On Sunday, actor Alfred Molina will be starring in the TNT TV miniseries, “The Company” alongside co-stars Michael Keaton and Chris O’Donnell. In the thee part, six hour series, Molina plays an espionage master Harvey Torriti nicknamed “The Sorcerer” in a recounting of the Cold War from the perspective of CIA and KGB spies. The show follows from the beginning of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. struggle through events such as the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the Bay of Pigs up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The story is based on the historical novel by Robert Littell.

His character may or may not be a real person, but the 54-year-old actor is just grateful that he is not stuck taking only roles that require him to be a father or a younger character’s boss. This role shows how Molina is successfully aging gracefully in Hollywood, being offered roles that fit his preference and not just his age. To prepare for the role, Molina reminisced about his own childhood memories about the Cold War while he was growing up in England, excitedly anticipating a war.

Molina was born on May 24, 1953 in London, England to his father, a Spanish-native who worked as a waiter, and his mother who was born in Italy and worked as a housekeeper. When he was a kid, Fred, as he is called by his friends, watched American shows on TV and learned to imitate an American accent among others. He joined the National Youth Theater and worked there for three seasons until he turned 18. Molina then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama which led him to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he developed a love of the theater. He has since performed on Broadway in 1998’s “Art” which earned him a Tony nomination and more recently in 2004 in “Fiddler on The Roof.”

In 1981, Molina made his film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which he plays Satipo in the opening scene. Early in his career, he also had to take odd jobs to help pay the bills working as a chef, a waiter, a mortuary attendant, and a butler for the railways. Then in 1987, his first major film role came in the film Prick Up Your Ears with Gary Oldman. In the 90’s, he played in Not Without My Daughter, Maverick, The Perez Family, Species, and Boogie Nights. In 2000, he appeared in Chocolat and in 2004, he starred as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. Molina has had an infatuation for America since he was a child, and it appears that his love of the country has not changed. He has lived here for 14 years with his wife, Jill Gascoine and has since become an American citizen. This adopted American actor has earned his place in Hollywood and will continue to be a favorite character actor for years to come. “The Company” premieres August 6 on TNT.


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