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Encyclopedia > Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
Born May 24, 1953 (1953-05-24) (age 54)
Flag of England London, England
Years active 1981-present
Spouse(s) Jill Gascoine

Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. Molina is known for his portrayal of the villain Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 as well as playing key roles in Chocolat, Frida and The Da Vinci Code. is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Jill Gascoine (born April 11, 1937 in Lambeth, London, England) is a British actress. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see Frida (disambiguation). ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 superhero film developed by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, written by Alvin Sargent, and directed by Sam Raimi. ... Chocolat is a 2000 movie based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. ... For other uses, see Frida (disambiguation). ... The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 feature film based on the bestselling 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, by author Dan Brown. ...

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Biography

Early life

Molina was born in London. His father was a Spanish Communist from Madrid who worked as a waiter and chauffeur, while his mother was an Italian housekeeper who also cleaned rooms in a hotel and worked as a cook.[1][2] Molina grew up in a "working-class neighborhood" in Notting Hill[3] that was inhabited by many other immigrant families.[4] He wanted to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[5] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... A chauffeur in Japan A driver in Kerala A chauffeur is one who drives an automobile as a job. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Spartacus by Denis Foyatier, 1830 Spartacus (ca. ... Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a music and dramatic arts school which was founded in 1880 in the City of London, UK. The first Guildhall School was housed in an old warehouse in Aldermanbury, but these premises soon proved too small. ...


Career

He has starred opposite many big names in Hollywood such as Harrison Ford, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, and Tom Cruise in films such as Magnolia, Indiana Jones and Maverick. Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. ... William James Bill Murray (b. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American born Australian actor, director, and producer. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor and for his performances in the films Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. ... Maverick is a 1994 comedy Western movie, based on the 1950s television series Maverick, and created by Roy Huggins. ...


Molina made his film debut in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, but 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 Kenneth Halliwell. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. ... A request has been made on Wikipedia for this article to be deleted. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Prick Up Your Ears is a 1986 film about the gay playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Joe Orton Joe Orton (Born: John Kingsley Orton 1 January 1933, Leicester, England. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Other films include Species, Dudley Do-Right, Chocolat, Not Without My Daughter, and Enchanted April. He has worked twice with Paul Thomas Anderson, first in Boogie Nights and then Magnolia. In 2002, Molina portrayed the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera alongside Salma Hayek in Frida. Species is a 1995 science fiction thriller. ... Dudley Do-Right, was the eponymous hero of a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show which parodied early 20th century melodrama and silent film in the form of the Northern genre. ... Chocolat is a 2000 movie based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. ... Movie Poster Not Without My Daughter is a 1990 film based on the story of American Betty Mahmoodys escape, with her young daughter, from her Muslim husband in the Islamic Republic of Iran. ... Enchanted April is a film based on the 1922 novel The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957), (full name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) was a Mexican painter and muralist born in Guanajuato City, Guanajuato. ... Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Mexican actress, Daytime Emmy-winning director, and an Emmy-nominated tv and film producer. ... For other uses, see Frida (disambiguation). ...


Molina's acting talents have also been enjoyed by theatregoers worldwide. His stage work includes two major Royal National Theatre productions, Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana" (as Shannon) and David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" (as Fox), plus a performance in Yasmina Reza's "Art" (his Broadway debut), for which he received a Tony Award nomination in 1998. Although he did not win, "Art" won the Tony for Best Play. Currently (as of April 2007), Molina stars in the Off-Broadway production of Patrick Marber's "Howard Katz". Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the pseudonym Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. ... A Tony Award for Best Play has been awarded since 1947. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


In 2004, Molina returned to the stage, starring as Tevye in the Broadway version of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. The same year, he had a secondary role in the ecuadorian/mexican production Crónicas, which had John Leguizamo in the starring role. Recent high-profile movie roles include villains Doctor Octopus, in the 2004 Spider-Man sequel, Spider-Man 2, and Bishop Manuel Aringarosa in the 2006 adaptation of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... For the film, see Fiddler on the Roof (film) Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known Tony Award-winning musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Spider-Man is a 2002 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 superhero film developed by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, written by Alvin Sargent, and directed by Sam Raimi. ... Bishop Manuel Aringarosa is a character in the novel, The Da Vinci Code. ... The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 feature film based on the bestselling 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, by author Dan Brown. ... Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the controversial 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. ... This article is about the novel. ...


Personal life

Molina has been married to actress Jill Gascoine since 1985. He has a daughter Rachel (born 1980) from a previous relationship, and two stepsons, from Jill's first marriage. He is also a grandfather to Alfie (born Nov 2003) and Layla (born May 2006). Jill Gascoine (born April 11, 1937 in Lambeth, London, England) is a British actress. ...


Stated on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2-Aug-2007) that he has recently taken US Citizenship.


Filmography

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Trivia

  • His name is an anagram of Manila Folder.

References

  1. ^ http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=544358&pn=2
  2. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1261494,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/03/03/theater.alfred.molina.ap/
  4. ^ http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/2004/jul_aug/CoverStory/index.html
  5. ^ http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800018903/bio

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Alfred Molina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (260 words)
Alfred Molina (born 24 March 1953 in London) is an English actor.
Molina was born in London to a Spanish father and an Italian mother.
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Spider-Man (417 words)
ALFRED MOLINA (Dr. Octavius) is an accomplished and versatile actor with over fifty film, television and theatre productions to his credit.
Molina made his movie debut with a small role in Raiders of the Lost Ark and had a notable role as a Soviet sailor in Letter to Brezhnev.
Molina is set to return to Broadway in January of 2004, starring in Fiddler on the Roof at the Minskoff Theater.
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