Sam Mendes
LOS ANGELES - DEC 1: Sam Mendes at the Empire of Light Los Angeles Premiere at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 1, 2022 in Beverly Hills, CA. Depositphotos

Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes is an English stage and film director best known for directing the 1999 film American Beauty, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

About Sam Mendes

Mendes was born in Reading, Berkshire, England in 1965.

Sam Mendes
LOS ANGELES, USA. January 05, 2020: Sam Mendes in the press room at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Picture: Paul Smith/Featureflash. Depositphotos

He attended Cambridge University and became an associate director of the Royal National Theatre in London.

In 2000, Mendes was awarded a knighthood for his services to drama.

He won the Academy Award for Best Director for his 1999 film American Beauty, making him the youngest filmmaker ever to win the honor at the time.

In 2002, Mendes directed the James Bond film Die Another Day, making him only the second British director to helm a Bond movie.

Mendes has also directed award-winning stage plays, including The Ferryman in 2018, which earned nine Tony Awards, tying a record previously held by The Producers in 2001.

He has directed two feature films starring Daniel Craig as James Bond: Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

In 2012, Mendes founded Neal Street Productions with Pippa Harris and Caro Newling and has since produced a number of successful TV series, including Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful.

Mendes married actress Kate Winslet in 2003, but they divorced in 2010.

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