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Biography #2 (for Spider-Man 2)

Alfred Molina is an accomplished and versatile actor with more than 50 film, television and theater productions to his credit. Molina recently starred as Diego Rivera in Frida opposite Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Geoffrey Rush and Ashley Judd. His performance earned him Best Supporting Actor nominations from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Molina also appeared in the hit Columbia Pictures thriller Identity opposite John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, as well as Plots With A View with Brenda Blethyn, Naomi Watts and Christopher Walken. He appeared opposite Juliet Binoche and Johnny Depp in director Lasse Hallstrom's critically acclaimed Chocolat, as the narrow-minded mayor of a small French town.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. His breakthrough role came in 1987 when he portrayed Kenneth Halliwell, the tragic lover of Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears. In 1998, Molina earned accolades for his powerful performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's film Boogie Nights, which won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture. His other films include The Impostors, Anna Karenina, Species, The Perez Family, Maverick, Enchanted April, Pete's Meteor, Not Without My Daughter, Dudley Do-Right and Texas Rangers. For television, Molina served as a producer and actor for the CBS situation comedy Ladies Man, co-starring Sharon Lawrence and Betty White. He also starred in another sitcom, Bram and Alice. Molina made his Broadway debut in 1998 in the Tony winning play Art with Alan Alda and Victor Garber. In addition to his own Best Actor Tony nomination, he received a Drama Desk Award for his performance, and the production was honored for its ensemble work with an Outer Circle Critics Award. He starred in the off-Broadway production of Molly Sweeney, for which he was honored with a Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Most Outstanding Debut Performance. His other theater credits include roles in two Royal National Theater productions, Night of the Iguana and David Mamet's Speed the Plow, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance. He also starred in Serious Money at the Royal Court Theater and on the West End. Molina also received an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Oklahoma at the Palace Theater. Molina returned to Broadway earlier this year as the star of Fiddler on the Roof at the Minskoff Theater.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Spider-Man 2" (26-Jun-2004)


Biography #3 (for Identity)

Alfred Molina is an accomplished actor with appearances in over 50 film and television productions as well as an extensive theatrical career.

Born of a Spanish father and Italian mother in London, Molina studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His stage work includes two major Royal National Theatre productions, Speed The Plow and Night of The Iguana (as Shannon) and his Broadway debut in 1998 in the Tony Award winning okay Art with Victor Garber and Alan Alda. In addition to his own Best Actor Tony nomination, Molina received a Drama Desk Award for his performance. The production was also honored with an Outer Circle Critics Award for best ensemble.

Other theatrical performances of note include a starring role in the off-Broadway production of Molly Sweeney, for which Molina garnered a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Most Outstanding Debut Performance.

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 but had his breakthrough movie role came in 1987 when he played the role of Kenneth Halliwell, the tragic lover of Joe Orton is Prick Up Your Ears.

In 1998, Molina won accolades for his powerful performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's film Boogie Nights, which won the Screen Actors Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture. Anderson also cast Molina in Magnolia. Other film credits include The Imposters, Anna Karenina, Species, The Perez Family, Maverick, Enchanted April, Not Without My Daughter, Dudley-Do-Right, Texas Rangers and Chocolat, as the mayor of a small 1950s French town who tries to shut down a chocolate store.

Molina was last seen in the movie Frida, as real life master painter Diego Rivera married to artist Frida Kahol portrayed by Salma Hayek. On television he co-starred and produced the CBS sitcom Ladies Man.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Identity" (01-Jan-2000)


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