Actor Mel Gibson

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 7, 2002

I hear that Mel Gibson is a big family man. Tell me about his family.
—Dorothy B., Kansas

Mel Gibson, 46, is the consummate family man. He has been married to wife Robyn for 22 years and has seven children—the youngest is a toddler, and the oldest is in her early 20s. In fact, Gibson comes from a large family as the sixth of 11 children. He was born in Peekskill, N.Y., and moved with his family to Australia when he was 12 years old. Gibson attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney (his sister submitted an application for him without his knowledge), and has since become one of the world's biggest box office draws with films such as Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart. The Oscar winner's most recent film, We Were Soldiers, was released last month. Signs is slated for release this summer.