Mel Gibson has a net worth of $425 million and is an Australian/American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and investor. Mel has been one of the most successful performers and filmmakers in the world over his career, despite his occasionally controversial demeanor.
Mel Colmcille's Childhood Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, and migrated to Australia with his family when he was twelve years old. He is the son of novelist Hutton Gibson and Anne Patricia, who died in 1990, and is the sixth of eleven children. Mel's family migrated to Australia, his grandmother's homeland, when he was 12 years old, for various economic reasons.
Gibson received his education from the Christian Brothers and went on to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, where he worked on stage before moving into the Australian film industry.
After graduating from college in 1977, Gibson's first major role was in the Mad Max series, which he began working on immediately. Mel received his first $1 million payouts from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the franchise's third movie, in 1985. Gibson continued to perform as a theatrical actor in Adelaide, appearing in several productions with the State Theatre Company of South Australia.
He starred in a number of well-known plays, including Waiting for Godot and Death of a Salesman.
Mel played a struggling Tennessee farmer alongside Sissy Spacek in his debut American film, The River, in 1984. He had a two-year break from acting in 1985 before returning in 1987 to play Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon, followed by Tequila Sunrise in 1988 and Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989.
He starred in blockbuster action films such as Maverick, Braveheart, Ransom, and Payback throughout the first part of the 1990s. Gibson starred in three films that grossed over $100 million at the box office in the early 2000s: The Patriot, Chicken Run, and What Women Want. He starred in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, which was a huge hit and became his highest-grossing film.
Other prominent film roles include The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, We Were Soldiers, Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, and The Expendables 3, as well as starring roles in the other four Mad Max sequels.
Director and Producer:
Gibson began his career as a producer and director in 1989 when he founded Icon Productions and released his debut film, Hamlet. In 1993's The Man Without a Face, he made his directorial debut. Two years later, he directed Braveheart, which won him an Academy Award for Best Director. The controversial film The Passion of the Christ was written, filmed, and funded by Gibson in 2004.
It became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, grossing nearly $370 million in the United States. In 2016, he directed Hacksaw Ridge, which was nominated for 14 awards, including an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing and a Golden Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture.
Gibson won six accolades for the picture, including Best Director from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Director of the Year from the Hollywood Film Academy. Gibson has also directed and produced a number of television productions during the course of his career.
The passion of the Christ Earnings:
Mel spent years attempting to acquire funds for his passion project, “Passion of the Christ,” but he was unsuccessful. Mel eventually decided to put $30 million of his own money into the project after becoming upset. He also added $15 million to his overall investment for marketing, bringing his total commitment to $45 million.
Mel was the owner of 50% of the film's proceeds. The remaining 50% goes to Newmarket Films, the distributor. Mel's personal split was $300 million after the movie's sales were calculated.
That's not all, though. Passion was also a huge item seller. Mel made another $50-$100 million through merchandise. Finally, there are DVD sales, which were near their all-time high in 2004. Mel earned a whopping $75 million from DVD sales.
When it's all said and done, Mel Gibson earned between $400 and $475 million on Passion Of The Christ.
Investments and Real Estate:
Gibson has made real estate and investment investments in Malibu, Costa Rica, Fiji, and other parts of Australia. In December 2004, he sold his Kiewa Valley farm for $6 million. Later that month, he paid $15 million for his own private island, Mago Island in Fiji. Gibson paid a whopping $26 million for a 400-acre estate in Costa Rica in April 2007. He has tried to sell the mansion for as much as $35 million on several occasions. He also possessed a Tudor-style mansion in Connecticut, which he sold for $40 million in July 2007 after purchasing it for $9 million in 1994.
Mel bought a 5.5-acre house in Malibu for $11.5 million in 2008. David Duchovny and Tea Leoni, who was married at the time, were the sellers. Mel had this house listed for $17.5 million at one point. In March of this year, he relisted it for $14.5 million.
Gibson married Robin Moore in 1980, and the couple had seven children before getting divorced in 2011. His divorce settlement with his ex-wife was more than $400 million. Gibson and his previous girlfriend, Russian artist Oksana Grigorieva, have a daughter. Rosalind Ross, his girlfriend, gave birth to his ninth kid in 2017.
Controversies and Legal Issues:
In 2010, Oksana Grigorieva obtained a restraining order against Gibson to keep him away from their child. Gibson responded by obtaining a restraining order against her. Gibson was investigated by LA County police after she accused him of domestic violence. An audio recording of Gibson's violent and racist diatribe during a phone contact with Grigorieva was released onto the internet in July 2010. Mel Gibson pleaded no contest to a minor violence charge and reached a settlement with Grigorieva, who was given $750,000 in damages as well as their home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Gibson has been the target of anti-Semitic hate speech as well as anti-LGBTQ hostility. Many producers, directors, agents, and fellow actors in the Hollywood film industry blacklisted him for about a decade as a result of his outspoken utterances over the years. The Hollywood community didn't warm up to him again until he published Hacksaw Ridge.
Gibson has spoken openly about his alcoholism and rehabilitation in numerous interviews. He was prohibited from driving in Canada for three months after rear-ending a car in Toronto while inebriated in 1984. On July 28, 2006, he was detained for a DUI after speeding in his automobile with an open container of alcohol. He pleaded no contest and was given a three-year probationary term.
Gibson's philanthropy has resulted in millions of dollars being donated to Healing the Children, a non-profit that offers life-saving medical treatment to underserved children all over the world. On a business trip to Singapore in 2007, he made a large donation to a local organization for children with terminal illnesses.
He's also a supporter of cultural issues like the preservation of Renaissance masterpieces. Gibson has also donated millions to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He gave $500,000 to the El Mirador Basin initiative, which attempts to protect Central America's remaining pristine jungle. In July 2007, he traveled to Central America to meet with Costa Rica's president and give donations to the indigenous people. He also helped Green Rubber Global develop a tire recycling factory in Gallup, New Mexico, in the same year.
Mel Gibson received two Academy Awards for Braveheart, won for best director and the other for best film. For Braveheart, he also received a Golden Globe for best director. He's been nominated for various prizes, including a BAFTA.