Mel Gibson was born Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York. The Australian-American actor and filmmaker has a net worth of $425 million.
Mel Gibson Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Born to New Yorker parents, Gibson and his parents moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old, majorly for economic reasons. In Australia, Gibson enrolled at St. Leo’s Catholic College where he was taught by Congregation of Christian Brothers. He later studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney. Mel Gibson began his acting career with stage performances and later expanded into cinematic works. His debut film role came in 1977 with the movie “Summer City”. It was the same year he graduated from NDIA. For his role, Gibson received a $400 paycheck.
Gibson then began acting in action film series Mad Max which together with the Lethal Weapon film series, many regard as his signature roles. He received $15,000 for his role in the first Mad Max movie.
Mel Gibson Net Worth: Rise To Stardom and Expansion To Hollywood
After the success of the first Mad Max movie, Gibson starred in a number of other Australian movies including “Tim” as well as a number of Australian Television series. His role in 1981 critically acclaim movie “Gallipoli” won him Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute as well as gained him a reputation among critics, it even helped him land a Hollywood agent.
The first sequel his Mad Max movie became his first hit in America while the second sequel Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 brought him his first million dollar paycheck.
Mel Gibson made his Hollywood debut in 1984 drama film “The River”. After landing a number of other roles, Gibson further established himself as a star, this time in Hollywood with action movie “Lethal Weapon”. His other successful movies in his early Hollywood era were; Marverick, Braveheart (1995)- which earned him two Academy awards as a filmmaker and a Golden Globe Award, “Conspiracy Theory”, “Payback”, as well as the sequels of Lethal Weapon.
Gibson is also a filmmaker in his own right, he established Icon Productions in 1989. He has produced, and directed most of the movies he has starred in. One of such is financially successful and controversial biblical film drama, The Passion of Christ (2004). Others include “Apocalypto” (2006).
Now more active behind the scenes than on screen, Gibson is reportedly working on making a sequel to his 2004 biblical drama Passion of Christ which would focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In addition to his show biz endeavors, Mel Gibson has boosted his wealth by buying and flipping several real estate properties in and out of the US.