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Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Trejo at the May 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1944-05-16) May 16, 1944 (age 73)
Echo Park, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Debbie Shreve (m. 1997; div. 2009)
Children 5
Relatives Robert Rodriguez (second cousin)
Patricia Vonne (second cousin)
Angela Lanza (second cousin)

Danny Trejo (/ˈtrɛh/;[1] Spanish: [ˈtrexo]; born May 16, 1944) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, often as villains and antiheroes. His films include Heat (1995), Con Air (1997), and Desperado (1995), the latter with frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez. Trejo is perhaps most recognized as the character Machete, originally developed by Rodriguez for the Spy Kids series of movies and later expanded into Trejo's own series of films aimed at a more adult audience. He has appeared in TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The X-Files, and Sons of Anarchy. He also appeared in the spoof movie Delta Farce as the killer Carlos Santana who in the movie keeps getting mistaken for the musician.

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With his pockmarked face and trademark tattoos, Danny Trejo has become one of the most beloved celebrities in Hollywood today. However, Trejo's rise to fame had quite a few twists and turns along the way. Years before he took up acting, Trejo was actually a violent criminal who'd spent time in multiple prisons. So how did he turn his life around so drastically? Well, put away your throwing knives as we look at how Danny Trejo went from prison inmate to action star. Breaking bad Led astray by a sinister uncle, Danny Trejo began smoking pot at the age of 8, and by 12 had graduated to heroin. To pay for his drug habit, he joined his uncle on a series of robberies. After several stints in juive, he was sent to prison at 18 for stabbing a sailor with a broken bottle. "I went to juvenile hall so many times I thought Mexicans were supposed to go!" When Trejo was in his early 20s, he was sentenced to prison for selling a bag of fake heroin to an undercover cop. He quickly became the baddest dude in jail, running his own gang, earning fame as a champion boxer in three different prisons, and acquiring one of the most famous tattoos in the world. It seemed like Trejo was destined to live the thug life forever. "Well, I was lightweight welterweight champion of every penitentiary I was in, and I was in all of em." The path to redemption In 1968, Trejo's life took a dramatic turn. During a prison riot, Trejo hit a guard with a rock. He was sent to solitary confinement for three months. In order to stay sane, he spent his time acting out scenes from some of his favorite films, like The Wizard of Oz and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And he found religion. Worried that he would be sent to death row for attacking a guard, Trejo began praying. He told Sabotage Times, "I remember my prayer, my prayer was, "'God, if you're there, everything will be alright – if you're not, I’m screwed."' That was my prayer. And He was there… I was in the depths of hell, and because I said that prayer, my life changed." Moved to transform his life, Trejo joined Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous while still in prison. In 1969, he was released, and began his new life — as a drug counselor. "I started going to meetings, I started surrounding myself with people that had my best interests at heart, not theirs." Big break For the next 15 years, Trejo struggled to make ends meet, working as a counselor, a landscaper, and even occasionally in unsanctioned backyard boxing matches. But in 1985, he got the break of a lifetime and became a movie star through a series of unlikely coincidences when a client trying to kick a cocaine habit summoned him to the set of the film Runaway Train. While helping his client, Trejo's distinctive appearance drew attention and he was asked if he wanted to appear as an extra in a prison scene. He agreed, and took off his shirt, revealing his famous tattoo. Through a stroke of complete luck, the film's screenwriter, Eddie Bunker, had done time in prison and recognized Trejo as a boxing champion. As it happened, the filmmakers were looking for a boxing tutor to help the movie's lead, Eric Roberts. Trejo agreed to help, but his performance sparring with Roberts behind the scenes was so compelling that director Andrey Konchalovskiy [kon-cha-LOV-sky] offered him an on-screen role as the big bad guy in the boxing scene. Just like that, Trejo had become a movie star, something Trejo attributes to the man upstairs. He told NPR, "It's like divine intervention. For me to meet Eddie Bunker on a movie set, it was amazing." Action icon With over 300 film and television credits to his name, Danny Trejo has become one of Hollywood's most recognizable action stars, appearing opposite or alongside everyone from Vin Diesel and Harrison Ford to Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson. Just how broad is Trejo's appeal? He's been in everything from the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless to The Muppets, and even appeared once on the bizarrely absurd Adult Swim comedy Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! "Hey, man I didn't kill nobody." "(slapping sounds)" "STOP IT!" But more than anything, Trejo is probably best known for his collaborations with director Robert Rodriguez. The filmmaker has cast him in no fewer than nine of his movies, most famously in the 2010 grindhouse cult classic Machete. Rodriguez told IGN that as soon as he saw Trejo, he knew he had found his star. . "When I met Danny, I said, 'This guy should be like the Mexican Jean-Claude Van Damme or Charles Bronson." The world's most dangerous foodie So once you've become the toughest star in Hollywood, where do you go next with your career? Well, if you're Trejo, you go into the restaurant business. With the help of two partners, the action star recently founded his own culinary kingdom, opening Trejo's Tacos, Trejo's Cantina, and even Trejo's Coffee & Donuts. "there's been a lot of celebrities who have tried and open up restaurants and stuff, but they kinda just try and go on the name… I don't care who you are food better be good!" And Trejo is more than just health-conscious. Besides offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, Trejo's restaurant chains also donate all their excess fresh food to charity. He told Forbes, "nothing is kept overnight, and what we have left over goes to a homeless shelter. It's all part of sharing the success." Big softie Between being a doting dad, a drug counselor, and donating food to the homeless, Trejo clearly has a big heart. But that love isn't just reserved for his fellow human beings, as Trejo is also a renowned dog lover. Besides co-founding the charity K9 Compassion, Trejo has also worked on behalf of groups like Best Friends Animal Society and the Villalobos [vil-la-LO-bos] Rescue Center, and he's appeared in ads for Friends of Animals. "I've been locked up for about 3 months. That's 15 days in human time." Trejo is a big advocate of adoption, and has put his money where his mouth is, currently owning four cute canines himself. He told Inked Magazine that he feels people have a duty to man's best friend. "We called the dogs in out of the wild. We built the fire and brought them in — they're our responsibility." Awwww. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love, too!

