Danny Trejo

Actor, Producer, Counselor
For over two decades, casting agents looking for an actor who could convincingly portray the baddest of the bad went to one man - Danny Trejo, whose muscular, tattooed frame and leathery face bespoke volumes about ... Read more »
Born: 05/16/1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (163)

Angie Tribeca 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Range 15 2016 (Movie)

Zombie Trejo (Actor)

Red Nose Day 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Storks 2016 (Movie)

(Voice)

TripTank 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

3-Headed Shark Attack 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

4Got10 2015 (Movie)

Danny Perez (Actor)

Bad Asses on the Bayou 2015 (Movie)

Frank Vega (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Slasher 2015 (Movie)

The Drug Dealer #2 (Actor)

Preggoland 2015 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

Skinny Dip 2015 (Movie)

El Tigre (Actor)

Strike One 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

20ft Below 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bullet 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Death Race 2 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dilemma 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dreaming on Christmas 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Force of Execution 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

House of The Rising Sun 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Blood 2014 (Movie)

Big Biz (Actor)

Juan-A-Be.com 2014 (Movie)

Chingon (Actor)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Danny Trejo (Actor)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Official Rejection 2014 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Reaper 2014 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Recoil 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saint George 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Rose 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Book of Life 2014 (Movie)

Skeleton Luis (Voice)

The Burning Dead 2014 (Movie)

Night Wolf (Actor)

The Day October Died 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Night Crew 2014 (Movie)

Aguilar (Actor)

Valley of Angels 2014 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Voodoo Possession 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses 2013 (Movie)

Frank Vega (Actor)

Bilet Na Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Mister Chich (Actor)

Chavez Cage of Glory 2013 (Movie)

Mondo (Actor)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

Machete (Actor)

Maron 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sushi Girl 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tattoo Nation 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Prey 2013 (Movie)

Vega (Actor)

Tosh.0 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vengeance 2013 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Violet & Daisy 2013 (Movie)

Russ (Actor)

Bad Ass 2012 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Haunted High 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Ranchero 2012 (Movie)

Capone (Actor)

Sons of Anarchy 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Annoying Orange 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Cloth 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Perez (Actor)

Bones 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

Uncle Machete (Actor)

Top Cat 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Breaking Bad 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Machete (Actor)

Modern Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modus Operandi 2010 (Movie)

Director Holiday (Actor)

Predators 2010 (Movie)

Cuchillo (Actor)

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Killing Jar 2010 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

blacktino 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battle for Terra 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Elder Barum (Actor)

Beatdown 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fanboys 2009 (Movie)

The Chief (Actor)

Pastor Shepherd 2009 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

The Bill Collector 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Line 2009 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Boys Of Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

King of the Hill 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Ties 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

Carlos Santana (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

Ismael Cruz (Actor)

Haunted Prison 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smiley Face 2007 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror 2007 (Movie)

The Derelict (Actor)

Stargate: Atlantis 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Furnace 2007 (Movie)

Fury (Actor)

The Knights of Prosperity 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The No Sit List 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living the Dream 2006 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Sherrybaby 2006 (Movie)

Dean Walker (Actor)

Chasing Ghosts 2005 (Movie)

Carlos Santiago (Actor)

Danny Roane: First Time Director 2005 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Hopes 2005 (Movie)

Shady (Actor)

Lost 2005 (Movie)

Archer (Actor)

The Crow: Wicked Prayer 2005 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

The Devil's Rejects 2005 (Movie)

Rondo (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Champion 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tennis Anyone? 2004 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Toxic 2004 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

Alias 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Cucuy (Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Machete (Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Uncle Machete (Actor)

The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Night Stalker 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Little Bill (Actor)

XXX 2002 (Movie)

El Jefe (Actor)

Skippy 2001 (Movie)

The Hitman (Actor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Machete (Actor)

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Jumpy (Actor)

The X-Files 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Heat 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1998 (Movie)

Razor Charlie (Actor)

No Mothers Crying, No Babies Dying 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Point Blank 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

Pierce (Actor)

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

Collins (Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Poacher (Actor)

Champions 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Johnny 23 (Actor)

Soundman 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Razor Charlie (Actor)

Le Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

Kumare (Actor)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

Navajas (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Trejo (Actor)

Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

12:01 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Geronimo (Actor)

Undercover Cop 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nails 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex Crimes 1991 (Movie)

Palmer (Actor)

Whore 1991 (Movie)

Tattoo Man (Actor)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Guns 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

Prisoner (Actor)

Marked for Death 1990 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Bail Out 1989 (Movie)

