MICHAEL PENA (Trini "Gordo" Garcia) 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. Pena earned notable recognition for his performance
in Paul Haggis' provocative Oscar winning film Crash, alongside Don Cheadle,
Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. With the film achieving critical acclaim for
the film's interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America,
Pena joined his fellow actors in garnering multiple best ensemble nominations,
winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics
Association for the cast's performance.
In September 2012, Pena was seen in David Ayer's critically acclaimed End of
Watch, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is about two
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, 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.
Most recently, Pena was seen as labor organizer Cesar Chavez in Chavez. The
film is directed by Diego Luna and produced by Canana and Mr. Mudd.
Beginning October 2, Pena can be seen in the Fox 10-hour miniseries "Grace point,"
a remake of the UK's "Broad church." The show centers on Detective Emmett Carver
(David Tennant), the lead investigator on the case of a shocking murder of
11-year-old Danny, which puts a small town under scrutiny. Pena will play
Danny's father, Mark, a well-liked local plumber and family man. Like anyone
else, Mark is left devastated by the murder, but as his wife, Beth (Virginia
Kull), suspects, he may be hiding something about that fatal evening.
Pena has been seen in a range of films in the past year, including the
independent film Everything Must Go alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall and
Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; his voice was
heard in the Fox animated feature Turbo.
Pena's further 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.
Pena's other noteworthy credits include 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; Brett Ratner's Tower Heist and Alejandro GonzĂˇlez Inarritu's
On television, Pena 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, Pena 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