Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina

Infobox actor

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birthplace = London, England
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yearsactive = 1978-present
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baftaawards = Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2002) for "Frida"

Alfred Molina (born 24 May 1953) is a Tony Award-nominated British/American actor. He portrayed Doctor Octopus in "Spider-Man 2" and has had key roles in "Not Without My Daughter", "Chocolat", "Frida", "The Hoax" and ""The Da Vinci Code"".


Early life

Molina was born Alfredo Molina in London. His father was a Spaniard from Madrid who 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. [ [ Alfred Molina, Q&A Interview: Buzz ] ] [ [,,1261494,00.html 'I give good foreign' | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited ] ] Molina grew up in a "working-class neighborhood" in Notting Hill [ [ - The actor you think you know - Mar. 3, 2004 ] ] that was inhabited by many other immigrant families. [ [ Hispanic - 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. [ [ Alfred Molina Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ]


In 1978, Molina starred with Leonard Rossiter in 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 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. 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 Code which 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 Woman film. [ [ 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 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.

Personal life

Molina has taken U.S. citizenship. [ [ CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists - Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition ] ] He has been married to actress Jill Gascoine since 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.


Upcoming films


External links

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* [ Alfred Molina interviewed on Downstage Center XM Radio] at American Theatre Wing, November 2004
* [ Working in the Theatre: Performance] video seminar at American Theatre Wing, April 1998
* [ Q&A: Alfred Molina] at []

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