Sam Mendes is an English stage and film director.
As a stage director, Mendez 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.
His other films include: “Road to Perdition”, “Jarhead”, “Starter For Ten” (executive producer), “The Kite Runner” (executive producer), “Things We Lost In The Fire” (producer).
In 2000, Mendes was made a Commander of the British Empire.
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