On This Day

Sam Mendes

Film Director Sam Mendes
Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Profession: Film Director


Biography: The prominent British director, producer and screenwriter began his career directing Judi Dench aged 24 in Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard in London's West End. Since then he has gone on to major success, including his 1999 film "American Beauty" for which he won an Academy award and a Golden Globe.

Mendes works on both stage and screen, he was artistic director of London's acclaimed Donmar Warehouse theater from 1992-2002. There he directed a revival of the musical "Caberet" that went on perform on Broadway and win Mendes a Tony award.

Mendes other prominent screen projects include two films for the James Bond franchise, "Skyfall" (2012) and Spectre (2015) both starring Daniel Craig. His other critically well received films include "Road to Perdition" (2002) and "Revolutionary Road" (2008) with his then wife Kate Winslet. In 2019 he released the WWI drama "1917" to widespread acclaim. In 2020 he was knighted for his services to drama.

Born: August 1, 1965
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Age: 56 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo

Married Life

Historical Events

Famous Directors