MICHAEL PENA (Tito) has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide range of performances, and who has worked with an impressive roster of award winning directors. Pena earned notable recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis' provocative Oscar- winning filmCrash, alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Pena garnered multiple best ensemble nominations for his role asDaniel the locksmith, winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the ensemble's work.
In September 2012, Michael was seen in the critically acclaimedEnd of Watch, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is abouttwo young officers in South Central LA who are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.For his role as Officer Zavala, Michael was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and the film was recognized by the National Board of Review as one of theTop 10 Independent Films of the year.
In March of 2014 Penawill be seen as civil rightand labor organizerCesar ChavezinChavez.The film is directed by Diego Luna and produced by Canana and Mr. Mudd.
InJanuary 2013, Pena was seen in theensemble feature Gangster Squadopposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. The film is set in the 1950s and chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep theEast Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles.
Pena has worked on a range of films in the past year, including the independent filmEverything Must Go Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall; the dark comedy indie feature,The Good Doctor,starring Orlando Bloom; and in the action filmBattle: Los Angeles, he was nominated for a 2011 ALMA award.
Pena's film credits also includeThe Lucky Ones, co-starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins; Jody Hill's comedy Observe and Reportwith Seth Rogen; Robert Redford's political dramaLions for Lambs, also starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; and Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thrillerMy Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny.
Pena'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'sMillion Dollar Baby; Matthew Ryan Hoge'sThe United States of Leland; Gregor Jordan'sBuffalo Soldiers; Antoine Fuqua's Shooter;Brett Ratner'sTower Heistand Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu'sBabel.
On television, Pena 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."
Pena appeared on the F/X drama "The Shield," during its fourth season, starring opposite series lead Michael Chiklis, as well as Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson. Other television credits include Steven Spielberg's NBC series "Semper Fi."
Raised in Chicago, Pena began acting when he beat out hundreds of others in an open call for a role in Peter Bogdonovich'sTo Sir, With Love 2,starring Sidney Poitier.
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