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MICHAEL PEÑA (Nick Memphis) has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide range of performances who has worked with an impressive roster of award-winning directors. Peña earned recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis' provocative Oscar®-winning film "Crash,” alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Critically acclaimed for the film's interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America, Peña has garnered multiple Best Ensemble nominations for his role as Daniel, the locksmith, winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the cast's performance.

Peña will next be seen in director Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs,” in which he stars with Redford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Derek Luke.

He was recently seen in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel” and Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center.” Chronicling the heroism of American first responders in the direct aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Peña stars opposite Nicolas Cage as a truelife based Port Authority policeman who becomes trapped while trying to evacuate others.

Peña's other credits include Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby,” Matthew Ryan Hoge's "The United States of Leland” and Gregor Jordan's "Buffalo Soldiers.”

On television, Peña was most recently seen starring in the HBO film "Walkout,” based on the true story of a young Mexican- American high school teacher who helped stage a massive student walkout in the mid-1960s. He also appeared last year on the F/X drama "The Shield” for its fourth season as one of the central leads opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson. Other television credits include Steven Spielberg's NBC series "Semper Fi.” Raised in Chicago, Peña began acting when he beat out hundreds of others in an open call for a role in Peter Bogdanovich's "To Sir, With Love 2,” starring Sidney Poitier.

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