American actor, Michael Pena is a Scientologist. He appeared in numbers of hit movies and series like Crash, End of Watch, World Trade Center, American Hustle, Walk Out, Gracepoint and Felicity among others. Pena is a married man, and a father of a child with his longtime girlfriend turned wife.
Early Life and Education
Michael Pena was born Michael Anthony Pena on 13th January 1976 in Chicago, Illinois under the birth sign Capricorn. Pena is American as per nationality, and as far as his ethnicity is concerned, he is Mexican-American. Pena is the son of Nicolasa (a social worker ) and Eleuterio Pena (a factory worker). His parents are Mexican immigrants.
Pena completed his schooling at Marist High School.
Michael Pena debuted in the movie industry in 1996 from My Fellow Americans. The same year, he also appeared in a TV series called, Pacific Blue performing as the character Rabbit.
Pena appeared in numbers of films like Star Maps, Bellyfruit, Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Babel, American Hustle, Hell and Back and Extinction among others. But, he is popularly known for his roles in Crash, World Trade Center, End of Watch, and Shooter.
Among all his TV series like Touched by an Angel, The Sentinel, 7th Heaven, My Name is Earl, TheShield, Chozen, and Gracepoint; he is popular for Walk Out. In the series, he shared the screen with Edward James Olmos, Alexa Vega, Laura Harring and Efren Ramirez among others.
As of 2017, Pena gave his voice in two movies- The Lego Ninjago Movie and My Little Pony: The Movie. He is also working on his upcoming movies and TV series-Extinction, A Wrinkle in Time, Ant-man and the Wasp, 12 Strong and Narcos.
Awards and Nominations
Michael Pena has won many prestigious awards including:
2004 – ALMA Award for Crash.
2006 – Black Reel Award and Imagen Awards for Walkout.
2013 – New York Film Critics Online Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award and Screen Actor Guild Awards for American Hustle.
2014 – ALMA Awards and Imagen Awards for Cesar Chavez.
Some of his nominated awards include ALMA Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, MTV Movie Award, and Gotham Awards among others.
Michael Pena married his longtime girlfriend, Brie Shaffer in 2006 in an intimate ceremony in the presence of limited guests including families, close friends, and relatives.
His wife, Shaffer is a fine artist, actress and also a screenwriter. The couple shares excellent chemistry with each other and happy. The pair has a child together named, Roma Pena, born in 2008.
Michael Pena, now 41, has the height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7m). Pena has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Some of Pena’s movies that made a good collection at the box office include:
Gone in 60 Seconds = $237.2 million
Crash = $98.4 million
Million Dollar Baby = $216.8 million
Babel = $135.3 million
World Trade Center = $163 million
Shooter = $95.7 million
Battle: Los Angeles = $211.8 million
The Lincoln Lawyer = $87.1 million
Tower Heist = $152.9 million
End of Watch = $57.6 million
Gangster Squad = $105.2 million
Turbo = $282.6 million
American Hustle = $251.2 million
Fury = $211.8 million
Ant-Man = $519.3 million
Vacation = $105 million
The Martian = $630.2 million
Collateral Beauty = $88.5 million
The Lego Ninjago Movie = $123 million
His salary is to increase in the coming days as he is set to cast in anticipated movies of 2018 like Extinction, Ant-man and the Wasp and A Wrinkle in time.