What Is Mel Gibson’s Net Worth & How Did He Make His Money?

An actor and filmmaker who boasts of over 40 acting credits and no less than four hits as a director, Mel Gibson’s net worth reflects the success he enjoys in his career. The actor’s contributions to Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole cannot be overstated. He is famed as an action hero/expert and is the brain behind some of some all-time favorite action flicks such as Braveheart, Apocalypto, Hacksaw Ridge, as well as the religious hit The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s industry profile as an A-lister has piqued many people’s interest as regards his financial value. Here’s a quick refresher on how the entertainer made his money and what his current net worth is.

A boomer who was welcomed into the world on the 3rd of January 1956, Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson is a New Yorker born into a big family. The actor was mostly raised in Australia after his family fled to the sovereign nation in 1968 during the Vietnam war when he was barely a teenager. His parents and their 11 children left their home country for fear of having any of their sons recruited into the military for the war. The Gibsons eventually settled in Sydney where Mel was educated up to college level.

But for one of his siblings who discovered his innate talents and pushed for him to pursue a career in entertainment, Mel Gibson may never have graced our screens. Thankfully, he auditioned and scaled through after his sister helped him apply to Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). That marked the end of the actor’s journalistic or culinary aspirations.

How Did Mel Gibson Make His Money?

Mel eventually discovered his purpose at NIDA and thereafter proceeded to further sharpen his acting skills with the Southern Australian Theater Company. Between 1976 and 1993, he was active on stage and accumulated an exhaustive list of theatre credits. Like most successful stars, Gibson’s journey to fame wasn’t a walk in the park. In 1977, he initially began with small and minor movie roles, including I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Summer City, as well as the TV show The Sullivans. 

Mel Gibson’s breakout movie came two years later when he landed the lead role of Max Rockatansky in the hit movie Mad Max and its sequels Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Mel gained critical acclaim following his outstanding performance as the title character in the Mad Max series. His other notable and lucrative movie projects in the 70s and 80s include Tim (1979), Gallipoli (1981), Attack Force Z (1982), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), and The Bounty (1984).

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Gibson’s first Hollywood stint was in the 1984 movie The River. He later established himself as a formidable force and an action star in Hollywood in 1987 with the hit movie Lethal Weapon. He reprised his role as Martin Riggs in the film’s 1989, 1992 and 1998 sequels. Mel Gibson later proved his versatility with other roles in hits such as Hamlet, Air America, and Bird on a Wire, all released in 1990. He also starred in Maverick (1994), Braveheart (1995) which earned him two Oscars, Conspiracy Theory (1997), Payback (1999), as well as the year 2000 movies Chicken Run, The Patriot and What Women Want which were all commercial hits. His other features in the 2000s are Signs (2002), Edge of Darkness (2010), Machete Kills (2013), The Expendables 3 (2014), and Dragged Across Concrete (2017).

Mel Gibson's net worth
Mel Gibson on the job – image source

Gibson’s works behind the camera are even more lucrative than his onscreen gigs. The actor starred and made his directorial debut in 1993 with the film The Man Without a Face. Both as a director and producer, Gibson has successfully pulled through a number of hit TV and film projects, including Braveheart (1995), his directorial hit for which he earned one of his Academy Awards. His other critically acclaimed works behind the scenes are Get The Gringo (2012), the controversial biblical film The Passion of the Christ (2004), the 2006 movie Apocalypto, as well as Hacksaw Ridge (2014).

See Also: Steven Spielberg – Biography, Family, and Net Worth

What Is Mel Gibson’s Net Worth?

For an entertainer with impressive credits and hits both onscreen and behind the scenes, there begs no question as to where the bulk of Mel Gibson’s net worth comes from. In addition to his mouth watery salary as an A-list actor, most of Gibson’s investments in the industry as a filmmaker have paid off, successfully yielding blockbusters that grossed millions of dollars. The actor also reportedly cashes in big from his real estate investments. It is, therefore, unsurprising that Mel Gibson has accumulated a massive fortune. Financial analysts peg the actor/filmmaker’s net worth at the whopping sum of $425 million.

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