Mel Gibson was born in New York. Gibson’s paternal grandmother was born in Australia to Irish parents. A lawsuit against the New York Central Railroad left his father being awarded $145,000 for injuries. Following this, his family relocated to Australia when Gibson was 12.
Gibson began studying acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. While studying, he made his film debut in the film Summer City in 1977. Upon graduation, he immediately began work on Mad Max (1999). He continued performing as a stage actor. in 1982 Gibson acted in Gallipoli, a World War I drama. This earned Gibson a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute and also a Hollywood agent. The River was Gibson’s first American film. In 1987 he played the lead role in Lethal Weapon that helped him cement his place as Hollywood’s leading man!