Mean (Actor)

Kinjite 1989 (Movie)

Prison Inmate (Actor)

Lock Up 1989 (Movie)

Chink's Gang Member (Actor)

Shannon's Deal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulletproof 1988 (Movie)

Sharkey (Actor)

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 (Movie)

Art Sanella--Zacharias Gang Member (Actor)

Penitentiary III 1987 (Movie)

See Veer (Actor)

Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Boxer (Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

Animal Factory (TV Show)

Actor

Doppelganger (TV Show)

Actor

Doublecrossed (TV Show)

Actor

Last Light (TV Show)

Actor

Los Locos (TV Show)

Actor

Rise of the Zombies (TV Show)

Actor

Slayer (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Vengeance 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pastor Shepherd 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

High Hopes 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("End Of The Road") (Song Performer)

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

("I Will Survive") (Song Performer)

Biography

For over two decades, casting agents looking for an actor who could convincingly portray the baddest of the bad went to one man - Danny Trejo, whose muscular, tattooed frame and leathery face bespoke volumes about violence and vice in films including "Heat" (1995), "Desperado" (1995) and "Machete" (2010). The conviction behind his performances was due in part to his own life, which was spent partly behind bars; after his release, a chance encounter with a fellow ex-con on the set of "Runaway Train" (1985) led to a long list of bit parts as crooks and killers. His ubiquity and unquestionable authenticity made him a favorite of moviegoers and directors alike, including Michael Mann, Allison Anders and his cousin, Robert Rodriguez, who cast him in nearly all of his films, including a comic turn in his lighthearted "Spy Kids" franchise. In 2010, Rodriguez paid Trejo the ultimate compliment by making him an action hero in "Machete," a gore-soaked tribute to '70s-era grindhouse films. The picture only solidified Trejo's status as one of the toughest talents on the planet.

Relationships

Debbie

Wife

Danielle

Daughter
Born c. 1995

Gilbert

Son
Born c. 1988

Danny Boy

Son
Born c. 1982

Alice Rivera

Mother

Dan Trejo

Father

Milestones

2013

Returned to play Machete in "Machete Kills"

2012

Starred as the title character in "Bad Ass"

2011

Began appearing on "Sons of Anarchy"

2011

Appeared in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"

2010

Starred as an ex-Federale who seeks revenge against his former boss in "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

2010

Appeared in "Predators," a sequel to cult favorites "Predator" (1987) and "Predator 2" (1990) about an elite group of warriors hunted by a merciless alien race

2007

Cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the classic horror film "Halloween"

2007

Featured in a fake trailer for "Machete" that appeared in the Rodriguez-Tarantino double feature collaboration "Grindhouse"

2007

Cast with Snoop Dogg in the animated feature "Hood of Horror"

2006

Cast as a 12-step veteran opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Sherrybaby"

2002

Cast as Machete in "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2002

Appeared in the action film "xXx" with Vin Diesel

2002

Portrayed Cucuy in "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"

2000

Made producing debut with "The Animal Factory"; debuted at Sundance

2000

Formed Starburst, a production company; announced debut project "Devil's Punchbowl"

1998

Appeared in "The Replacement Killers," starring Mira Sorvino and Chow Yun-Fat

1997

Third film with Jon Voight, "Anaconda" (also appeared with Voight in "Runaway Train" and "Heat")

1997

Played Johnny 23, the third most psychotic member of the planeload of escaped convicts, in "Con-Air"

1996

Portrayed Razor Charlie in Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn"

1995

Landed role of Certain Doom, the dagger-throwing assassin, in Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado"

1995

Originally hired as a consultant for Michael Mann's "Heat"; had always wanted to rob an armored car in life and Mann let him do it as an actor

1994

Awarded a much-needed furlough from prison films to play an Echo Park junkie in Allison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca/My Crazy Life"

1993

Returned to San Quentin, playing a convict in Taylor Hackford's prison drama "Bound By Honor"; experience put him on a therapist's couch, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome

1985

Feature film debut in "Runaway Train"; paid $380 a day to teach Eric Roberts to box and to fight him in film

1968

Paroled from prison

Served nine years in California's toughest prisons for armed robbery and selling narcotics

Joined Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous; prowess as a speaker made him a star on the AA and NA circuit

Turned on to marijuana at the age of 8 by an uncle

Became undefeated boxing champ at San Quentin in spite of being a heroin addict and alcoholic at the time

Bonus Trivia

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While in prison, Trejo became involved with a program called the Narcotics Prevention Project in East Los Angeles. From there he started working for Western Pacific Rehab.

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