Who is Michael Peña?
Michael Peña is an American actor voiceover artist, and producer who actively worked in the entertainment industry since 1994 to date. In the initial phase of his career, he played small roles in movies and series. He then eventually played in lead roles where he also won different prestigious nominations and awards. Likewise, he is well-known for his roles in movies such as ‘Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘Crash’ where he played Omar and Daniel respectively. Apart from acting, he is also a voice actor who has lent his voice in various animated movies, series, and video games. Moreover, he is also one of the founders of the rock band named Nico Vega. He eventually left this band to focus on his acting career.
|Full Name||Michael Anthony Peña|
|Profession||Actor, voiceover artist, and producer|
|Birth Date||13 January 1976|
|Birth Place||Chicago, Illinois|
|Parents Name||Eleuterio Pena
|Net Worth 2021||$12 million|
|Wife||Brie Shaffer (2006)|
|Height||5 feet and 7 inches (170cm/1.70m)|
|Weight||68 kg (150lbs)|
Michael Anthony Peña was born on 13 January 1976, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Eleuterio Peña, worked in a button factory, and his mother, Nicolasa, was a social worker. They are originally from Mexico who migrated to the United States. Additionally, Michael is currently 45 years old Capricorn sun sign.
Michael Peña attended two high schools named Marist High School and Hubbard High School.
Nationality and Physical Stats
Michael Peña holds an American nationality, and as per his ethnicity, he is Hispanic. He is of Mexican descent. As per her religion, he joined Scientology in 2000. Besides this, he stands 5 feet and 7 inches (170cm/1.70m) tall and weighs around 68 kg (150lbs). He has an average body type with short stature. Moreover, he has a pair of dark brown colored eyes and salt and pepper hair color.
Michael Peña married Brie Shaffer in 2006. After two years, they were blessed with a son named Roman.
Movies of Michael Peña
Michael Peña is more active in movies rather than television series. His debut film role was in ‘My Fellow Americans’ in 1996. He had small roles in ‘Star Maps’ in 1997, ‘Boogie Boy’ in 1998, ‘Bellyfruit’ in 1999, and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ in 2000. Similarly, he also played in ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ in 2001, ‘The United States of Leland,’ and ‘Love Object’ in 2003. In the year 2004, he played roles in the two award-winning movies named ‘Crash’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby.’ The next year, he appeared in ‘Little Athens’ and ‘Suneo’ as Carlos and Jimmy respectively. He is also the nominee for ALMA Award for his film ‘World Trade Center’ in 2006. His other celebrated movies are ‘Shooter’ in 2007, ‘The Lucky Ones’ in 2008, ‘My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?’ in 2009, and ‘ Everything Must Go’ in 2010.
Talking more, he is also known for his film ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’ ‘The Good Doctor,’ and ‘Tower Heist’ in 2011. The next year, he received two nominations for his film ‘End of Watch’ where he played the role of Officer Zavala. In the year 2013, he played in three films and all of them became hit. He played in ‘Gangster Squad,’ ‘American Hustle,’ and ‘Turbo’ where he had a voice role. Likewise, he shared the screen with Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, etc. Michael is also popular for his role in ‘Cesar Chavez’ where he played the titular role in 2014.
From 2015 to 2018, he has played in numerous movies of different genres. He also has voice roles in different animated movies. To name a few they are ‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Hell and Back,’ ‘CHiPs’ where he also served as an executive producer, ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie,’ ‘My Little Pony: The Movie,’ ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ ‘Next Gen’ and many more. He has become cast in ‘Fantasy Island’ in 2020 and ‘Tom & Jerry’ in 2021 which is currently working in post-production. Moreover, he is currently filming for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ and ‘Moonfall.’
Michael Peña appeared in the ‘Pacific Blue’ in 1996 and ‘Touched by an Angel’ in 1997. He also played in ‘Homicide: Life on the Street,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ and ‘7th Heaven’ in 1998. Likewise, he also starred in ‘Moesha,’ ‘Profiler,’ and ‘Felicity’ in 1999. Pena had also played in ‘Roswell’ and ‘Men, Women & Dogs’ in 2001, ‘American Family’ and ‘Andy Richter Controls the Universe’ in 2002, and ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘ER’ in 2003. Moreover, we can also see him playing ‘NYPD Blue’ in 1997 and 2004, ‘The Shield’ in 2005, and in a television film ‘ Walkout’ in 2006. Two years later, he played as Circus in an episode of ‘My Name Is Earl.’
Furthermore, he also appeared in ‘Eastbound & Down’ in 2010. He played the role of Sebastián Cisneros appearing in 5 episodes which starred McGee, Andrew Daly, Jennifer Irwin, Matthew McConaughey, Kem Marino, etc. He also had voice roles in ‘American Dad!’ in 2011 and 2011, and in ‘Chozen’ in 2014. The same year, he also appeared in ‘Gracepoint’ where he played Mark Solano. In the year 2018, he played the main cast role of Kiki Camarena in the Netflix crime drama television series named ‘Narcos: Mexico.’
Michael Peña has won two ALMA Awards for his work in ‘Cesar Chavez’ and ‘Crash’ in 2014 and 2004 respectively. He has also received the Awards Circuit Community Award in 2005 for his film ‘Crash.’ Likewise, he also won the Black Reel Award in 2007 and three Gold Derby Awards. Michale has also received the Screen Actors Guild Award for his film ‘American Hustle’ in 2014.
Net Worth of Michael Peña
Michael Peña has an estimated net worth of $12 million as of 2021.