Acclaimed director most widely known for his 1999 film American Beauty, which received him the Academy Award for Greatest Director. His various other films include Street to Perdition, Jarhead, Groundbreaking Street and Skyfall. He started directing takes on while he was going to Peterhouse, Cambridge. He also performed cricket for Cambridge. He was called a Commander from the Order from the English Empire in 2000. He and celebrity Kate Winslet had been wedded in 2003 and later on divorced this year 2010. He includes a child called Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes. He aimed Tom Hanks within the 2002 film Street to Perdition.