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The film grossed US$611,899,420 worldwide and $370,782,930 in the U.S. alone,[108] surpassing any motion picture starring Gibson.[109] In U.S. box offices, it became the seventh-highest-grossing (at the time) film in history[110] and the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.[111] The film was nominated for three Academy Awards[112] and won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture.[113]

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After graduating from an all-boys Catholic high school in Australia, Mel Gibson initially planned to become a journalist. That all changed when his sister sent in an application in his name to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney (NIDA), which earned him an audition. Mel, who'd never acted before, did so well at the audition that he was offered enrollment at the elite performing arts school. Soon after, he was cast in a NIDA stage production of "Romeo and Juliet" and in 1976, he got his first break on TV in the Australian series "The Sullivans." Just one year later, he'd get his major big-screen break: a starring role in "Mad Max" (pictured).

Over the next few years, Mel Gibson was cast in several movies in Australia, including "Gallipoli" (pictured) and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior," both in 1981. In 1984, Mel worked alongside Anthony Hopkins in the historical drama "The Bounty." Eager to land a role in an American film, Mel pleaded with director Mark Rydell to allow him to audition for the starring role in the drama "The River." Rydell has claimed that Mel proved himself worthy by reading and chatting with the director in a perfect Tennessee accent, winning himself the part. The movie received four Academy Award nominations and was, by all accounts, a success.

From 1990 to 1994, Mel Gibson starred in a constant stream of hit movies, including "Lethal Weapon 3," "The Man Without a Face" and "Maverick," alongside Jodie Foster (pictured). In '91, he won the People's Choice Award for favorite motion picture actor and was widely considered to be the biggest male star in Hollywood. Along with his fame, Mel's family continued to grow. By 1990, he and wife Robyn had five children under the age of 10.

In 1995, Mel Gibson directed and starred in the historical war drama "Braveheart." The movie was an enormous success, earning 10 Academy Award nominations. It took home Oscars for five: best picture, best director, best cinematography, best sound editing and best makeup. In addition to his directing and acting work, Mel also took the time to voice Capt. John Smith in the Disney animated movie "Pocahontas."

A rep for Gibson declined comment today. Grigorieva's rep Stephen Jaffe recently resigned. However, a source close to Grigorieva did confirm to ABC News that the picture was of the Russian singer. Gibson has previously denied hitting her.

Gibson, who is due to spend approximately eight weeks filming in Ireland, has been spotted out and about in Dublin of late and on Sunday, he made it up to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain, where he posed for a picture with JOE reader Heather Fogarty. 041b061a72


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