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Also Known As: Michael Anthony Pea, Michael A. Pena Died:
Born: January 13, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Triple Nine (2015)
2.
 Ant-Man (2015)
3.
 Frontera (2014)
4.
 Turbo (2013)
5.
 American Hustle (2013)
6.
 Gangster Squad (2013)
7.
 Hell & Back (2012)
8.
 End of Watch (2012)
9.
10.
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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
1999:
Landed first recurring role, as Brian Burke on the series "Felicity" (The WB)
1999:
Cast in the independent feature "Bellyfruit" about teenage pregnancy
2000:
Appeared in the Jerry Bruckheimer action film "Gone in Sixty Seconds"
2001:
Appeared in the critically acclaimed film "Buffalo Soldiers"
2003:
First pairing with actor Don Cheadle in "The United States of Leland"
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)
2005:
Joined the fourth season of "The Shield" (FX) as Armando `Army¿ Renta, a semi-corrupt detective
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"
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"
2008:
Co-starred as an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" opposite Tim Robbins and Rachel McAdams
2009:
Co-starred with Seth Rogen in the mall cop comedy "Observe and Report"
2011:
Acted in the sci-fi feature "Battle Los Angeles"
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"
2012:
Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in cop drama "End of Watch"
2013:
Cast alongside Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in crime drama "Gangster Squad"
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Education

Hubbard High School: Chicago , Illinois -

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