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As an actor, director, painter and writer, JORDI MOLLA (Santana) is one of Spain's most recogni- zable artistic personalities. Having trained as an actor at Barcelona's Institut del Teatre, Molla has studied acting in Italy, Hungary and England. As an actor, he has worked on numerous films for such prestigious directors as Bigas Luna, Pedro Almodovar, Peter Greenaway, Montxo Armendariz, Ricardo Franco and Fernando Colomo.

Molla made his Hollywood debut as Colombian drug smuggler Diego Delgado in the critically acclaimed film Blow, opposite Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. He was next seen in Michael Bay's comedy-crime thriller Bad Boys II, opposite Martin Lawrence and Will Smith; John Lee Hancock's The Alamo, opposite Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton and Jason Patric; and Olivier Megaton's Colombiana, with Zoe Saldana. Additionally, he portrayed King Philip II of Spain in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, opposite Cate Blanchett.

Molla first received acclaim in Luna's Jamon Jamon in 1992 and went on to star in three other films by the director including Volaverunt and Sound of the Sea. He has appeared in films including Armendariz' Stories From the Kronen; Almodovar's The Flower of My Secret; and Gerardo Vera's La Celestina and Second Skin, in which he earned a Goya Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Best Leading Actor, respectively. Molla's role as Daniel in Franco's La buena estrella, which co-starred Maribel Verdu, garnered him a Goya Award nomination for Best Leading Actor and a Butaca Award for Best Catalan Film Actor. Molla shared the Best Actor award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and the Ondas Awards.

Molla has starred in all three parts of Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases series; Colomo's Los Anos Barbaros; Daniel Calparsoro's Ausentes; Antonello Belluco's Anthony, Warrior of God and Mateo Gil's Nobody Knows Anybody, for which he was nominated for the Fotogramas de Plata's Best Movie Actor award. Molla's credits include Angelo Longoni's telefilm Caravaggio; Renzo Martinell's The Stone Merchant; Miguel Courtois' GAL; and Steven Soderbergh's Che: Part Two.

Most recently, Molla starred in Cesc Gay's award-winning Gun in Each Hand, and will be seen next in the upcoming independent films I Brake for Gringos and Geography of the Heart.


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