama School 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hatching of 'Chicken Run' 2000 TV Short documentary Himself
Forever Hollywood 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Payback: Interview with Mel Gibson, Maria Bello, Lucy Liu and James Coburn 1999 Video short Himself
Celebrity Profile 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Lethal Weapon 4: Cast and Crew Interviews 1998 Video documentary short Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Magic Hour 1998 TV Series Himself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1998 TV Special Himself
Pure Lethal!: New Angles, New Scenes, and Explosive Outtakes 1998 Video documentary short Himself
Stunts & Action of 'Lethal Weapon 2' 1997 Video short Himself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Very Important Pennis 1996 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Picture & Best Director / Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Director & Nominee: Best Motion Picture Drama
The Beatles: All Together Now 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 1989-1995 TV Series Himself
Australia's Outback: The Vanishing Frontier 1995 TV Movie Himself - Narrator
Today 1989-1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Annual Artist Rights Foundation Honors Steven Spielberg 1995 TV Movie Himself
Moviewatch 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
The Making of 'Pocahontas': A Legend Comes to Life 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself / John Smith
World of Discovery 1995 TV Series documentary Narrator
Amy Grant: Building the House of Love 1994 Video documentary Himself
1993 MTV Movie Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Gottschalk Late Night 1993 TV Series Himself
The 1993 World Music Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Aspel & Company 1990-1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Wetten, dass..? 1993 TV Series Himself
Earth and the American Dream 1992 Documentary Reader (voice)
Entertainment UK 1992 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Filmreview 1992 TV Series Himself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Dramatic Motion Picture
Mel Gibson's Video Diary 2: Lethal Weapon 3 1991 TV Special short Himself
Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 TV Series Himself
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 TV Movie Himself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard 1991 TV Series Himself
Mel Gibson Goes Back to School 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
A Night on Mount Edna 1990 TV Movie Himself
America This Morning 1990 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Home Show 1990 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Bird on a Wire' 1990 Documentary short Rick Jarmin
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction
Late Night with David Letterman 1989 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1989 TV Series Himself - Host
Mel Gibson's Unauthorized Video Diary 1989 TV Short Himself
Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
De película 1987 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Commitment to Life AIDS Project Benefit 1986 TV Movie Himself
The Making of 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' 1985 Video documentary Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1985 TV Series Himself - Guest
Wogan 1985 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
The Making of 'Mrs. Soffel' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Bounty' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Australian Movies to the World 1983 TV Movie Himself
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1985-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2016 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Lost Souls: On the Road with 'Blood Father' 2016 Video documentary short Himself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Mad Max Fury Road
Priest 2.0 2015/I Documentary short Himself
Priest 2.0 2015/II Documentary Himself
The Madness of Max 2015 Documentary Max Rockatansky
Mad Max: Cast and Crew Interviews 2015 Video short Himself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package 2014 Video short Himself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3' 2014 Video documentary Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
Praise the Lord 2013 TV Series Himself
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot 2013 Documentary Himself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2013 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Casting By 2012 Documentary Himself
Get the Gringo: A Look Inside 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Gringo Extras: An Introduction 2012 Video short Himself
On Set of 'Get the Gringo' 2012 Video short Himself
A Family Affair: Bringing 'Lethal Weapon' to Life 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Maximum Impact: The Legacy of 'Lethal Weapon' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Psycho Pension: The Genesis of 'Lethal Weapon' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of 'Lethal Weapon' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Robert Downey Jr 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Brain Storm 2011 Short Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
TV Festival Du Cannes 2011 2011 TV Movie Himself
Edge of Darkness: Focus Points 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2010 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 2010 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 2010 TV Series Himself
El hormiguero 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Go' aften Danmark 2010 TV Series Himself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest / Various
The Jay Leno Show 2009-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
Braveheart: A Look Back 2009 Video documentary Himself
Spike's Guys Choice 2009 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 TV Movie Himself
Showbiz Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
Actingclassof1977.com 2008 Documentary Himself
5th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
The Last Trimate 2008 Documentary Narrator
Paybacks Are a Bitch 2007 Video documentary Himself
Braveheart: Alba Gu Brath! The Making of 'Braveheart' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Tales of William Wallace 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Out of Control: 10 Celebrity Rehabs Exposed 2007 TV Movie Himself
Same Story... Different Movie: Creating 'Payback: The Director's Cut' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Extreme Hollywood 2007 TV Series Himself
Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Taff 2006 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Opening Segment [pre-recorded] (uncredited)
Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006 Documentary Himself
Entrenched: The Making of 'Gallipoli' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Contender 2005 TV Series Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Life Achievement Award
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Winner
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 2004 TV Series Himself
The Big Question 2004 Documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Gomorron 1995-2004 TV Series Himself / Himself - Regissör
4Pop 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Shootout 2004 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'The Passion of the Christ' 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Film '72 2004 TV Series Himself
The Passion Behind 'The Passion' 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series William Wallace
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2016 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008-2014 TV Series Himself
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1980-1989 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Luther Voz
CBS News Sunday Morning 2013 TV Series documentary Guy Hamilton
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011-2012 TV Series Martin Riggs Mad Max Rockatansky
Fox Files 2012 TV Series Tom Mullen in 'Ransom'
Shakespeare Uncovered 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Hamlet
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Himself - FunnyOrDie Tribute to Robert Downey Jr.
