This list features pictures of a handsome young Mel Gibson, including high school pictures from his teenage years as well as sexy photos from his twenties. What kind of life did Mel Gibson live when he was young? He was born in New York, but his parents moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old, where he studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. In 1981, he was cast in the World War One film “Gallipoli” for which he earned a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute. Later in life he won an Academy Award for Best Picture and an Academy Award for Best Director for his production and portrayal of William Wallace in “Braveheart”. He also directed and produced hit movies “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto”, with the first of those two becoming one of the highest grossing films of all time. Other notable film performances include: “What Women Want,” “The Patriot,” and “The Expendables 3.” He's not the most popular actor on the planet due to his anti-Semitic remarks in the past, but check out these pictures of Mel Gibson when he was young.