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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 NINJAGO Movie.

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 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; 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 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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