Alfred Molina

Lowest Rated: 2% Texas Rangers (2001)
Birthday: May 24, 1953
Birthplace: London, England, UK
The son of a Spanish waiter and an Italian housekeeper, Molina was born in London on May 24, 1953. Educated at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he began his career as one half of a street-corner comedy team but then turned to acting. While most thesps start at the bottom and ascend the ladder, Molina is an anomaly: he began at the top of the heap, first earning professional credibility (and his pedigree) as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and debuting cinematically in no less than Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), as the devious South American guide who leaves Harrison Ford for dead in an ancient temple before meeting his own end, courtesy of a particularly nasty booby trap. His subsequent resume for the rest of that decade reads like a "best of 1980s International Film": supporting roles in Mike Leigh's Meantime (1981), Peter Yates's Eleni (1985) , Richard Donner's Ladyhawke (1985),Chris Bernard's Letter to Brezhnev and Dusan Makavejev's Manifesto (1989), to name only a few. His contribution to Chris Bernard's gently underplayed, low-budget comedy Brezhnev (1985) (which, like Raiders, takes advantage of his slightly dark, Mediterranean complexion) is particularly a standout. He plays a Russian sailor who picks up Margi Clarke's Liverpool blue-collar worker Teresa King during leave, and whose only comprehensible line gives the film its biggest laugh: "Leeverpool. Bittles... Ahhhhh." Molina would spend the next several years appearing in a number of films, like An Education, as well as a number of TV projects like Harry's Law, Law & Order: L.A., and Roger & Val Have Just Got In.But Molina's most impressive contribution to cinema came in 1986, when he joined two fellow Brits, director Stephen Frears and actor Gary Oldman - and turned everyone's head in the process - in Prick Up Your Ears. That film, adapted from eccentric playwright Joe Orton's autobiography, casts Molina as Kenneth Halliwell, Orton's homosexual lover and eventual murderer, opposite Oldman. Practically unrecognizable as the bald, severely unhinged Halliwell, Molina is at once terrifying and pathetic, and gleaned a number of positive notices for his performance, though, for some odd reason, it was criminally overlooked at awards ceremonies and failed to earn Molina any acting laurels. A few years later, Molina joined the cast of Not Without My Daughter (1990). In this true-life account (adapted from Betty Mahmoody's memoir), he plays Moody, a Persian husband who takes his American wife (Sally Field) and daughter to Iran under the guise of "vacation," and virtually imprisons them, forcing her to plot escape. The role (and film) gleaned some controversy for its portrayal of Islam, but (the bearded) Molina glistened with dark, brooding intensity characteristic of the actor's finest work. Molina offered more sympathetic portrayals in such films as Mike Newell's Enchanted April (1992), Species (1995), and Mira Nair's The Perez Family (1995), as a Cuban immigrant struggling to make a new life for himself in Miami. In Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Molina evoked a deranged playboy precariously teetering on the edge of insanity - a role that further evinced boundless courage. 1999's ridiculous Dudley-do-Right, however (in which Molina) played the villain), didn't serve him as well; neither he, nor Brendan Fraser, nor Sarah Jessica Parker managed to rise above the silly script. Far more impressive (albeit smaller in scope) was the actor's sophomore collaboration with Anderson, that year's Magnolia, in a fleeting role as Solomon Solomon, the owner of the electronics shop where William H. Macy's Donnie Smith works. During 1999 and thereafter, Molina attempted to break into television sitcoms (1999's Ladies Man, 2002's Bram and Alice), but none of these efforts panned out. He continued to garner positive notices during this period, however, for his roles in such films as 2000's Chocolat and 2002's Frida. Molina earned a Screen


