“I don’t believe that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
The son of a Holocaust-denying railroad brakeman and an Australian opera singer, Mel Gibson was born in the States in 1956, but raised, from age 12, in Oz. Studying acting in Sydney at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Gibson’s first big break came courtesy of director George Miller, who cast the 23 year-old unknown in a star-making role as futuristic road warrior Mad Max.
Experiencing big-time Stateside fame in Richard Donner’s Lethal Weapon quadrilogy, Gibson remained a major Hollywood star and hit-making film director until a series of booze-fuelled anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic episodes combined to kill his career.
Although he lost half his fortune in the biggest divorce settlement in Hollywood history, Gibson still has more than $400 million in the bank so try not to lose any sleep over his misfortune. And consider checking him out in 2013’s Machete Kills and 2014’s Expendables 3.