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ALFRED MOLINA is an accomplished and versatile actor with more than 70 film, television and theater productions to his credit. He reunites with Lasse Hallstrom on THE HOAX, after having starred in the director's CHOCOLAT with Johnny Depp. Molina recently completed the feature THE LITTLE TRAITOR, an adaptation of the award-winning Amos Oz novel, Panther in the Basement. Produced by Marilyn Hall and written and directed by Lynn Roth, the movie will be released in 2007. Also, in Fall of 2007 comes the HBO film AS YOU LIKE IT starring opposite Bryce Dallas Howard for director Kenneth Branagh. Molina also recently finished filming the mini-series "The Company” for producers Sir Ridley Scott, John Calley and TNT.

Most recently, he has been seen in Ron Howard's blockbuster THE DA VINCI CODE and received rave reviews as the groundbreaking villain Dr. Ock in the highly successful sequel SPIDER-MAN 2 for director Sam Raimi.

On stage, Molina has completed a run at the Mark Taper Forum of "The Cherry Orchard” opposite Annette Bening. His history in the theatre has been recognized with two Tony nominations, for "Fiddler on the Roof” and for "Art,” as well as a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for "Art.” He will next be seen in March 2007 in playwright Patrick Mawber's "Howard Katz” for the Roundabout Theatre.

His film roles also include starring as Diego Rivera in FRIDA opposite Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Geoffrey Rush and Ashley Judd, earning him Best Supporting Actor nominations from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Critics Association. Molina also appeared in Columbia Pictures' thriller IDENTITY opposite John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, the Jim Jarmusch film COFFEE AND CIGARETTES and the Miramax release UNDERTAKING BETTY, a comedy with Brenda Blethyn, Naomi Watts and Christopher Walken.

Molina made his movie debut with a small role in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and had a notable role as a Soviet sailor in LETTER TO BREZHNEV. His breakthrough role came in 1987 when he portrayed Kenneth Halliwell, the tragic lover of Joe Orton, in PRICK UP YOUR EARS. In 1997, Molina earned accolades for his powerful performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's BOOGIE NIGHTS, which won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a theatrical motion picture. His other films include THE IMPOSTORS, ANNA KARENINA, SPECIES, THE PEREZ FAMILY, MAVERICK, ENCHANTED APRIL, PETE'S METEOR, NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER, DUDLEY DORIGHT and TEXAS RANGERS. For television, Molina served as a producer and actor for the CBS situation comedy "Ladies Man” co-starring Sharon Lawrence and Betty White.

Molina made his Broadway debut in 1998 in the Tony-winning play "Art” with Alan Alda and Victor Garber. In addition to a Best Actor Tony nomination, he received a Drama Desk Award for his performance, and the production was honored with an Outer Circle Critics Award for best ensemble. He starred in the off-Broadway production of "Molly Sweeney,” for which he was received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Debut Performance. His other theater credits include roles in two Royal National Theatre productions, "Night of the Iguana” and David Mamet's "Speed the Plow,” for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, and "Serious Money” for the Royal Court Theatre. Molina also received an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in "Oklahoma” at the Palace.

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