Cinema 3 2011 TV Series Himself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself
The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo 2010 Documentary Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself
Comedy Lab 2010 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Himself
Almost Famous III 2010 TV Movie documentary Tickled Pink
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
E! Investigates: Stalkers 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Masters 2009 TV Series documentary
20 to 1 2006-2009 TV Series documentary Himself / William Wallace
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Martin Riggs
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Sergeant Martin Riggs (uncredited)
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Rocky
Celebrity A-List Bloopers 2007 TV Movie Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
Amor mío 2007 TV Series Himself
Payback: Straight Up 2006 Video Porter
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz 2005 TV Special The Lusty Woodsman (uncredited)
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary Himself
Protocols of Zion 2005 Documentary Himself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Light On: Gibson's Passion 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Himself
Private Screenings 2001 TV Series Bret Maverick
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize 2000 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Way They Were 1999 TV Movie
Classified X 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Empire of the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Celluloid Heroes 1995 TV Movie Himself
Violence and the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 TV Special Himself
Troldspejlet 1994 TV Series Himself - Director
The Best of the Don Lane Show 1994 TV Movie Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Director of the Year Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
2016 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Director of the Year Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
2014 Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Sexist Pig Award
2008 Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Irish Film and Television Awards
2006 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Hall of Shame

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2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2005 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2004 Capri Movie of the Year Award Capri, Hollywood The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2004 Grand Prix Golden Knight Film Festival The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2004 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Producer of the Year The Passion of the Christ (2004) · Bruce Davey
· Stephen McEveety
2004 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
2003 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
2002 Global Achievement Award Australian Film Institute
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Drama The Patriot (2000)
2001 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
2001 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Suspense Conspiracy Theory (1997)
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Suspense Ransom (1996)
1997 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1997 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1996 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture Braveheart (1995) · Alan Ladd Jr.
· Bruce Davey
1996 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Braveheart (1995)
1996 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Braveheart (1995)
1996 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Braveheart (1995)
1996 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Director of the Year
1995 American Cinematheque Award American Cinematheque Gala Tribute
1995 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Director Braveheart (1995)
1995 Special Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA Braveheart (1995)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) · Danny Glover
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
1993 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Male Star of the Year
1991 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1981 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor in a Lead Role Gallipoli (1981)
1979 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor in a Lead Role Tim (1979)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor The Expendables 3 (2014)
2012 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story The Beaver (2011) · Jodie Foster
2012 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor The Beaver (2011)
2011 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Hall of Shame
2007 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film not in the English Language Apocalypto (2006)
2007 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Apocalypto (2006)
2005 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale) The Passion of the Christ (2004) · Benedict Fitzgerald
2002 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Signs (2002)
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical What Women Want (2000)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance What Women Want (2000)
2001 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Chicken Run (2000)
2001 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance The Patriot (2000)
2001 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Chicken Run (2000)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action Payback (1999)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Duo - Action/Adventure Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) · Danny Glover
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) · Danny Glover
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Ransom (1996)
1996 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards Braveheart (1995)
1996 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Ransom (1996) · Rene Russo
· Delroy Lindo
· Gary Sinise
· Brawley Nolte
· Evan Handler
· Donnie Wahlberg
1996 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Braveheart (1995)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Braveheart (1995)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Male
1996 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Braveheart (1995) · Alan Ladd Jr.
· Bruce Davey
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Children's Educational or Informational Special or Series Mel Gibson Goes Back to School (1991) · Bruce Davey (executive producer)
· Terri DiPaolo (producer)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Male Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) · Rene Russo
1983 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Mad Max 2 (1981)
1983 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor in a Lead Role The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director Braveheart (1995)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Signs (2002)

TitleSalary
Signs (2002) $25,000,000
We Were Soldiers (2002) $25,000,000
The Patriot (2000) $25,000,000
Chicken Run (2000) £1,000,000
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) $25,000,000
Conspiracy Theory (1997) $20,000,000
Ransom (1996) $20,000,000
Maverick (1994) $15,000,000
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) $10,000,000
Air America (1990) $7,000,000
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) $1,200,000 (Australia)
The River (1984) $500,000
Mad Max 2 (1981) $120,000 (Australia)
Gallipoli (1981) $A35,000
Attack Force Z (1981) $A1000 / Week
Mad Max (1979) $15,000 (Australia)
Summer City (1977) $400 (Australian)

#Fact
1 Although he played Glenn Close's son in Hamlet (1990), he is only nine years her junior in real life.
2 He was considered to portray Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990).
3 He was tested and rejected by Franco Zeffirelli for the part of David Axelrod in Endless Love (1981). However, Zeffirelli later cast him as the title character in Hamlet (1990).
4 He turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
5 According to fan magazines of the day, his father moved the family to Australia to lessen his sons' chances of serving in Vietnam.
6 He was a mentor to the late actor Heath Ledger.
7 His mother was born in County Longford, Ireland and his father was born in Peekskill, New York. Mel's paternal grandmother, Eva Mylott, was an Australian contralto opera singer, whose own parents were Irish as well. Mel's paternal grandfather, John Hutton Gibson, was a wealthy American businessman from a family based in the American South; John was of mostly Irish descent, and also had English, Scottish, and Welsh roots.
8 Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine four times: June '83, February '87, May '95 and November '96 (with Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Jordan).
9 Was investigated for domestic violence by Malibu/Lost Hills station detectives, in reference to an incident between him an ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on January 6, 2010. [July 2010]
10 Has been under restraining order since July, 2010, after an episode of domestic violence with his then girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. In return, he filed for a restraining order against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. (June 2010).
