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ALFRED MOLINA (Ben Bradlee) is an accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances has led to a lengthy and triumphant career. Effortlessly moving between film, TV and theatre, Molina is an authentic artist who is able to morph into a diverse mix of nationalities and personalities.

As a chameleon actor, Molina possesses an uncanny ability to nail character driven roles. Some of his most unforgettable performances include portraying hedonistic Mexican muralist Diego Rivera in the multi-award nominated film Frida opposite Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor (SAG Awards nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role), Jewish milkman Teyve in the 2004 Broadway revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (Tony nominated for Best Actor), deranged drug dealer Rahad Jackson in the critically acclaimed film Boogie Nights for director Paul Thomas Anderson and comic book villain Doc Ock in the blockbuster hit sequel Spider-Man 2 opposite Tobey Maguire for director Sam Raimi.

Molina started his career with an education at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and quickly gained membership into England's prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed in classics like "Troilus and Cressida" and new original works like "Frozen Assets" and "Dingo." In 1979, he won acclaim and the Plays and Players Award as Most Promising New Actor as The Maniac in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist." Two years later, Molina found himself on the big screen making his debut in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark which led to roles in such classics as Richard Donner's Ladyhawke (1985), Brian Gilbert's Not Without my Daughter (1991), BBC series The Accountant (1989) as well as a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor and a breakout role in Stephen Frears' drama Prick Up Your Ears opposite Gary Oldman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Molina's career continued to soar in the following decade with roles in Mike Newell's beloved Golden Globe Award nominee Enchanted April, David Jones' adaptation of Kafka's novel The Trial and the comic western Maverick, reuiniting with Richard Donner. Other notable works include Dead Man, Anna Karenina, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Stanley Tucci's The Impostors and his turn in Ladies Man, marking his first foray into American television and producing. Molina reteamed with Paul Thomas Anderson for Magnolia, garnering a SAG nomination for the film's cast. The next decade found Molina perfecting his craft with roles in such films as Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat, which resulted in a SAG nomination for the film's cast, the Guillermo Del Toro / Alfonso Cuaron produced Cronicas, Ron Howard's adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, the Golden Globe nominated miniseries The Company and Lynn Roth's The Little Traitor. In 2009, Molina appeared in Lone Scherfig's multi-award nominated "An Education", receiving a nomination from the BAFTA Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role opposite Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard.

A true thespian at heart, however, Molina never strayed far from the stage with notable performances in the Royal National Theatre's 1989 production of David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" and the 1992 production of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana". He went on to accomplish three Tony nominated runs for Best Actor in "Art," "Fiddler on the Roof," and the long running, multi Tony Award winning John Logan play "Red" (2009/2010) in which Molina portrayed the artist Mark Rothko. Since then, he has worked with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer on two blockbusters: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He portrayed Stefano in Julie Taymor's The Tempest, starred in the hit BBC sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In and took starring roles on Law and Order: LA and Monday Mornings. Molina has received a Spotlight Award for his work in Francesca Gregorini's The Truth About Emmanuel and also starred opposite John Lithgow in the critically acclaimed Love is Strange, which garnered him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He went on to land a role on Matador for Robert Rodriguez's newly launched El Rey network.

Molina has also showed off his chops in HBO's critically acclaimed miniseries Show Me a Hero, in the HBO film The Normal Heart (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor), the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca, the films Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Sister Cities and British period drama miniseries Close to the Enemy. A true performer in every sense, Molina can not only be seen but also heard voicing roles in animated films and shows including Yes, Virginia, The Life & Times of Tim, Rango, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, Gravity Falls, Monster's University, Rick and Morty, Penn Zero: Part Time Hero and Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie. His voice can be heard on audio books such as: John Williams' "Stoner," Max Brookss "World War Z," Stephen Mitchell's translation of The Iliad, "The Chopin Manuscript" and its sequel "The Copper Bracelet"; and video games such as: "Spiderman 2" and "Elder Scrolls Online."

Recently, Molina was seen in Tom Holloway's play "And No More Shall We Part" for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (2017), "A Long Day's Journey into Night" for the Geffen Playhouse, Showtime's comedy-drama series I'm Dying Up Here; the films Breakable You, Message from the King and A Family Man; and the much lauded FX series Feud: Bette and Joan (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor). Still in the pipeline are the feature films Road to Capri opposite Virginia Madsen, The Devil Has A Name for director Edward James Olmos, Saint Judy for director Sean Hanish, and animated film Henchman for Bron Studios. Molina most recently wrapped up a run at Wyndham's Theater in London where he reprised his role as Mark Rothko in the multi Tony Award winning John Logan play "Red."

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