Contents

Early life

Trejo was born in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, to Mexican parents.[2][3][4] He is the son of Alice Rivera and Dan Trejo, a construction worker,[5][6] and a second cousin of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, though the two were unaware that they were related until the filming of Desperado.[7][8] Prior to his film career Trejo worked as a labor foreman in construction.

Throughout the 1960s, Trejo was in and out of jail and prison in California; Trejo has suggested that his physical appearance contributed to his constantly getting into trouble.[9] There are conflicting accounts of his prison chronology. By one account, his final term in custody ended in 1972;[4] by another account, he did time in a juvenile offenders' camp and six California prisons between 1959 and 1969.[10][11] He recalled that his last prison term was five years. While serving in San Quentin Prison, he became a champion boxer in that prison's lightweight and welterweight divisions.[4] During this time, Trejo became a member of a twelve-step program, which he credits with his success in overcoming drug addiction. In 2011, he recalled that he had been sober for 42 years.[10]

Career

Films and television

While Trejo was working as a youth drug counselor, a teenage patient asked for his assistance dealing with cocaine problems on the set of Runaway Train (1985).[4][12] While there, Trejo was offered a job as an extra in the film's prison scenes. Edward Bunker, himself a former convict, and a well-respected crime author who was writing the screenplay for the film, recognized Trejo, with whom he had done time at San Quentin.[4][12] Bunker, remembering Trejo's boxing skills, offered him $320 per day to train Eric Roberts, one of the movie's stars, for a boxing scene. Director Andrei Konchalovsky liked Trejo's work and decided to offer him a small role in the film as a boxer. It has been widely misreported that Trejo was actually serving time in the prison during filming, when in fact he had been released more than a decade earlier.[citation needed]

 Trejo at Muscle Beach
Trejo at Muscle Beach

Since then, Trejo has become a prolific actor in both films and television, appearing in five or more movies per year, in various genres. He has appeared in such major releases as Marked for Death (1990), Blood In Blood Out (1993), Desperado (1995), Heat (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Anaconda (1997), Con Air (1997), The Replacement Killers (1998), Point Blank (1998), Animal Factory (2000), Bubble Boy (2001), Spy Kids (2001), XXX (2002), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2006), Delta Farce (2007), Grindhouse (2007), Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007), Urban Justice (2007, alongside Steven Seagal), Valley of Angels (2008), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009, in which he voices the character of Rico), Machete (2010), Predators (2010), Bad Ass (2012), Reaper (2014), Preggoland (2014), and Range 15 (2016).

