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Encyclopedia > Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
Born Samuel Alexander Mendes
1 August 1965 (1965-08-01) (age 42)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Other name(s) Midas Mendes
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Kate Winslet (2003-)

Samuel Alexander Mendes CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. As a stage director, he is probably best known for his 1998 production of Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming. As a film director, he is best known for his debut film, American Beauty, for which he won an Academy Award for Directing. In 2000, Mendes was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... , Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... 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The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...

Contents

Biography

Career

Mendes first attracted attention for his assured production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the West End starring Judi Dench. He was under 25. 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. These productions were praised for their clarity, intelligence and stylishness. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: , IPA: ) was a Russian short story writer and playwright. ... Bust of Anton Chekhov at Badenweiler, Germany The Cherry Orchard (Вишнëвый сад or Vishniovy sad in Russian) is Russian playwright Anton Chekhovs last play. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a British theatre company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Chaucer poem, see Troilus and Criseyde. ... Frontispage of the First Quarto Richard The Third. ... For other uses, see The Tempest (disambiguation). ...


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. The Royal National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge The Royal National Theatre is a building complex and theatre company located on the South Bank in London, England immediately east of the southern end of Waterloo Bridge. ... Edward Bond (born July 18, 1934) is an English playwright, theatre director, theorist and screenwriter. ... Jim Cartwright was born June 27, 1958 and grew up in Farnworth, near Bolton in Lancashire, England. ... Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (born 10 October 1930) is an English playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor, director, author, and political activist. ... The Birthday Party is the second play by Harold Pinter. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Iago (disambiguation). ...


In 1992 he was appointed artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, an intimate studio space in London's West End which he quickly transformed into one of the most exciting venues in the city. His opening production was Stephen Sondheim's Assassins which revelled in the show's dark, comic brilliance and rescued it from the critical opprobrium it had suffered on its American opening. He followed this with a series of excellent classic revivals, many of which attracted some of the finest actors and biggest stars of the decade. Among Mendes's best productions were John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, Stephen Sondheim's Company, Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus and his farewell duo of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, which transferred to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As artistic director Mendes also gave some of the country's finest younger directors the opportunity to do some of their best work: Matthew Warchus's production of Sam Shepard's True West, Katie Mitchell's of Beckett's Endgame, David Leveaux's of Sophocles's Elektra and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing were amongst the most critically acclaimed of the decade. The Donmar's present artistic diretor Michael Grandage directed some of the key productions of the later part of Mendes's tenure, including Peter Nichols's Passion Play and Privates on Parade and Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The Donmar Warehouse is a small theatre in the Covent Garden area of the West End of London. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman and was based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. ... John Harold Kander (born March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri) is the American composer of a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. ... Fred Ebb (April 8, 1933 - September 11, 2004) was a musical theatre lyricist. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. ... The Glass Menagerie is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... Look up company in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Published by Faber/Profile Books in 2005 Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor noted for his work, his boyish appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. ... Habeas Corpus is a comedy stage play by the English author Alan Bennett. ... Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: , IPA: ) was a Russian short story writer and playwright. ... Anton Chekhov (left) and Maxim Gorky in Yalta. ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a major performing arts venue in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. ... Matthew Warchus (Director), studied music and drama at Bristol University. ... Sam Shepard (born November 5, 1943) is a unique American artist whose talents have been expressed in many different areas. ... True West is one of Sam Shepards early plays. ... Beckett may refer to: People Arthur William a Beckett (1844 – 1909), English journalist and man of letters Christopher Beckett, 4th Baron Grimthorpe (1915 – 2003) Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe (1816 – 1905) Ernest Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (1856 – 1917) Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811 – 1856), an English comic writer Gilbert Arthur a... Endgame is a one-act play for four characters by Samuel Beckett. ... This article is about the Greek tragedian. ... Electra or Elektra is a Greek tragic play by Sophocles. ... Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born as Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937)[1] is an Academy Award winning British playwright of more than 24 plays. ... The Real Thing is: A music album by Faith No More -- see The Real Thing (album); A play by Tom Stoppard. ... Michael Grandage is a British theatre director who is currently Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse in London, England. ... Peter Nichols (born [[april29[[1958is an [radio comic plays A Crazy radio morning show host his show the breakfast club is cutting edge. ... A Passion play is a dramatic presentation depicting the suffering and death of Jesus. ... Merrily We Roll Along is a musical with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. ...


Theatre Career Highlights

Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a British theatre company. ... The Donmar Warehouse is a small theatre in the Covent Garden area of the West End of London. ... This article is about the musical. ... Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Cabaret is a musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander. ... David Hare (born June 5, 1947) is an English dramatist and director. ... The Blue Room is a 1998 play by David Hare, adapted from La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ... Iain Glen as Dr. Sam Isaacs in Resident Evil: Apocalypse Iain Glen (born on 24 June 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish film and stage actor. ... Gypsy: A Musical Fable is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. ... Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American actress and singer. ...

