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Bio For: Michael Pena
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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 González 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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FRONTERA (PG-13) On Video: 11/4/2014 At Theaters: 9/5/2014
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
FURY (R) At Theaters: 10/17/2014
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