Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes (born 1965) is an English stage and film director.
His stage career dates back to the mid-1980s, with directorial credits racked up on the West End and with the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Donmar Warehouse (which he was artistic director of from 1992-2002). He's done plenty of productions of Shakespeare
, and the like, but is particularly well-regarded for his fresh stagings of musicals such as Oliver!
. His much-acclaimed 1993 revival of Cabaret
managed a Broadway transfer in 1998 and was his first production to be seen in the U.S.
Shortly after this, he made his film directorial debut with American Beauty
, which netted him a Best Director Academy Award
— one of five Oscars, including Best Picture. His film output is definitely weighted towards Oscar Bait
, but he also has one of the most acclaimed James Bond
films to his credit: 2012's Skyfall
. (And speaking of range, he went from that hit directly
to a stage musical adaptation
of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
He was married to Kate Winslet
, the female lead in Revolutionary Road
, between 2003 and 2010.
Films directed by Mendes include: