35 Facts About Alfred Molina


Alfred Molina was born on Alfredo Molina; 24 May 1953 and is an English-American actor known for his work on the stage and screen.


Alfred Molina made his film debut as Satipo in Raiders of the Lost Ark and his Broadway debut as Yvan in a production of Art from 1998 to 1999.


Alfred Molina has voiced characters in Rango, Monsters University, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen II, and DC League of Super-Pets.


Alfred Molina received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Frida, and has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Tony Awards.


Alfred Molina was born Alfredo Molina on 24 May 1953 in the Paddington district of London.


Alfred Molina's father, Esteban J Molina, was a Spanish immigrant from Murcia, who came to England in 1939, and worked as a waiter and chauffeur.


Alfred Molina's mother, Giovanna, was an Italian immigrant who moved to Britain after World War II, and who cleaned rooms in a hotel, and worked as a cook and housekeeper.


Alfred Molina decided to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as auditioning for and becoming a member of the National Youth Theatre.


Alfred Molina appeared with Leonard Rossiter in the sitcom The Losers.


Alfred Molina made his film debut with a minor role alongside Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark as Indiana Jones' ill-fated guide, Satipo, during its iconic opening sequence.


Alfred Molina stated in an interview in 2013 that he owes his stage and film career to the Indiana Jones series.


Alfred Molina was originally cast as Arnold Rimmer in the TV sitcom Red Dwarf, but was replaced by Chris Barrie.


In 1995, Alfred Molina starred with Marisa Tomei in The Perez Family, playing Cuban refugees who pretend to be married so they can more easily stay in America.


In 2000, Alfred Molina appeared in Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat which received critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.


Alfred Molina gained wide recognition for his portrayal of Diego Rivera alongside Salma Hayek in the biopic Frida, a role for which he gained BAFTA and SAG award nominations.


Alfred Molina reprised his role in the video game adaptation.


In 2006, Alfred 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.


Alfred Molina provided the voice of the villain Ares in the 2009 animated film Wonder Woman.


In 2004, Alfred Molina returned to the stage, starring as Tevye in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.


Alfred Molina received his third Tony Award nomination for Red in 2010, for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.


In 2007, Alfred Molina narrated a 17-part original audiobook for Audible.


On 1 April 2010, Alfred Molina 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.


Alfred Molina had played the role to much critical success at the Donmar Warehouse in London in December 2009 and revisited that role at the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End in 2018.


Alfred Molina is a patron of the performing arts group Theatretrain.


Alfred Molina is 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.


Alfred Molina received critical praise for the film as well as awards attention received nominations from the Primetime Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for his performance.


In 2020, Alfred Molina appeared in David Oyelowo's drama The Water Man, and Emerald Fennell's black comedy thriller Promising Young Woman.


Alfred Molina later confirmed that he would actually be reprising his role as the Spider-Man 2 incarnation of Doctor Octopus in No Way Home, retconning his character's apparent death at the end of the former film.


On 2 September 2021, it was announced that Alfred Molina was set to star in Amazon Prime police drama series Three Pines, which comes from The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures.


Alfred Molina plays Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, the lead character from Louise Penny's book series, he serves as executive producer for the show.


In 1986, Alfred Molina married actress Jill Gascoine in Tower Hamlets, London.


Alfred Molina is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French.


Alfred Molina donates towards AIDS research, participates in the Los Angeles AIDS Walk and appeared as himself in a documentary produced by Joseph Kibler about Kibler's life titled Walk On, first screened in 2013.


In November 2019, director Jennifer Lee confirmed that she's in a relationship with Alfred Molina, later marrying in August 2021.


When playing the role of Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody in Not Without My Daughter, Alfred Molina was once assaulted on his way to a rehearsal by a man who mistook him for the real Mahmoody.