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Sam Mendes is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 1 august 1965 at Reading (United-kingdom)

Sam Mendes

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Birth name Samuel Alexander Mendes
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 1 august 1965 (55 years) at Reading (United-kingdom)
Creator of Neal Street Productions
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Academy Award for Best Director

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) 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), and the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012). He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

In 2000, Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain.

Biography

Samuel Alexander Mendes est le fils d'un trinidadien du nom de Mendes d'origine portugaise et d'une britannique de confession juive Valerie Helene Mendes (Barnett), ses parents divorcent alors qu'il a 5 ans. Après ses études secondaire à la Magdalen College School d'Oxford, il s'inscrit à l'Université de Cambridge. À Cambridge il fait partie de la troupe théâtrale de l'université, la Marlowe Society(en) avant de rejoindre le Chichester Festival Theatre, puis la Royal Shakespeare Company où il dirige Troïlus et Cressida avec Ralph Fiennes, et Richard III. Il devient ensuite, en 1992, le directeur artistique de la Donmar Warehouse de Londres où il met en scène La Ménagerie de verre de Tennessee Williams et une adaptation scénique de la comédie musicale Cabaret. Il dirige enfin La Chambre bleue avec Nicole Kidman.

Après cette carrière remarquée au théâtre, il passe derrière la caméra et rencontre dès son premier film un succès international avec American Beauty en 1999, pour lequel il reçoit de nombreuses récompenses dont l'Oscar et le Golden Globe du meilleur réalisateur.

En 2006, Sam Mendes met en scène la comédie musicale Cabaret en Europe.

Sam Mendes dirige pour la première fois son épouse dans son quatrième film, Les Noces rebelles (2008), où Kate Winslet retrouve pour l'occasion ses partenaires de Titanic : Leonardo DiCaprio (meilleur ami de Kate) et Kathy Bates. En 2009, il réalise Away We Go, un film plus « indépendant » que ses précédentes réalisations.

En 2010, Sam Mendes se voit confier la réalisation du 23e volet des aventures de James Bond, Skyfall. Après un arrêt de la production en raison des problèmes financiers de la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer qui finance le film, le projet est confirmé et le film sort en 2012. C'est un énorme succès mondial, aussi bien auprès du public, que de la critique. Sam Mendes est alors envisagé pour le film suivant. D'abord hésitant, il annonce finalement qu'il ne rempilera pas, préférant se concentrer sur ses projets théâtraux. En juillet 2013, il est pourtant confirmé comme réalisateur de 007 Spectre, qui sort en France le 10 novembre 2015.

En septembre 2016 il préside le jury international du 73e Festival de Venise. La comédienne anglaise Gemma Arterton en fait notamment partie. Elle et Mendes ont participé à des films James Bond.


Vie privée
Il a une relation avec l'actrice Rachel Weisz entre 1999 et 2001, future femme de l'acteur Daniel Craig, qu'il dirige en tant que James Bond.

Il est marié avec l'actrice britannique Kate Winslet de 2003 à 2010. Leur fils, Joe, naît le 22 décembre 2003. En 2010, le divorce entre Kate Winslet et le réalisateur Sam Mendes est prononcé et engagé à l'amiable en discrétion.

Ensuite, en 2011 il entame une relation avec Rebecca Hall jusqu'au 2013. En janvier 2017 il s’est marié avec Alison Balsom. En septembre 2017 ils ont eu leur fille.

