Thursday, March 6, 2008
Molina was born Alfredo Molina in London. Molina grew up in Notting Hill. He decided to become an actor after seeing Spartacus at the age of nine, and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Molina made his film debut with a minor role 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. In 2002, Molina portrayed the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera alongside Salma Hayek in Frida.
Molina performed in Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play Art, for which he received a Tony nomination in 1998. Molina in 2004 returned to the stage, starring as Tevye in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. For his performance he once again received a Tony Award nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Musical.
Molina is a U.S. citizen.