11 Split from Oksana Grigorieva [April 14, 2010].
12 Turned down the chance to voice a parody of himself in the _"Family Guy" (1999)_North by North-Quohag_. He later admitted in an interview that he regretted the decision because he thought the episode was hilarious.
13 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) (aka The Road Warrior) is his favorite out of the "Mad Max" series.
14 He and Oksana Grigorieva became the parents of a girl, Lucia, on October 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
15 Due to the worldwide recession in 2008, his personal fortune is reported to have declined from around $900 million to $650 million.
16 In April, 2009, made a first public appearance together with his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva who was then three-months pregnant with his child.
17 He was awarded the honorary A.O. (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Australian film industry.
18 Voted the most powerful Christian in Hollywood in a poll by religious website Beliefnet.com in October 2007.
19 Along with Rolf Harris and Clive James, Gibson publicly supported keeping Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in an Australian poll in 1999.
20 In interviews promoting The Passion of the Christ (2004), Gibson admitted that depression had led him to contemplate suicide, and that he made the film to "heal" himself.
21 Endorsed the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of California in the 2006 mid-term elections.
22 On 27 January 1997, nine lesbian and gay filmmakers met with Gibson on the set of Conspiracy Theory (1997). Conceived and sponsored by GLAAD, the day long event gave the filmmakers the opportunity to meet with director Richard Donner, producer Joel Silver, and co-stars Patrick Stewart and Julia Roberts. A 40-minute lunch with Gibson, however, found the filmmakers not only discussing the inner workings of the industry but also Gibson's troubled relationship with the lesbian and gay community.
23 Was considered for the role of Robert Clayton Dean in Enemy of the State (1998).
24 Actor Girard Swan formerly worked as his stand in and photo double.
25 Turned down the role of Kyle Reese in James Cameron's The Terminator (1984).
26 A chain smoker for most of his career, in 2004 Gibson's wife persuaded him to limit his addiction to just three cigarettes a day. However this did not last.
27 Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star in Harris Polls conducted in 1996 and 2003.
28 Oliver Stone has tried casting him twice. Once as Jim Garrison in JFK (1991), and another time as Sgt. John McLoughlin in World Trade Center (2006).
29 Director Martin Scorsese sent him the script for The Departed (2006), offering him the role of Ellerby. Gibson was unable to accept the role as he was starting production on Apocalypto (2006) that same year. Alec Baldwin later took the role.
30 Received the Chairman's Visionary Award from Latin Business Association Chairman Rick Sarmiento during the 2006 Latino Global Business Conference and Digital Expo in Beverly Hills, California, on 2 November 2006. Gibson's appearance marked his first public appearance since his DUI arrest on 28 July in Malibu.
31 Moved to Sydney, Australia at age 12 with his family.
32 Has bipolar disorder.
33 Played a pilot in four movies: Bird on a Wire (1990), Air America (1990), Forever Young (1992) and Ransom (1996).
34 Father-in-law of Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
35 Pleaded no contest to DUI on 17 August 2006 and was ordered to attend one year of Alcholics Anonymous meetings. For the first four-and-a-half months, he must attend those meetings five times a week, and for the remainder of the time, he must attend three times a week. Gibson was also ordered to pay $1200 in fines and penalties and $100 in restitution.
36 On the 1st of August 2006, he checked himself into a recovery program for alcohol abuse. His wife, Robyn, separated from him that same month.
37 On July 28, 2006, he was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, California. He did three-year probation following the misdemeanor drunken driving arrest in which he made derogatory comments about Jews and women.
38 Turned down the role of Sgt. John McLoughlin in World Trade Center (2006) to direct Apocalypto (2006) instead.
39 Ranked #17 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #15 in 2005.
40 Braveheart (1995) is ranked #62 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
41 His performance as "Mad" Max Rockatansky in the "Mad Max" trilogy is ranked #78 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
42 Separated from wife Robyn in June 2006. She finally filed for divorce in April 2009 but it wasn't finalized until December 2011, reportedly because it took them all that time to divide Gibson's estimated assets of $850 million. It is considered the biggest divorce payout in Hollywood history.
43 Was spoofed in both South Park (1997) and Family Guy (1999), and both of the times he was spoofed, there was a reference to the Looney Tunes cartoons. In South Park: The Passion of the Jew (2004), his character acts a lot like Daffy Duck in the cartoon Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943), while scaring Stan and Kenny, in the hopes that they will both torture him. And in the Family Guy: North by North Quahog (2005), he chases Peter and Lois Griffin to the top of Mount Rushmore and is tricked into walking off a ledge, to which he plummets to the ground, very much like Wile E. Coyote does in several cartoons.
44 He was named after the Church of St. Mel in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland where his mother's family is from.
45 He was the original choice to play Jack Stanton in Primary Colors (1998) but lost out to John Travolta.
46 Gibson has been widely perceived as a conservative Republican, even though he has never identified himself as such. In March 2004 he expressed doubts over the Iraq war, in particular the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, although he maintained that President George W. Bush had "done a lot of good" elsewhere. At the People's Choice Awards ceremony in January 2005, Gibson again condemned the Iraq war and praised the liberal director Michael Moore and his documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). Many of Gibson's positions are in accordance with traditional Catholicism. He released a statement in March 2005 condemning the euthanasia of Terri Schiavo, and has criticized stem cell research.
