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Alfred Molina (born 24 May 1953) is a British American actor. He first came to public attention in the UK for his supporting role in the 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears. He is well known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spider-Man 2, Species, Not Without My Daughter, Chocolat, Frida, Steamboy, The Hoax, The Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time, The Da Vinci Code, Little Traitor, An Education and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Early life

Molina was born Alfredo Molina in Paddington, London. His father, Esteban, was a Spaniard from Madrid who worked as a waiter and chauffeur, while his mother, Giovanna, was an Italian house-keeper who cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook.[1][2][3] Molina grew up in a working class neighbourhood in Notting Hill[4] that was inhabited by many other immigrant families.[5] He decided to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[6]

Career

In 1978, Molina starred with Leonard Rossiter in the sitcom The Losers.[7] Molina made his film debut with a minor role in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark as Indiana Jones' ill-fated guide during its iconic opening sequence. However, his big break came with Letter to Brezhnev in 1985, which he followed up with a starring role in Prick Up Your Ears in 1987, playing Joe Orton's lover Kenneth Halliwell. He was originally cast as Arnold Rimmer in the TV sitcom Red Dwarf, however, he was replaced by Chris Barrie.

Molina starred in the first two series of El C.I.D. but left to concentrate on his film work. Subsequent films included Species, Dudley Do-Right, Chocolat, Not Without My Daughter, and Enchanted April. With a flawless mid-western American accent, Molina starred alongside Betty White in the US television series "Ladies Man", which ran from 1999–2001.

He has worked twice with Paul Thomas Anderson, first in Boogie Nights and then Magnolia. In 2002, Molina gained wide recognition for his portrayal of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera alongside Salma Hayek in the biopic Frida, a role which garnered him BAFTA and SAG award nominations. In 2003, he played himself alongside Steve Coogan in Coffee and Cigarettes. In 2004, Molina gained further commercial recognition when he was cast as the villain Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of that year. He later reprised his role of Doctor Octopus in the video game adaption of Spider-Man 2 and archive footage of Molina as Doctor Octopus is seen in the opening of Spider-Man 3. In 2006, Molina portrayed Touchstone in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's As You Like It and appeared in Ron Howard's adaptation of The Da Vinci Code. Molina provided the voice of the villain Ares in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman film.[8]

Molina's stage work has included two major Royal National Theatre productions, Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana (as Shannon) and David Mamet's Speed the Plow (as Fox). In his Broadway debut, Molina performed in Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play 'Art', for which he received a Tony nomination in 1998. In 2004, Molina returned to the stage, starring as Tevye in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. For his performance he once again received a Tony Award nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Musical. Molina received his third Tony Award nomination for "Red" in 2010, for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.

In 2007, Molina narrated a 17-part original audiobook for Audible.com called The Chopin Manuscript. This serialized novel was written by a team of 15 best-selling thriller writers, including Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, Joseph Finder and Lisa Scottoline.

On 1 April 2010, he opened at Broadway's John Golden Theater in the role of artist Mark Rothko in John Logan's drama Red opposite Eddie Redmayne for a limited engagement through June 27.[9] He had played the role to much critical success at the Donmar Warehouse in London in December 2009.

In 2010 he starred opposite Dawn French in the six-part BBC sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In.[10]

He is the only actor to have three Lego Minifigures modelled after him, with them being Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2, Satipo from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sheik Amar from Prince of Persia.[citation needed]

In July 2010, it was announced that Molina had joined the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles as Deputy District Attorney Morales.[11]

Personal life

Molina resides in Los Angeles and has become a U.S. citizen.[12] He is fluent in Spanish.

He married actress Jill Gascoine in 1986 in Tower Hamlets, London.[13] He has a daughter, Rachel (born 1980), from a previous relationship, and two stepsons (Adam and Sean), from Gascoine's first marriage. He is also a grandfather to Alfie (born November 2003) and Layla (born May 2006).

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Satipo
1982 Anyone for Denis? Eric TV film
1984 Meantime John
1985 Letter to Brezhnev Sergei
Ladyhawke Cezar
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Kenneth Halliwell
1989 Virtuoso John Ogdon TV role
Accountant, TheThe Accountant Lionel Ellerman TV role
Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Male
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1991 Hancock Tony Hancock TV role
Not Without My Daughter Moody
American Friends Oliver Syme
1992 Enchanted April Mellersh Wilkins
1993 Year in Provence, AA Year in Provence Tony Havers
Trial, TheThe Trial Titorelli
1994 Requiem Apache Hamish - Getaway Driver TV Film
Maverick Angel
1995 Species Dr. Stephen Arden
Perez Family, TheThe Perez Family Juan Raúl Perez
Dead Man Trading Post Missionary
Hideaway Dr. Jonas Nyebern
Nervous Energy Ira Moss
1996 Before and After Panos Demeris
1997 Anna Karenina Levin
Boogie Nights Rahad Jackson Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Man Who Knew Too Little, TheThe Man Who Knew Too Little Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Sir Jeremy Burtom
1999 Dudley Do-Right Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash
Magnolia Solomon Solomon Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Ladies Man Jimmy Stiles CBS television role 1999 to 2001, nominated three times for Best Young Artist Award/Young Star Award
2000 Chocolat Comte De Reynaud Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
Texas Rangers King Fisher
2002 Frida Diego Rivera Imagen Award for Best Actor - Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated— Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
2003 My Life Without Me Ann's Father
Identity Dr. Malick
Coffee and Cigarettes Himself Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Luther Johann Tetzel
2004 Crónicas Victor Hugo Puente
Spider-Man 2 Doctor Otto Octavius/Doc Ock Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Awardfor Choice Movie Bad Guy
Steamboy James Edward Steam
Undertaking Betty Boris Plots
2006 Da Vinci Code, TheThe Da Vinci Code Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
As You Like It Touchstone
2007 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Dick Suskind Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Company, TheThe Company Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti TV miniseries
Silk Baldabiou
Ten Commandments, TheThe Ten Commandments Ramesses, the Pharaoh (voice)
The Moon and the Stars Davide Rieti
The Little Traitor Sergeant Dunlop
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Professor Jeffries
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Edy Rodriguez
2009 An Education Jack Mellor Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Randall Pepperidge Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Actor in Film
Lodger, TheThe Lodger Chandler Manning
Wonder Woman Ares (voice)
2010 Tempest, TheThe Tempest Stephano post-production
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Sheik Amar
Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's Apprentice Horvath
Law & Order: Los Angeles D.D.A. Ricardo Morales Filming
Roger & Val Have Just Got In Roger BBC sitcom
2011 Abduction Frank Burton Filming
Rango TBA (voice) Filming

References

  1. "Alfred Molina, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. Hattenstone, Simon (July 15, 2004). "I give good foreign". The Guardian (London). Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  3. Current biography yearbook, Volume 65. H. W. Wilson Co. 2004. p. 381. 
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20040404035534/http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/03/03/theater.alfred.molina.ap/. Archived from the original on 2004-04-04.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  5. Hispanic Magazine.com - July/August 2004 - Alfred Molina - Cover Story[dead link]
  6. "Alfred Molina Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1953-05-24. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0563487550. 
  8. "Comics Continuum cast list". Comicscontinuum.com. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  9. Lalayn Baluch (2009-04-17). "The Stage / News / West to appear in Donmar's Life is a Dream". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  10. Molina stars opposite Dawn French http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8256871.stm
  11. "Alfred Molina Signs on to Law & Order: Los Angeles". TVGuide.com. 
  12. "CANOE — JAM! Movies — Artists — Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition". Jam.canoe.ca. 2004-06-27. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  13. "Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 

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