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Overview (4)

Born in Eureka, Nevada, USA
Died in Frederick, Maryland, USA  (complications from Parkinson's disease)
Birth NameAntonio Joseph Mendez
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Mendez was born on November 15, 1940 in Eureka, Nevada, USA as Antonio Joseph Mendez. He is known for his work on Argo (2012), Our Man in Tehran (2013) and Argo: Absolute Authenticity (2013). He was married to Jonna Mendez and Karen. He died on January 19, 2019 in Frederick, Maryland, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jonna Mendez (1991 - 19 January 2019) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Karen (? - 1986) ( her death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (10)

A retired CIA agent whose heroic actions during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-1980 inspired the award-winning film Argo (2012). The public were unaware of Mendez's actions until the operation was declassified in 1997 by President Clinton.
Father of sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez.
He was portrayed by Ben Affleck in Argo (2012).
Authored and co-authored two nonfiction books about his time in the CIA: 1999's Master Of Disguise: My Secret Life In The CIA, 2003's Spy Dust: Two Masters Of Disguise Reveal The Tools And Operations That Helped Win The Cold War and 2012's Argo: How The CIA And Hollywood Pulled Off The Most Audacious Rescue In History.
Studied art at the University of Colorado and worked as a professional artist before joining the CIA in 1965.
After retiring from the CIA he served on the Board of Directors of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
At the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Mendez started out forging documents and signatures and creating counterfeit currency before he graduated to larger jobs.
During the Vietnam War, Mendez disguised a black CIA officer and Asian diplomat as two white businessmen. He consulted Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers, of Planet of the Apes fame, for the task.
At the CIA he was awarded the Intelligence Star (1980) , CIA Trailblazer Award (1997) and the Order of the Sphinx (2000).
His son Antonio Tobias Mendez is a sculptor.

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