47 In early December 2004, he flew to Fiji, where he bought the 2,160 hectare island of Mago from a Japanese hotel chain for $15 million. He plans to turn the Pacific paradise, which is home to forty residents (mostly coconut farmers and their families) into his own personal retreat. The South Pacific island boasts two lagoons and stunning white-sand beaches. The sale was finalized in March 2005.
48 When Apocalypto (2006) is finished, he plans to donate six replicas of Mayan pyramids and several movie-set villages.
49 Sold his home in Connecticut in July 2010 to settle his divorce with ex-wife Robyn.
50 He turned down the role of Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever (1995), due to scheduling conflicts with Braveheart (1995).
51 Was offered the role of Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987), but had to decline because he was already working on Lethal Weapon (1987).
52 His family line goes back several generations in Australia, but his ancestors originally came from Ireland, Scotland and England (ancestor of John Gibson, c. 1601).
53 His favourite films include, The Big Country (1958), Double Indemnity (1944), and Spartacus (1960)
54 Ranked #15 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #10 in 2004.
55 Was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in May 2003, and gave the commencement address.
56 Along with Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough and Kevin Costner one of 6 people to win and Academy Award for "Best Director", though they are mainly known as actors.
57 In the movie Forever Young (1992), he needed to appear older in the last few scenes. Because his eyes were so bright blue, no matter how many wrinkles they put on him, he did not look authentically older. So, he had to wear gray contacts, in order to look old.
58 Son of the controversial Hutton Gibson and Anne Gibson.
59 Was considered for the role of Wolverine in X-Men (2000), but was deemed too expensive.
60 Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989) (particularly with Richard Donner directing), but he was busy with Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).
61 In Portuguese, "Mel" means "honey".
62 Ranked number 1 on Forbes's 2004 "Celebrity 100 List". He was the highest paid celebrity in 2004 with a reported $210,000,000 salary from his The Passion of the Christ (2004) profits, plus a potential $150,000,000 that is yet to be accounted for. He made more money than Oprah Winfrey ($210,000,000), J.K. Rowling ($147,000,000), Tiger Woods & Michael Schumacher ($80,000,000 each) and Steven Spielberg ($75,000,000) in 2004.
63 He was voted the 48th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
64 Has his own private chapel in his grounds, where he attends mass every day.
65 Ranked #10 in Premiere's 2004 annual "Power 100" list. Had ranked #15 in 2003. He is the highest-ranked actor on the 2004 list.
66 He was considered for the role of James Bond in both The Living Daylights (1987) and GoldenEye (1995) before Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan were cast respectively. Albert R. Broccoli turned him down for the former because he wasn't British and he turned down the latter because he was busy with Braveheart (1995).
67 (Fall 2001) Son, Christian Gibson, is a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
68 Has 8 children from two women: seven children from his marriage to Robyn Gibson: daughter, Hannah Gibson (born 1980); twin sons, Edward Gibson and Christian Gibson (born 1982); son, Willie Gibson (born 1985); son, Louis Gibson (born 1988); son, Milo Gibson (born 1990); son, Tommy Gibson (born 1999); daughter, Lucia (born (2009) from his relationship with Oksana Grigorieva.
69 For The Passion of the Christ (2004), which he directed, wrote and produced, he spent 25 million dollars of his own money. Back in 1992, he started doing research for the movie that was not released until 2004.
70 His father, Hutton Gibson, moved the family from upstate New York to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1968 after winning as a contestant on Jeopardy! (1964).
71 Almost turned down the role of William Wallace in Braveheart (1995) because he thought he was too old for the role. He asked the producers if he could direct it instead. A compromise was made, he could direct the movie if he agreed to portray Wallace.
72 He was the first Australian actor to be paid $1,000,000 for a film role.
73 He was a part of the movement dubbed the "Australian New Wave" by the press. They were a group of filmmakers and performers who emerged from Down Under at about the same time in the early 1980's and found work in other parts of the world. Other members included actress Judy Davis and directors George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Peter Weir.
74 The doctor who delivered him into the world is believed to be Charles Sweet, grandfather of filmmaker Jay Ruzicka.
75 His voice in Mad Max (1979) was dubbed for the film's US release.
76 Ranked #15 in Premiere's 2003 annual "Power 100" list. Had ranked #17 in 2002.
77 Owns a production company, Icon International, with branches in the USA, Australia, and the UK.
78 Has a horseshoe kidney (two kidneys fused into one).
79 He and his wife met through a dating service in Australia.
80 First studied drama at the New Zealand Drama School, Toi Whakaari in Wellington, New Zealand. After getting accepted he completed the course and used this as a foot-in into NIDA in Australia in 1975.
81 Like his character Riggs in the Lethal Weapon Movie series he is a big fan of The Three Stooges.
82 Chosen as People Magazine's first "Sexiest Man Alive." [1985]
83 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#37). [1995]
84 Older brother of actor Donal Gibson.
85 He took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.
86 Roommates with Geoffrey Rush after college (the National Institute of Dramatic Art) when they were in an acting company (called Jane Street) together that was affiliated with NIDA. Geoffrey Rush trained at La Cocq Mime School in France.
87 Awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), Australia's highest honor, in mid-1997.
88 Trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). As well as Judy Davis, other fellow students, during his time there, included Colin Friels.
