Actor/Director Mel Gibson attends the Royal Film Performance of his film 'The Man With No Face' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. 31/8/95: The Scottish National Party announced a recruitment campaign to cash in on the launch of the film 'Braveheart'. In which Gibson stars as Scottish hero Sir William Wallace. Leaflets headed "Independence isn't just history" are to be handed out as audiences leave cinemas throughout Scotland. Mel Gisbon was born on the 3rd of January, 1956. 17/8/97: Hollywood actor Mel Gibson has revealed his biggest problem he cannot give up smoking. The Lethal Weapon star smokes at least a packet a day and has lost count of the times he has tried to kick the habit.