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Tony Mendez is a CIA officer best known for overseeing the rescue of six American diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, inspiring the 2012 film Argo.
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He lives on a 40-acre farm in Washington County, Maryland, where he maintains an artist’s studio and gallery.
Mendez is married to Jonna Goeser, another CIA officer he met while working in Russia in the 1980s. He is the father of three children, including a son, Toby Mendez, who is a noted sculptor. Mendez and Goeser serve on the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum.
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