|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Birth Day:||May 16, 1944|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, United States|
|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
He became a lightweight prison boxing champion while serving an 11-year sentence for robbery.
Dan Trejo was born on May 16, 1944 on Temple Street in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, to Mexican American parents. He is the son of Alice Rivera and Dionisio "Dan" Trejo (1922–1981), a construction worker, and a second cousin of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (born 1968 in San Antonio, Texas), though the two were unaware that they were related until the filming of Desperado. When he was 13 he moved to the diverse Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles, and recalls never really experiencing racism while growing up. Years later he purchased his childhood home and usually lived in it. Prior to his film career, Trejo worked as a labor foreman in construction.
Throughout the '60s, 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. There are conflicting accounts of his prison chronology. By one account, his final term 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.
In 2004, Trejo made an appearance in the videogame Def Jam: Fight for NY, playing one of the villains. An enforcer for Snoop Dogg character Crow. Ingame, Trejo's character is named like himself and uses the streetfighting style.
Trejo's life is documented in the 2005 independent biographical film Champion, which features Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Steve Buscemi, and Robert Rodriguez. 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.
In 2008, Trejo portrayed a Mexican bartender in the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Trejo owns a home in the San Fernando Valley. His two children are now with his former wife Debbie; he filed for divorce in 2009.
Regarding his continued growth as a professional actor, Trejo has remarked, "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". 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 folding knife) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in Predators. 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.
While serving in San Quentin, he became a champion boxer in that prison's lightweight and welterweight divisions. During this time, Trejo became a member of a 12-step program, which he credits with his success in overcoming drug addiction. In 2011, he recalled that he had been sober for 42 years.
He voiced the character Enrique on King of the Hill, and Octavio's character on that show is based on his appearance. His role on King of the Hill was referred to in the HBO series Unscripted, where he had a cameo appearance. 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". He also made guest appearances, as DEA cartel drug informant Tortuga (a.k.a. "The Tortoise"), in the noted series Breaking Bad Season 2 episode "Negro y Azul" (2009) and Season 3 episode "I.F.T." In 2011, he appeared in the action movie Recoil with WWE wrestler Steve Austin.
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.
Trejo has made cameo appearances in music videos, such as "Got It Twisted" by Mobb Deep (2004); "La Familia" by Kid Frost; Sepultura's video "Attitude" (1996); Jay Chou's short movie-music video "Double Blade" from his 2003 album Yeh Hui-meir 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. In 2013, he appeared in the music video for the Enrique Iglesias' song Loco. On July 15, 2014, Trejo featured as his Robert Rodriguez character Machete in the music video of Train's "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" from Slayer's "Repentless" album released on the same day. "Pride in Prejudice", another video from the same album, features Trejo with an expanded role.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). He also made a cameo appearance in Rehab's "Bartender" video. Danny Trejo had a major role in "Money" ft. Bekuh Boom by Broiler.
In 2014, Trejo produced his first film, Ambition, and then produced his second film, the action film Bad Asses. 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. 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, and together with Sasha Grey he was a lead actor in China Test Girls directed by Frankie Latina.
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 and his voice and character appears in the 2018 game Guns of Boom. He can be seen in the intro of Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd ("Play for Real", B-Real & DJ Lethal). Trejo was also added in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to its Battle royale mode Blackout as a playable character in 2019.
Trejo had a supporting role in the 2019 film Acceleration as Santos.
In 2019, he participated in promotions for Magic: The Gathering Arena, along with Sean Plott.
In August 2019, Trejo witnessed a car colliding at an intersection with an SUV and helped extract a five-year-old trapped in a child safety seat inside the overturned SUV. Trejo was quoted saying about the incident: "Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else. Everything."
Danny was married to Debbie Shreve from 1997 to 2009. Danny has three sons named Danny, Jose and Gilbert and two daughters named Danielle and Esmeralda. Danny's cousin is filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
Currently, Danny Trejo is 78 years, 0 months and 7 days old. Danny Trejo will celebrate 79th birthday on a Tuesday 16th of May 2023. Below we countdown to Danny Trejo upcoming birthday.
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