Tony Mendez

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Birthday
15, 1940
Birthplace
Eureka, NV
Death Date
Jan 19, 2019 (78)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
15, 1940
Birthplace
Eureka, NV
Death Date
Jan 19, 2019 (78)

About

Famous for his work with the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), he was instrumental in the Iran Hostage Crisis' "Canadian Caper" hostage rescue operation. After retiring from the CIA, he penned several memoirs and nonfiction works, including Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA (1999).

Before Fame

He spent his childhood in Eureka, Nevada, and his teen years in Colorado. After attending the University of Colorado, he pursued a career as an illustrator and graphic designer and was ultimately hired as an artist for the CIA's Technical Services Division.

Trivia

In 1980, he received the CIA's prestigious Intelligence Star.

Family Life

His marriage to Karen Mendez resulted in three children, including an artist son named Antonio Tobias Mendez. Following his first wife's death, Mendez married fellow CIA agent Jonna Goeser; the couple subsequently welcomed a son.

Associated With

Mendez is portrayed by Ben Affleck in the acclaimed 2012 thriller Argo.

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