10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mel Gibson
8. Early Life
Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1965 in Peekskill, New York. Gibson was the sixth of eleven children born to Hutton Gibson and Anne Patricia, and his father worked as a writer and railroad worker. After his father was awarded $145,000 in a lawsuit against the New York Central Railroad after suffering a work-related injury, he moved his entire family to West Pymble, Sydney, Australia when Mel was 12.
7. Alcohol Abuse
Unfortunately, like far too many stars, Mel Gibson has had a lengthy and difficult battle with alcohol abuse. Gibson has admitted that he started drinking at the age of only 13, and over the years has had many issues arise from his alcoholism. In 1984 he was suspended from driving in Ontario after he rear-ended another car while under the influence. What was most shocking was his professionalism and dedication to his work despite his problem, admitting to his Lethal Weapon 2 director that he was drinking around five pints of beer for breakfast. In 1991, Gibson sought therapy and took a break from acting to get help, and while he seemed to be on the right track for years, it was clear Gibson had not succeeded in staying sober after he was arrested in 2006 in L.A. for driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol in his car.