Michael Anthony Pena (born January 13, 1976) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Crash (2004), World Trade Center (2006), Shooter (2007), Observe and Report (2009), 30 Minutes or Less (2011), Tower Heist (2011), and End of Watch (2012). Pena was born in Chicago, Illinois, where his father worked at a button factory and his mother was a social worker. Pena's parents, immigrants from Mexico, were originally farmers. Pena attended Hubbard High School in Chicago. Pena and his wife Brie Shaffer welcomed their first child in September 2008, a boy named Roman. Though Pena has been a regular in independent productions since 1994, his breakthrough performances came in 2004 in two Best Picture Oscar-winning Paul Haggis penned films, Million Dollar Baby and Crash. The latter was also directed by Haggis, while the former was helmed by Clint Eastwood.
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