Carlos Pena inspired millions of teenage girls each time he simply appeared onscreen or performed onstage. With his comedic flair and natural charisma, Pena rose to fame when he starred on Nickelodeon...
Columbia, Missouri, USA
|Big Time Christmas||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Carlos||20107|
|La Vida Robot||2013||Actor||Oscar Vasquez||20137|
|Big Time Rush!||2012 2008 - 2012||Actor||Carlos||20127|
|Big Time Rush: Big Time Movie||2011 2010 - 2011||Actor||Carlos||20117|
|Figure It Out||Actor||n/a||7|
|Little Birds||2012||Actor||Louis Estes||20127|
|The 4th Annual TeenNick HALO Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Celebrity Guest||20127|
|Judging Amy||2004 1998 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|ER||2008 1993 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||2006 2003 - 2006||Actor||King Bee||20067|
|Teen Choice 2010||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||n/a||20097|
|Big Time Rush: Big Time Movie||2011 2010 - 2011||Song||("Music Sounds Better")||1|
|On the Lot||2006 2005 - 2006||Transportation Manager||n/a||1|
|The Contender||2008 2003 - 2008||Production Assistant||n/a||1|
Carlos Roberto Pena was born on Aug. 15, 1989 in Columbia, MO and raised in Weston, FL. The future star attended Sagemont Upper School, a private preparatory school located in Weston that helped him discover his love for performing. Pena acted in local theater productions of "Grease" (1978) and "Man of La Mancha" (1972) prior to appearing in television commercials. He booked his first national TV advertisement for Super Soaker toys, which featured his image on the packaging. Pena also attended the American Heritage School in Plantation, FL before packing his bags and moving to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time acting career. At the age of 15, Pena made his onscreen acting debut on the long-running medical drama series "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). He played a young man faced with the difficult decision to treat his seriously wounded policeman father. Pena also landed a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" as King Bee, a junior high spelling ace and ruthless bully. In 2005, Pena guest-starred on two primetime series, the short-lived "Summerland" (The WB, 2004-05) and the court drama "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005), which starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly.
Pena took a short break from the entertainment industry to study musical theater at the Boston Conservatory in Massachusetts. Through his manager's urging, however, he found himself auditioning for a role on the Nickelodeon live-action series "Big Time Rush." Pena moved to Hollywood in the summer of 2009 after landing a starring role on the show. He played Carlos Garcia, a playful prankster from Minnesota who ends up moving to Los Angeles with his three best friends (Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson) and forming the pop group Big Time Rush. However, the boys discover that their road to stardom is filled with plenty of hilarious misadventures, girl troubles and internal conflicts. The show's debut episode drew in a record-breaking 7.1 million viewers, which made it the network's highest rated premiere in history. "Big Time Rush" also featured guest appearances from other celebrities, including rapper Snoop Dogg and Pussycat Dolls vocalist Nicole Scherzinger. The series received mixed reviews initially, with some critics describing it as a poor attempt at recreating Disney's success with the Jonas Brothers. However, the boy-next-door charm of the cast, as well as the original songs featured, made "Big Time Rush" a hit with tween viewers. The show's success landed Pena and his co-stars on high-profile events such as "The 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (NBC) and in the made-for-television film "Big Time Christmas" (2010). In 2011, Pena acted opposite Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth in the coming-of-age drama "Little Birds."
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