Name: Mel Gibson
Born As: Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Birthdate/place: January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, NY
Claim to Fame: as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max (1979)
Bio: “My biggest weakness is that I’m excessive. Fortunately for everyone concerned, I’m not as excessive as I used to be,” shares Gibson. Although Gibson was born in New York, his family moved to Australia when he was 12 years old, giving him his trade mark accent.
Gibson’s break through films were Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Due to his physical appearance he made a natural leading male role in action pictures. Not only was the Lethal Weapon series extremely successful, they were also Gibson’s “favorite performances. It sounds really crummy, I know, but although the work doesn’t look hard, it’s difficult to create effortless on screen.” Although Gibson was an awesome leading man and had many successful films, he has also had much success as a director and producer. Gibson won two Academy Awards for Braveheart in 1995; the first for Best Director and the second for Best Picture. Other films include The Man Without a Face, We Were Soldiers, Immortal Beloved and Hamlet.