Alfred Molina

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Alfred Molina
AlfredMolinaByJustinHoch2009.jpg
Alfred Molina, December 2009
Born Alfredo Molina
(1953-05-24) 24 May 1953 (age 61)
Paddington, London, England
Citizenship United Kingdom
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Jill Gascoine (m. 1986)
Children 1

Alfred Molina (born Alfredo Molina; 24 May 1953) is a British actor known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Boogie Nights, 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, The Little Traitor, An Education, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Rango.

He starred as DDA / 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.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

In 1978, Molina starred with Leonard Rossiter in the sitcom The Losers.[7] Molina made his film debut with a minor, but memorable 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 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. The novel won the 2008 Audiobook Of The Year Award form Audio Publishers Association.[9]

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.[10] 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,[11] 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.[12] 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. Molina is also a longtime member of the Los Angeles theatre company The New American Theatre, formerly known as Circus Theatricals, where he often teaches Shakespeare and Scene Study along with the company's artistic director Jack Stehlin.

Personal life[edit]

Molina resides in Los Angeles, California, and announced in 2004 that he had become a U.S. citizen.[13] He is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.

He married actress Jill Gascoine in 1986 in Tower Hamlets, London.[14] He has a daughter, London based photographer Rachel Molina (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).

In addition to acting, Molina is an Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) advocate. Not only does he donate towards AIDS research, but also participates in the Los Angeles AIDS Walk and recently played a role in Joseph Kibler's (a 21 year-old AIDS survivor's) documentary Walk On.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Satipo
1982 Anyone for Denis? Eric
1984 Meantime John
1985 Letter to Brezhnev Sergei
1985 Ladyhawke Cezar
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Kenneth Halliwell
1989 Virtuoso John Ogdon
1989 The Accountant Lionel Ellerman Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1991 Hancock Tony Hancock
1991 Not Without My Daughter Mahmoody
1991 American Friends Oliver Syme
1992 Enchanted April Mellersh Wilkins
1993 Year in Provence, AA Year in Provence Tony Havers
1993 Trial, TheThe Trial Titorelli
1994 Requiem Apache Hamish – Getaway Driver TV film
1994 Maverick Angel
1994 White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Reverend Leland Drury
1994 Cabin Boy Nathaniel's History Teacher Uncredited
1995 Species Dr. Stephen Arden
1995 Perez Family, TheThe Perez Family Juan Raúl Perez
1995 Dead Man Trading Post Missionary
1995 Hideaway Dr. Jonas Nyebern
1995 Nervous Energy Ira Moss
1996 Tracey Takes On... Mr. Dragotti Season 1 Episode 4: "Royalty"
1996 Before and After Panos Demeris
1997 Anna Karenina Levin
1997 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
1997 Man Who Knew Too Little, TheThe Man Who Knew Too Little Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Sir Jeremy Burtom
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples
1999 Dudley Do-Right Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash
1999 Magnolia Solomon Solomon Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Ladies Man Jimmy Stiles Nominated – 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
2001 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
2003 Identity Dr. Malick
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes Himself
2003 Luther Johann Tetzel
2004 Crónicas Victor Hugo Puente
2004 Spider-Man 2 Doctor Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus 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 – People's Choice Award for Favorite Villain Movie Star
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Bad Guy
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2004 Steamboy James Edward Steam Voice (English dub)
2004 Undertaking Betty Boris Plots Also known as Plots with a View
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabriel Duvall
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Gabriel Duvall
2006 Da Vinci Code, TheThe Da Vinci Code Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
2006 As You Like It Touchstone
2006 Orchids Short
2007 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Dick Suskind Nominated – London Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 Company, TheThe Company Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti TV miniseries
2007 Silk Baldabiou
2007 Ten Commandments, TheThe Ten Commandments Ramesses, the Pharaoh Voice
2007 The Moon and the Stars Davide Rieti
2007 The Little Traitor Sergeant Dunlop
2007 Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Professor Jeffries Voice
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 – 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
2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Randall Pepperidge Nominated – ALMA Award for Best Actor in Film
2009 Lodger, TheThe Lodger Chandler Manning
2009 Wonder Woman Ares Voice
2010 Tempest, TheThe Tempest Stefano
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Sheik Amar
2010 Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's Apprentice Maxim Horvath
2010 Law & Order: LA Ricardo Morales
2010 Roger & Val Have Just Got In Roger
2011 Abduction Frank Burton
2011 Vivaldi Tartini
2011 Rango Roadkill Voice
2011 Harry's Law Eric Sanders TV series (3 episodes)
2011 Innocent Alejando "Sandy" Stern TV film
2012 Roger & Val Have Just Got In: 2nd Series Roger
2012 Gravity Falls Multi Bear Voice
TV series (1 episode)
2012 Loving Miss Hatto William Barrington-Coupe
2013 Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes Dennis
2013 Monday Mornings Dr. Harding Hooten TV series
2013 Monsters University Professor Knight Voice
2013 Drunk History Arthur Conan Doyle Season 1 Episode 6: Detroit
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Reginald Voice
2014 Rick and Morty The Devil Episode: "Something Ricked This Way Comes"
2014 The Normal Heart Ben Weeks Pending - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2014 Elder Scrolls Online Abnur Tharn Voice/Video Game
2014 Love Is Strange George Post-production
2014 Matador Andres Galan Main role; TV series in production
2014 Return to Zero Robert Royal

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1989 The Accountant Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Male Won
1989 The Accountant BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor Nominated
1997 Boogie Nights Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
1997 Boogie Nights Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Magnolia Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
1999 Magnolia Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Ladies Man Best Young Artist Award/Young Star Award Nominated
2000 Chocolat Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2002 Frida Imagen Award for Best Actor – Film Won
2002 Frida BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2002 Frida Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2002 Frida Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2002 Frida Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2002 Frida Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Nominated
2004 Spider-Man 2 Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film Won
2004 Spider-Man 2 London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2004 Spider-Man 2 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2004 Spider-Man 2 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2004 Spider-Man 2 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Bad Guy Nominated
2004 Spider-Man 2 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated
2007 Hoax, TheThe Hoax London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2009 An Education BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2009 An Education British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 An Education Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 An Education London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2009 An Education Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Nominated
2009 An Education Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2009 An Education Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 ALMA Award for Best Actor in Film Nominated
2014 The Normal Heart Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfred Molina, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 3 August 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (15 July 2004). "I give good foreign". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Current biography yearbook, Volume 65. H. W. Wilson Co. 2004. p. 381. 
  4. ^ "Alfred Molina scales new heights in 'Fiddler on the Roof'". Archived from the original on 2004-04-04. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  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. 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. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.audiopub.org/audies08winners.asp
  10. ^ Lalayn Baluch (17 April 2009). "The Stage / News / West to appear in Donmar's Life is a Dream". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Molina stars opposite Dawn French http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8256871.stm
  12. ^ "Alfred Molina Signs on to Law & Order: Los Angeles". TVGuide.com. 
  13. ^ "CANOE — JAM! Movies — Artists — Molina, Alfred: Alfred Molina set for big-time recognition". Jam.canoe.ca. 27 June 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005". Findmypast.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Alfred Molina — Interview, ABILITY Magazine.

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