Sam Mendes

Director
Because of his highly technical and visual theater productions in London and on Broadway, Sam Mendes made a smooth transition to film with "American Beauty" (1999), which earned him an Academy Award for his directing ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1965 in Redding, England, GB

Filmography

Director (9)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

(original New York stage production "Cabaret"/Roundabout Theater Company) (Director)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Netherland (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

Penny Dreadful 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blood 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hollow Crown 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stuart: A Life Backwards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Starter For 10 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Netherland (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Because of his highly technical and visual theater productions in London and on Broadway, Sam Mendes made a smooth transition to film with "American Beauty" (1999), which earned him an Academy Award for his directing debut. Previous to his Oscar triumph, Mendes enjoyed a long and very successful career in theater, directing acclaimed and visually stunning productions of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," and Lionel Bart's popular musical "Oliver!" But it was his 1998 revival of "Cabaret" that attracted the attention of Hollywood - specifically Mendes fan Steven Spielberg, which led to the stage veteran directing his first feature. Following a few aborted film efforts and a triumphant return to theatre, Mendes returned to celluloid with the elaborate, lavish and strangely disconnected "Road to Perdition" (2002), which displayed some of the promise of his sterling debut, but ultimately failed to warm many hearts. Nonetheless, he maintained a steady output on stage and on screen, directing the underappreciated "Jarhead" (2005) and his return to cinematic form, "Revolutionary Road" (2008), which starred then-wife, Kate Winslet. Mendes took a huge commercial leap forward as the director of the 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall" (2012), which was widely hailed as one of the best of the series, while confirming his status as an intelligent and deliberate filmmaker capable of crafting deeply resonant films.

Relationships

Cameron Diaz Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Calista Flockhart Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1999 No longer together

Rebecca Hall Actor

Companion
Reportedly confirmed relationship 2011

Jane Horrocks Actor

Companion
Began dating 1992 Split 1995

James Mendes

Father
From Trindad's ethnic Portuguese community Divorced Sam's mother 1970

Valery Mendes

Mother
Jewish; wrote children's books Divorced Sam's father 1970

Joe Mendes

Son
Born Dec. 22, 2003; mother, Kate Winslet

Alfred Mendes

Grandfather
Founded literary magazine The Beacon

Rachel Weisz Actor

Companion
Had on-again, off-again relationship from 1999-2001 No longer together

Kate Winslet Actor

Wife
Began dating 2001 Married May, 24, 2003 in the Caribbean Announced separation March 2010 Reportedly divorced c. 2011-12

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England 1987
Graduated with double first class honours

Magdalen College School

Milestones

2012

Returned to feature-directing with the Bond film "Skyfall," starring Daniel Craig

2009

Directed John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph in "Away We Go"

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture ("Revolutionary Road")

2008

Directed wife Kate Winslet, who reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio, in the drama "Revolutionary Road"

2006

Returned to Broadway to helm new production of the David Hare play "The Vertical Hour," starring Julianne Moore

2005

Produced and directed the film "Jarhead," based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences

2003

Made theater history when he became the first triple winner at Britain's prestigious Laurence Olivier awards

2002

Helmed second feature "The Road to Perdition," starring Tom Hanks

2001

Announced plans to leave position as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in December of 2002

2000

Returned to theater to direct "To the Green Fields and Beyond," starring Dougray Scott and Ray Winstone

2000

Formed Donmar Films, with partial backing from DreamWorks

1999

Staged the workshop production of the long-awaited Sondheim/Weidman show "Wise Guys," starring Nathan Lane and Victor Garber; withdrew after it was decided not to move the show to Broadway

1999

Made feature directorial debut with "American Beauty," starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening

1998

Made Broadway directing debut with the revival of "Cabaret"; Cumming reprised his London role; earned a Tony nomination

1998

Staged the widely acclaimed London production of "Othello"

1998

Directed Nicole Kidman in David Hare's "The Blue Room"; opened to raves in London and later transferred to Broadway

1997

Flopped at the Donmar with the new American musical "The Fix"

1996

Staged a well-received version of "The Glass Menagerie" featuring Zoe Wanamaker and Ben Chaplin

1996

Directed the acclaimed London revival of the Sondheim musical "Company"

1994

Staged Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" at the National Theatre Company's Lyttelton Theatre

1994

Produced and directed an environmental production of "Cabaret" for the Donmar, starring Alan Cumming and Jane Horrocks

1994

Directed a revival of "Oliver!" at the London Palladium

1993

Helmed the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Tempest"

1993

Produced and directed "Richard III" at the Donmar Warehouse

1992

Named Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse Theater in London

1992

Directed "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" starring Jane Horrocks

1992

Directed the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical "Assassins" at the Donmar Warehouse

1991

Helmed the play "The Plough and the Stars" at the Old Vic Theatre

1991

Helmed "The Sea" produced by Britain's National Theatre Company

1991

Directed Ralph Fiennes in "Troilus and Cressida" for the Royal Shakespeare

1989

First gained notice directing Judi Dench in the West End production of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard"

1987

Was the artistic director of Minerva Studio Theatre in Chichester, England

Raised in London

Bonus Trivia

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"If you shout in the theater, people think you've gone a bit mad. But if you raise your voice on a film set, people just work a bit harder." – Mendes quoted in Premiere magazine, September 1999

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"Confidence is the key when it comes to directing," says Mendes. "To some degree, it's a con trick. There's always a part of you that doubts some part of what you're doing, but it's crucial that that's not available to the people you're working with." – from The London Times, Feb. 20, 2000

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In June 2000, Mendes was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Mendes was originally booked on the ill-fated American Airlines flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks that day. Due to a scheduling conflict, he was luckily bumped to another flight out of Washington.

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"To me all great movies have tension. You pull a wire tight at the beginning of a film and you don't release it." – Mendes to Premiere magazine, August 2002

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