Mel Gibson is a name that most people who pay attention to the entertainment industries should be familiar with to some extent. In part, this is because he is a very successful actor as well as a very successful film-maker, so much so that he can clam credit for some of the most famous movies made from the 1990s to the 2000s. However, it should also be noted that he has been at the center of more than controversy, which has made him even better-known to interested individuals. Currently, Celebrity Net Worth believes that Gibson has a current net worth of $425 million, which is the result of his various roles in the entertainment industries.
Net Worth $425 Million
Name Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson
Born Peekskill, New York
Birth Date January 3, 1956
Source of Wealth American Actor and Filmmaker
Country United States
How Did Mel Gibson Reach His Current Net Worth?
Gibson was born the sixth of eleven children to the Gibson family in the state of New York. When he was 12, his family moved to Australia, which was based on economic reasons as well as his father’s expectations that the Australian Defence Forces would not let his first-born son be drafted to fight in the Vietnam War that was being waged at the time. It was in Australia where Gibson learned to act, as shown by his studies at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Unsurprisingly, this means that Gibson’s career as an actor started out on the theatre stage. However, it wasn’t long until he had his first movie role in Summer City, which happened when he was still in school. Later, this was followed by Gibson’s starring role in the first Mad Max, which in turn, was followed by a number of roles in a number of projects. Eventually, he was cast as one of the main characters in Gallipoli, which resulted in him winning a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute. This was the movie that cemented Gibson’s reputation as a versatile actor who could perform well in a wide range of movies. Something that did much to enable his move over to the U.S. film industry.
From that point forward, Gibson’s career has been a mix of commercial projects and personal projects, which have sometimes been one and the same. Some of the most famous include Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, and Signs. Furthermore, Gibson became a successful film-maker as well with The Passion of the Christ as well as Apocalypto.
With that said, Gibson ran headlong into a number of controversies that brought his career to a halt in the 2000s. One example is his homophobia, which was revealed in an interview with a Spanish publication. Something that was strengthened by the depiction of Edward II of England in Braveheart, who may or may not have been homosexual but was definitely not the bundle of negative gay stereotypes presented in the movie. In fact, if anything, Edward II was too fond of physical activities because for whatever reason, he was known to have liked bricklaying, which was a very unkingly activity in those times. Regardless, another example of the controversies in which Gibson became embroiled was his racism, which ranged from him calling black people by the N-word to him spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. However, what might have been most notable was Gibson’s alcoholism, which actually got him arrested for drinking and driving in 2006.
For a time, Gibson was blacklisted from the U.S. film industry. However, he has managed to make a full return, having been helped along by a number of other famous figures. Recently, Gibson made the very successful Hacksaw Ridge, which picked up a couple of Oscars and was nominated for more. Moreover, it has been revealed that he has other projects lined up as well, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the degree of success of said movie.
Based on this, it seems probable that Gibson’s net worth won’t be remaining at $425 million for long. After all, while he isn’t as active in the present as he was in the past, he is nonetheless very active. As a result, if Gibson can keep up his recent successes, it seems reasonable to speculate that he will be able to continue prospering, particularly if he can avoid making any mistakes like those that put a stop to his career for close to a decade.