Mel Gibson

Caricature published in ( Funon journal_Damascus )

Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York as one of eleven children, but raised in Australia from the age of twelve. He maintained his U.S. citizenship.

Following a victory on the Jeopardy game show, Gibson's father Hutton moved his family to Australia in 1968 in protest of the Vietnam War and because he believed that changes in American society were immoral. Some people have attacked Hutton Gibson for his traditional Catholic religious views and political opinions, but Mel Gibson has made a number of public statements recently supporting him. A Roman Catholic, Gibson has donated money to finance the construction of a traditional Catholic chapel in Malibu, California called Holy Family.
After graduating from NIDA in 1977, Gibson's acting career began in Australia with appearances in the television series The Sullivans.
He made his Australian film debut as the leather-clad post-apocalyptic survivor in George Miller's Mad Max, which later became a cult hit and launched a series of films. His international profile increased through Peter Weir's anti-war First World War film Gallipoli. In 1984 he made his US movie debut, starring as Fletcher Christian in The Bounty. Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins played opposite Gibson as Captain Bligh.

Selected Filmography
Signs (2002)
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Chicken Run (2000)
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
The Patriot (2000)
What Women Want (2000)
PayBack (1999)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997, uncredited)
Father's Day (1997, uncredited)
Ransom (1996)
Braveheart (1995, also directed)
Pocahontas (1995, voice)
Maverick (1994)
The Man Without a Face (1993, also directed)
Forever Young (1992)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Air America (1990)
Bird on a Wire (1990)
Hamlet (1990)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Tequila Sunrise (1998)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
The Bounty (1984)
Mrs. Soffle (1984)
The River (1984)
Attack Force Z (1982)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Gallipoli (1981)
Mad Max (1979)
Tim (1979)
Summer City (1977)