Highest Rated Movies



47% Don't Let Go (Relive) Actor 2019
58% Saint Judy Ray Hernandez 2019
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet Actor 2018
60% The Front Runner Ben Bradlee 2018
No Score Yet Red Mark Rothko 2018
13% A Family Man Unemployed Engineer 2017
87% Paint It Black Cal 2017
78% Justice League Dark Actor 2017
100% Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Lasombra 2017
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Ali Massoud Sadiq $18.4M 2016
40% Message from the King Preston 2016
No Score Yet Henchmen Actor 2016
No Score Yet Sister Cities Mort 2016
39% Secret in Their Eyes Martin Morales 2015
66% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Sergeant $0.3M 2015
33% We'll Never Have Paris Terry 2015
16% Strange Magic Fairy King $10.3M 2015
94% Love Is Strange George $2M 2014
65% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne Actor 2014
34% The Truth About Emanuel Dennis 2014
No Score Yet Return to Zero Robert 2014
No Score Yet Heavenly Sword King Bohan 2014
No Score Yet Swelter Doc 2014
94% The Normal Heart Ben Weeks 2014
80% Monsters University Professor Knight $260.4M 2013
13% Justin and the Knights of Valour Actor 2013
100% A Whisper To A Roar Narrator 2012
No Score Yet The Forger Everly Campbell 2012
No Score Yet Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona Narrator 2012
No Score Yet Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Actor 2012
No Score Yet Loving Miss Hatto Actor 2012
5% Abduction Burton $27.7M 2011
88% Rango Roadkill $123.2M 2011
90% Scott Turow's Innocent Actor 2011
No Score Yet Gauguin: Maker of Myth Paul Gauguin 2011
30% The Tempest Stephano $0.3M 2010
40% The Sorcerer's Apprentice Maxim Horvath $63.2M 2010
37% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Sheikh Amar $90.8M 2010
No Score Yet Carmel Actor 2010
No Score Yet Yes Virginia Actor 2010
41% The Little Traitor Sergeant Dunlop $0.5M 2009
94% An Education Jack $12.6M 2009
82% Wonder Woman Ares 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Pepperidge $36M 2009
21% The Lodger Chandler Manning 2009
53% Nothing Like the Holidays Eduardo $7.5M 2008
100% Modern Life (Profils paysans: la vie moderne) Actor 2008
18% The Ten Commandments Ramses $0.9M 2007
7% Silk Baldabiou $1.2M 2007
No Score Yet Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Company Harvey Torriti aka The Sorcerer 2007
No Score Yet The Moon and the Stars Actor 2007
86% The Hoax Richard Suskind $7.1M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Simon the Pharisee 2007
36% As You Like It Touchstone 2006
25% The Da Vinci Code Bishop Aringarosa $217.6M 2006
63% Wired to Win Narrator 2005
71% Crónicas Victor $0.2M 2005
59% Steamboy Dr. Edward Steam $0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Joan of Arc: Child of War, Soldier of God Narrator 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock $373.4M 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes Alfred $2M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Actor 2004
45% Luther Johann Tetzel $5.7M 2003
65% My Life Without Me Ann's father $0.3M 2003
62% Identity Doctor $51.5M 2003
40% Undertaking Betty Boris Plots 2003
75% Frida Diego Rivera $25.7M 2002
2% Texas Rangers Fisher 2001
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot 2001
62% Chocolat Comte de Reynaud 2000
83% Magnolia Solomon 1999
16% Dudley Do-Right Snidely Whiplash 1999
62% The Impostors Jeremy Burton 1999
No Score Yet Pete's Meteor Hugh 1998
No Score Yet The Treat Colonel 1998
67% The Break Tulo 1998
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Couples Emile Tacquet 1998
41% The Man Who Knew Too Little Boris 1997
93% Boogie Nights Rahad Jackson 1997
No Score Yet Mojave Moon Sal 1997
26% Anna Karenina Constantin Levin 1997
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring Denis Brabant 1996
No Score Yet When Pigs Fly Actor 1996
32% Before and After Panos Demeris 1996
44% Species Stephen Arden 1995
71% Dead Man Missionary 1995
65% The Perez Family Juan Raul Perez 1995
14% Hideaway Jonas 1995
67% Night of Love Actor 1995
66% Maverick Angel 1994
71% White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Rev. Drury 1994
46% Cabin Boy Actor 1994
33% The Trial Titorelli 1993
No Score Yet When Pigs Fly Marty 1993
84% Enchanted April Mellersh Wilkins 1992
50% Not Without My Daughter Moody 1991
No Score Yet American Friends Syme 1991
No Score Yet Blat Actor 1991
No Score Yet Manifesto Avanti 1989
94% Prick Up Your Ears Kenneth Halliwell 1987
64% Ladyhawke Cezar 1985
100% A Letter to Brezhnev Sergei 1985
No Score Yet Water Pierre 1985
100% Eleni Young Christos 1985
71% Meantime John 1983
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Satipo 1981


96% Angie Tribeca
Dr. Edelweiss
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91% Feud
Robert Aldrich
  • 2017
No Score Yet Feud: Bette and Joan
Robert Aldrich
  • 2017
100% Gravity Falls
  • 2016
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96% Show Me a Hero
Henry J. Spallone
  • 2015
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No Score Yet Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  • 2014
67% Matador
Andrés Galan
  • 2014
94% Rick and Morty
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
  • 2013
52% Monday Mornings
Harding Hooten
  • 2013
43% Harry's Law
Eric Sanders
  • 2011
59% Law & Order: LA
Morales Det. Morales
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No Score Yet The Life & Times of Tim
  • 2010
90% Monk
Peter Magneri
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Gabriel Duvall
  • 2005
8% Ladies Man
Jimmy Stiles Producer
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ashenden
  • 1992
No Score Yet Assistance
Daniel Weisinger
No Score Yet Solar Opposites