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Michael Pena          

Hispanic American Actor; Known for "Fury," "American Hustle" & "Ant-Man"

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 and Crash. 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 Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe-winning 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 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, and portrayed Luis in Ant-Man.

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.

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Michael Pena Offered Role in Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Alongside Paul ...

Michael Pena, who can currently be seen in “American Hustle,” has been offered a role in Marvel's “Ant-Man” and wants to board the film gearing up to shoot this ...

Michael Pena Prepares to Launch in New Clip From ‘The Martian’
Michael Pena: Scientology 'Made Me a Better Actor' - Us Weekly

The 'Martian' actor Michael Pena opened up about being a Scientologist and how the controversial religion has helped him in a new interview — find out what ...

Sony Pictures Bails on Michael Pena's Horror-Thriller 'The Bringing ...

Sony has opted to bail out on the horror thriller “The Bringing,” two months after the studio signed up Michael Pena to star.

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