89 Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1990]
90 Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1991]
91 Attended drama school with Judy Davis. They played Romeo and Juliet together.
92 Educated at University of New South Wales, Australia.
93 Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1996]
94 Born at 4:45pm-EST.
95 Ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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1 [on the definition of "ultimate love" while filming Hacksaw Ridge] putting your life on the line for the other by saving your fellow brothers in arms when bullets are flying by your head on the battlefield.
2 [on filming Braveheart] When you're an actor and when filming is done, you can go home, but when you're directing, you're only half way through.
3 [on Hamlet (1990)] I mean, it's a great story. It's got some great things in it. I mean, there's something like eight violent deaths.
4 I love women. They're the best thing ever created. If they want to be like men and come down to our level, that's fine.
5 (On The Passion of the Christ (2004)) "This is a movie about love, hope, faith and forgiveness. He [Jesus] died for all mankind, suffered for all of us. It's time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope and forgiveness."
6 (On his character in The Patriot (2000)) "I think I would have made him a slave holder. Not to seems kind of a cop-out."
7 (On Braveheart (1995)'s portrayal of Edward I) We cut a scene out, unfortunately. . . where you really got to know that character [Edward II] and to understand his plight and his pain. . . . But it just stopped the film in the first act so much that you thought, 'When's this story going to start?'
8 (On Braveheart (1995)'s portrayal of Edward I) I'm just trying to respond to history. You can cite other examples - Alexander the Great, for example, who conquered the entire world, was also a homosexual. But this story isn't about Alexander the Great. It's about Edward II.
9 I think I've scratched the surface after twenty years of marriage. Women want chocolate and conversation.
10 (On Lethal Weapon (1987)) "This particular story was a cut above others I had passed on, because the action is really a sideline which heightens the story of these two great characters. I picture Riggs as an almost Chaplinesque figure, a guy who doesn't expect anything from life and even toys with the idea of taking his own. He's not like these stalwarts who come down from Mt. Olympus and wreak havoc and go away. He's somebody who doesn't look like he's set to go off until he actually does."
11 (On the controversy of The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)) "It wasn't really that bad. We got a lot of death threats to be sure, but I just assumed that when there are so many, it must mean nothing is really going to happen. I mean, if they meant to kill us, why send a note?"
12 (On making The Bounty (1984)) "I went mad. They would hold their breath at night when I went off. One night I had a fight in a bar and the next day they had to shoot only one side of my face because the other was so messed up. If you see the film, you can see the swelling in certain scenes."
13 (On The Man Without a Face (1993)) "I read the script first and that's what I liked. The book is just - I'm sorry, but the guy did it. And you know, like, why? I just wanted to say something a lot more positive.
14 (On The Bounty (1984)) "I think the main problem with that film was that it tried to be a fresh look at the dynamic of the mutiny situation, but didn't go far enough. In the old version, Captain Bligh was the bad guy and Fletcher Christian was the good guy. But really Fletcher Christian was a social climber and an opportunist. They should have made him the bad guy, which indeed he was. He ended up setting all these people adrift to die, without any real justification. Maybe he'd gone island crazy. They should have painted it that way. But they wanted to exonerate Captain Bligh while still having the dynamic where the guy was mutinying for the good of the crew. It didn't quite work."
15 The whole notion of politics is they always present you with this or this or this. I'll get a newspaper to read between the lines. Why do you have to adhere to prescribed formulas that they have and people argue over them and they're all in a box. And you watch Fox claw CNN, and CNN claw Fox. Sometimes I catch a piece of the news and it seems insanity to me. I quietly support candidates. I'm not out there banging a drum for candidates. But I have supported a candidate and it's a whole other world. Once you've been exposed to it, once or twice or however many times, if you know the facts and see how they're presented, it's mind-boggling. It's a very scary arena to be in, but I do vote. I go in there and pull the lever. It's kind of like pulling the lever and watching the trap door fall out from beneath you. Why should we trust any of these people? None of them ever deliver on anything. It's always disappointing.
16 "Alcoholism is something that runs in my family. It's something that's close to me. People do come back from it, and it's a miracle." (1992)
17 I had really good highs but some very low lows. I found out recently I'm manic depressive.
18 (On philanthropy) "It gives you perspective. It's one of my faults, you tend to focus on yourself a lot. Which is not always the healthiest thing for your psyche or anything else. If you take a little time out to think about other people, it's good. It's uplifting."
19 (On his domestic abuse allegations) I was allowed to end the case and still maintain my innocence. It's called a West Plea and it's not something that prosecutors normally allow. But in my case, the prosecutors and the judge agreed that it was the right thing to do. I could have continued to fight this for years and it probably would have come out fine. But I ended it for my children and my family. This was going to be such a circus. You don't drag other people in your life through this sewer needlessly, so I'll take the hit and move on.
20 (On his character in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)) "He's not a silver-tongued devil. He's kind of immature and he has some rough edges and I guess you could say the same for me."
21 (On Peter Weir) "I'd auditioned for an earlier film and he told me right up front, 'I'm not going to cast you for this part. You're not old enough. But thanks for coming in, I just wanted to meet you.' He told me he wanted me for Gallipoli (1981) a couple of years later because I wasn't the archetypal Australian. He had 'Mark Lee', the angelic-looking, ideal Australian kid, and he wanted something of a modern sensibility. He thought the audience needed someone to relate to of their own time."
22 (On whether he'll return to action roles) "I think I'm too old for that, but you never know. I just like telling stories. Entertainment is valid and I guess I'll probably do it again before it's over. You know, do something that people won't get mad with me for."
