Sunday, 5 February 2012

Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena, Jr.

Carlos Pena, Jr. performing at Herald Square in New York City on his 21st birthday on August 15, 2010)
Background information
Birth name Carlos Roberto Pena Jr.
Born August 15, 1989 (1989-08-15) (age 22)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Origin Weston, Florida, U.S.
Occupations Actor, dancer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals,ukele
Years active 2004–present
Labels Columbia Records (2009-present)
Associated acts Big Time Rush
Carlos Roberto Pena, Jr. (born August 15, 1989)[2] is an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He is best known for starring on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush as Carlos García in addition to being a member of the band Big Time Rush.

 Early life

Pena was born in Columbia, Missouri.[1][3] His father is of Spanish and Venezuelan descent, while his mother is of Dominican descent.[4] He was raised in Weston, Florida.[2][5] He attended Sagemont Upper School.[1] He appeared in local productions of Grease and Man of La Mancha.[1] He also had a role in the American Heritage School, where he attended before leaving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, production of Titanic.[5][6] During his run in Titanic he fell in love with singing and dancing.[5]


His first major role was a guest shot at age 15 on ER, followed later that year by guest-starring roles on Judging Amy, Summerland, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[3][5][6][7]
While still in high school, Pena appeared in television commercials for the Super Soaker brand recreational water gun, and his image even appeared on the toy's packaging.[2]
Pena was studying musical theater at the Boston Conservatory when his manager urged him to audition for Big Time Rush.[2] Although he was reluctant to do so, he submitted an audition tape and won the role a month later.[2] Pena moved to Hollywood in August 2009. On 2011, he made an appearance as a contestant on a reality show called Miller Production for the season.

[edit] Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush is an American pop boy band that formed in 2009. The band consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson, all on vocals. As of 2011, the band has released two albums, BTR and Elevate.

[edit] Filmography

Year Show Role Notes
2004 ER Arlo Escobar 1 episode
2004–2005 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide King Bee 13 episodes
2005 Judging Amy Diego Valdesera
Summerland Student
2009 Big Time Audition Carlos García TV movie
2009–present Big Time Rush Carlos García Main role
2011 Hand aufs Herz Carlos Pena with the band Big Time Rush, 210.Episode (Hand aufs Herz is a german telenovela on Sixx)
Nick News Himself Episode: "Lies We Tell In Middle School"
BrainSurge Himself
Miller Production Himself 11 episodes (1 season)
Little Birds Louis

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