Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

Movie Actor

Daniel "Danny" Trejo is an American actor. He has appeared in films including Desperado, Heat, and the From Dusk Till Dawn film series.

Full Name
May 16, 1944
5′ 6″
Net Worth


Danny Trejo was born May 16, 1944 in Echo Park, California. His zodiac sign is Taurus, and his ethnicity is Mexican-American. He is the son of Alice Rivera and Dan Trejo, and he had two brothers as well. Trejo's father left when he was young, leaving him to be raised by his mother and her new husband. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood surrounded by drugs and gangs, Trejo struggled with addiction from an early age.

    After spending time in prison for various crimes during his teenage years, Trejo began to turn his life around in the late 1960s. In 1972, he began working as a boxing trainer at the Los Angeles gym “Fitness & Boxing” and based on this job he gained a small part in the movie Runaway Train (1985). His career really took off after he starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1995 film Desperado alongside Antonio Banderas. Since then, he has appeared in numerous films such as Heat (1995), Con Air (1997), Spy Kids (2001), Machete (2010) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996). He also had a recurring role on the hit television series Breaking Bad (2008-2013). 

    In addition to acting, Trejo has been involved with many charitable causes including "The Life Rocks Foundation" which helps homeless youth get back into mainstream society. He also serves as an ambassador for "Casa de Los Niños", a non-profit organization that helps children who are victims of abuse or neglect.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1944</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Danny Trejo is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 16, 1944, Danny Trejo was born in Echo Park, Los Angeles.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1960s</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Incarceration and Rehabilitation</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo spent much of his teenage years in and out of incarceration. During this time he was introduced to rehabilitation and drug counseling.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Acting Career Launch</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo's acting career begins after he is cast as a boxer in the 1985 film Runaway Train.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Breakout Role in Desperado</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo has his breakout role as Navajas in the 1995 film Desperado.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in Machete</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo stars as the title character in the 2005 action movie Machete.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Featured on The Simpsons</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo is featured in an episode of The Simpsons where he plays a prisoner named Machete.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Machete Kills Again in Space</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Trejo returns as the title character in the 2019 sequel Machete Kills Again in Space.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He is Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Danny Trejo has the talent to make any role he plays come alive. Whether it’s a dramatic or comedic character, Danny has the ability to bring the character to life with his unique style of acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He is Charismatic </h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Danny Trejo is one of the most charismatic and likable actors in Hollywood. His charm, wit and charisma make him one of the most popular actors in the industry.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Has an Inspirational Story</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Danny Trejo’s inspiring story of redemption is something that resonates with people all over the world. After spending time in jail for drug trafficking and robbery, Danny turned his life around and became an actor and successful entrepreneur. His story serves as an inspiration to anyone who needs a little help getting back on their feet.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Career as a Drug Counselor</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Danny Trejo began his career in the entertainment business by helping drug addicts to overcome addiction. He was a drug counselor at a rehabilitation center and was also featured in several public service announcements.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Born in a California Prison</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Danny Trejo was actually born in a California prison, where his mother was serving time for drug possession. He turned to drugs himself when he was just eight years old and spent 11 years in prison for armed robbery and drug offenses.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Breakthrough Role in 'Runaway Train'</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Danny Trejo's first breakthrough role came in 1985's Runaway Train, where he played a prisoner named Manny. This role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Appeared in Over 400 Films and TV Shows</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Danny Trejo has appeared in over 400 films and television shows throughout his career. He is best known for his roles in Desperado, Con Air, Grindhouse, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids and more.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Owns Multiple Restaurants</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to his acting career, Danny Trejo is also an entrepreneur. He owns multiple restaurants throughout Los Angeles, including Trejo's Tacos, Trejo's Cantina and Trejo's Coffee & Donuts.</p></div>


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