Mendez, Tony

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Mendez, Tony Gender: M
Antonio Joseph 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'

Tony Mendez (congratulated by President Jimmy Carter on the success of Operation Argo)


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

In October 2014 the Washington Post published an interview in which Mendez revealed that he has Parkinson's Disease.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Affleck, Ben (born 15 August 1972). Notes: Affleck played Mendez in the film Argo

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from BC in hand


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (CIA officer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction