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Mel Gibson Net Worth

Mel Gibson Net Worth
Net Worth$425,000,000
NameMel Colmcille Gerard Gibson
Date of Birth/AgeJanuary 3, 1956 (age 63)
State/City of originPeekskill, New York, U.S.
Years active1976–present
Occupation(s) Actor, director, producer

What Is Mel Gibson’s Net Worth?

Mel Gibson’s net worth is $425 million.

How Did Mel Gibson Make His Money?

He is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter whose movies are among the best-known, highest-grossing movies in Hollywood history.


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Gibson first grabbed attention in the U.S. as a hunky romantic lead who made female viewers swoon. He then broke through as an action hero in the Lethal Weapon series. At the same time, he earned rave reviews for his serious roles.

Gibson produced and starred in several epic historical dramas. He racked up industry awards and cemented his place as a leading Hollywood power player.

A Hard Fall

It all fell apart when Gibson had a series of disturbing encounters with the police, the public and the press.

His career took a hiatus, and longtime friends and allies abandoned him. Just when it looked like he was gone from the scene forever, he came roaring back with a series of critically acclaimed movies and performances.

Gibson has shown that remains a true force in Hollywood.


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Mel Gibson Quick Facts

  • He was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York.
  • He is 5 foot 9 inches tall.
  • His birth name is Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson.
  • He has homes in Malibu, California, and Australia.


Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York ,to an Irish mother and an Irish-American father. He was the sixth of 11 children. His father worked on the railroads.

Move to Australia

When Mel was 12, his father appeared on the game show Jeopardy! and was the top winner. Gibson Sr. used his winnings to move the family to Australia, where he had family.

Gibson attended high school and the University of New South Wales.


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Gibson was unsure what he wanted to do with his life. He had always enjoyed acting and theater, but he did not think he was talented enough to make it a career.

His sister filled out an application in his name to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts. Gibson was accepted and enrolled immediately. Two of his classmates were future stars Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush.

Two Breakout Roles

Gibson had a successful career as a theater actor. He was cast in major roles and received excellent reviews.

Gibson got roles in two movies in 1979. He portrayed a young man with mental disabilities in the movie Tim, based on the novel by Colleen McCullough. He also starred in the low-budget film Mad Max.

Gibson won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Best Actor award for his work in Tim. The AFI is equivalent to the Oscar in the U.S.


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Mad Max was a breakout success. Critics and audiences took notice of the good-looking Australian with a commanding screen presence.

In 1981, he starred in Gallipoli. This role brought him his second AFI for Best Actor.

In 1982, he starred in Peter Weir’s Year of Living Dangerously. This role brought him international attention as a serious actor.

Success in Hollywood

Gibson’s first American movie was The River in 1984. He co-starred with Sissy Space in the well-reviewed movie about struggling farmers. He then returned to Australia to star in Gillian Armstrong’s Mrs. Soffel with Diane Keaton.

In 1987, Gibson landed his most iconic roles as the reckless, suicidal detective Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon. He would end up starring in four Lethal Weapon movies.


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Critics gave Gibson universally rave reviews. They compared him to old-time Hollywood stars like Steve McQueen and Clark Gable. Sean Connery recommended Gibson as the next James Bond.

Mel Gibson’s net worth is $425 million.

Gibson turned down the role, because he didn’t want to be typecast.
People called him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1985 and “Most Beautiful Person” in 1990.

A String of Hits

Gibson appeared in several commercial and critical hits in the 1990s, including:

  • Bird on a Wire, Hamlet and Air America, all in 1990.
  • Forever Young.
  • Lethal Weapon 2 and Lethal Weapon 3.
  • Ransom.
  • Conspiracy Theory.
  • Lethal Weapon 4.
  • Payback.

During this time, he also directed and starred in Braveheart. The movie won an Oscar for Best Picture and an Oscar for Best Director.


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Epic Filmmaking

In 2004, Gibson produced and directed his Biblical epic Passion of the Christ. The movie was a box office hit and was nominated for three Academy Awards. At the same time, it raised enormous controversy.

Critics argued that its portrayal of the Bible story was anti-Semitic and historically inaccurate.

Gibson followed up in 2006 with another historical epic, Apocalypto, which was about the arrival of colonial settlers to early Mesoamerica. Some critics consider this his best movie as a director.


In addition to his Academy Awards and AFIs, Gibson’s many awards include:

1.Australian Film Institute: Global Achievement Award 2002.

2.Hollywood Reporter Innovator of the Year 2004.

3.World’s Most Powerful Celebrity, Forbes 2004.

4.Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2008.

5.People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Motion Picture Actor in 1991, 1997,2001, 2003 and 2004.

Series of Setbacks


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After releasing Apocalypto, Gibson was involved in a series of highly publicized events that included a drunken fight with a police officer, controversial statements about gay people and Jews, an arrest for domestic abuse and other problems.

Gibson’s wife Robyn Moore filed for separation in 2006.

Most of Hollywood turned against Gibson. His agency dropped him. The only celebrities who publicly defended him were Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jodie Foster.

Gibson has described Foster as one of his closest friends. She also came in for criticism for her public defense of Gibson.

Career Comeback

In 2011, Jodie Foster produced and directed The Beaver, a movie about a man suffering from depression and alcoholism. She cast Gibson as the lead. The movie was a flop at the box office, but it restarted Gibson’s career.


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In 2016, Gibson directed the movie Hacksaw Ridge. The movie told the true story of Desmond Doss, a World War II conscientious objector.

The movie received rave reviews. The American Film Institute listed it as one of its Top 10 Movies of the Year. It was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two.


Gibson has been married once and has nine children.

In 1980, Gibson married fellow actress Robyn Moore. They had seven children.

His children with Moore are his daughter Hannah, twin sons Edward and Christian and sons Willie, Louis, Milo and Timmy.

He has a daughter named Lucia from his relationship with Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva. He has a son named Lars with his girlfriend Rosalind Ross.

Charity and Philanthropy

In 2007, Gibson donated $500,000 to the El Mirador Basin Project to protect the last acres of virgin rainforest in Central America. He made another contribution to provide financial assistance to indigenous people living in the region.

Gibson personally visited Costa Rica to ensure that his contributions were going directly to the fund and to the poor people living in the region.

Gibson and his former wife have contributed millions to Healing the Children, an organization that provides medical care to poor children all over the world.


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Current Status

Gibson has continued to rebuild his image and his career. In 2019, he starred with Vince Vaughn in the dark thriller Dragged Across Concrete. The movie opened to glowing reviews.

Favorite Quotes from Mel Gibson

“Hollywood is a factory. You have to realize that you are working in a factory and you’re part of the mechanism. If you break down, you’ll be replaced.”

“I think I’ve scratched the surface after 20 years of marriage. Women want chocolate and conversation.”

Success Tips from Mel Gibson

“You ask anybody what their number one fear is and it’s public humiliation. Multiply that on a global scale and that’s what I’ve been through. It changes you. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s really that simple. You can’t do anything but live in the moment and leave the future in the hands of providence. Don’t regret the past too much. Maybe just take a lesson from it.”

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