Samuel Alexander Mendes CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He is known for his 1998 production of Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, and his debut film, American Beauty, for which he won an Academy Award for Directing.
Mendes first attracted attention for his production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the West End starring Judi Dench before he was twenty-five years old,. Soon he was directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company where his productions, many of them featuring Simon Russell Beale, included Troilus and Cressida, Richard III and The Tempest.
He has also worked at the Royal National Theatre, directing Edward Bond's The Sea, Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, and Othello with Simon Russell Beale as Iago.
Mendes directed his second film in 2002 in the film Road to Perdition. The film grossed US$181 million. The aggregate review score on Rotten Tomatoes was 82%; critics praised Paul Newman for his performance. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor, and won one for Best Cinematography.
In 2005, Mendes directed the war film Jarhead. The film received mixed reviews, receiving a Rotten Tomatoes aggregate of 60%, and a gross revenue of US$96.9 million worldwide. The film focussed on the boredom and other psychological challenges of wartime instead of being a traditional combat-action film.
As of May 2008, Mendes was directing scenes for Farlanders, the working title of a film about a couple searching across North America for the perfect community in which to settle down and start a family. The film stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, and was written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Scenes taking place in Montreal, Colorado and Arizona were filmed in Stamford, Connecticut in the New York City suburbs. Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Catherine O'Hara, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hamilton and Paul Schneider also star.
|Year||Film||Oscar nominations||Oscar wins|
|2002||Road to Perdition||6||1|
|2002||Road to Perdition|
|2006||Starter for 10||(executive producer)|
|2007||The Kite Runner||(executive producer)|
|Things We Lost in the Fire|
Sam Mendes: Don't You Just Hate the Guy? ; You Couldn't Make Him Up. He Barely Had Enough Time to Brag about His Double First from Cambridge before He Was Running His Own Theatre. He Couldn't Fit in a Flop before He Was Directing Nicole Kidman in the Blue Room (It Transferred to Broadway, Naturally). Now He Has a Hit on His Hands with His Debut Movie, American Beauty (Is That Oscar Calling?). Oh, and He Gives a Great Interview
Jan 20, 2000; The first thing you learn about Sam Mendes is that a disproportionate number of his dreams have come true. Let's speak plainly...