Jordi Mollà

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Jordi Mollà
Mollà in 2016
Jordi Mollà Perales

(1968-07-01) July 1, 1968 (age 55)
  • Actor
  • artist
  • writer
  • filmmaker
Years active1988–present
Known forJamón jamón, La Celestina The Lucky Star, Second Skin, Blow, El cónsul de Sodoma, Jack Ryan

Jordi Mollà Perales (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒɔɾði muˈʎa]) is a Spanish actor, artist, writer, and filmmaker.[1] He has been nominated three times for the Goya Award for Best Actor for The Lucky Star (1997), Second Skin (1999), and El cónsul de Sodoma (1999).

Early life and education[edit]

Jordi Mollà y Perales was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He trained at the Institut del Teatre, and furthered his studies in Italy, Hungary, and England. His mother tongues are Catalan and Spanish, and he is fluent in English, Italian, and French.[citation needed]



Mollà breakout role was in Bigas Luna's 1992 comedy drama Jamón, jamón, where he played the jilted lover of Penélope Cruz's character. Mollà went on to star in other acclaimed films in his native country, including Stories from the Kronen and La Celestina. The latter earned him his first Goya Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His subsequent starring role in The Lucky Star earned him widespread acclaim, earning him a Premios Ondas, a Butaca Award for Best Catalan Actor, and another Goya nomination, this time for Best Actor. He has since been nominated twice more, for Second Skin and El cónsul de Sodoma.

Mollà made his Hollywood debut in the 2001 biographical crime film Blow, where he played a villainous drug trafficker based on Carlos Lehder. Mollà subsequently played a similar character in Michael Bay's 2003 action sequel Bad Boys II, opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His co-star Gabrielle Union labeled him as "The Tom Cruise of Spain," when praising his performance as drug lord Johnny Tapia. Mollà then starred in The Tulse Luper Suitcases, an ambitious multi-year, multi-media project created by avant-garde director Peter Greenaway. He has subsequently starred in many high-profile feature films, including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Knight and Day, Che: Part 2, Colombiana, Riddick, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He starred in the second season of Jack Ryan as Venezuelan President Nicolás Reyes.


Mollà began directing short films in 1994. His debut, Walter Peralta, earned a Goya nomination for Best Documentary Short. He made his feature directorial debut in 2012 with 88.


Mollà is a self-taught painter. In the summer of 2002, he exhibited in ARCO Madrid [es] at the Carmen de la Guerra Gallery, along with a number of other artists.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1992 Shooting Elizabeth Desk Clerk
Jamón, jamón José Luis
1993 Historias de la puta mili El Pulpo
Mi hermano del alma Vendedor
1994 Alegre ma non-troppo Vicente
Todo es mentira Ariel
Le fusil de bois Lagrange
1995 Men Always Lie Guillermo
Stories from the Kronen Roberto
The Flower of My Secret Doctor A
1996 Perdona bonita, pero Lucas me quería a mí Toni
La Celestina Pármeno Nominated- Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
1997 La cible Luigi
The Lucky Star Daniel Premios Ondas for Best Actor
Mar del Plata Festival Award for Best Actor
Butaca Award for Best Catalan Actor
Nominated- Goya Award for Best Actor
1998 The Stolen Years Tomás
El pianista Doria 20 años Viña del Mar Award for Best Supporting Actor
1999 Volavérunt Godoy
Nobody Knows Anybody Sapo
Second Skin Alberto Nominated- Goya Award for Best Actor
2001 Blow Diego Delgado
Sound of the Sea Ulises
2002 God Is on Air Salva
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Jan Palmerion Multimedia film
Bad Boys II Hector Juan Carlos 'Johnny' Tapia
The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp Jan Palmerion Multimedia film
2004 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea
The Alamo Juan Seguín
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish Hypolite / Gaudí Multimedia film
2005 Ausentes (The Absent) Samuel [2]
A Life in Suitcases Hypolite / Gaudí / Jan Palmerion Multimedia film
Anthony: Warrior of God Antonio
2006 The Stone Merchant Alceo
GAL Paco Ariza
2007 Cinemart Jordi
Elizabeth: The Golden Age King Philip II of Spain
Sultanes del Sur Leonardo Bátiz
2008 Che: Part 2 Captain Mario Vargas
Inconceivable Victor – The Clinical Coordinator
La Conjura de El Escorial Mateo Vázquez
El cónsul de Sodoma Jaime Gil de Biedma Nominated- Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated- Gaudí Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2009 Ce n'è per tutti Daniele
2010 The Making of Plus One Victor – the D.O.P.
Zenitram Daniel Durbán
Knight and Day Antonio
Inhale Aguilar
Bunraku Valentine
2011 There Be Dragons Don José
Colombiana Marco
2012 A Gun in Each Hand M. Miami Grand Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance
2013 Riddick Santana
2015 Latin Lover Alfonso
Ant-Man Castillo Scene deleted
In the Heart of the Sea Spanish Captain
2016 Criminal Xavier Heimdahl
Sundown Dorian
Term life Viktor
The Man Who Was Thursday Charles
Treintona, Soltera y Fantástica Óscar
Quel bravo ragazzo Colombian boss
Prigioniero della mia libertà Alejandro Torres
2017 The Music of Silence Sandro
Operation Goldenshell Litarco/Ray Silvela
Agadah Jan Potocki/Diego Hervas
Niente di Serio Lulù
2018 Last Prince of Atlantis Don Vincenzo (voice)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Alexei Miiskin
Ibiza Hernando
Speed Kills Jules Bergman
2021 Niente di Serio Lulu Italian Film
The Other Me Vaako
The Private Lives of Jordi Mollà & Domingo Zapata Jordi Mollà
2023 Aggro Dr1ft BO
Pet Shop Days
Year Title Role Notes
1987 El viatge Alacots Episode: "Descansar"
1989–91 La Granja, menjars casolans Ramonet Main cast
1991 Un dels últims vespres de carnaval Rafello TV movie
Dark Justice Raul Episode: "Broken Toys"
1992 Villain Episode: "Judgment Night"
Revolver Jordi Torres TV movie
1993 The Young Picasso: 1881–1906 Ángel F. Soto Miniseries; 3 episodes
1993 All in the Game Hotel Receptionist Miniseries; Main cast
1994 Arnau Tamim Miniseries; Main cast
1998 Dollar for the Dead Federale Captain TV movie
2007 Caravaggio Cardinal Del Monte
2008 Stevie Adrián
2011 CSI: Miami Hector Romero Episode: "Stiff"
2012 China, IL Dream Reamer (voice) Episode: "The Dream Reamer"
2015 Long Live the Royals King Diego Belafonte (voice) Miniseries; Episode: "Snore Much"
2018 Genius Dr. Salvador Ruiz 2 episodes
Queen of the South Rocco de la Peña 3 episodes
2019 Jack Ryan Nicolás Reyes Main cast (season 2)


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1993 Walter Peralta Yes Yes Short film

Nominated- Goya Award for Best Documentary Short Film

1995 No me importaría irme contigo Yes Yes Short film
2002 No somos nadie Yes Yes
2007 Cinemart Yes Yes
2008 Inconceivable No Yes
2012 88 Yes Yes Nominated- Grand Prix Asturias


  1. ^ "Art Events | Celebrity Actor | Jordi Molla Art". jordimollaart. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ Davies, Ann (2009). Daniel Calparsoro. Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-7190-7364-9.

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