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MICHAEL PEÑA 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 notable 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 has worked on a range of films in the past year, including Sony's epic alien invasion film, Battle: Los Angeles, directed by Jonathon Leibesman and starring alongside Aaron Eckhart and Bridget Moynahan. He also recently shot the independent film Everything Must Go alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall. Additionally, Peña will be seen in the dark comedy indie feature, The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom.

Furthermore, Peña will appear in Season Two of HBO's East Bound and Down, starring Danny McBride. McBride and Peña have teamed up again and just started shooting the independent feature 30 Minutes or Less, also with Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Rueben Fleischer. This summer he will also be shooting Lincoln Lawyer alongside Matthew McConaughey.

Peña's film credits include The Lucky Ones, co-starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins; Jody Hill's comedy Observe and Report with Seth Rogen; Robert Redford's political drama Lions for Lambs, along with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; and Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thriller My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done with Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny.

Peña's other noteworthy credits consist of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, which chronicled the heroism of American servicemen in the direct aftermath of the September 11th attacks; Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby; Matthew Ryan Hoge's The United States of Leland; Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers; Antoine Fuqua's Shooter; and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel.

On television, Peña also starred 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, Pena received an Imagen Award for Best Actor in the television category for his performance. He also guest appeared on the FX 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 Bogdonovich's To Sir, With Love 2, starring Sidney Poitier.


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