23 (On The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)) "I didn't necessarily see my role as a great challenge. My character was, like the film suggests, a puppet. And I went with that. It wasn't some star thing, even though they advertised it that way."
24 I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality - period. I don't blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life.
25 [on George Miller and Peter Weir] I kicked off my career working with two of the world's greatest from home. How come those guys were there? Of course at the time I didn't know who they were. But I realized pretty quickly they were special.
26 We're all a bunch of different and contradictory bits. I'm no closer to explaining who I am than anyone else is.
27 [on his sister applying to the Sydney National Institute of Dramatic Arts on his behalf] I was wandering around without a purpose. So she pointed me in the right direction. I thought "What the hell else am I going to do". There really wasn't much I wanted to do, and I'd never done anything like acting before. The first time I had to go on stage I was physically ill and couldn't stand up. My legs wouldn't support me. I had to do it sitting down. It was blind terror.
28 [on the death of Robin Williams] It's unspeakably sad. He was an exceptional human being, an extraordinary talent, and he had no equal. He set his own benchmark and people have aspired to hit it. I don't think anyone quite did.
29 [on the Mad Max movies] I like the second one, The Road Warrior. It's a great film. It still holds up because it's so basic. It didn't require any dialogue. Let the film do the talking. It's about energy, it didn't spare anyone - a girl gets it, a dog gets it. It was the first Mad Max film but done better. The third one, Thunderdome, didn't work at all.
30 [on Steven Spielberg] The first film of Steven's I saw was Duel (1971). It was amazing. I was 19 and I went to see it and it was really, really compelling. And then there were all these stories: "The guy made it for no money!" I'm like, "Wow, that's kind of brilliant." And it was really brilliant. He's a master - so many great films. One of the best he made, people hardly recognized him for it: Empire of the Sun (1987). Phenomenal movie! The thing that bothered me about that was it seemed like nobody noticed, but it was this masterpiece! [2009]
31 [on Jodie Foster] You couldn't get two people who are more diametrically opposed on everything that they think about religion and politics than we do. But there's a core of goodness there that's undeniable, and I just love her.
32 Depression is like that. It's somewhere one can be caught. You can get stuck there. Initially, it does stem from a certain amount of egotism. What does it do to everyone around in the family? It is an illness. It is a disease. And, I think there is a better understanding of it. A guy said to me one time, something really profound, and it's so simple. It's that depression lies. It's a liar and you have to shut it down. There is nothing that alleviates it more than going out and doing something for someone else. It's almost like instant healing. Get away from yourself. People can't even get out of bed and it gets really severe. I've never been at that stage. Everyone goes through low and high and low and high and some people are blessed to be created on an even keel all the way through - but not me.
33 I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion, or sexuality - period. I don't blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life.
34 Feminists don't like me, and I don't like them. I don't get their point. I don't know why feminists have it out for me, but that's their problem, not mine.
35 You ask anybody what their number one fear is and it's public humiliation. Multiply that on a global scale and that's what I've been through. It changes you. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It's really that simple. You can't do anything but live in the moment and leave the future in the hands of providence and don't regret the past too much. Maybe just take a lesson from it.
36 [on why he temporarily quit acting after Signs (2002)] I felt ham-fisted. 'M. Night Shyamalan' told me I was just doing too much. I looked around and I was the oldest guy on the set and I felt like the least sophisticated. I decided I needed to rethink everything. I got into this because I wanted to be good. I walked away because I don't know that I was bringing much new to anything. Another seven or eight years of living informs the choices one makes.
37 Barack Obama is a man with an impossible task on his hands. He got left a mess and I wish him all the best but I don't think he's going to fix it in five minutes and probably not in his entire tenure.
38 [on his infamous anti-semitic rant to police in 2006] It's said that I went into a rant, but I think it went on for about five words. I was drunk. It just turned into a big thing. I apologized profusely -- not once but three times. So what's the problem? It's four years ago. Do I need to apologize again?
39 [on his return to acting after 8 years with Edge of Darkness (2010)] I think any kind of hiatus one takes in an artistic journey is going to make a huge difference. The pause will inform the choices that you make. I kind of felt I was getting stale so being away for a while has been good.
40 I try and eat right but I don't work out much. I quit smoking so that's something in the right direction. I just don't do anything fun anymore. But that's dying, isn't it? You die in stages. You let things go in pieces. It's more than halfway through, right? Life's experiences, whether they be pleasant, unpleasant, torturous or excruciatingly wonderful and blissful, season you somehow and hopefully you learn from them. Isn't that what it's about?
41 I did have bodyguards for a little while but it's a drag. If your number's up, its up. If I'm lying in bed and somebody comes into my room, I'll either wake up or I won't. And I'll either hit 'em with my big stick that I've got or my gun that I have stowed away... or they'll hit me. Look, in this day and age, you've got to be tooled up.
42 I have aged. It's just a natural part of the holy human condition. What am I going to do? Get surgery? That just looks weird. Besides, that must hurt, so what's the point? I think I'm a lot better because maturity brings things out. I just wish I had that youthful spring again. But it's a trade-off, right?
43 I feel sorry for Tiger Woods. Why are we talking about this when we're sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan? He's being used as a diversion, and it just drives me crazy.
44 Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can. You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man. You've just got to accept your own culpability.
