- Alfred Molina
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Alfred Molina (born 24 May 1953) is a
Tony Award-nominated British/American actor. He portrayed Doctor Octopusin " Spider-Man 2" and has had key roles in " Not Without My Daughter", "Chocolat", " Frida", " The Hoax" and ""The Da Vinci Code"".
Molina was born Alfredo Molina in
London. His father was a Spaniard from Madridwho worked as a waiter and chauffeur, while his mother was an Italian housekeeper who also cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook. [ [http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=544358&pn=2 Alfred Molina, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz ] ] [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1261494,00.html 'I give good foreign' | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited ] ] Molina grew up in a "working-class neighborhood" in Notting Hill[ [http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/03/03/theater.alfred.molina.ap/ CNN.com - The actor you think you know - Mar. 3, 2004 ] ] that was inhabited by many other immigrant families. [ [http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/2004/jul_aug/CoverStory/index.html Hispanic Magazine.com - July/August 2004 - Alfred Molina - Cover Story ] ] He decided to become an actor after seeing "Spartacus" at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800018903/bio Alfred Molina Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ]
In 1978, Molina starred with
Leonard Rossiterin the sitcom "The Losers".cite book|last=Lewishohn|first=Mark |authorlink=Mark Lewisohn|coauthors=|title=Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy|year=2003|publisher= BBC Worldwide|location= London|isbn=0563487550] 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 given a lead role in the " Red Dwarf" TV series, but was replaced by another actor.
He 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". 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 Riveraalongside Salma Hayekin the biopic " Frida", a role which garnered him BAFTAand 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 Octopusin Spider-Man 2, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of that year. In 2006, Molina portrayed Touchstone in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's " As You Like It" and played a role in Ron Howard's adaptation of The Da Vinci Codewhich was also a commercial success that year. On 26 June 2008, it was announced that Molina will play the villain Ares in the upcoming animated Wonder Womanfilm. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0806/26/index.htm Comics Continuum cast list] ]
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.
In 2007, Molina narrated a 17-part original audiobook for
Audible.comcalled "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.
Molina has taken U.S. citizenship. [ [http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Artists/M/Molina_Alfred/2004/06/27/760319.html CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists - Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition ] ] He has been married to actress
Jill Gascoinesince 1985. He has a daughter Rachel (born 1980) from a previous relationship, and two stepsons (Adam and Sean), from Jill's first marriage. He is also a grandfather to Alfie (born Nov 2003) and Layla (born May 2006). Molina is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and resides in Los Angeles.
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* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/alfred_molina/ Alfred Molina interviewed on Downstage Center XM Radio] at
American Theatre Wing, November 2004
* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/seminars/detail/performance_04_98 Working in the Theatre: Performance] video seminar at
American Theatre Wing, April 1998
* [http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=544358&pn=1 Q&A: Alfred Molina] at [http://www.broadway.com Broadway.com]
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