How much is Alfred Molina worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million
|Date of Birth:||May 24, 1953|
Who Is Alfred Molina
Molina was born in Paddington, London, May 24, 1953, to an Italian mother who was a hotel housekeeper and cook. Esteban Molina, his father, was a Spanish immigrant who grew up in Madrid. He worked as a waiter. The family lived in a blue-collar neighborhood in Notting Hill.
Early Life and the Love Affair With Films
Molina says his love of films and acting began when he was 9 years old and saw the movie Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas. Molina attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Notting Hill.
In 1977, he became a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared in several productions with the company, including King Lear. Because of his height, he stands just over 6-foot-2, Molina strikes a commanding presence on the stage.
In 1979, he grabbed the attention of London theater-goers with his performance as the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Making It Big in America
Many Americans first took notice of Molina when he played a supporting role in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. He earned $2,500 a week for that performance, he has said.
During the 1980s, Molina became a fixture in BBC television dramas. In the 1990s, he played a number of memorable supporting roles in a wide-spectrum of films, among them: Enchanted April, A Year in Provence, Maverick, Cabin Boy, Species, Boogie Nights, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Magnolia and Chocolat.
Perhaps his most heralded and well-known movie performance came in 2002 when he played the artist Diego Rivera in Frida, co-starring opposite Salma Hayek. Other recent noteworthy performances include Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, The Pink Panther 2, As You Like It and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
He has appeared frequently in television dramas in the United States, including Law & Order: LA and Harry’s Law.
U.S. Citizenship Test Came Easily
Molina lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jill Gascoine, a British actress and novelist. He has done charity work in Southern California for AIDS groups.
Molina became a United States citizen in 2004. He told British media outlets he studied hard and was ready for a difficult naturalization test but a sympathetic examiner went easy on him.
“I was well-prepared for all the questions but the guy apparently recognized me, from Spider-Man 2, I think,” he said. “He smiled, nodded, asked me a couple of easy questions and that was that.”
Growing up with an Italian immigrant mother and a Spanish immigrant father, Molina has an acute and personal understanding of the challenges facing immigrants.
“I like being an American citizen,” he has said often. “The United States has been very generous to me. Somehow, I feel I’m living the dream of many immigrants who want to come here and succeed in this country. That’s why I wanted to be American.”