Danny Trejo

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

Danny Trejo was born on May 16, 1944 in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA. His mother is Alice Rivera, and his father is Dan Trejo, a construction worker. Danny and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez realized that they were second cousins during the filming of Desperado in 1994. Danny's heritage is from Mexican descent. He is an American actor whose real name is Dan Trejo. He is also known as Daniel Trejo and Denni Trekho. His nickname is The Mayor. He is 5' 6" (1.68 m) and has three children, Danny Boy Trejo (1981), Gilbert Trejo (1988) and Danielle Trejo born in 1990. He married Debbie Shreve on December 12, 1997 and divorced her in 2009. He lives nearby his mother and is very close to her.

He became a champion boxer in lightweight and welterweight divisions while serving five years in prison. He has served time in Tracy prison from 1963 to 1965, San Quentin prison from 1965 to 1968 and Soledad prison from 1968 to 1969. He was in prison for armed robbery and drug offenses. During his time in prison, he became a member in a twelve-step rehabilitation program that helped him to quit his drug addiction. After his release from prison, he attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California for one semester and then quit. His big break occurred in 1985 at a Cocaine Anonymous recovery meeting that helped him to stay sober. He met an old man that was in the movie business at a recovery meeting in Los Angeles. The old man asked Danny to meet him at the filming set of Runaway Train. He worked as an extra in the prison scene of the movie. Edward Bunker saw Danny and immediately remembered him from San Quentin prison where both of them served time. Edward was an ex-convict and crime author that was writing the screenplay for Runaway Train. Edward then offered Danny a job to train Eric Roberts for a boxing scene that will pay him $350 a day. Director Andrei Konchalovsky liked Danny and offered him a role as a boxer.

He said in 2011 that he was 42 years sober. He has acted in over 280-movies/television shows and video games. He is also the producer of 11 movies. He usually does four films every year since the 1990s, but he was in nine movies in 2002. He is mostly known for playing characters that are hyper-masculine, villains and heroes. He has a heavily lined face, mustache, deep voice, scars from cystic acne and from being in a brawl. Some movies that he is known for are Heat (1995), Desperado (1995), Con Air (1997), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Spy Kids (2001, 2002, 2003, 2011), Machete (2010) and Machete Kills (2013). Champion is a 2005 movie that is based on a true story of Danny Trejo. All the actors in Champion play as themselves.

He has appeared in video games such as The Fight: Lights Out, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of the Dead. He is the only actor to appear in all three of From Dusk Till Dawn movies in the franchise. He said his favorite films were The Searchers (1956), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Dirty Harry (1971), Death Wish (1974) and Animal Factory (2000).

Some major releases with Danny Trejo:

1990 - Marked for Death
1993 - Blood In Blood Out
1995 - Desperado
1995 - Heat
1996 - From Dusk till Dawn
1997 - Con Air
1997 - Anaconda
1998 - Six Days Seven Nights
1998 - The Replacement Killers
2000 - Animal Factory
2001, 2002, 2003, 2011 - Spy Kids Franchise
2001 - Bubble Boy
2002 - xXx
2003 - Once Upon a Time in Mexico
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2005 - The Devil's Rejects
2006 - Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror
2008 - Valley of Angels
2007 - Delta Farce
2007 - Grindhouse
2007 - Rob Zombie's Halloween
2010 - Predators
2010 - Machete
2012 - Badass


2001, April - Razor Magazine (USA), Vol. 1, Iss. 3, pg. 58-65 - "Tough Guy" - By: Craig Vasiloff

2010, August - Fangoria (USA), Iss. 296, pg. 6 - "'Machete': Danny Trejo cuts up big time" - By: Chris Alexander,

2012, January - Hustler (USA), Vol. 38, Iss. 8, pg. 36-38, 151 - "Danny Trejo: From Life Of Crime To Big Time" - By: Anthony Petkovich

2013, December 13 - Moviestar (Germany), Vol. 06/2013, Iss. 142, pg. p.44-45 - "Viva Machete! Viva Danny Trejo!" - By: Claudia-Janet Kaller


2002, April 22 - Entertainment Weekly (USA), Vol. 50, Iss. 23, pg. 28-32 - "Acting On Convictions" - By: Chris Nashawaty

2007, November - Empire (UK), Iss. 221, pg. 158 - "The Hard Way" - By: Damon Wise

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1997, July - Cinema (Hungary), Iss. 68


“I'm an ex-con turned icon”

“I'll be watching TV and all of a sudden I'll think, "Hey, I'm in this!" A lot of times I don't even know the names of [the movies]. I just show up. From 1985, when I first started, to 1990, I did a sh*tload of B-movies about prisons. They would always say, "Get that Mexican guy with the big tattoo". I'd show up and I'd have one line, like, "Kill 'em all!" or something.”

“I love playing the bad guy in movies, because the bad guy always dies. That’s the real world. If someone asked me to play a bad guy that always gets away with it, I’d pass. That’s the very message I preach to youths who are in crisis and in trouble…the bad guy always loses and the good guy always wins. It’s the one-thing movies and real life see eye-to-eye on.”

“Juvenile hall, youth authority . . . I was in a lot of trouble. I grew up like the characters I've been playing. But would I do things differently? I honestly believe that circumstances create destiny, almost. There weren't too many ways I could have done things. The only things that were available to me were either be a laborer or be a drug dealer. So I became an armed robber. It was a lot simpler.”

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