45 When all's said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage. I'm to blame, if you're inclined to judge.
46 William Wallace was around 28 when he died and I was already ten years older than that, although at least my knees weren't wrinkly!
47 Some people said that in telling the story we messed up history. It doesn't bother me because what I'm giving you is a cinematic experience, and I think films are there first to entertain, then teach, then inspire. There probably were historical inaccuracies - quite a few. But maybe there weren't, who's to say, because there was very little history about the man. It wasn't necessarily authentic. In some of the stuff I read about him, he wasn't as nice as he was on film. We romanticised it a bit, but that's the language of film - you have to make it cinematically acceptable. Actually, he was a monster - he always smelled of smoke because he was always burning people's villages down. He was like what the Vikings called a 'berserker'. But we kind of shifted the balance a bit because somebody's got to be the good guy and somebody the bad guy, and every story has its own point of view. That was our bias. - On Braveheart (1995).
48 It's a hard game and everybody gets knifed at some point. But what's become really clear to me is that it's not rocket science at the end of the day. I wish I had that youthful spring in my step I once had, but hopefully, in some ways, I'm a lot better as far as maturity goes. (2009)
49 I had really good highs but some very low lows. I found out recently I'm manic depressive. (2002)
50 I shouldn't have said it, but I was tickling a bit of vodka during that interview, and the quote came back to bite me on the ass. - On his controversial 1992 interview with a Spanish magazine.
51 I am politically incorrect, that's true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won't be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn't going to love you all the time.
52 Everyone always presumes I'm a Republican. I'm not. I couldn't vote for either one of those guys in the last election. I looked at the pair of them and was like, 'What do you want to do - get punched or get kicked?' It was a terrible choice to have to make. So I found somebody else on the ballot who was an independent who I liked the sound of. I can't even remember his name.
53 I've been chased by automobiles doing dangerous things on the freeway. People have tried to spit on me. It's made me totally paranoid. One day a gay group confronted me. They had signs, they were screaming and frothing at the mouth - pure hatred. It was wild. - After making apparently homophobic remarks in a 1992 interview with a Spanish magazine.
54 [In response to winning more Oscars after his first]: "It's a wonderful feeling, but I'm not gonna kill myself trying to win another one."
55 I felt like sending Michael Richards a note. I feel really badly for the guy. He was obviously in a state of stress. You don't need to be inebriated to be bent out of shape. But my heart went out to the guy. They'll probably torture him for a while and then let him go. I like him.
56 "Film-making is what I love now. I don't want to be the star of a movie anymore." (December 2006)
57 They're not blameless in the Mideast conflict. Now when you're loaded the balance of how you see things comes out the wrong way. Let me be real clear, here. In sobriety here, in front of you, national television ... that I don't believe that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. I mean, that's an outrageous, drunken statement.
58 My dad taught me my faith. I believe what he taught me. The man never lied to me in his life. People said, 'Well, he's just an old kook.' He's not an old kook. He's very intelligent. He's in complete possession of all his mental faculties. And if he says something he has a reason why he says it and he can back it up. Mensa wanted this guy, okay? He's very intelligent.
59 I was subjected to a pretty brutal public beating. The film came out and, you could have heard a pin drop. Not even the crickets weren't chirping. But the other thing I never heard was one single word of apology. I thought I dealt with that stuff. But the human heart can bear the scars of resentment, and it will come out when you're overwrought and you take a few drinks. - On the hostile critical response to The Passion of the Christ (2004).
60 I'll always continue to work. I've never much depended on anyone but myself, as far as that goes. And, hey, I'm not under the illusion that everything's just going to be hunky-dory work-wise forever. I've never been under that illusion. Things could go away tomorrow.
61 The precursors to a civilization that's going under are the same, time and time again. What's human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?
62 Hollywood is a factory. You have to realize that you are working in a factory and you're part of the mechanism. If you break down, you'll be replaced.
63 [on his drunk driving relapse]: "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."
64 I'm not a preacher, and I'm not a pastor. But I really feel my career was leading me to make The Passion of the Christ (2004). The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelize.
65 To be certain, neither I nor my film is anti-Semitic. The Passion is a movie meant to inspire, not offend. My intention in bringing it to the screen is to create a lasting work of art and engender serious thought among audiences of diverse faith backgrounds, or none, who have varying familiarity with this story. If the intense scrutiny during my twenty-five years in public life revealed I had ever persecuted or discriminated against anyone based on race or creed, I would be all too willing to make amends. But there is no such record. Nor do I hate anybody - certainly not the Jews ... They are my friends and associates, both in my work and social life. Thankfully, treasured friendships forged over decades are not easily shaken by nasty innuendo. Anti-Semitism is not only contrary to my personal beliefs, it is also contrary to the core message of my movie ... For those concerned about the content of this film, know that it conforms to the narratives of Christ's passion and death found in the four Gospels of the New Testament ... This is a movie about faith, hope, love and forgiveness - something sorely needed in these turbulent times.
66 What worries me is that people will take this as fact. I'm not angry, per se, that it refutes everything I hold sacred, the foundations of my beliefs. The Da Vinci Code (2006) is an admitted work of fiction but it cleverly weaves fact into maverick theories in a way that will appear plausible to some.
67 I think the Lethal Weapon movies contain my favorite performances. It sounds really crummy, I know, but although the work doesn't look hard, it's difficult to create effortless on screen.
