Alfred Molina

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Molina in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Alfredo Molina

Place of Birth: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 24 May, 1953

*Spanish (father)
*Italian (mother)

Alfred Molina is a British actor.

He was born in Kensington, London, England, and was raised in a neighborhood inhabited by many other immigrant families. His father, Esteban Molina, was Spanish, and came to England in 1939. His mother, Giovanna (Bonelli), was Italian, from San Damiano d’Asti, Piedmont, and came to England in the late 1940s. Alfred is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. Alfred was married to actress Jill Gascoine, until her death. He has a daughter. He has also become a U.S. citizen.

Among his many roles, he has played Dr. Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Bishop Manuel Aringarosa in The Da Vinci Code (2006).

Alfred’s maternal grandfather was Alfredo Giacomo Bonelli (the son of Amedeo Bonelli and Francesca Gatto).

Alfred’s maternal grandmother was Maria Bergamasco (the daughter of Domenico Bergamasco and Teresa Bussolino).

Sources: Interview with The Guardian –

Marriage record of Alfred’s maternal grandparents, Alfredo Giacomo Bonelli and Maria Bergamasco –


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. Adrian1Cram says:

    He looks like what he is, white.

  2. Capricious says:

    Could very easily pass as a Persian or Afghani. Something about his eyes.

    My friend who is a mix of these two ethnicities looks exactly like Molina.

  3. andrew says:

    the author of the Guardian article wrote he looks Jewish!

  4. ShawntheGod says:

    Handsome man.

  5. andrew says:

    picture please!

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