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Mel Gibson

Author of The Passion

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Mel Gibson's Bio:
Mel Gibson was born the sixth of eleven children in upstate New York and at the age of 12 moved with his family to Sydney, Australia. He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) at the University of South Wales, where his stage appearances included the role of Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. On the strength of his stage work, Gibson came to the attention of George Miller, who cast him in the title role of Mad Max (1979), the low budget sci-fi thriller that became a surprise hit around the world. The same year, he played an almost diametrically opposite role as a gentle mentally handicapped man in Tim, and won the Australian Film Institutes's Best Actor Award. He was further established as a film star by Peter Weir's Gallipoli(1981), which brought him a second Australian Best Actor prize, and by Miller's Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior(1981).

Soon after, Gibson starred in several films including, The Year of Living Dangerously(1983), The River(1984), The Bounty(1984), Mrs. Soffel(1984), Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome(1985) , and the durable action-adventure franchise, Lethal Weapon(1987).

After starring in Tequila Sunrise(1988), Lethal Weapon 2(1989), Air America(1990), and Bird on a Wire(1990), Gibson formed Icon Productions with partner Bruce Davey to produce Hamlet(1990). The role brought him the William Shakespeare Award from the Folger Library in Washington, DC. Gibson has since starred in many Icon projects, including Forever Young(1992), Maverick(1994), Payback(1999), and What Women Want(2000).

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