68 My biggest weakness is that I'm excessive. Fortunately for everyone concerned, I'm not as excessive as I used to be.
69 There's something to do with the Federal Reserve that Lincoln did, Kennedy did and Reagan tried. I can't remember what it was. My dad told me about it. Everyone who did this particular thing that would have fixed the economy got undone. Anyway, I'll end up dead if I keep talking.
70 Obviously, nobody wants to touch something filmed in two dead languages. They think I'm crazy, and maybe I am. But maybe I'm a genius.
71 Asked if he felt besieged by the opposition to The Passion of the Christ (2004): Beseiged? No, not really. They're pretty pathetic actually. I sort of look at them now and feel sorry for them. They've given their best shot, they kind of came out with this mantra again and again and again, 'He's an anti-Semite, he's an anti-Semite, he's an anti-Semite, he's an anti-Semite.' I'm not. But they like to say that in newspapers. So it's kind of how those, anything repeated often enough slowly amalgamates into some sort of accepted truth.
72 Opposition to The Passion of the Christ (2004) kind of put me back on my heels a little bit ... I expected some level of turbulence because when one delves into religion and politics - people's deeply held beliefs -- you're going to stir things up ... But it was a surprise to have shots being fired over the bow while I was still filming, and then to have various loud voices in the press - people who hadn't seen the work - really slinging mud.
73 "I probably sound like some egotist, you know, saying that the Roman Church is wrong, but I believe it is at the moment, since Vatican II." (1990)
74 Asked whether his opposition to abortion and support for capital punishment makes him feel isolated in Hollywood: "Some kind of a dinosaur? No, you know you have to have these opinions about these things. I'm pretty firm on stuff like that. I don't feel like I'm howling in a hurricane. I just try to do my bit the way I think it should be done."
75 I got to a very desperate place. Very desperate. Kind of jump-out-of-a-window kind of desperate. And I didn't want to hang around here, but I didn't want to check out. The other side was kind of scary. And I don't like heights, anyway. But when you get to that point where you don't want to live, and you don't want to die, it's a desperate, horrible place to be. And I just hit my knees. And I had to use The Passion of the Christ (2004) to heal my wounds.
76 I might go and go somewhere no-one can find me. You know where that is? You know where the place is no-one can find you? I was thinking of pitching my tent right next to the weapons of mass destruction. Then no-one would find me.
77 Vatican II corrupted the institution of the church. Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia. - Time, January 27, 2003.
78 Asked whether The Passion of the Christ (2004) would be offensive to Jews today: "It's not meant to. I think it's meant to just tell the truth. I want to be as truthful as possible. But when you look at the reasons Christ came, he was crucified - he died for all mankind and he suffered for all mankind. So that, really, anyone who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability."
79 On his decision to cut a scene in which Caiaphas says "his blood be on us and on our children" soon Pontius Pilate washes his hands of Jesus: "I wanted it in. My brother said I was wimping out if I didn't include it. But, man, if I included that in there, they'd be coming after me at my house. They'd come to kill me."
80 I feel a strange kinship with Michael [Moore]. They're trying to pit us against each other in the press, but it's a hologram. They really have got nothing to do with one another. It's just some kind of device, some left-right. He makes some salient points. There was some very expert, elliptical editing going on. However, what the hell are we doing in Iraq? No one can explain to me in a reasonable manner that I can accept why we're there, why we went there, and why we're still there.
81 The fear mongering we depict in this film reminds me a little of President Bush and his guys. [on Apocalypto (2006)]
82 On human embryonic stem cell research: "I found that the cloning of human embryos will be used in the process and that, for me, I have an ethical problem with that. Why do I, as a taxpayer, have to fund something I believe is unethical?"
83 I did a lot of crazy things so I'm surprised to be alive.
84 I'd like to be able to wake up early every morning, but I don't. I'd like to quit smoking. I'd like to never lose my temper. The list goes on and on. I'd even like to get dressed by myself, and not have other people watching me.
85 I wasn't exactly the most zealous keeper-of-the-flame, you know? I was a pretty wild boy quite frankly. Even now when I'm trying more than I was before, I still fail every day at some level, but that's being human.
86 About the The Passion of the Christ (2004): This movie is about faith, hope, love and forgiveness. Themes that are as important now as they were in Jesus' time.
87 You can't live up to what people expect. Nobody can. But I guess that's my problem, not theirs.
88 On his religious beliefs: "I'm not a done deal. I'm a work in progress. I'm still extremely flawed."
89 There is no salvation for those outside the Church...I believe it. Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She's a much better person than I am. Honestly. She's like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it's just not fair if she doesn't make it, she's better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.
90 On his involvement in Braveheart (1995) as actor, director and producer: "If you're going to wear three hats, you'd better grow two more heads."
91 My fears: everything from being afraid that I'm going to run out of cream for my cornflakes right up to someone chopping my privates off.
92 I like directing much better. It's more fun, that's all there is to it. It's essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story. It's a high. I love it.

#Trademark
1 Intense Acting style
2 Often plays angry or deranged characters
3 Piercing blue eyes
4 Rich, gravelly voice
5 Rugged, chiseled features
6 Often portrays men who seek revenge for the murder of family or friends
7 Has often portrayed a widower, in films such as Mad Max (the sequels), Lethal Weapon film series, Braveheart (1995), The Patriot (2000), Signs (2002), and Edge of Darkness (2010).
8 Often acts and directs stories involving an individual who is persecuted, and fights for justice

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