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Bio For: Michael Pena
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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. Critically acclaimed for the film's interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America, Pena 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. He was recently seen in the David O'Russell film American Hustle which has won a Golden Globe, as well as ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics. It is nominated for BAFTA and an Academy Award.

In March of 2014 Pena was seen as civil right and labor organizer Cesar Chavez in Cesar Chavez. The film is directed by Diego Luna and produced by Canana and Mr Mudd. In the film, Pena plays Chavez, a man who embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers.

He is currently shooting the Fox 10 hour mini-series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK's Broadchurch. The show centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Pena will play Danny's father 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.

On November 14th he re-teams with director David Ayer for the Sony feature Fury starring opposite Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

In September 2012, Michael was seen in the critically acclaimed movie 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" he 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 in the past year, including the independent film Everything Must Go alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall; Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling and in the Fox animated feature Turbo.

Pena'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.

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'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 Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel.

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 Poitier.

Movies For: Michael Pena
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CESAR CHAVEZ (PG-13) On Video: 7/22/2014 At Theaters: 3/28/2014
TURBO (PG) On Video: 11/12/2013 At Theaters: 7/17/2013
END OF WATCH (R) On Video: 1/22/2013 At Theaters: 9/21/2012
30 MINUTES OR LESS (R) On Video: 11/29/2011 At Theaters: 8/12/2011
EVERYTHING MUST GO (R) On Video: 9/6/2011 At Theaters: 5/13/2011
THE LINCOLN LAWYER (R) On Video: 7/12/2011 At Theaters: 3/18/2011
OBSERVE AND REPORT (R) On Video: 9/22/2009 At Theaters: 4/10/2009
LIONS FOR LAMBS (R) On Video: 4/8/2008 At Theaters: 11/9/2007
SHOOTER (R) On Video: 6/26/2007 At Theaters: 3/23/2007
WORLD TRADE CENTER (PG-13) On Video: 12/12/2006 At Theaters: 8/9/2006
FRONTERA (PG-13) At Theaters: 9/5/2014
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