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Alfredo "Alfred" Molina (born 24 May 1953) is a British-American actor and voice actor, known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Enchanted April (1992), Maverick (1994), Species (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Chocolat (2000), Frida (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006) and An Education (2009).

Alfred Molina
Molina in October 2009
Born Alfredo Molina
(1953-05-24) 24 May 1953 (age 64)
Paddington, London, England, UK
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Citizenship British, American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Jill Gascoine (m. 1986)
Children 1

He rose to prominence on the West End, earning a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Newcomer for his performance in the 1980 production of Oklahoma!. He made his Broadway debut in a production of 'Art' in 1998. His other Broadway credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof from 2004 to 2005 and Mark Rothko in Red from 2009 to 2010.


Early lifeEdit

Molina was born in Paddington, London. His father, Esteban Molina, was a Spanish immigrant from Madrid who worked as a waiter and chauffeur.[1] His mother, Giovanna (née Bonelli), was an Italian house-keeper who cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook.[2][3] Molina grew up in a working class district in Notting Hill[4] that was inhabited by many other immigrant families.[5] Molina decided to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[6] He also auditioned and was accepted as a member of National Youth Theatre. Molina was awarded with the 2004 Joseph E. Ciaccio Award, which is given to the actor for worst acting performance, following his role as Dr. Octavius in Spider Man 2.


Molina appeared with Leonard Rossiter in the sitcom The Losers (1978).[7] Molina made his film debut with a minor role in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as Indiana Jones' ill-fated guide, Satipo, during its iconic opening sequence. However, his big break came with Letter to Brezhnev (1985), which he followed with a starring role in Prick Up Your Ears (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 was replaced by Chris Barrie.

In the early 1990s, Molina was a ubiquitous presence on British television, with his highest 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 (1997) and then Magnolia (1999). Molina gained wide recognition for his portrayal of Diego Rivera alongside Salma Hayek in the biopic Frida (2002), a role for which he gained BAFTA and SAG award nominations. He played himself alongside Steve Coogan in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) and gained further commercial recognition when he portrayed the villain Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 (2004), which became one of the highest-grossing films of that year. For the latter, Molina was nominated for a Satellite award as Best Supporting Actor. He reprised his role in the video game adaption. 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 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 one of only two actors (the other being Chris Pratt) 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.

Molina stated in an interview in 2013 that he owes his stage and film career to the Indiana Jones series. "I'm very, very proud of that, I have to admit I didn't think at the time, 'Oh, this is going to go down in movie history.' I'd never been in front of a camera before," Molina said about his short but memorable appearance in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Molina recalls getting the job as a "gift from God" and goes on to say "I've publicly thanked Steven many, many times. That job saved my bacon, in more ways than one." About his now famous line in the film Molina stated that "I've never had a problem with people coming up to me about it. They'll shout that line to me, 'Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the whip!' I'm delighted that people still remember it."[13]

Personal lifeEdit

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, from Gascoine's first marriage. He is also a grandfather.

Molina resides in Los Angeles, California, and announced in 2004 that he had become a U.S. citizen.[15] He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

