Mel Gibson

Gibson in 2010, photo by Featureflash /

Birth Name: Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson

Place of Birth: Peekskill, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 3, 1956

*87.5% Irish
*12.5% mix of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh

Mel Gibson is an American and Australian actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Braveheart (1995).

Mel’s father was born in Peekskill, New York, to an American father and an Australian mother; he was of mostly Irish, with some English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. Mel’s mother was Irish, and was born in County Longford. Mel and his family moved to Australia around the time he was twelve years old, settling in Sydney. Mel’s first and middle names, Mel and Colmcille, are the names of Irish saints.

He has seven children, including writer and director Louie Gibson and actor Milo Gibson, with his former wife Robyn Moore; a daughter with his former partner, singer, songwriter, and pianist Oksana Grigorieva; and a son with his partner, equestrian vaulter and writer Rosalind Ross. Louie is married to actress Annet Mahendru. One of Mel’s siblings, Donald Gibson, is also an actor.

Mel was the first person named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” in 1985.

Mel’s patrilineal line can be traced to John Gibson, who was born, c. 1601, in England.

Mel’s paternal grandfather was John Hutton Gibson (the son of John Gerard Gibson and Susan Louisa Miller O’Farrell/Farrell). Mel’s grandfather John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mel’s great-grandfather John was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of John Thomas Gibson and Sarah Louise Gerard, and had English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. His family was involved in the tobacco business. Mel’s great-grandmother Susan was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Matthew O’Farrell/Farrell and Annie, and was of Irish descent.

Mel’s paternal grandmother was Eva Mylott (Eva Teresa Mylott, the daughter of Patrick Mylott and Mary Heffernan). Eva, an Australian opera singer, was born in Tuross Head, New South Wales, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of Patrick Mylott and Mary McDermott. Mel’s great-grandmother Mary Heffernan was the daughter of Edmund/Edmond Heffernan and Honora Ryan.

Sources: Genealogies of Mel Gibson (focusing on his father’s side) –


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28 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Great actor and director, and such an interesting guy as well… Surprised to see he is entirely of british isles ancestry, well, at least by his documents and cultural background, he has always been a proud irish catholic, and he surely resembles a lot of man from there.

  2. Holly12 says:

    Hi Ethni, could you create Catherine McCormack a profile on here please? She is an English actress, who appeared in the films ‘Braveheart’ and ‘The Land Girls’. In the article below, it mentions her grandfather was Irish. Thank-you.

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