Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson.

Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old and later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. His father Hutton Gibson is a noted religious scholar.

During his youth Gibson showed respect for most of his father's beliefs by following the biblical principle: "honor thy father and mother". He says "My father never denied the Holocaust... He just said there were fewer than six million [killed]". His father also have written that Germany lacked the resources to kill and cremate so many bodies, and that many of those millions weren't killed, but instead "fled to countries like Australia and the United States". When asked whether he believed the Holocaust happened, the younger Gibson replied, "Yes, of course. Atrocities happen. War is horrible. World War II killed tens of millions of people. Some of them were Jews in concentration camps".

After appearing in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson went on to direct and star in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart.

In 2004, he directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a highly successful film portraying the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ. For this Gibson was hounded and persecuted by B'nai B'rith and organised Jewry for two years, leading to a break-down in his personal life. Steven Spielberg and Joe Eszterhas accused him of being anti-Semitic.

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