In addition to acting, Molina is an Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) advocate. He donates towards AIDS research, and participates in the Los Angeles AIDS Walk and appeared as himself in a documentary produced by Joseph Kibler[16] (who has been HIV+ and paraplegic since his birth, c. 1989) about Kibler's life entitled Walk On, first screened in 2013.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Port Official Uncredited
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Satipo
1985 Letter to Brezhnev Sergei
1985 Ladyhawke Cezar
1985 Water Pierre
1985 Eleni Young Christos Uncredited
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Kenneth Halliwell
1988 Manifesto Avanti
1989 Virtuoso John Ogdon
1989 Rescuers Speaking Italian Priest
1991 Hancock Tony Hancock
1991 Not Without My Daughter Sayyed Bozorg 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
1993 When Pigs Fly Marty
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 The Steal Cliff
1995 Perez Family, TheThe Perez Family Juan Raúl Perez
1995 Dead Man Trading Post Missionary
1995 Scorpion Spring Denis Brabant
1995 Hideaway Dr. Jonas Nyebern
1995 Nervous Energy Ira Moss
1996 Mojave Moon Sal
1996 Before and After Panos Demeris
1997 Anna Karenina Levin
1997 Boogie Nights Rahad Jackson
1997 Man Who Knew Too Little, TheThe Man Who Knew Too Little Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
1997 A Further Gesture Tulio
1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Sir Jeremy Burtom
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples
1998 Pete's Meteor Hugh
1998 The Treat The Colonel
1999 Dudley Do-Right Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash
1999 Magnolia Solomon Solomon
2000 The Miracle Maker Simon the Pharisee Voice
2000 Chocolat Comte De Reynaud
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
2001 Texas Rangers King Fisher
2002 Frida Diego Rivera
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 Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / Doc Ock
2004 Steamboy James Edward Steam English dub
2004 Undertaking Betty Boris Plots
2006 Da Vinci Code, TheThe Da Vinci Code Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
2006 As You Like It Touchstone
2006 Orchids Short film
2007 Spider-Man 3 Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / Doc Ock Photograph[19]
2007 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Dick Suskind
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
2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 Chief Inspector Randall Pepperidge
2009 Angels & Demons Narrator Voice
2009 Lodger, TheThe Lodger Chandler Manning
2009 Wonder Woman Ares Voice
2009 Big Guy Kent Short film
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
2011 Abduction Frank Burton
2011 Rango Roadkill Voice
2012 Loving Miss Hatto William Barrington-Coupe
2012 The Forger Everly Campbell
2013 Bless Me, Ultima Antonio Voice
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Dennis
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Reginald Voice
2013 Monsters University Professor Knight Voice
2013 Vivaldi Tartini
2014 Love Is Strange George
2014 Return to Zero Robert Royal
2014 We'll Never Have Paris Terry
2014 Swelter Doc
2014 Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Sergeant Voice
2014 Heavenly Sword King Bohan Voice
2015 Strange Magic Fairy King Voice
2015 The Secret in Their Eyes Martin Morales
2016 Little Men Hernán
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Jerry Schrager
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Ali Massoud Sadiq
2016 Paint It Black Cal
2016 Message from the King Preston
2016 A Family Man Lou Wheeler
2017 Breakable You Paul Weller
2017 Justice League Dark Destiny Voice
2018 Henchmen Baron Blackout Post-production; voice
TBA Only You Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Losers Nigel 6 episodes
1981 Bognor Waiter 2 episodes
1982 Anyone for Denis? Eric Television film
1983 Meantime John Television film
1983 Reilly, Ace of Spies Yakov Blumkin Episode: "Gambit"
1985 Number One D.C. Rogers Television film
1985 Angels in the Annexe Mike Brittain Television film
1985 C.A.T.S. Eyes Detective Sergeant Cropper Episode: "Blue for Danger"
1986 Casualty Harry Horner Episode: "Jump Start"
1987 Miami Vice Esther's Attorney Episode: "The Big Thaw"
1989 The Accountant Lionel Ellerman Television film
1989 Saracen Jose Morazan Episode: "Proof of Death"
1989–1992 Screen One Various 4 episodes
1989–1995 Screen Two Various 4 episodes
1990–1992 El C.I.D. Bernard Blake 13 episodes
1991 Ashenden Carmona Episode: "The Hairless Mexican"
1991 Performance George Melly Episode: "The Trials of Oz"
1991 Boon Mike Hubble Episode: "The Night Before Christmas"
1994 Requiem Apache Hamish – Getaway Driver Television film
1996 Tracey Takes On... Mr. Dragotti Episode: "Royalty"
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Elcio (voice) Episode: "Only Child"
1999–2001 Ladies Man Jimmy Stiles 30 episodes; also producer
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot Television film
2002 Bram and Alice Bram 9 episodes
2003 Justice League King Gustav (voice) Episode: "Maid of Honor"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabriel Duvall Episode: "Night"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Gabriel Duvall Episode: "Day"
2007 Monk Peter Magneri Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man"
2007 Company, TheThe Company Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti 6 episodes
2009 Yes, Virginia Francis Church (voice) Television film
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Detective Ricardo Morales 16 episodes
2010–2012 Roger & Val Have Just Got In Roger Stephenson 12 episodes
2010–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Chairman (voice) 2 episodes
2011 Harry's Law Eric Sanders 3 episodes
2011 Innocent Alejando "Sandy" Stern Television film
2012 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Ke-Pa (voice) Episode: "Enter the Dragon"
Gravity Falls Multi-Bear (voice) 3 episodes
2012–2015 Robot Chicken Lex Luthor / Various voices 3 episodes
2012 Loving Miss Hatto Barrie Television film
2013 Monday Mornings Dr. Harding Hooten 10 episodes
2013 Drunk History Arthur Conan Doyle Episode: "Detroit"
2014 Rick and Morty The Devil (voice) Episode: "Something Ricked This Way Comes"
2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Alhazen (voice) Episode: "Hiding in the Light"
2014 The Normal Heart Ben Weeks Television film
2014 Matador Andrés Galan 13 episodes
2014–2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Rippen (voice) 61 episodes
2015 Show Me a Hero Henry J. Spallone 6 episodes
2015 Axe Cop Vampire Man Baby Kid's Dad / Brilliant Evil Scientist (voices) 2 episodes
2015 Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures Norbert (voice) Episode: "Fishy Business"
2015 Long Live the Royals Rupert / Neil (voices) 2 episodes
2016–2017 DreamWorks Dragons Viggo Grimborn (voice) 17 episodes
2016–2017 Angie Tribeca Dr. Edelweiss Uncredited
14 episodes
2016 Close to the Enemy Harold Lindsay-Jones 7 episodes
2016 Robot Chicken Lex Luthor / William H. Seward / Willow's Father (voices) Episode: "Triple Hot Dog Sandwich on Wheat"
2016 Sister Cities Mort Television film; also executive producer
2016 American Dad! Tow Truck Driver (voice) Episode: "Father's Daze"
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan[20] Robert Aldrich 6 episodes
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Carl Veisor Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie[21] Lasombra (voice) Television film

