Michael Pena is an American actor who hasa net worth of $5 million. Produced in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Pena began his professional acting career in the mid-90s, appearing in several films, including “Running Free”, “My Fellow Americans”, and “Star Maps”. Though he worked constantly during his early years as an actor, it was not until 2004 that he finally garnered national recognition. That year, he appeared in “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash”, getting rave reviews for his work in both multi-award winning pictures.
Michael Pena Net Worth $5 Million Dollars
January 13, 1976
Chicago, Illinois, United States
5' 7" (1.7 m)
Hubbard High School
Brie Shaffer (m. 2006)
Eleuterio Peña, Nicolasa Peña
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (2004), Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble (2013), Imagen Award for Best Actor - Television (2006), Imagen Award for Best Actor in Feature Film (2014),
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast (2004), ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor (2011), ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor - Motion Picture (2006)
“World Trade Centre” (2006), “Crash” (2004), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), "End of Watch" (2012), “The Martian” (2015), “Shooter”, “American Hustle” (2013)
Used to skateboard at the time he was in high school at Chicago.
Michael welcomed his first child, a boy named Roman, with his wife, Brie Shaffer, in September 2008.
One of his first jobs was working in a bank.
Has a brother.
I've always noticed that girls cry way easier than guys do.
I used to tour with this band. I was a drummer. I would tour a bunch for about 10 months out of the year and act for about two months. I would make what I needed from acting and would stretch it out.
I grew up reading the newspapers, mostly the sports section. I was a wrestler and would check to see if I was ranked.
It's so interesting to watch Ben Stiller work because he just knows what's funny.
A good comic explores the imagination, but it's always got to have those notes of truth running through it.
I want to do more sci-fi films. I want to play half-alien, half-illegal alien.
I think writing is the most underrated thing in Hollywood.
The joy of 'Crash' was that it was all about the work. It was my first real part. Before that, it was a line here and there, maybe a scene. 'Crash' was five scenes, a beautiful arc, a little vignette of my own. It really meant something.
My first ten years in Hollywood were really tough. I'd be coaching friends who came to me for acting advice, and then they'd make it before I did. I'd still be helping them while they were on movie sets and I had four lines on a TV show.
I guess people recognize me, but I'm not a household name. Two out of every five people who come up to me know my name. The one thing I don't want is to be followed by paparazzi.
I'm just an actor. If it's drama, I add as much humor as the part will stand. And if it's a comedy, add as much drama as you can, so it balances out; you don't wanna be too serious.