In 1996, Mel won 2 Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture in his work on Braveheart.
Mel was listed in the #8 position in the annual Harris Poll of America's top ten favourite movie stars in 2006.
On July 28, 2006 Gibson was found driving drunk, when the officer when to arrest him, he blamed Jews, later apologizing.
Mel has an estimated fortune of $850 million, according to the 'Los Angeles Business Journal'. The size of his fortune makes him the 47th richest person in the Los Angeles area and one of the wealthiest actors in the world.
Mel Gibson joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 114 entitled "The Passion of the Jew."
Mel's family line goes back several generations in Australia, but his ancestors originally came from Ireland and Scotland.
Mel flew to Fiji in early December 2004 where he bought the 2,160 hectare island of Mago from a Japanese hotel chain for $15 million. He plans to turn the Pacific paradise, that is home to forty residents, mostly coconut farmers and their families, into his own personal retreat. The South Pacific island boasts two lagoons and stunning white-sand beaches.
Mel owns a summer home in Branford, Connecticut, USA.
Mel was offered the role of "Eliot Ness" in The Untouchables (1987), but turned it down. It was eventually filled by Kevin Costner.
Some of Mel's favourite films include, The Big Country (1958), Double Indemnity (1944), and Spartacus (1960).
Mel was one of the actors originally considered for the role of "James Bond" in GoldenEye (1995).
In 1985, Mel was People Magazine's first ever "Sexiest Man Alive."
Mel has his own private chapel on his grounds, where he attends mass every day.
Mel almost turned down the role of "William Wallace" in Braveheart (1995), because he thought he was too old for the role.
Mel was the first Australian actor ever to be paid $1,000,000 for a film role.
Mel was born with a rare condition where he has a "horseshoe" kidney, meaning that both of his kidneys are fused into one.
Mel is a big fan of The Three Stooges.
Mel took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.
Mel and his wife Robyn have seven children together. Their names are Hannah, twins Edward and Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Tommy.
Mel's father, Hutton Gibson, moved the family from upstate New York to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1968 after winning as a contestant on Jeopardy.
Mel ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October 1997.
Mel studied Acting at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), and at the University of New South Wales, NSW, Sydney, Australia.
Mel's younger brother, Donal Gibson is also an actor.
Mel: Although (the Mayan culture) is an integral part of the story, what I am doing is creating an action-adventure of mythic proportions and I am a megalomaniac, so I like the position.
Mel: I tell you what really turns my toes up: love scenes with sixty-eight year old men and actresses young enough to be their grand-daughter.
Mel: There is no salvation for those outside the Church...I believe it. Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She's a much better person than I am. Honestly. She's like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it's just not fair if she doesn't make it, she's better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.
Mel: (About the "Passion of the Christ") This movie is about Faith, Hope, Love and Forgiveness. Themes that are as important now as they were in Jesus' time.
Mel: (On his religious beliefs) I'm not a done deal. I'm a work in progress. I'm still extremely flawed.
Mel Gibson: My fears: everything from being afraid that I'm going to run out of cream for my cornflakes right up to someone chopping my privates off.
Mel: (on "Apocalypto") I don't understand all the heat. It's less violent than Braveheart, and yet they are calling it blood porn.
Mel: (claiming critics are still punishing him for a drunken, anti-Jewish rant) Get the hell over it. How many people do you know get a DUI (driving under the influence) and are kicked around for six months? It's out of proportion. I'm not saying I wasn't at fault. Hey, we're not perfect, we're all human - get over it. I've apologised, done the right thing, now get the hell over it. I'm a work in progress.
Mel Gibson: If I've still got my pants on in the second scene, I think they've sent me the wrong script.
Mel Gibson: The Passion is a movie meant to inspire not offend. My intention in bringing it to the screen is to create a lasting work of art and engender serious thought among audiences of diverse faith backgrounds.
Mel Gibson: I like directing much better. It's more fun, that's all there is to it. It's essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story. It's a high. I love it.
Mel Gibson: You can't live up to what people expect. Nobody can. But I guess that's my problem, not theirs.
Mel Gibson: After about twenty years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of that one [what women want] and I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.
Mel Gibson: A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.
Mel Gibson: Feminists don't like me and I don't like them.
Mel Gibson: I don't make things complicated, that's the way they get all by themselves.
Mel Gibson: I love women. They're the best thing ever created. If they want to be like men and come down to our level, that's fine.
Mel Gibson: That's like asking you to pick your favorite child... I do however, think Bird on a Wire was one of my finest works. Oscar caliber.
Mel Gibson: Acting is like lying. The art of lying well. I'm paid to tell elaborate lies.