Danny Trejo Biography
Date of Birth May 16, 1944 Los Angeles, California
Dan Trejo was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Alice Rivera and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. He is of Mexican descent. He is a second cousin of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, though the two were unaware that they were related until the filming of Desperado.
Throughout the 1960s, Trejo was in and out of jail and prison in California. There are conflicting accounts of his prison chronology. By one account, his final stint in custody ended in 1972; by another account, he did time in a juvenile offenders’ camp and six California prisons between 1959 and 1969. He recalled that his last prison term was five years. While serving in San Quentin Prison, he became a champion boxer in lightweight and welterweight divisions within that prison. 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. Upon his final release he enrolled in Pitzer College located in Claremont, California but subsequently left after one semester of attendance.
While speaking at a recovery meeting in Los Angeles, Trejo met an old man in the movie business. His newfound friend invited him to the set of Runaway Train where Trejo was offered a job as an extra in the film’s prison scenes. Since then, Trejo has become a prolific actor in both films and television, appearing alongside some of Hollywood’s most famous actors. Trejo has often appeared in five or more movies per year in various genres.
He has appeared in such major releases as Machete, Blood In Blood Out, Animal Factory, Bubble Boy, Anaconda, Marked for Death, xXx, Desperado, Badass, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, Con Air, Six Days Seven Nights, Spy Kids, The Replacement Killers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Predators, Urban Justice, The Devil’s Rejects, Valley of Angels, Delta Farce, Grindhouse, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror.
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