Michael Pea Actor
Michael Pea - Biography
Michael Peña has distinguished himself as an actor in Hollywood with a wide range of performances, having worked with an impressive roster of award-winning directors. Peña earned notable recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis’ provocative Oscar®-winning film Crash, alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. The film was critically acclaimed for its interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America.
Peña has worked on a diverse range of films in the past year, including Sony’s epic alien-invasion film Battle: Los Angeles, starring alongside Aaron Eckhart and Bridget Moynahan; The Lincoln Lawyer, starring alongside Matthew McConaughey; and the independent film Everything Must Go, starring alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall. Additionally, Peña can be seen in 30 Minutes or Less, starring Danny McBride and Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Ruben Fleischer, and in the upcoming dark comedy The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom. Peña also appeared in season two of HBO’s Eastbound & Down,starring Danny McBride.
Peña’s film credits include The Lucky Ones, co-starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins; Jody Hill’s comedy Observe and Report, with Seth Rogen; Robert Redford’s political drama Lions for Lambs, with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; and Werner Herzog and David Lynch’s psychological thriller My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,with Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloë Sevigny.
Peña’s other noteworthy credits include Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, which chronicled the heroism of American servicemen in the direct aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11; Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby; Matthew Ryan Hoge’s The United States of Leland; Gregor Jordan’s Buffalo Soldiers; Antoine Fuqua’s Shooter; and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel.
Peña’s television credits include the HBO film Walkout, which is based on the true story of a young Mexican-American high-school teacher who helped stage a massive student walkout in the mid-1960s. Peña received an Imagen Award for Best Actor—Television for his performance. He also guest-starred on the fourth season of the FX Network drama The Shield as one of the central leads, opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson. His other television credits include Steven Spielberg’s NBC series Semper Fi.
Raised in Chicago, Peña began acting when he beat out hundreds of actors in an open call for a role in Peter Bogdanovich’s To Sir, With Love II, starring Sidney Poitier.
Filmography Michael Pea
Tower Heist by Brett Ratner - 2011
30 Minutes or Less by Ruben Fleischer - 2011
The Good Doctor by Lance Daly - 2011
La Défense Lincoln by Brad Furman -2011
World invasion: Battle for Los Angeles by Jonathan Liebesman - 2011
Everything Must Go - 2011
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done by Werner Herzog - 2009
Observe and Report de Jody Hill - 2009
The Lucky Ones - 2008
Lions for Lambs de Robert Redford - 2007
Shooter by Antoine Fuqua - 2007
World Trade Center by Oliver Stone - 2006
Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu - 2006
Fifty Pills - 2006
Sueño by Renee Chabria - 2005
Little Athens by Tom Zuber - 2005
Million Dollar Baby by Clint Eastwood - 2004
Collision de Paul Haggis - 2004
The Calcium Kid de Alek De Rakoff - 2004
Love Object by Robert Parigi - 2003
The United States by Leland by Matthew Ryan Hoge - 2003
Buffalo Soldiers by Gregor Jordan - 2001
60 secondes chrono by Dominic Sena - 2000
Bellyfruit by Kerri Green - 1999
Paradise Cove by Robert Clapsadle - 1999
La Cucaracha by Jack Perez - 1999
Boogie Boy by Craig Hamann - 1998
Latino Lover - 1997
My Fellow Americans by Peter Segal - 1996
Running Free by Steve Kroschel - 1994