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MICHAEL PEÑA (Chango) 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.

In November, Peña will star alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the Brett Ratner action film Tower Heist. He is currently shooting the ensemble feature The Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. The film is set in the 50's chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles. He is also in pre-production in the independent film End of Watch, which centers on the long time friendship of two cops. Peña will star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Peña has worked on a range of films in the past year, including the independent film Everything Must Go alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall; the dark comedy indie feature, The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom; and most recently in the action film Battle: Los Angeles.

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 recently re-teamed with Danny McBride on the second season of HBO's "Eastbound and Down." He also appeared 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 Bogdonovich's To Sir, With Love 2, starring Sidney Poitier.

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