His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent. Mel and his family moved to Australia in the late s, settling in New South Wales, where Mel's paternal grandmother, contralto opera singer Eva Mylott, was born. After college, Mel had a few stints on stage and starred in a few TV shows. In , he married Robyn Moore and had seven children. Then in , Mel starred in what would become his signature series, Lethal Weapon , in which he played "Martin Riggs". In , he took on the interesting starring role in Hamlet , which garnered him some critical praise.
Here is a true story by Paul Harvey. Pass it to anyone who you think would find it interesting and inspiring. You will be surprised who this young man turned out to be. Do not look at the bottom if this letter until you have read it fully. Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there.
Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher. McLeod : You gave me what I never expected to find again. A gift of your trust and love.
He is best known for his action hero roles, particularly his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films of the post-apocalyptic action series Mad Max and as Martin Riggs in the buddy cop film series Lethal Weapon. During the s, he founded Icon Entertainment , a production company, which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called "an alternative to the studio system". He later directed and produced The Passion of the Christ , a biblical drama that was both financially successful and highly controversial. He received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto , which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century. After several legal issues and controversial statements leaked to the public, Gibson's public image plummeted significantly, affecting his careers in acting and directing.