Mendez, Tony

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Mendez, Tony Gender: M
Antonio Joseph "Tony" Mendez
born on 15 November 1940 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Eureka, Nevada, 39n31, 115w58
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°22' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 02°02 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 03°16'


American CIA technical operations officer, now retired, who specialized in support of clandestine and covert CIA operations.

Mendez and his first wife, Karen, had three children, including a son Ian who died in 2010, and sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez. Karen Mendez died of cancer in 1986.

In the mid-1980s, Mendez worked with Jonna Goeser, also a CIA officer, on rebuilding the US security organization in the Soviet Union and later Russia. They married following Mendez's retirement in 1990, and had a son together. Since retiring from the CIA in 1990, Mendez and his wife Jonna, herself a 27-year veteran of the CIA, have served on the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum. He works full-time as an artist.

He has written three memoirs about his CIA experiences:

  • 2000, Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, memoir of his CIA experiences
  • 2003, with Jonna Mendez and Bruce B. Henderson, Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War
  • 2012, with Matt Baglio, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History (2012), more lengthy account of the Canadian Caper.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from BC in hand


  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (CIA officer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction

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