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Alfred Molina

Highest Rated:   100% A Whisper To A Roar (2012)
Lowest Rated:   2% Texas Rangers (2001)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
13% A Family Man
  • Unemployed Engineer
2017
90% Paint It Black
  • Cal
2017
71% Justice League Dark
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie
  • Lasombra
2017
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Ali Massoud Sadiq
$18.4M 2016
50% Message from the King
  • Preston
2016
No Score Yet Henchmen
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Sister Cities
  • Mort
2016
38% Secret in Their Eyes
  • Martin Morales
2015
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Sergeant
$0.3M 2015
27% We'll Never Have Paris
  • Terry
2015
18% Strange Magic
  • Fairy King
$10.3M 2015
93% Love Is Strange
  • George
$2M 2014
64% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
  • Actor
2014
36% 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
78% Monsters University
  • Professor Knight
$260.4M 2013
7% 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
4% Abduction
  • Burton
$27.6M 2011
87% 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
41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Maxim Horvath
$63.2M 2010
36% 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
39% The Little Traitor
  • Sergeant Dunlop
$0.5M 2009
95% An Education
  • Jack
$12.6M 2009
88% Wonder Woman
  • Ares
2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Pepperidge
$36M 2009
21% The Lodger
  • Chandler Manning
2009
52% Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Eduardo
$7.5M 2008
100% Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life)
  • Actor
2008
14% The Ten Commandments
  • Ramses
$0.9M 2007
7% Silk
  • Baldabiou
$1.1M 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
85% 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
72% Crónicas
  • Victor
$0.2M 2005
60% Steamboy
  • Dr. Edward Steam
$0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Joan of Arc: Child of War, Soldier of God
  • Narrator
2004
94% Spider-Man 2
  • Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock
$373.4M 2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Alfred
$2M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
44% 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
76% 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
63% Chocolat
  • Comte de Reynaud
2000
84% 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
No Score Yet 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
36% Species
  • Stephen Arden
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Missionary
1995
63% The Perez Family
  • Juan Raul Perez
1995
14% Hideaway
  • Jonas
1995
67% Night of Love
  • Actor
1995
67% 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
83% Enchanted April
  • Mellersh Wilkins
1992
47% 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
93% Prick Up Your Ears
  • Kenneth Halliwell
1987
65% Ladyhawke
  • Cezar
1985
100% A Letter to Brezhnev
  • Sergei
1985
No Score Yet Water
  • Pierre
1985
100% Eleni
  • Young Christos
1985
80% Meantime
  • John
1983
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Satipo
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Feud
2016
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 2017
No Score Yet Angie Tribeca
2016
  • Dr. Edelweiss
  • 2017
  • 2016
98% Rick and Morty
2013
  • Voice
  • 2015
  • 2014
97% Show Me a Hero
2015
  • Henry J. Spallone
  • 2015
  • 15
No Score Yet Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
67% Matador
2014
  • Andrés Galan
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Harding Hooten
  • 2013
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Eric Sanders
  • 2011
57% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Morales Det. Morales
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Life & Times of Tim
2008-2012
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Peter Magneri
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Gabriel Duvall
  • 2005
No Score Yet Assistance
2014
  • Daniel Weisinger

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