Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, acting to producing, the name, face, and achievements of Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood.
Danny Trejo grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite spending the latter part of his youth and early adulthood incarcerated, he has risen to become a great actor and a better person. Upon his release from Soledad Prison, Trejo became involved in programs aimed at helping those who, like him, battled or are battling drug and alcohol addictions.
Years later, Trejo visited the set of Runaway Train to offer support to a man he’d been counseling and was immediately offered a role as a convict. Since then, he’s gone on to star in dozens of feature films including Desperado, the From Dusk ‘Til Dawn film series, Heat alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Con Air, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Spy Kids series. Trejo has also starred in numerous independent films including Sherry Baby with Maggie Gyllenhaal, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and the Rob Zombie films The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. He was seen in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grind House, which led to a spin-off movie from the original trailers called Machete, in which Trejo plays the anti-hero of the story, an ex-federale with a gift for wielding a blade who hides out as a day-laborer and is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator. In addition, he starred in Dead in Tombstone alongside Anthony Michael Hall and Mickey Rourke. In 2013, Trejo reprised his role in Machete Kills. He can next be seen in starring in Bullet, Disney’s Muppets…Again with Tina Fey and Ray Liotta and Bad Ass 2 alongside Danny Glover.
Trejo’s numerous television credits include a recurring role on the critically-acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy, and guest appearances on The Annoying Orange, Bones, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, and Franklin and Bash. He has lent his voice to animated characters on King of the Hill and Young Justice.
In addition to acting, Trejo has produced the award winning short An Eye for Talent and The Animal Factory, directed by Steve Buscemi, under his own production banner Starburst. He went on to create Trejo 4.0 Productions which produced the film High Hopes, and was acquired by Maple Pictures/Lionsgate Canada. The company is currently developing Little Boy Blue based on Edward Bunker’s novel.
Despite his impressive list of credits, it’s his continual role as a devoted father of three and as an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction.