9 Australian Celebs Who Aren't Actually Australian
Unfortunately, New York is responsible for Mel Gibson
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 10:31 AM CDT
Actor Mel Gibson gestures during a photo call to promote his new movie "Edge of Darkness", in Paris Thursday Feb. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Mel Gibson is many things, few of them complimentary…but one thing he is not? Australian. Ben Widdicombe rounds up 9 celebrities commonly—and mistakenly—thought of as Aussies, on PopEater:

  1. Mel Gibson: He was born in Peekskill, NY, and didn’t move to Sydney until he was 12. He moved back to the States 16 years later.
  2. Nicole Kidman: This “Australian” beauty was actually born in Hawaii, and lived there until she was four.

  1. Olivia Newton-John: Though she’s “considered by many to be the quintessential Australian celebrity,” she was born in the UK and lived in Australia only briefly. Her career got its start in Britain.
  2. Russell Crowe: Though he is a naturalized Australian citizen, he’s actually from New Zealand (where, by the way, he apparently launched a music career).
For the complete list—including the one rare Aussie celeb who’s actually, but just barely, an Aussie—click here.