Sam Mendes

Born Aug 1, 1965

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Director; the crime film Road to Perdition (2002); the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012), and his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996) and Gypsy (2003).… Read More

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1965 Birth Born on August 1, 1965.


1983 17 Years Old He was also a "brilliant" schoolboy cricketer, according to Wisden and played for Magdalen College School in 1983 and 1984. … Read More


1988 - 1990 2 More Events
1992 26 Years Old He spent his first two years overseeing the redesign of the theatre, and his opening production was Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in 1992. … Read More
1993 27 Years Old In 1993 Mendes staged an acclaimed revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret starring Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming as Emcee, Adam Godley as Cliff Bradshaw and Sara Kestelman as Frau Schneider. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old 1994 saw Mendes stage a new production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. … Read More


1999 33 Years Old In 1999 Mendes made his film directorial debut with American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey. … Read More
2002 36 Years Old Mendes's second film, in 2002, was Road to Perdition, which grossed US$181 million. … Read More
2003 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003 Mendes established Neal Street Productions, a film, television and theatre production company he would use to finance much of his later work.
2005 39 Years Old In 2005, Mendes directed the war film Jarhead, in association with his production company Neal Street Productions. … Read More


2008 42 Years Old In 2008 Mendes directed Revolutionary Road, starring his then-wife, Kate Winslet, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates.
2009 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In a January 2009 interview, Mendes commented, about directing his wife for the first time, "I would open my eyes in the morning and there Kate would be, going, 'Great! … Read More
In 2010 he co-produced a critically acclaimed documentary film Out of the Ashes that deals with cricket in Afghanistan. … Read More
2011 45 Years Old They were divorced in 2011. Winslet said in 2011 that "the first stage of my divorce with Sam came through" on the same day she was filming a divorce scene for her HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
…  However, Mendes said in an interview with Empire Magazine in March 2013 that "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara's very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie." … Read More
2014 48 Years Old …  Mendes also directed the 2014 Olivier Award-nominated stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


2016 50 Years Old In April 2016 he was named as the President of the Jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
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