Mel Gibson

Biography: A walking dichotomy, this controversial Hollywood megastar is the embodiment of prankster and preacher, hero and villain, success and failure, both on and off screen. Born in the U.S. but raised in Australia from age 12, the ruggedly handsome, blue-eyed actor hit it big (at least Down Under) in 1979, with a pair of antithetical films. He earned an Australian Film Institute Award as a mentally challenged laborer involved with an older woman in Tim, and proved himself an able action hero in Mad Max, which launched a successful franchise. But his international breakthrough came two years later, when he again showcased his range as a short-distance runner in the World War I-set Gallipoli (snagging him a second Australian Film Institute Award) and a return run as Mad Max in The Road Warrior. Hollywood pounced on the actor, and while his U.S. career got off to a rocky start with a number of flops, he became an icon playing a crazy cop in the 1987 smash Lethal Weapon, marking theA walking dichotomy, this controversial Hollywood megastar is the embodiment of prankster and preacher, hero and villain, success and failure, both on and off screen. Born in the U.S. but raised in Australia from age 12, the ruggedly handsome, blue-eyed actor hit it big (at least Down Under) in 1979, with a pair of antithetical films. He earned an Australian Film Institute Award as a mentally challenged laborer involved with an older woman in Tim, and proved himself an able action hero in Mad Max, which launched a successful franchise. But his international breakthrough came two years later, when he again showcased his range as a short-distance runner in the World War I-set Gallipoli (snagging him a second Australian Film Institute Award) and a return run as Mad Max in The Road Warrior. Hollywood pounced on the actor, and while his U.S. career got off to a rocky start with a number of flops, he became an icon playing a crazy cop in the 1987 smash Lethal Weapon, marking the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between Gibson and director Richard Donner. Over the years, the two worked together on a number of movies, including three more Lethal Weapon flicks. He worked steadily in the 1990s and even went behind the camera, winning an Oscar for best director for his second feature, the Scottish war saga Braveheart. Although the devout Catholic was well liked in Hollywood, charming his costars with his outrageous on-set pranks and donating millions to charity, he was never one to shy away from controversy. In 2004, Gibson wrote, produced, directed and independently financed The Passion of Christ, an extremely graphic depiction of Jesus Christ's suffering on the day of his crucifixion. Critics claimed that the film had an anti-Semitic slant---a claim the auteur disputed on various TV news shows---and regardless of the film's social politics, it was a box-office smash. After keeping a low profile for the next two years, Gibson's name was suddenly plastered all over the media again when he made anti-Semitic remarks while being arrested for drunken driving in July 2006. He quickly checked into rehab, but the incident took a huge toll on his professional and personal life. A month after his arrest, he separated from Robyn Moore, his wife of 28 years with whom he had seven children. She filed for divorce in April 2009 citing "irreconcilable differences." And in October 2009, Gibson welcomed another child with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, but the pair called it quits several months later. In 2010, Gibson appeared on-screen again, in the revenge thriller film, Edge of Darkness. In 2016, he returned to the director's chair with Hacksaw Ridge. Expand

Mel Gibson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 90 Mad Max: Fury Road
Lowest Metascore: 24 The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 55
  2. Negative: 11 out of 55
55 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Hot Seat Jul 1, 2022 Wallace Reed tbd
40 Father Stu Apr 13, 2022 Bill Long 5.7
tbd Agent Game Apr 8, 2022 Olsen tbd
tbd Panama Mar 18, 2022 Stark tbd
45 Last Looks Feb 4, 2022 Alastair Pinch / Alastair Pinch 7.1
27 Dangerous Nov 5, 2021 Principal Cast / Dr. Alderwood 5.3
56 Boss Level Mar 5, 2021 Col. Clive Ventor / Colonel Clive Ventor 7.1
24 The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Dec 11, 2020 Self tbd
40 Fatman Nov 13, 2020 Chris 6.3
tbd Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Jul 7, 2020 Self tbd
29 Force of Nature Jun 30, 2020 Ray 5.9
27 The Professor and the Madman May 10, 2019 Producer / James Murray 7.3
60 Dragged Across Concrete Mar 22, 2019 Brett Ridgeman 6.9
tbd Air Strike Oct 26, 2018 Creative Supervising Producer / Creative Supervising Producer tbd
30 Daddy's Home 2 Nov 10, 2017 Cast / Dusty's Dad/Mr. Mayron / Kurt Mayron / Kurt / Kurt Mayron 5.8
71 Hacksaw Ridge Nov 4, 2016 Director 8.2
66 Blood Father Aug 12, 2016 John Link / John Link / Link / Link 5.0
90 Mad Max: Fury Road May 15, 2015 Drifter 8.5
35 The Expendables 3 Aug 15, 2014 Cast / Conrad / Conrad Stonebanks / Conrad Stonebanks / Stonebanks 5.8
52 Stonehearst Asylum Oct 24, 2013 Producer / Producer tbd
41 Machete Kills Oct 11, 2013 Luther Voz / Luther Voz / Voz 6.0
60 The Beaver May 6, 2011 Walter Black / Walter Black tbd
55 Edge of Darkness Jan 29, 2010 Thomas Craven / Thomas Craven 6.3
68 Apocalypto Dec 8, 2006 Director / Producer / Written By 7.6
70 Who Killed the Electric Car? Jun 28, 2006 Himself / Himself tbd
68 Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man Jun 21, 2006 Executive Producer / Executive Producer / Producer / Producer 1.4
53 The Big Question Mar 17, 2006 Himself tbd
38 Paparazzi Sep 3, 2004 Producer 2.0
47 The Passion of the Christ Feb 25, 2004 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Screenplay / Screenplay tbd
45 The Singing Detective Oct 24, 2003 Producer / Producer / Dr. Gibbon / Dr. Gibbon tbd

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