Twoop > People > Actors

Mel Gibson Timeline

Jan. 3, 1956: Born as Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson in Peekskill, New York to Anne and Hutton Gibson.

1961: Family moves to a farmhouse in Mount Vision.

1964: His dad has a serious injury at New York Central Railroad which leads to him losing his job, and also leads to him getting into a messy compensation battle with the company. He eventually gets a $145,000 settlement.

1964: His dad wins $21,000 on the pre Alex Trebek version of Jeopardy!.

Nov. 1968: Mel's dad moves the family to Australia, in protest against the Vietnam War.

1968/1969: Mel is enrolled in St. Leo's College where, due to his accent and refusal to follow the strict rules of the Christian Brothers, he is singled out, tormented, and abused by everybody.

1969: His dad rescues him from religious perdition and sends him to a more agreeable school, Asquith High, where drinking, smoking, and fighting are looked kindly on by peers.

1974: His sister, getting a kick out of Mel's jokes and acting abilities, fills out an application for the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and mails it on his behalf. When they answer, Mel goes along with the whole thing and shows up for the audition. He passes without a hitch, to his surprise.

1975: He doesn't take Drama school seriously at first, and letting his hair and beard grow long, he takes part in all those activities made famous by the 70s.

Late 1975: Begins to take Drama seriously and gets over his stage fright when he plays Romeo opposite fellow classmate Judy Davis, who plays Juliet.

1977: Graduates from the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

1977: Debuts on TV in the series The Sullivans.

1977: Debuts in the low-budget film Summer City.

1978: While touring with the South Australia Theater Company, he rents a room in Adelaide where he walks into the kitchen and meets a dental assistant named Robyn Moore. Sadly, she already has a boyfriend. However, not long after that day, she has a new boyfriend named Mel.

1979: Involved in a bar brawl one night; next day he auditions for Mad Max.

Apr. 12, 1979: Mad Max is released in Australian theaters.

Mar. 21, 1980: Mad Max is released in the United States with Mel Gibson's voice dubbed because American audiences might not understand a word he is saying.

June 7, 1980: Marries dental assistant Robyn Moore.

Aug. 28, 1981: Plays Frank Dunn in Gallipoli.

Dec. 24, 1981: Mad Max: 2: The Road Warrior is released in Australia.

May 21, 1982: The Road Warror is released in the USA including Gibson's voice.

June 1, 1982: Stars in a movie he would rather forget, Attack Force Z.

Jan. 21, 1983: Plays Guy Hamilton in The Year of Living Dangerously.

Late 1983: While in Moorea, during the filming of The Bounty, Mel and his pals have a habit of going on serious drinking sprees. On one occasion he got in such a serious bar brawl that the order of shooting has to be shuffled to agree with Mel's bruises.

May 4, 1984: Plays Fletcher Christian in The Bounty with Anthony Hopkins.

Dec. 19, 1984: Makes his Hollywood debut in The River with Sissy Spacek.

Dec. 26, 1984: Stars in Mrs. Soffel with Diane Keaton.

July 12, 1985: Stars in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with Tina Turner.

Mar. 6, 1987: Plays Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon.

Jan. 1, 1988: Plays Dale 'Mac' McKussic in Tequila Sunrise with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell.

May 18, 1990: Plays Rick Jarmin in Bird on a Wire with Goldie Hawn.

Aug. 10, 1990: Plays Gene Ryack in Air America with Robert Downey Jr.

Dec. 19, 1990: Stars in Hamlet.

1992: Begins doing research for a movie later down the road that will eventually become The Passion of the Christ.

Aug. 25, 1993: Makes his director's debut, and stars in, The Man Without a Face.

May 20, 1994: Plays Bret Maverick, Jr. in Maverick with Jodie Foster and James Garner.

May 24, 1995: Plays William Wallace in Braveheart, which he also directed and produced.

June 23, 1995: Does the voice of John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas.

Nov. 8, 1996: Plays Tom Mullen in Ron Howard's Ransom.

1997: Is made an Officer of the Order of Australia, the highest award they have.

Aug. 8, 1997: Plays Jerry Fletcher in Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart.

June 21, 2000: Mel does the voice of the main rooster, Rocky, in the animated film Chicken Run.

June 28, 2000: Plays Benjamin Martin in The Patriot.

Dec. 15, 2000: Stars in What Women Want with Helen Hunt.

Apr. 25, 2002: Stars in We Were Soliders.

Aug. 2, 2002: Stars in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs.

Jan. 7, 2003: In Time magazine, Mel says of the Vatican II, "...corrupted the institution of the church. Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia."

Sept. 6, 2003: After New York Times columnist Frank Rich reminds readers that Mel's dad supposedly is a bigot toward Jews, Mel comes to his dad's defense and says of Rich, "I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick. ... I want to kill his dog."

Sept. 15, 2003: In The New Yorker, Mel defends his dad on the allegations he is a Holocaust denier: "That's bullshit...I don't want to be dissing my father. He never denied the Holocaust; he just said there were fewer than six million. I don't want them having me dissing my father. I mean, he's my father."

Feb. 25, 2004: The Passion of the Christ debuts. Mel is credited as the director, co-producer, and the man who fronted his own money, $25 million. The movie has made him over $414 million due to negative and positive publicity.

Sept. 17, 2004: Zack Sinclair begins stalking Mel. He shows up at Mel's Malibu home requesting to pray with him. "...he wanted to pray with me," says Mel. Zack is told to leave and never come back.

Sept. 18, 2004: Zack returns and persistently rings the gate bell, and requests yet again to pray with Mel, who has his own backyard chapel that he prays in on a regular basis.

Sept. 19, 2004: Zack finds a way into Mel's yard and wanders into his chapel. Mel says, "He approached me, interrupted my worship, stood approximately six inches from me and demanded that I pray with him." Mel's wife calls the cops.

Dec. 10, 2004: For $15 million, Mel buys his own paradise, Mago, a 5,400-acre island in Fiji.

Feb. 28, 2005: Landless Fijians are trying to raise money to challenge the sale of their ancestral home, Mago Island, to Mel.. They claim it was stolen from them back in the 19th century. Tribal member Timoci Waqalevu says, "Our island was sold for 2,000 coconut plants, and stories told by our forefathers are that they were forced to leave at gunpoint."

June 20, 2005: Zack Sinclair, Mel's own personal stalker, gets a maximum three-year jail sentence for trying to pray with Mel and for sending disturbing letters, with contents like, God told him to pray with Mel.

If you believe any information on to be inaccurate, please let us know. Images: All images published on the site are believed to be in the public domain. To report an image published on our site that is not in the public domain or does not fall under fair use, please send an email to editor (AT)

Copyright © 2005-2007 All rights reserved.