Trejo is known for his distinctive appearance. In addition to his heavily lined face, scarred from cystic acne and a brawl, and the long mustache he usually sports, he has displayed the large tattoo on his chest for many roles (the tattoo depicts a woman wearing a sombrero).[13][14] He often plays thugs or lowlife characters, although he has also played sympathetic characters in films such as Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids trilogy, Bubble Boy, and the USA Network series Monk, where art imitated life in his portrayal of a convict roommate of Tony Shalhoub's undercover detective.[citation needed] He also appeared in a season 2 episode of Desperate Housewives, where, as another good-guy character, he was sent by Carlos to help Gabrielle deal with the grief over losing her unborn baby.[citation needed] He voiced the character Enrique on King of the Hill,[citation needed] and Octavio's character on that show is based on his appearance.[citation needed] His role on King of the Hill was referred to in the HBO series Unscripted, where he had a cameo appearance.[citation needed] He also is featured in the episode "Comedy" (season 5, episode 1, aired February 28, 2010) of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and an episode of Do IT LIVE with actors Anna Bennett and Claudia Pickering, shot in Downtown Los Angeles, titled "Sebring feat. Danny Trejo".[citation needed][citation needed] He also made guest appearances, as Tortuga (a.k.a. "The Tortoise"), in the noted series Breaking Bad in 2009 and 2010, most notably in the episode "Negro y Azul" which originally aired on April 19, 2009.

 Trejo in October 2009
Trejo in October 2009

In 2008, Trejo portrayed a Mexican bartender in the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Regarding his continued growth as a professional actor, Trejo stated that he still cannot believe how fortunate he has been: "I'm so blessed. I'm still scared that somebody's going to wake me up and say, 'Hey, we're still in prison. Let's go to chow".[15] Many of Trejo's characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives or sharp instruments: Machete in Spy Kids, Razor Charlie in the From Dusk till Dawn series, Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in Predators.[16] He also played Machete in a trailer made for Rodriguez's film collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, Grindhouse. In 2010, he starred in a full theatrical version of Machete, based on the character, and later in a sequel, Machete Kills, in 2013.

In 2012, Trejo starred alongside Ron Perlman and Charles S. Dutton in Craig Moss’s action film Bad Ass (2012). He played the main character of Vietnam veteran Frank Vega, based on 67-year-old "Epic Beard Man" Thomas Bruso. That same year Trejo again appeared with Perlman in a supporting role in season 4 of the FX network drama Sons of Anarchy.

In 2014, Trejo produced his first film, Ambition, and then produced his second film, the action film Bad Ass, in 2015.[17][clarification needed] In 2015, Trejo appeared in a television commercial for Snickers that aired during Super Bowl XLIX, in which he portrayed Marcia Brady prior to eating the candy bar.[18][19] In 2016 and 2017, he appeared as himself in transparent disguises in TV ads for Sling TV.

In 2017, Trejo appeared on Hell's Kitchen as guest in season 16's final dinner service. He also made a guest appearance on the Rick and Morty episode “Pickle Rick”, voicing the part of Jaguar.[20]

Biopics

The award-winning independent film Champion (2005), which documents Trejo's life, features Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Steve Buscemi, and Robert Rodriguez.[citation needed] In 2013, Trejo shared his tumultuous journey from convict to movie star with KTTV in Los Angeles in a segment filmed in his own home.[21]

Games

Trejo appears as a playable character in Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004), a fighting game for which the actor lent his voice and likeness. He also lent his voice to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006) for the character Umberto Robina, who also resembles Trejo.[citation needed] Additionally, he voiced Raul Tejada, a Ghoul, in Fallout: New Vegas (2010). Trejo appeared in the PlayStation Move game The Fight: Lights Out (2010) as an instructor for the player's character, and as himself in the second map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010); Escalation map pack, on the zombie map Call of the Dead.

Restaurants

Over the years Trejo has opened a series of successful Los Angeles restaurants. His first was Trejo's Tacos (2016), followed by Trejo's Cantina (2017), and Trejo's Coffee & Donuts (2017) a mobile food truck. His most recent venture will be an expansion of his donut food truck in Las Vegas Nevada.[22]

Music videos

Trejo has made cameo appearances in music videos, such as "Got It Twisted" by Mobb Deep (2004); Sepultura's video "Attitude" (1996); Jay Chou's short movie-music video Double Blade from his 2003 album Yeh Hui-mei (2003); Rehab's song "Bartender" (2007); the Jonas Brothers' song "Burnin' Up" from their album A Little Bit Longer (2008); rapper Tech N9ne's video for the single "Like Yeah" from his release Killer (2008); southern metalcore band Maylene and the Sons of Disaster's video for the single "Open Your Eyes" from their release IV (2011); and Yelawolf's video "Whistle Dixie" (2012). He also appeared in famous adult entertainer Lupe Fuentes' music video "We Are the Party" (2012) with her band The Ex-Girlfriends.[23] In 2013, he appeared in the music video for the Enrique Iglesias song Loco.[24] On July 15, 2014, Trejo featured as his Robert Rodriguez character Machete in the music video of "Angel In Blue Jeans", which additionally featured Canadian television hostess and actor Hannah Simone. On September 11, 2015, Trejo appears in the music video "Repentless",[25] from Slayer's "Repentless" album released on the same day. "Pride in Prejudice", another Slayer's video, features Trejo again with an expanded role.[26]

Personal life

Trejo owns a home in the San Fernando Valley.[27] He has two children with his ex-wife Debbie; he filed for divorce in 2009.[28] Trejo owns several ventures in the food and restaurant business; as of January 2016 these included a taco restaurant on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, his own brands of beer, coffee, and various merchandise, with ice cream sandwiches under development.[29] Trejo's Donuts is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland Avenue.[30][31] Trejo is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Filmography

In other media

Comics

In the comic series DMZ a character named Danny with the same appearance as Danny Trejo appears; the character indicates that he was formerly a convicted felon as well.

