Alfred Molina, Actor

Happy Birthday to Alfred Molina, a British born American actor with a Spanish father.  One of Molina’s greatest bursts of artistic inspiration was fellow Brit Anthony Hopkins.  In an interview with “Back Stage West”, Molina recalled that, “the way he [Hopkins] worked, his demeanor onstage–he looked like a regular guy. And I thought, People like me can do this. My dad was a waiter. My mother cleaned rooms in hotels. So it was a big sort of eye-opening moment.”  And a person like him has done this.  Molina has starred in commercially successful films such as Frida, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Spiderman 2, The Da Vinci Code, and cross culturally on Broadway as the Jewish Fiddler on the Roof.  Our favorite is Molina’s role as the stuffy, judgmental mayor who is ultimately enlightened by chocolate and humanity in the film, Chocolat.