Birth Name: Sam Mendes
Birth Place: Redding, England, GB
Born on Aug. 1, 1965 in Reading, Birkshire, England, Mendes was raised by his father, James, a former university lecturer and his mother, Valery, a children's books author. When he was three, his parents divorced, leaving him with his mother, who moved to London, though he did manage to see his father on weekends. Not an especially good student, Mendes spent the early part of his youth excelling at sports, particularly cricket. But by the time he reached 16, Mendes began taking his studies more seriously. After graduating from the all-boys Magdalen College School, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he directed his first play, David Halliwell's "Little Malcolm and His Struggle A...
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