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MICHAEL PENA has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide
range of performances and
has worked with an impressive roster of award-winning directors. Pena earned
notable recognition for his
performance in Paul Haggis' provocative Oscar-winning film Crash, alongside Don
Cheadle, Matt Dillon
and Terrence Howard. Pena garnered multiple Best Ensemble nominations for his
performance as Daniel
the locksmith, winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast
Film Critics Association for
the cast's performance. In 2013, he was seen in the David O. Russell film
American Hustle, which won a
Golden Globe, as well as ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the
Broadcast Film Critics. It
was also nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award.
In 2015, he was seen in two films to cross the $500 million mark; the heist film
Ant Man, starring opposite
Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, and The Martian, opposite Matt Damon and Jessica
Chastain. The Martian
premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win a Golden Globe, was
named Top Film by the
National Board of Review, and was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award. He is
currently in production
on Marvel's Ant Man and The Wasp to be released in summer 2019.
He can next be seen in Horse Soldiers, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Michael
Shannon and in the thriller
Extinction opposite Lizzy Caplan, both out in January 2018. He can also be seen
in A Wrinkle in Time,
opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine and can be heard in the highly
anticipated The LEGO
He was most recently seen in Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith; War on
Everyone, opposite Alexander
Skarsgard, and the Comedy CHiPS. In 2014, Pena starred as civil rights leader
and labor organizer Cesar
Chavez in Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna. He was also seen in the drama
Graceland, and in David
Ayer's Fury, with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. In 2012, he was seen in the
critically acclaimed End of Watch,
which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. For his performance as Officer
Zavala, Pena was nominated
for an Independent Spirit Award and the film was recognized by the National
Board of Review as one of
the Top 10 Independent Films of the year.
Pena has been seen in a range of films, including the independent Everything
Must Go, alongside Will
Ferrell and Rebecca Hall; Gangster Squad, opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and
Ryan Gosling, and the
animated feature Turbo. His 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, with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; and Werner Herzog and David Lynch's
thriller My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, with Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe
and Chloe Sevigny.
Pena's other noteworthy credits consist of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center;
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar
Baby; Matthew Ryan Hoge's The United States of Leland; Gregor Jordan's Buffalo
Soldiers; Antoine Fuqua's
Shooter; Brett Ratner's Tower Heist; and Alejandro GonzĂˇlez Inarritu's Babel.
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 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, in its fourth
season, as one of the central leads opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson.
His 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 Bogdanovich's To Sir, With Love 2, starring Sidney Poitier.
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