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2004 Spider-Man 2 Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Abnur Tharn
2017 Wilson's Heart Bela Belascó


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
1980 Oklahoma! Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play Nominated
1990 Speed-the-Plow Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance Nominated
The Accountant Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Male Won
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor Nominated
1996 Molly Sweeney Theatre World Award Won
1998 Boogie Nights Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
'Art' Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2000 Magnolia Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2001 Chocolat Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2003 Frida Imagen Award for Best Actor – Film Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie 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 Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2004 Fiddler on the Roof Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2005 Spider-Man 2 Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film Won
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 Villain Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated
2008 Hoax, TheThe Hoax London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 ALMA Award for Best Actor in Film Nominated
An Education British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2010 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Red Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Won
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2014 The Normal Heart Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Nominated
Love is Strange Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2015 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Nominated
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


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  19. ^ Spider-Man 2 concludes with a magnificent set-piece in which Doctor Octopus finally manages to gain control of his tentacles, drowning himself along with the fusion reactor in the Hudson River. However, during a scene set at the Daily Bugle in Spider-Man 3, there's a newspaper front page mounted on J. Jonah Jameson's wall which reads "Doc Ock still at large", accompanied by the tagline, "Police expand manhunt." At the time of Spider-Man 3's release, many took this as a hint that, somehow, perhaps Doc Ock had survived his cataclysmic fate at the end of the movie. The more likely reality is that it's just a smart way to reference the events of the previous movie and keep them in our mind, as well as the fact that only Spidey and MJ are truly aware that he's dead: to the authorities, he's still missing and/or at large. Plus, it reinforces how unscrupulous Jameson is, clinging desperately to the Doc Ock story to sell more newspapers. It's still a fun easter egg whatever the explanation, though.
  20. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 5, 2016). "Ryan Murphy Anthology 'Feud,' Starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, Set at FX". Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. ^ Eakin, Marah (June 13, 2016). "Exclusive: Hey Arnold! movie gets a name, hefty slate of returning voice actors". AV Club. 

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