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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 3

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1954 (56) Mel Gibson Actor “Braveheart” “Lethal Weapon”

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, USA as the sixth of eleven children to parents Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Ann Gibson, who was born in Australia and died in December of 1990. Though born in the US, Mel and his family moved to New South Wales, Australia.

After high school, Mel studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, performing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts alongside future film thespians Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush. After college, Mel had a few stints on stage and starred in a few TV shows.


Eventually, he was chosen to star in Mad Max (1979) and in a movie called Tim (1979), co-starring Piper Laurie. The small budgeted movie Mad Max (1979) made him known worldwide, while Tim (1979) garnered him an award for Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute (equivalent to the Oscar).

Later, he went on to star in Gallipoli (1981), which earned him a second award for Best Actor from the AFI. In 1980, he married Robyn Moore and had seven children.

In 1984, Mel made his American debut in The Bounty (1984), which co-starred Anthony Hopkins. Then in 1987, Mel starred in what would become his signature series, Lethal Weapon (1987), in which he played “Martin Riggs”. In 1990, he took on the interesting starring role in Hamlet (1990/I), which garnered him some critical praise. He also made the more endearing Forever Young (1992) and the somewhat disturbing The Man Without a Face (1993). 1995 brought his most famous role as “Sir William Wallace” in Braveheart (1995), for which he won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

From there, he made such box office hits as The Patriot (2000), Ransom (1996), and Payback (1999/I). Today, Mel remains an international superstar mogul, continuously topping the Hollywood power lists as well as the Most Beautiful and Sexiest lists. His $25 million paycheck for The Patriot (2000) is the latest milestone for actor’s salaries.

source: Internet Movie Database

Trivia

Ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Born at 4:45pm-EST.

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world. [1996]

Educated at University of New South Wales, Australia.

Attended drama school with Judy Davis. They played Romeo and Juliet together.

Chosen by People magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world. [1991]

Chosen by People magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world. [1990]

Trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). As well as Judy Davis, other fellow students, during his time there, included Colin Friels.

Awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), Australia’s highest honor, in mid-1997.

Roommates with Geoffrey Rush after college (the National Institute of Dramatic Art) when they were in an acting company (called Jane Street) together that was affiliated with NIDA. Geoffrey Rush trained at La Cocq Mime School in France.

He took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.

Older brother of actor Donal Gibson.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars” in film history (#37). [1995]

Chosen as People Magazine’s first “Sexiest Man Alive.” [1985]

Is a big fan of The Three Stooges.

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1960 (50) Joan Chen Chinese-American Actress best known for “The Last Emperor”

1950 (60) Victoria Principal Actress tv series “Dallas”

1946 (64) John Paul Jones Co-founded Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page

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