Alfred Molina who is best known for his role in TV shows and films like “West End”Spider-Man 2”, “Prick Up Your Ears” and “The Da Vinci Code” is an English-American actor who has been active in the industry since 1978. Throughout his career, he has done more than 200 films.
He is best known for his role as Doctor Octopus in the film “Spider-Man 2”. He is set to make his return in this role in the upcoming Spider-Man film which is set to release in 2021. He is also known for his roles as Robert Aldrich in “Feud” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.
|Full Name||Alfredo Molina.|
|Date of Birth||May 24 of 1953|
|Birth Place||Paddington, London, England|
|Parents||Giovanna and Esteban Molina|
|Wife||Jill Gascoine(died 2020)
|Net Worth||US$ 8 million|
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Alfred Molina’s birth name is Alfredo Molina. He was born to parents Giovanna and Esteban Molina on May 24 of 1953 in Paddington which is located in London, England. His father worked as a waiter and his mother worked as a housekeeper. He spent his early life in Notting Hill in the area where most immigrants lived. He grew up in a working-class neighborhood.
The film named “Spartacus” made him want to become an actor after he watched it at the age of 9. He studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and joined National Youth Theatre. He changed his name to Alfred at the age of 21.
MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
Alfred Molina made his film debut in 1981with the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in which he played the role of Satipo. In 1985, he appeared in the film titled “Letter to Brezhnev” in which he acted as Sergei. The same year, he appeared in the film “Ladyhawke” in which he acted as Cezar and the film “Water” in which he acted as Pierre. In 1987, he appeared in the film “Prick Up Your Ears” in the role of Kenneth Halliwell. The following year, he appeared in the film titled “Manifesto” in which he played the role of Avanti.
In 1989, he acted in the film titled “Virtuoso” in which he played the role of John Ogdon and the film “Rescuers Speaking” in which he acted like an Italian Priest. From 1991 to 2000, he appeared in films like “Hancock” in which he portrayed the role of Tony Hancock, “American Friends” in which he played the role of Oliver Syme, “Enchanted April” in which he portrayed the role of Mellersh Wilkins, “A Year in Provence” in which he acted as Tony Havers.
“Maverick” in which he appeared as Angel, “Species” in which he played the role of Dr. Stephen Arden. “19Mojave Moon ” in which he appeared Sal, “The Impostors” in which he acted as Sir Jeremy Burton and the film “The Miracle Maker” in which he voiced the character of Simon the Pharisee. In 2001, he appeared in the film titled “Murder on the Orient Express” in which he appeared as Hercule Poirot. In “Texas Rangers ” he played the role of King Fisher. In 2002, Alfred Molina appeared in the film “Frida” in the role of Diego Rivera.N2003 saw him appear in the film “My Life Without Me” in the role of Ann’s Father.
In 2004, he appeared in the film “Crónicas” in the role of Victor Hugo Puente. The same year, he appeared in the film “Spider-Man 2” in the iconic role of Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Doctor Octopus. 2006 saw him appear in the film “The Da Vinci Code” in the role of Bishop Manuel Aringarosa and in the film “As You Like It” in the role of Touchstone. In 2007, he appeared in the film “The Hoax” in the role of Dick Suskind, in “Silk” in the role of Baldabiou, and in the film “The Little Traitor” in the role of Sergeant Dunlop to name a few.
2008 saw him act in the film “Nothing like the Holidays” in the role of Edy Rodriguez. The following year, in 2009, Alfred Molina appeared in the film “An Education” as Jack Mellor and in the film “The Pink Panther 2” as Randall Pepperidge to name a few. In 2010, he acted as Stefano in the film titled “The Tempest”, as Sheik Tamar in the film “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in which he acted as Maxim Horvath.
From 2011 to 2015, he appeared in the films “Abduction” in which he acted as Frank Burton, “Rango” in which he voiced Roadkill, “The Forger” in which he appeared as Everly Campbell, “The Truth About Emanuel” in which he acted as Dennis, “Love Is Strange” in which he portrayed the character of George and “The Secret in Their Eyes” in which he acted as Martin Morales. In 2016, Alfred Molina appeared in “Little Men” as Hernán, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” in which he portrayed Ali Massoud Sadiq, “Message from the King” in which he portrayed Preston, and “A Family Man” in which he acted as Lou Wheeler.
In 2017, he appeared in “Justice League Dark” in the voice role of Destiny. In 2019, he appeared in the film “Don’t Let Go” in the role of Howard Keleshian, “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” in which he acted as Aubrey Fields, and in the film “The Devil Has a Name” in which he acted as Big Boss. The same year, he voiced King Agnarr in ”Frozen II”.In 2020, he appeared in “Promising Young Woman” as Jordan. In 2021, he will be playing the role of Doctor Octopus once again in an untitled Spider-Man film. The film is still in the process of filming.
Alfred Molina and Jill Gascoine got married in 1986. Jill was an actress/novelist. Their marriage took place in Tower Hamlets located in London. He got his US citizenship in 2004 and he lives in his home in La Cañada in Los Angeles. He is multilingual and speaks several languages like Spanish, English, and Italian. He is an advocate for AIDS and he actively donates to research related to AIDS. His wife Jill passed away in April of 2020. They were together till her death. The cause of her death was Alzheimer’s disease. He has three children. He started a relationship with Jennifer Lee in 2019.
Height, Weight, and Age
Alfred Molina stands 1.89 meters tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds. As of December of 2020, he is 67 years old.
Alfred Molina isn’t active on any social media platforms as of December of 2020. This might be because he is from a generation that didn’t grow up on the internet.
Alfred Molina’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 8 million as of December 2020. He makes most of his fortune from acting in various films and TV shows.