Best films

Skyfall (2012)
(Director)
Spectre (2015)
(Director)
American Beauty (1999)
(Director)
Road to Perdition (2002)
(Director)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
(Director)
The Kite Runner (2007)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman
(7 films)
Scott Millan
Scott Millan
(5 films)
Roger Deakins
Roger Deakins
(4 films)
Albert Wolsky
Albert Wolsky
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sam Mendes (14 films)

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Actor

Road to Perdition, 1h57
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Superhero films, L'Outfit de Chicago, Road movies, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Children's films, Gangster films
Actors Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci
Roles un garde du corps de John Rooney lors du massacre sous la pluie
Rating76% 3.8485253.8485253.8485253.8485253.848525
Michael Sullivan Sr. (Hanks) is an enforcer for Irish mob boss John Rooney (Newman) in Rock Island, Illinois during the Great Depression. Rooney raised the orphan Sullivan and loves him more than his own biological son, the unstable Connor (Craig). Connor snaps and kills disgruntled associate Finn McGovern when meeting him with Sullivan, resulting in Sullivan gunning down McGovern's men. Sullivan's twelve-year-old son Michael Sullivan, Jr had hidden in his father's car and witnesses the event. Despite Sullivan swearing his son to secrecy and Rooney pressuring Connor to apologize for the reckless action, Connor murders Sullivan's wife Annie and younger son Peter, mistaking him for Sullivan, Jr. He then sends Sullivan to an ambush at a speakeasy but Sullivan realizes and escapes to Chicago with his son to seek Al Capone, for work and to discover the location of Connor, who has gone into hiding.

Director

1917
1917 (2019)

Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée
Actors George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth
Rating82% 4.1473854.1473854.1473854.1473854.147385
Au plus fort de la Première Guerre mondiale, Schofield et Blake, deux jeunes soldats britanniques, reçoivent une mission vraisemblablement impossible. Dans une course contre le temps, ils vont devoir traverser le territoire ennemi et délivrer un message qui pourra stopper une attaque mortelle contre environ 1 600 soldats, parmi lesquels se trouve le frère de Blake.
Spectre
Spectre (2015)
, 2h28
Directed by Sam Mendes, Terence Young
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Penélope Cruz
Rating67% 3.3969453.3969453.3969453.3969453.396945
On a mission in Mexico, unofficially ordered by the previous M, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium; in doing so the building they are in explodes and collapses. Bond gives chase to Marco Sciarra, who survived the blast; Sciarra boards a helicopter to escape. Bond follows and in the ensuing struggle he throws both Sciarra and the pilot out of the helicopter, stealing Sciarra's octopus ring as he does so. On his return to London Bond is indefinitely taken off field duty by the current M, who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6. C also wants to create the "Nine Eyes" intelligence co-operation agreement between nine countries, and close down the '00' section in the process.
Skyfall
Skyfall (2012)
, 2h23
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Films about computing, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney
Rating76% 3.8443453.8443453.8443453.8443453.844345
In Istanbul the MI6 agents James Bond and Eve chase a mercenary, Patrice, who has stolen a computer hard drive containing details of undercover agents placed in terrorist organisations by NATO states. Patrice wounds Bond in the shoulder and, as the two men fight atop a train, M, the head of MI6, orders Eve to fire a distant shot with a rifle at Patrice; Eve misses and inadvertently shoots Bond, allowing Patrice to escape. Bond falls into a river and goes missing, presumed to be dead.
Away We Go
Away We Go (2009)
, 1h38
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton
Rating69% 3.498843.498843.498843.498843.49884
Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski) are in their early thirties and struggling to meet daily needs and build fulfilling lives. When they learn they will soon become parents, they are confronted with the challenge of how – and where – to raise a child and build a happy family.
Revolutionary Road, 1h59
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Dylan Baker, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ryan Simpkins
Rating72% 3.6474053.6474053.6474053.6474053.647405
In 1955, Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets April (Kate Winslet) at a party. He is a longshoreman, hoping to be a cashier; she wants to be an actress. Frank later secures a sales position with Knox Machines, for which his father worked for twenty years, and he and April marry. The Wheelers move to 115 Revolutionary Road in suburban Connecticut when April becomes pregnant.
Jarhead
Jarhead (2005)
, 2h3
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Political films, Le désert, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Jacob Vargas
Rating69% 3.4979553.4979553.4979553.4979553.497955
In 1989, Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) attends or assists to U.S. Marine Corps training before being stationed at Camp Pendleton. Claiming that he joined the military because he "got lost on the way to college", Swofford finds his time at Camp Pendleton difficult, and struggles to make friends. While Swofford feigns illness to avoid his responsibilities, a "lifer", Marine Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx), takes note of his potential and orders Swofford to attend his Scout Sniper course.
Road to Perdition, 1h57
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Superhero films, L'Outfit de Chicago, Road movies, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Children's films, Gangster films
Actors Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci
Rating76% 3.8485253.8485253.8485253.8485253.848525
Michael Sullivan Sr. (Hanks) is an enforcer for Irish mob boss John Rooney (Newman) in Rock Island, Illinois during the Great Depression. Rooney raised the orphan Sullivan and loves him more than his own biological son, the unstable Connor (Craig). Connor snaps and kills disgruntled associate Finn McGovern when meeting him with Sullivan, resulting in Sullivan gunning down McGovern's men. Sullivan's twelve-year-old son Michael Sullivan, Jr had hidden in his father's car and witnesses the event. Despite Sullivan swearing his son to secrecy and Rooney pressuring Connor to apologize for the reckless action, Connor murders Sullivan's wife Annie and younger son Peter, mistaking him for Sullivan, Jr. He then sends Sullivan to an ambush at a speakeasy but Sullivan realizes and escapes to Chicago with his son to seek Al Capone, for work and to discover the location of Connor, who has gone into hiding.
American Beauty, 2h2
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Films about virginity, LGBT-related film
Actors Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper
Rating80% 4.014774.014774.014774.014774.01477
Lester Burnham is a middle-aged magazine writer who despises his job. His wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker; their sixteen-year-old daughter, Jane, abhors her parents and has low self-esteem. The Burnhams' new neighbors are retired United States Marine Corps Colonel Frank Fitts and his introverted wife, Barbara. Their teenage son, Ricky, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder, collecting hundreds of recordings on video tapes in his bedroom. He also secretly deals marijuana, using a job as a part-time bar caterer to help keep it secret from his father. Having been previously forced into a military academy and a psychiatric hospital, Ricky is subjected by Col. Fitts to a strict disciplinarian lifestyle. Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood; Col. Fitts later reveals his homophobia when angrily discussing the incident with Ricky.