Theatre Awards

The Critics Circle Theatre Awards (Drama Theatre Awards in 1989 and 1990) are presented annually for the years theatrical achievements. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Bust of Anton Chekhov at Badenweiler, Germany The Cherry Orchard (Вишнëвый сад or Vishniovy sad in Russian) is Russian playwright Anton Chekhovs last play. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ... The Glass Menagerie is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... Look up company in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cabaret is a musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Anton Chekhov (left) and Maxim Gorky in Yalta. ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the...

Personal life

After a string of romances with actresses including Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Jane Horrocks, and Rachel Weisz, Mendes married English actress Kate Winslet on May 24, 2003 in Anguilla in the Caribbean. Their first child, Joe Alfie Winslet-Mendes, was born on December 22, 2004. Mendes also has a stepdaughter, Mia Honey Threapleton, from Winslet's first marriage to assistant director Jim Threapleton. The family now lives in New York City and Ascott-under-Wychwood, England. Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Calista Kay Flockhart (born on November 11, 1964) is an Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress, primarily on soap operas and television. ... Jane Horrocks Jane Horrocks (born January 18, 1964) is an English actress and singer. ... Rachel Weisz (born March 7, 1971) is an Academy Award-winning English film and television actress. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born October 5, 1975) is a five time Academy Award-nominated Emmy Award-nominated BAFTA, Grammy and Screen Actors Guild Award winning English actress. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Indies redirects here. ... is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jim Threapleton was born in Yorkshire, England in 1974. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Ascott-under-Wychwood is a village and civil parish in the West Oxfordshire district of Oxfordshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Films

Director

Year Film Oscar nominations Oscar wins
1999 American Beauty 8 5
2002 Road to Perdition 6 1
2005 Jarhead 0 0
2008 Revolutionary Road
2009 Middlemarch

Producer The year 1999 in film involved some significant events. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... Jarhead is a 2005 film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swoffords 2003 Gulf War memoir Jarhead: A Marines Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: Rambo, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk... Revolutionary Road is an upcoming feature film adaptation of the 1961 novel Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. ... // LR: Limited release in select cities WR: Wide-release to theaters IMAX: Release to IMAX theaters Beverly Hills Cop IV The Hobbit Interstellar Magneto (film) Smooth Criminal : The Michael Jackson Story Temeraire Tales from Earthsea - December 18 LR - Buena Vista Distribution - Goro Miyazaki (director) The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure... See also Middlemarch, New Zealand. ...

Year Film Notes
2002 Road to Perdition
2006 Starter for Ten (executive producer)
2007 The Kite Runner (executive producer)
Things We Lost in the Fire
2008 Revolutionary Road

The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ... The year 2006 in film involved some significant events. ... Starter for Ten, a film version of the book of the same title (sometimes written Starter for 10) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, and will be released in the UK and Ireland on November 10th 2006. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several film franchises which premiered or had installments released in 2004, which appear again this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean... The Kite Runner is a 2007 film directed by Marc Forster based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. ... This article deals with the 2007 movie starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: Rambo, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk... Revolutionary Road is an upcoming feature film adaptation of the 1961 novel Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. ...

Recurring motifs

  • Through his first three films he has so far maintained a recurrent motif where rain possibly indicates death. In American Beauty, the murderous climax unfolds on a rainy night. In Road to Perdition, both the murderous beginning and climax unfold on rainy nights. In Jarhead, the oil "rain" possibly symbolizes the death of the Marines' faith in the U.S. military.
  • Another trademark maintained through his first three feature films is a narrator voiceover that begins and ends the movie in similar fashion: Lester in American Beauty, Michael in Road to Perdition and Swofford in Jarhead.
  • Often casts Chris Cooper.
  • So far has enlisted Thomas Newman to score all of his films, acquiring Academy Award nominations for both American Beauty and Road to Perdition.

Christopher W. Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of romantic and paternal love, freedom, sexuality, beauty, self-liberation, existentialism, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ...

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Steven Spielberg
for Saving Private Ryan
Academy Award for Best Director
1999
for American Beauty
Succeeded by
Steven Soderbergh
for Traffic
Awards
Preceded by
Steven Spielberg
for Saving Private Ryan
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
1999
for American Beauty
Succeeded by
Ang Lee
for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Preceded by
Trevor Nunn
for The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director
1996
for Company and The Glass Menagerie
Succeeded by
Des McAnuff
for The Who's Tommy
Preceded by
Michael Boyd and Henry VI and Richard III
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director
2003
for Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya
Succeeded by
Michael Grandage
for Caligula
Preceded by
Sir Peter Hall
Laurence Olivier Society Special Award
2003
Succeeded by
Dame Judi Dench

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Sam Mendes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (430 words)
Samuel Alexander Mendes, CBE (born August 1, 1965) is an English stage and film director born in Reading, Berkshire, England.
His father, Peter, is the son of the Trinidadian writer Alfred Mendes, author of the novels Black Fauns and Pitch Lake, and part of the group around CLR James and Albert Gomes which produced the Beacon literary magazine in the early 1930s.
In 2000, Mendes was made a Commander of the British Empire.
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Director Sam Mendes and Kate married in May at a ceremony in the West Indies.
Mendes was named best director for his productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya, which marked his farewell as artistic director after a decade.
Sam Mendes Samuel Alexander Mendes was born 1 August, 1965 in Redding, He is the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse.
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