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Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an Anglo-American actor. He first came to public attention in the UK for his joint lead role with Gary Oldman in the 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears. In the USAmarker he is more 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 Da Vinci Code, and Little Traitor.

Early life

Molina was born Alfredo Molina in Paddingtonmarker, Londonmarker. His father was a Spaniard from Madridmarker who worked as a waiter and chauffeur, while his mother was an Italian housekeeper who cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook. Molina grew up in a "working-class neighborhood" in Notting Hillmarker that was inhabited by many other immigrant families. He decided to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


In 1978, Molina starred with Leonard Rossiter in the sitcom The Losers. 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 cast in a lead role in the Red Dwarf TV series, but was replaced by another actor.

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. On 26 June 2008, it was announced that Molina will provide the voice of the villain Ares in the upcoming animated Wonder Woman film.

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 Broadwaymarker 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. In 2010 he will star in Red, a new play by John Logan.

In 2007, Molina narrated a 17-part original audiobook for 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.

In 2010 he will star opposite Dawn French in the six-part BBC sitcom Roger and Val Have Just Got In.

Personal life

Molina resides in Los Angeles and has taken U.S. citizenship. He is fluent in Spanish.

He married actress Jill Gascoine in 1986 in Tower Hamletsmarker, London. 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).


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Satipo
1985 Letter to Brezhnev Sergei
Ladyhawke Cezar
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Kenneth Halliwell
1989 Virtuoso John Ogdon TV role
The Accountant Lionel Ellerman TV role
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 A Year in Provence Tony Havers
The Trial Titorelli
1994 Maverick Angel
1995 Species Dr. Stephen Arden
The 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

A Further Gesture (1997 film)
Boogie Nights Rahad Jackson
The Man Who Knew Too Little Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
1998 The Impostors Sir Jeremy Burtom
1999 Dudley Do-Right Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash
Magnolia Solomon Solomon
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
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
Texas Rangers King Fisher
2002 Frida Diego Rivera Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Nominated - CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor

2003 My Life Without Me Ann's Father
Identity Dr. Malick
Coffee and Cigarettes Himself
Luther Johann Tetzel
2004 Crónicas Victor Hugo Puente
Spider-Man 2 Doctor Otto Octavius/Doc Ock
Steamboy James Edward Steam
Undertaking Betty Boris Plots
2006 The Da Vinci Code Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
As You Like It Touchstone
2007 The Hoax Dick Suskind
The Company Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti TV miniseries
Silk Baldabiou
The Ten Commandments Ramesses, the Pharaoh (voice)
The Moon and the Stars Davide Rieti
The Little Traitor Sergeant Dunlop
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays Edy Rodriguez
2009 An Education Jack
The Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Randall Pepperidge
The Lodger Chandler Manning
Wonder Woman Ares (voice)
2010 The Tempest Stephano post-production
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Sheik Amar post-production
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Horvath post-production


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  5. Alfred Molina Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  6. Comics Continuum cast list
  8. Molina stars opposite Dawn French
  9. CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists - Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition
  10. Marriages England and Wales 1984-2005

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