Scriptwriter

1917
1917 (2019)

Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée
Actors George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth
Rating82% 4.1473854.1473854.1473854.1473854.147385
Au plus fort de la Première Guerre mondiale, Schofield et Blake, deux jeunes soldats britanniques, reçoivent une mission vraisemblablement impossible. Dans une course contre le temps, ils vont devoir traverser le territoire ennemi et délivrer un message qui pourra stopper une attaque mortelle contre environ 1 600 soldats, parmi lesquels se trouve le frère de Blake.

Producer

1917
1917 (2019)

Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée
Actors George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth
Roles Producer
Rating82% 4.1473854.1473854.1473854.1473854.147385
Au plus fort de la Première Guerre mondiale, Schofield et Blake, deux jeunes soldats britanniques, reçoivent une mission vraisemblablement impossible. Dans une course contre le temps, ils vont devoir traverser le territoire ennemi et délivrer un message qui pourra stopper une attaque mortelle contre environ 1 600 soldats, parmi lesquels se trouve le frère de Blake.
Out of the Ashes, 1h26
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Sports films, Documentary films about sports
Roles Executive Producer
Rating70% 3.52233.52233.52233.52233.5223
Revolutionary Road, 1h59
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Dylan Baker, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ryan Simpkins
Roles Producer
Rating72% 3.6474053.6474053.6474053.6474053.647405
In 1955, Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets April (Kate Winslet) at a party. He is a longshoreman, hoping to be a cashier; she wants to be an actress. Frank later secures a sales position with Knox Machines, for which his father worked for twenty years, and he and April marry. The Wheelers move to 115 Revolutionary Road in suburban Connecticut when April becomes pregnant.