Alfred Molina

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Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina, December 2009
BornAlfredo Molina
(1953-05-24) 24 May 1953 (age 59)
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish, naturalised American
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Jill Gascoine (1986–present)
 
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Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina, December 2009
BornAlfredo Molina
(1953-05-24) 24 May 1953 (age 59)
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish, naturalised American
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Jill Gascoine (1986–present)

Alfred Molina (born Alfredo Molina; 24 May 1953) is an English-born Spanish-Italian actor. He is well known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Spider-Man 2, Maverick, Species, Not Without My Daughter, Chocolat, Frida, Steamboy, The Hoax, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Da Vinci Code, Little Traitor, An Education and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

He has recently starred as Detective Ricardo Morales on the NBC police/courtroom drama Law & Order: LA and as Roger opposite Dawn French in the BBC television sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In.

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Early life

Molina was born in Paddington, London. His mother, Giovanna (née Bonelli), was an Italian house-keeper who cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook. His father, Esteban Molina, was a Spanish immigrant from Madrid who worked as a waiter and chauffeur.[1][2][3] Molina grew up in a working class district 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 film Raiders of the Lost Ark as Indiana Jones' ill-fated guide, Satipo, 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 (and eventual murderer) Kenneth Halliwell. He was originally cast as Arnold Rimmer in the TV sitcom Red Dwarf, but he was replaced by Chris Barrie.

Molina was a ubiquitous presence on British television in the early 1990s, with his most high profile role being the lead in the first two series of El C.I.D. Subsequent film roles 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 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 film Wonder Woman.[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 Theatre in the role of artist Mark Rothko in John Logan's drama Red opposite Eddie Redmayne for a limited engagement through 27 June.[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] with a second series in 2012.

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: LA as Deputy District Attorney Morales.[11] He previously guest-starred in a two-part crossover in 2005 in two other Law & Order franchise shows, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Molina is a Patron of the performing arts group Theatretrain.

Personal life

Molina resides in Los Angeles, California, and announced in 2004 that he had become a U.S. citizen.[12] He is fluent in Italian and 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

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Raiders of the Lost ArkSatipo
1982Anyone for Denis?EricTV version of a stage play
1984MeantimeJohn
1985Letter to BrezhnevSergei
LadyhawkeCezar
1987Prick Up Your EarsKenneth Halliwell
1989VirtuosoJohn OgdonTV role
The AccountantLionel EllermanTV role
Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1991HancockTony HancockTV role
Not Without My DaughterMoody
American FriendsOliver Syme
1992Enchanted AprilMellersh Wilkins
1993Year in Provence, AA Year in ProvenceTony Havers
Trial, TheThe TrialTitorelli
1994Requiem ApacheHamish – Getaway DriverTV film
MaverickAngel
White Fang 2: Myth of the White WolfReverend Leland Drury
Cabin BoyNathaniel's History Teacher
1995SpeciesDr. Stephen Arden
Perez Family, TheThe Perez FamilyJuan Raúl Perez
Dead ManTrading Post Missionary
HideawayDr. Jonas Nyebern
Nervous EnergyIra Moss
1996Before and AfterPanos Demeris
1997Anna KareninaLevin
Boogie NightsRahad JacksonFlorida 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 LittleBoris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
1998Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsSir Jeremy Burtom
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples
1999Dudley Do-RightSnidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash
MagnoliaSolomon SolomonFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Ladies ManJimmy StilesCBS television role 1999 to 2001, nominated three times for Best Young Artist Award/Young Star Award
2000ChocolatComte De ReynaudNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001Murder on the Orient ExpressHercule Poirot
Texas RangersKing Fisher
2002FridaDiego RiveraImagen 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
2003My Life Without MeAnn's Father
IdentityDr. Malick
Coffee and CigarettesHimselfSegment: Cousins?
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
LutherJohann Tetzel
2004CrónicasVictor Hugo Puente
Spider-Man 2Doctor Otto Octavius/Doc OckVisual 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 Award for Choice Movie Bad Guy
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
SteamboyJames Edward Steam
Undertaking BettyBoris Plots
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGabriel Duvall
Law & Order: Trial by JuryGabriel Duvall
2006Da Vinci Code, TheThe Da Vinci CodeBishop Manuel Aringarosa
As You Like ItTouchstone
Orchidsshort film directed by Bryce Dallas Howard
2007Hoax, TheThe HoaxDick SuskindNominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Company, TheThe CompanyHarvey 'The Sorcerer' TorritiTV miniseries
SilkBaldabiou
Ten Commandments, TheThe Ten CommandmentsRamesses, the Pharaoh (voice)
The Moon and the StarsDavide Rieti
The Little TraitorSergeant Dunlop
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!Professor Jeffries
2008Nothing Like the HolidaysEdy Rodriguez
2009An EducationJack MellorNominated—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 2Chief Inspector Randall PepperidgeNominated—ALMA Award for Best Actor in Film
Lodger, TheThe LodgerChandler Manning
Wonder WomanAres (voice)
2010Tempest, TheThe TempestStefano
Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeSheik Amar
Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeMaxim Horvath
Law & Order: LARicardo Morales
Roger & Val Have Just Got InRogerBBC sitcom
2011AbductionFrank Burton
VivaldiTartinifilming
RangoRoadkill
Harry's LawEric SandersSpecial Guest Star, Season 2, 3 episodes, "Hosanna Roseanna", "There Will Be Blood", "Sins of the Father"
2012Roger & Val Have Just Got In: 2nd SeriesRogerBBC Sitcom
Gravity FallsMulti BearVoice, Episode 6

References

  1. ^ "Alfred Molina, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=544358&pn=2. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (15 July 2004). "I give good foreign". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1261494,00.html. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Current biography yearbook, Volume 65. H. W. Wilson Co.. 2004. p. 381. 
  4. ^ . http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/03/03/theater.alfred.molina.ap/. [dead link]
  5. ^ Hispanic Magazine.com – July/August 2004 – Alfred Molina – Cover Story[dead link]
  6. ^ "Alfred Molina Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 24 May 1953. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800018903/bio. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Lewishohn, Mark (2003). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC Worldwide. ISBN 0-563-48755-0. 
  8. ^ "Comics Continuum cast list". Comicscontinuum.com. 26 June 2008. http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0806/26/index.htm. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Lalayn Baluch (17 April 2009). "The Stage / News / West to appear in Donmar's Life is a Dream". Thestage.co.uk. http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/24136/west-to-appear-in-donmars-life-is-a-dream. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  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. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Molina-Law-Order-1020925.aspx. 
  12. ^ "CANOE — JAM! Movies — Artists — Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition". Jam.canoe.ca. 27 June 2004. http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Artists/M/Molina_Alfred/2004/06/27/760319.html. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005". Findmypast.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. http://www.findmypast.com/BirthsMarriagesDeaths.jsp. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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