- NAME: Sam Mendes
- OCCUPATION: Director, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: August 01, 1965 (Age: 48)
- EDUCATION: Magdalen College School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Samuel Alexander Mendes, CBE
- AKA: Sam Alexander Mendes
- AKA: Samuel Alexander Mendes
- AKA: Sam Mendes
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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English stage and film director Sam Mendes won an Oscar for American Beauty, and went on to direct films like Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Skyfall.
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Moving from the stage to the silver screen, he directed his first feature film, American Beauty, which was released by DreamWorks in 1999. (Mendes worked with popular filmmaker and DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg in the early stages of the film's production.) Starring Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey,
the dark comedy details the life of a suburban man in the midst of a mid-life crisis. American Beauty met with great critical and commercial success, earning Mendes one of his greatest accolades to date—an Academy Award for best director—as well as a reputation as a serious filmmaker. In his acceptance speech at the 2000 Academy Awards, Mendes gave a special nod to the Donmar Warehouse Theatre and thanked many in the film industry, including one of his idols, the late director-producer Billy Wilder. "If my career after this point amounts to one-tenth of what yours has been, I will be a very happy man," Mendes said of Wilder.
Mendes went on to direct and produce many successful movies over the next several years. His directing credits include 2002's The Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks; 2005's Jarhead, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard; Revolutionary Road (2008), starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. More recently, Mendes directed 2012's Skyfall, the 23rd film of the James Bond franchise—and Mendes's first run at a large-scale action feature—which stars Daniel Craig as James Bond and Ben Whishaw as Q. Released in early November 2012, the film immediately garnered critical and commercial acclaim, earning an estimated $90 million in its opening weekend.
In addition to directing, Mendes has produced several notable films, including 2007's The Kite Runner and the 2010 documentary Out of the Ashes. (He directed and produced The Road to Perdition and Revolutionary Road.)
Mendes married actress Kate Winslet in 2003. They had a baby boy, Jon Alfie, that same year. (Mendes also became the stepfather of Mia, Winslet's daughter from her previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton.) The couple divorced in 2011.
Mendes has been romantically linked to actress Rebecca Hall since 2011. Hall and Mendes have worked together on different productions over the past several years.
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