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Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the movie business, yet his road to success has been hard earned and everything but typical. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, and from acting to producing – the name, face, and achievements of Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood. Despite growing up on the streets of Los Angeles and spending the latter part of his youth and early adulthood incarcerated, Trejo rose to great accomplishment. Upon his release from San Quentin prison, he became involved in programs aimed at helping those who, like him, battle drug and alcohol addictions.

Years later, Trejo went to the set of the motion picture production Runaway Train to offer support to a man he'd been counseling. Upon his arrival on set, Trejo was offered a role in the film, as a convict. Trejo has since gone on to star in dozens of films, including: Desperado, the From Dusk ‘Till Dawn film series, Heat starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Con Air starring Nicolas Cage, Once Upon A Time In Mexico starring Johnny Depp, and the Spy Kids movie series. In Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse, Trejo appeared in a trailer, which led to a spin-off feature film MACHETE. He also recently had a key role in the box-office hit Predators.

Trejo's other recent credits include the independent films Sherry Baby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Delta Farce starring Larry the Cable Guy, and Rob Zombie's films The Devil's Rejects and Halloween. Trejo's other recent work includes: La Linea starring Ray Liotta, Esai Morales and Andy Garcia, and St. John Of Las Vegas starring Steve Buscemi.

His numerous television credits include a recurring voice role on the animated series King of the Hill, and appearances on Monk, Desperate Housewives, Stargate: Atlantis, and most recently, Breaking Bad. In 2000, Trejo formed his production company, Starburst, where he produced the award winning short An Eye For Talent, followed by The Animal Factory directed by Steve Buscemi. My Father's Flag is the next feature in development under that banner. The film is about a young soldier's conflict between his father and his country as the soldier evolves into a patriot.

Trejo 4.0 Productions is Trejo's newest venture. The company's most recent film, High Hopes, has been acquired by Maple Pictures/Lionsgate Canada. It is a story about a group of Hollywood hopefuls who decide to steal marijuana from the FBI with the plan of returning it and using the reward money to finance their movie. The film stars Jason Mewes, David Faustino, Corin Nemec, Jason Marsden, Edward Furlong, Robert Rodriguez, Andy Dick and Michael DeLorenzo.

Despite his impressive list of credits, it is Trejo's ongoing role as a devoted husband, father of three and as an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Danny Trejo Facts

BirthdayNovember 11, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.