Michael Peña

Actor
After a decade of struggling to make a name in independent features and with guest spots on television, actor Michael Pea finally emerged as a notable performer with his standout performance in the racially charged ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Luis (Actor)

Gracepoint 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell and Back 2015 (Movie)

Abigor (Voice)

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

Rick Martinez (Actor)

The Vatican Tapes 2015 (Movie)

Father Lozano (Actor)

Vacation 2015 (Movie)

New Mexico Cop (Actor)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

Cesar Chavez (Actor)

Chozen 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Frontera 2014 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

Fury 2014 (Movie)

Trini "Gordo" Garcia (Actor)

Underwater Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

2012 NCLR ALMA Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

Paco Hernandez/Sheik Abdullah (Actor)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

Officer Navidad Ramirez (Actor)

Turbo 2013 (Movie)

Tito (Voice)

End of Watch 2012 (Movie)

Mike Zavala (Actor)

The Good Doctor 2012 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

Chango (Actor)

Battle: Los Angeles 2011 (Movie)

Joe Rincon (Actor)

Everything Must Go 2011 (Movie)

Frank Garcia (Actor)

The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 (Movie)

Jesus Martinez (Actor)

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

Enrique Dev'Reaux (Actor)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Detective Vargas (Actor)

Observe and Report 2009 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Observe and Report 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lucky Ones 2008 (Movie)

TK (Actor)

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

Ernest Rodriguez (Actor)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

Nick Memphis (Actor)

2006 Alma Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Babel 2006 (Movie)

John Border Patrol (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Officer Will J Jimeno (Actor)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Sueno 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Athens 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Object 2004 (Movie)

Ramirez (Actor)

Million Dollar Baby 2004 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

The Calcium Kid 2004 (Movie)

Jose Mendez (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Guillermo (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

Garcia (Actor)

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Felicity 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men, Women & Dogs 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Moesha 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Semper Fi 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

Ignacio (Actor)

La Cucaracha 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sports Theater With Shaquille O'Neal 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Belly Fruit 1998 (Movie)

Oscar (Actor)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

Drug Dealer (Actor)

Star Maps 1997 (Movie)

Star Map Boy (Actor)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Ernesto (Actor)

Running Free 1993 (Movie)

Bunk (Actor)

Pinkville (Movie)

Capt. Ernest Medina (Actor)

Walkout (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Underwater Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

You Again 2010 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Biography

After a decade of struggling to make a name in independent features and with guest spots on television, actor Michael Peña finally emerged as a notable performer with his standout performance in the racially charged drama "Crash" (2005). Prior to his breakout role, Peña made the first major strides in his career with a small, but memorable turn in "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), which made Hollywood finally stand up and take notice. He went on to earn attention as a police detective struggling to reconcile his involvement with the corrupt Strike Team on the fourth season of the acclaimed cop drama "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). But it was his understated turn in "World Trade Center" (2006) as a Port Authority officer trapped under the rubble after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City that turned Peña into a sought-after performer. He delivered strong supporting turns in the action thriller "Shooter" (2007), the stately courtroom thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011) and the action comedy "Tower Heist" (2011). By the time he delivered an award-worthy performance in the indie actioner "End of Watch" (2012), Peña was very much in-demand as an acclaimed actor capable of excelling in a wide variety of genres.

Relationships

Roman Peña

Son
Born September 2008; mother, Brie Shaffer

Brie Shaffer

Wife
Married 2006

EDUCATION

Hubbard High School

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2013

Cast alongside Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in crime drama "Gangster Squad"

2012

Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in cop drama "End of Watch"

2011

Landed a featured role in crime comedy "30 Minutes or Less"

2011

Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"

2011

Acted in the sci-fi feature "Battle Los Angeles"

2009

Co-starred with Seth Rogen in the mall cop comedy "Observe and Report"

2008

Co-starred as an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" opposite Tim Robbins and Rachel McAdams

2007

Co-starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the political thriller "Shooter"

2007

Portrayed a soldier stationed in Afghanistan in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"

2006

Portrayed Will Jimeno, a NYC cop trapped in the rubble on 9/11 after the collapse of the towers in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"

2006

Played a high school teacher who inspires his Mexican-American students to stand up for their rights in the HBO film "Walkout"

2005

Joined the fourth season of "The Shield" (FX) as Armando ‘Army’ Renta, a semi-corrupt detective

2004

Played Omar, the wise cracking amateur boxer, in Clint Eastwood’s "Million Dollar Baby" (scripted by Paul Haggis)

2004

Starred as part of an ensemble cast in Paul Haggis’ directorial debut "Crash" (Haggis also scripted)

2003

First pairing with actor Don Cheadle in "The United States of Leland"

2001

Appeared in the critically acclaimed film "Buffalo Soldiers"

2000

Appeared in the Jerry Bruckheimer action film "Gone in Sixty Seconds"

1999

Cast in the independent feature "Bellyfruit" about teenage pregnancy

1999

Landed first recurring role, as Brian Burke on the series "Felicity" (The WB)

1996

Made feature in Peter Bogdonovich’s movie of the week "To Sir, With Love 2"

1996

Appeared in "My Fellow Americans" opposite Jack Lemmon and James Garner

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