Games

Trejo is featured in the hip-hop fighting game Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004) as a soldier on Crow's side. He can be seen in the intro of Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd ("Play for Real", B-Real & DJ Lethal). He is featured in the downloadable content pack called Escalation Map Pack in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010), on the map "Call of the Dead" as himself. He provided the voice of the companion Raul Alfonso Tejada in Fallout: New Vegas. He provides his voice and likeness to Umberto Robina in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Literature

In Charlie Higson's third The Enemy series novel, The Fear (2011), Orlando Epstein, nicknamed Einstein, makes fun of DogNut's ignorance by introducing himself as Isaac Newton. In retaliation, DogNut says, "my real name's Danny Trejo, but you may call me DogNut. Everyone else does." When Einstein responds, "Okay, Danny", DogNut reflects: "He may not know much about scientists, but Einstein clearly didn't know much about hard-faced, ex-con Mexican action-movie stars."[32]

Music

Plastilina Mosh, a Mexican alternative rock band, paid tribute to Trejo with their song "Danny Trejo", featured in their album All U Need Is Mosh (2008). Danny Trejo had an appearance in the music video of the song "Double Blade" by Jay Chou. (2003)

Cookbooks

Trejo is a contributor to the book Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories From Behind Bars (2015).

See also

References

  1. ^ "Danny Trejo: Sober 46 Years and Giving Back | AARP" on YouTube
  2. ^ Amy Nicholson. "Danny Trejo Talks 'Predators,' 'Machete' and The Jonas Brothers". Archived from the original on October 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Beale, Lewis (May 9, 2007). "He ain't that bad". Daily News. New York. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bowles, Scott (September 3, 2010). "'Machete' star Danny Trejo is an illustrated man, in many ways". USA Today. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Danny Trejo Biography (1944–)". Film Reference. 
  6. ^ "Danny Trejo Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. 
  7. ^ Strauss, Bob (September 11, 2003). "ROBERT RODRIGUEZ WEARS A HOST OF HATS, STAYS AWAY FROM TINSELTOWN AND EMBRACES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH GRITTY END TO `MARIACHI' TRILOGY". Daily News (Los Angeles, CA). Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ Barlow, Helen (November 11, 2010). "Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo cutting a short story long". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mackenzie, Steven (February 13, 2014). "Danny Trejo interview: "My looks used to get me into trouble but now the're paying off"". The Big Issue. 
  10. ^ a b Wright, Paul (August 2011). "Prison Legal News Interviews Former Prisoner and Famous Actor Danny Trejo". Prison Legal News. 
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  14. ^ Westhoff, Ben. "Danny Trejo - Hollywood Badass". Urban Ink. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. 
  15. ^ "Danny Trejo: The illustrated man". Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Meet Danny Trejo as the Badass Cuchillo in New 'Predators' Character Profile". 
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  18. ^ Nathalie Tadena. "AdWatch: Snickers Super Bowl Ad Brings Out Different Side of Marcia Brady". WSJ. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ Maura Judkis (February 1, 2015). "The Snickers 'Brady Bunch'-themed Super Bowl 2015 commercial starring Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi". Washington Post. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ Jack Shepherd (Aug. 7, 2017). https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/rick-and-morty-season-3-episode-3-review-recap-s3e3-pickle-rick-a7880196.html Independent UK.
  21. ^ "Casa de Machete". KTTV. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  22. ^ https://www.eater.com/2017/8/4/16026090/danny-trejo-doughnuts-tacos
  23. ^ "About The Ex-Girlfriends". The Ex-Girlfriends. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Enrique Iglesias". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Watch Slayer and Danny Trejo Film Gory Video at L.A. Prison". Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Slayer – "Pride In Prejudice" Video (NSFW) (Feat. Danny Trejo)". September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ "'Machete' Star Drops $550K on Mission Hills Party Pad". TMZ. EHM Productions, Inc. December 30, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
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  29. ^ Harris, Jenn (January 12, 2016). "Danny Trejo talks vegan tacos at the new Trejo's Tacos on La Brea". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
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  32. ^ Higson, Charlie (2011). The Fear. p. Chapter 43, page 7. 

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