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
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:
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.