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Michael Anthony Peña (//; Spanish: [ˈpeɲa]; born January 13, 1976) is an American actor and musician. He has starred in many films, such as Crash (2004), World Trade Center (2006), Shooter (2007), Observe and Report (2009), Tower Heist (2011), Battle: Los Angeles (2011), End of Watch (2012), Gangster Squad (2013), American Hustle (2013), Fury (2014), Frontera (2014), Ant-Man (2015), The Martian (2015), and CHiPs (2017).
|Born||Michael Anthony Peña
January 13, 1976
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Hubbard High School|
|Spouse(s)||Brie Shaffer (m. 2006)|
Miguel Antonio Peña was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Nicolasa, a social worker, and Eleuterio Peña, a factory worker. Peña's parents were originally farmers, and emigrated from Mexico; his father was from Villa Purificación, Jalisco, and his mother was from Charcas, San Luis Potosí. He grew up in the North Lawndale area and attended Hubbard High School.
Michael Peña married Brie Shaffer in 2006. He has one son named Roman born in 2008.
Though Peña has been a regular in independent productions since 1994, his breakthrough performances came in two Best Picture Oscar-winning Paul Haggis-penned films, Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2004). The former was helmed by Clint Eastwood, and the latter was directed by Haggis. Though both films are critically acclaimed, Peña received attention for his particularly emotional performance in Crash. The following year, he appeared on the Golden Globe winning series, The Shield. In 2006, he starred in Oliver Stone's film based on the September 11, 2001 attacks, World Trade Center. He also had a small role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's film Babel. This gives him the rare distinction of having appeared in three consecutive Oscar nominated films. He also starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Shooter (2007) as novice FBI agent Nick Memphis.
In 2006, Peña starred in the HBO film Walkout as Sal Castro, a Mexican-American high school teacher who inspires a group of East L.A. high school students to fight for Chicano rights. In 2009, he played a mall security guard alongside Seth Rogen in Jody Hill's Observe and Report.
In 2012, he co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal as a Los Angeles police officer, in End of Watch. The same year, he began filming César Chávez, a biopic about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who founded the United Farm Workers. Peña stars as Chávez. He appeared alongside Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal in the World War II-set action film Fury (2014), and portrayed Luis in Ant-Man (2015).
Peña also voiced the character Ricky in the FX animated comedy Chozen. He also formed the Los Angeles rock band Nico Vega in 2005, which is named after his mother Nicolasa. He left the band in 2007 to concentrate on his acting career but co-wrote the track, "Beast" which reached #26 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart. Pena played animated roles, including Turbo where he voiced Tito and My Little Pony: The Movie where he voices Grubber.
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Ernesto|
|1997||Star Maps||Star Map Boy|
|1998||Boogie Boy||Drug Dealer|
|1998||Cucaracha, LaLa Cucaracha||Orderly|
|2000||Gone in 60 Seconds||Ignacio||Credited as Michael A. Peña|
|2003||United States of Leland, TheThe United States of Leland||Guillermo|
|2004||Calcium Kid, TheThe Calcium Kid||Jose Mendez|
|2004||Crash||Daniel||ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Omar|
|2006||Babel||John - Border Patrol|
|2006||World Trade Center||Will Jimeno||Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor - Motion Picture|
|2007||Lions for Lambs||Ernest|
|2008||Lucky Ones, TheThe Lucky Ones||T.K. Poole|
|2009||Observe and Report||Dennis|
|2009||My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?||Detective Vargas|
|2010||Everything Must Go||Frank Garcia|
|2011||Battle: Los Angeles||Joe Rincon||Nominated – ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor|
|2011||Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln Lawyer||Jesus Martinez|
|2011||Good Doctor, TheThe Good Doctor||Jimmy|
|2011||30 Minutes or Less||Chango|
|2011||Tower Heist||Enrique Dev'reaux|
|2012||End of Watch||Officer Zavala||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Latino Actor
|2013||Gangster Squad||Navidad Ramirez|
|2013||Turbo||Tito Lopez (voice)|
|2013||American Hustle||Paco Hernandez||New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
|2014||Cesar Chavez||César Chávez||ALMA Award for Special Achievement in Film
Imagen Award for Best Actor in Feature Film
|2014||Fury||Trini 'Gordo' Garcia|
|2015||The Vatican Tapes||Father Lozano|
|2015||Vacation||New Mexico Cop|
|2015||The Martian||Major Rick Martinez|
|2015||Hell and Back||Abigor (voice)|
|2016||War on Everyone||Bob Bolano|
|2017||CHiPs||Frank "Ponch" Poncherello||Also executive producer|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Kai (voice)|
|2017||My Little Pony: The Movie||Grubber (voice)|
|2018||12 Strong||Sergeant First Class Sam Diller|
|2018||A Wrinkle in Time||Red||Post-production|
|2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Luis||Post-production|
|TBA||Next Gen||Momo (voice)||Filming|
|1996||Pacific Blue||Rabbit||Episode: "Bangers"|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Reynaldo Estes||Episode: "At Risk"|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Luis Carrenza||2 episodes
Credited as Michael Anthony Pena
|1998||Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel||Johnny||Episode: "Night Shift"
Credited as Michael A. Pena
|1998||7th Heaven||Roger||Episode: "Let's Talk About Sex"
Credited as Michael A. Pena
|1999||Tracey Takes On...||Busboy||Episode: "Scandal"|
|1999||Moesha||Alejandro||Episode: "Life Imitating Art"|
|1999||Profiler||Alex Lopez||Episode: "Spree of Love"
Credited as Michael Anthony Peña
|1999–2000||Felicity||Brian Burke||5 episodes|
|2000||The District||Sante||Episode: "The Real Terrorist"|
|2001||Men, Women & Dogs||Miguel||2 episodes|
|2002||American Family||2 episodes|
|2002||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Patrick||Episode: "Wedding"|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Noah||Episode: "Sunrise"
Credited as Michael A. Peña
|2003||ER||Police Officer||3 episodes|
|1997, 2004||NYPD Blue||Ferd
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Juanito Concha||Episode: "Snakes"|
|2005||Shield, TheThe Shield||Detective Armando Renta||10 episodes|
Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actor
Imagen Award for Best Actor - Television
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie
|2008||My Name Is Earl||Circus||Episode: "No Heads and a Duffle Bag"|
|2010||Eastbound & Down||Sebastián Cisneros||5 episodes|
|2011, 2013||American Dad!||Marguerite (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014||Chozen||Ricky (voice)||10 episodes|
|2014||Gracepoint||Mark Solano||10 episodes|
|2016||Lego Marvel's Avengers||Luis||Ant-Man downloadable pack|
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