MICHAEL PENA (Sam Diller) 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.
He has just been set to star with Diego Luna on the fourth season of the
acclaimed Netflix series "Narcos," to air in 2018.
Pena earlier gained recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis'
provocative Oscar-winning film "Crash," alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and
Terrence Howard. He garnered multiple Best Ensemble nominations for his
performance as Daniel the locksmith, sharing in the awards from the Screen
Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the cast's
In 2013, he was seen in David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated film "American
Hustle," for which he again won Best Ensemble Awards from the Screen Actors
Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics. In 2015, Pena was seen in two films that
crossed the $500 million mark: Peyton Reed's action adventure "Ant-Man,"
starring opposite Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas; and Ridley Scott's acclaimed
drama "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 a Top Film by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for a Best
Picture Academy Award.
In 2014, Pena starred in the title role of Diego Luna's "Cesar Chavez,"
portraying the civil rights leader and labor organizer. He was also seen in
David Ayer's hit war movie "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 and was later recognized by the National Board of
Review as one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the Year. For his performance
as Officer Zavala, Pena was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best
Pena more recently starred in "Collateral Beauty," with Will Smith, Edward
Norton and Kate Winslet; "War on Everyone," opposite Alexander Skarsgard, which
premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival; and "CHIPS," partnered with Dax
Shepherd. In addition, Pena lent his voice to the animated features "The LEGO
NINJAGO Movie" and "My Little Pony: The Movie."
His upcoming films include the sci fi action adventure film "Ant Man and the
Wasp," which reunites him with Paul Rudd and director Peyton Reed; the fantasy
adventure "A Wrinkle in Time," with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine; and the
thriller "Extinction," with Lizzy Caplan.
Pena's long and diverse list of film credits also includes "Gangster Squad,"
with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist";
"Everything Must Go," with Will Ferrell; Werner Herzog's "My Son, My Son, What
Have Ye Done," with Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny; "Observe
and Report," with Seth Rogen; "The Lucky Ones," with Rachel McAdams and Tim
Robbins; Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep;
Antoine Fuqua's "Shooter," starring Mark Wahlberg; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's
"Babel"; Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," opposite Nicolas Cage; and Clint
Eastwood's Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby," to name only a few.
On television, Pena recently starred on the series "Gracepoint" and appeared
on the second season of HBO's "Eastbound and Down." He earlier 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 also appeared on
the fourth season of the F/X drama "The Shield," 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
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