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Alfred Molina

Lowest Rated:   0% Water (1985)
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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
77% The Water Man
  • Actor
2021
90% Promising Young Woman
  • Jordan
2020
30% Henchmen
  • Actor
2020
78% Frozen II
  • King Agnarr
2019
42% Don't Let Go (Relive)
  • Actor
2019
67% Saint Judy
  • Ray Hernandez
2019
88% Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein
  • Actor
2019
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Actor
2018
59% The Front Runner
  • Ben Bradlee
2018
No Score Yet Red
  • Mark Rothko
2018
13% A Family Man
  • Unemployed Engineer
2017
88% Paint It Black
  • Cal
2017
100% Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie
  • Lasombra
2017
78% Justice League Dark
  • Actor
2017
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Ali Massoud Sadiq
$18.4M 2016
No Score Yet Sister Cities
  • Mort
2016
45% Message from the King
  • Preston
2016
39% Secret in Their Eyes
  • Martin Morales
2015
66% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Sergeant
$0.3M 2015
32% We'll Never Have Paris
  • Terry
2015
18% Strange Magic
  • Fairy King
$10.3M 2015
93% Love Is Strange
  • George
$2M 2014
65% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
  • Actor
2014
37% The Truth About Emanuel
  • Dennis
2014
No Score Yet Swelter
  • Doc
2014
94% The Normal Heart
  • Ben Weeks
2014
No Score Yet Return to Zero
  • Robert
2014
No Score Yet Heavenly Sword
  • King Bohan
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 Loving Miss Hatto
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona
  • Narrator
2012
No Score Yet Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
  • Actor
2012
5% Abduction
  • Burton
$27.6M 2011
88% Rango
  • Roadkill
$123.2M 2011
No Score Yet Gauguin: Maker of Myth
  • Paul Gauguin
2011
90% Scott Turow's Innocent
  • Actor
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 Yes Virginia
  • Actor
2010
41% The Little Traitor
  • Sergeant Dunlop
$0.5M 2009
93% An Education
  • Jack
$12.6M 2009
83% Wonder Woman
  • Ares
2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Pepperidge
$36M 2009
24% The Lodger
  • Chandler Manning
2009
54% 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
$1.1M 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
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
26% 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
50% 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
63% 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
39% 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
43% Species
  • Stephen Arden
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Missionary
1995
65% The Perez Family
  • Juan Raul Perez
1995
20% 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
29% 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
67% Ladyhawke
  • Cezar
1985
100% Letter to Brezhnev
  • Sergei
1985
0% Water
  • Pierre
1985
86% Eleni
  • Young Christos
1985
75% Meantime
  • John
1983
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Satipo
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Solar Opposites
2019
  • Voice
  • 2021
  • 2020
No Score Yet Close to the Enemy
2016
  • Harold
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
No Score Yet Big City Greens
2018
  • Voice
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
  • Actor
  • 2020
100% Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
2020
  • Archie
  • 2020
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Mark Rothko
  • 2019
No Score Yet Summer Camp Island
2018
  • Voice
  • 2019
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Rothko
  • 2019
  • 2018
96% Angie Tribeca
2016-2018
  • Dr. Edelweiss
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
91% Feud
2016-2017
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 2017
No Score Yet Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 2017
100% Gravity Falls
2012-2019
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
96% Show Me a Hero
2015
  • Henry J. Spallone
  • 2015
  • 15
95% Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
67% Matador
2014
  • Andrés Galan
  • 2014
94% Rick and Morty
2013-2020
  • Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Harding Hooten
  • 2013
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Eric Sanders
  • 2011
59% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Morales Det. Morales
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Life & Times of Tim
2008-2012
  • Voice
  • 2010
91% Monk
2002-2009
  • Peter Magneri
  • 2007
73% The Company
2007
  • Harvey Torriti aka The Sorcerer
  • 2007
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Gabriel Duvall
  • 2005
28% Bram and Alice
2002
  • Bram Shepherd
  • 2004
  • 2002
8% Ladies Man
1999-2001
  • Producer
  • Jimmy Stiles
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • Actor
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ashenden
1991
  • Carmona
  • 1992
No Score Yet Assistance
2014
  • Daniel Weisinger

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