Apparently, there are rumors that Argo’s Tony Mendez who is a retired CIA intelligence officer is getting a divorce from his second wife, Jonna Mendez. Is the couple really splitting up after 26 years of their marriage?
Earlier, Tony was married to his first wife, Karen who died fighting cancer in 1986. He had three children with his late wife, Karen including a son, Ian who died in 2010. His other son is a very renowned sculptor in art sector, Antonio Tobias Mendez.
CIA Intelligence Officer, Tony Mendez used to work on rebuilding the US security organization in the Soviet Union and later Russia. In the mid-1980s, Mendez met Jonna Goeser, who is also a CIA officer. After Mendez’s retirement in 1990, they got married. The couple has a son together.
Recently, we have been hearing rumors of their divorce. It all started last month when the couple were spotted coming separately at the funeral of their colleague from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
However, when asked for their separate arrival at the memorial ceremony, Mendez and his wife Jonna spoke of having an appointment with the doctor. The couple revealed that Mendez has been battling Parkinson’s disease and suffering for years.
We hope that Mendez takes good care of himself and the couple may spend rest of their lives together with love and happiness.
Since after the retirement from the CIA in 1990, Mendez and his wife Jonna served on the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum.
Tony Mendez currently works as an artist and author. He has written three non-fiction books about his CIA experiences, namely Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA (1999), Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War (2003) and Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History (2012).
Mendez is widely known for his on-the-scene management of the “Canadian Caper” during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. He was honored for extraction of six American diplomats from Iran. The full details regarding the operation were reported in the 2007 article by Joshuah Bearman in Wired magazine.
The 2012 Academy Award winning movie, Argo loosely adapted the details for the screenplay and development of the movie. The movie was directed by Ben Affleck and he also played the role of Mendez in the movie.
In an interview with Open Your Eyes magazine, Mendez said he sees no problem with director Ben Affleck portraying him on screen.
“I think of myself as a person who grew up in the desert”, Mendez claimed.
Mendez also gave a speech about the film Argo at the 70th Golden Globe Awards where the movie received the award for Best Motion Picture- Drama.
The net worth of Mendez has not been estimated yet.