March 27, 2013 - 5:30 p.m.
Texas A&M University
The George Bush Foundation hosted a showing of ARGO with commentary and Q&A with Tony Mendez, CIA Operative and Author of The Master of Disguise from which the motion picture ARGO was adapted.
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a historical drama thriller produced by Ben Affleck in 2012, was adapted from The Master of Disguise by
Tony Mendez and the article, "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Berman. This
story follows the rescue mission led by Mendez (played by Ben Affleck in the
motion picture) of six United States diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the
revolutionary Iran hostage crisis in 1979.
ARGO won three awards at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture as
well as two awards at the Golden Globe Awards.
ARGO also won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at
the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mendez, former CIA technical operative hailing from Eureka, Nevada, worked as a
plumber and illustrator before joining the CIA's technical staff. Mendez served in the CIA for 25 years
regularly falsifying documents, crafting disguises and conducting exfiltration operations. In 1979, Mendez conducted
operation "Canadian caper" in which the events of ARGO are based
upon. The CIA awarded Mendez with the
Intelligence Star for his involvement in that mission. Now retired, Mendez
resides in rural Maryland with his wife Jonna, also a former CIA operative.