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Danny Trejo

Trejo at the premiere of Grindhouse, Austin, Texas.
Born May 16, 1944 (1944-05-16) (age 63)
Flag of the United States Los Angeles, United States

Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor who has appeared in many Hollywood movies. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,456 × 2,304 pixels, file size: 2. ... Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... This article is about motion pictures. ...

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Biography

Early life

Trejo (pronounced Treh-ho), a Mexican American,[1] was born Dan Trejo, Jr.[2] in Los Angeles, the son of Alice Rivera and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. He is a cousin of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez[3][4] and a native of the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. As a youth, he roamed the streets around his home area, committing various crimes and became addicted to drugs. He was in and out of jail many times as a teenager. The ethnonym Mexican-American describes United States citizens of Mexican ancestry (14 million in 2003) and Mexican citizens who reside in the US (10 million in 2003). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For the American composer born 1946, see Robert Xavier Rodriguez. ... The lake in Echo Park. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Panamanian motor vessel Gatun during the largest cocaine bust in United States Coast Guard history (20 tons), off the coast of Panama. ...


While on the streets, Trejo developed talent as a boxer and considered taking up boxing as a profession. That ambition was dashed by a lengthy prison sentence. While serving time in San Quentin State Prison, he became the California state prison champion in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. During this time, Trejo became a member of a twelve-step program, which he credits with his success in overcoming drug addiction. For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The sprawling San Quentin prison complex. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Lightweight (disambiguation). ... Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. ... // A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles for recovery from addictive, compulsive, or other behavioral problems, originally developed by the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for recovery from alcoholism. ...


Career

While speaking at a recovery meeting in 1985, Trejo met a young 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. Edward Bunker, himself a former convict and well-respected crime author who was writing the screenplay for the film, recognized Trejo, whom he had done time with at San Quentin. Remembering Trejo's boxing skills, he offered Trejo $350 per day to train Eric Roberts, one of the movie's stars, for a boxing scene. Director Andrei Konchalovsky liked Trejo's work and decided to offer him a prominent role in the film. Runaway Train is a 1985 film which tells the story of two escaped convicts and a female train worker who are stuck on a runaway train as it barrels through snowy desolate Alaska. ... For the founder of Bunkerville, Nevada, see Edward Bunker (Mormon). ... Eric Anthony Roberts (born on April 18, 1956, in Biloxi, Mississippi) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky (Russian: ) (born August 20, 1937 in Moscow) is an acclaimed Russian film writer and director. ...


Since then, Trejo has become a very busy actor in both films and television, acting alongside some of Hollywood's most famous actors, including Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Charles Bronson, George Clooney, Edward Furlong, John Malkovich, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Val Kilmer, and Antonio Banderas. Trejo has often appeared in five or more movies per year in various genres. Major releases in which he has acted include Blood in Blood Out, Anaconda, xXx, Desperado, 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, MFE Souls Day, The Devil's Rejects, Valley of Angels, Delta Farce, Grindhouse, and Rob Zombie's Halloween. John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and an exemplar of method acting. ... For other persons named Charles Bronson, see Charles Bronson (disambiguation). ... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, who gained fame as one of the lead doctors in the long-running television drama, ER (1994–99), as Anthony Edwardss characters best friend and partner... Edward Walter Furlong[1] (born August 2, 1977) is an American actor, known for playing young John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Danny Vinyard in American History X. // Furlong was born in Glendale, California, near Burbank, to Eleanor (née Tafoya), a youth-center worker, and an unknown... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ... For the silent film actor, see Harrison Ford (silent film actor). ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born August 10, 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor and singer who has starred in high-profile Hollywood films including Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, Mariachi sequels, Philadelphia, The Mask of Zorro, and the Shrek sequels. ... Blood In Blood Out (also known as Bound by Honor) is a 1993 film directed by Taylor Hackford. ... Anaconda (1997) is a thriller film. ... XXX (also written xXx), pronounced Triple X, is a 2002 action movie starring Vin Diesel. ... Desperado is a 1995 film directed by Robert Rodriguez. ... Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) is an action film by Robert Rodriguez and the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, which includes El Mariachi and Desperado. ... Heat is an American made crime/thriller/drama film released on December 15, 1995. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... For other uses, see Conair. ... Six Days Seven Nights is a 1998 romantic comedy film interspersed with elements of the adventure film. ... Spy Kids is the first film of the Spy Kids trilogy. ... The Replacement Killers is a 1998 film, directed by Antoine Fuqua. ... Categories: Stub | 2004 films | Comedy films ... The Devils Rejects is a 2005 horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. ... Delta Farce is a 2007 comedy released for Lions Gate on May 11, 2007. ... Exploitation films is a loosely defined term to describe a film genre that typically sacrifice the traditional notions of artistic merit for a more sensationalistic display, often featuring excessive sex, violence, and gore. ... Rob Zombies Halloween is a remake of the first film in the Halloween film series. ...

Trejo at Muscle Beach.
Trejo at Muscle Beach.

Trejo is known for his very distinctive appearance. In addition to his heavily lined face (usually sporting a long mustache), he has displayed the large tattoo on his chest for many roles (the tattoo depicts a woman wearing a sombrero). He often plays thugs or lowlife characters, although he has displayed range as a good guy with films such as Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids trilogy, Bubble Boy and an amusing guest appearance on the USA Network series Monk with art imitating life as a convict roommate to Tony Shalhoub's undercover detective. He also appeared in an episode of Desperate Housewives in Season 2, sent by Carlos to help Gabrielle deal with her grief of losing her unborn baby (another good-guy character). He also plays the characters Enrique and Octavio on King of the Hill. His role on King of the Hill was referenced in the HBO series Unscripted in which he appears in a quick cameo. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Muscle Beach, Venice Muscle Beach, in the United States is an area in Venice, California on Ocean Front Walk two blocks north of Venice Boulevard, that is set up by the city as an outdoors weightlifting gym. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... Sombrero Sombrero means hat in Spanish. ... Spy Kids is the first film of the Spy Kids trilogy. ... The 2001 film Bubble Boy Bubble Boy is a 2001 comedy film directed by Blair Hayes and stars Jake Gyllenhall in the title role. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... Monk is an Emmy and Golden Globe winning U.S. television show about the private detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. ... This article is about the television program. ... This article is about the television program. ... Unscripted is the name of an HBO television series that was broadcast in early 2005. ...


The independent film Champion was released in 2005, documenting Trejo's life and featuring appearances by friends and associates from the film industry. Trejo appears as a playable character in Def Jam: Fight for NY, a fighting game to which the actor lent his voice and likeness. He had previously lent his voice to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories for the character Umberto Robina, who also resembles Trejo. He also appeared in, Jack's Law, written by Jeff Hawker and directed by Gil Medina; Trejo played the main character, Jack Santos, whose life is torn apart by the murder of his wife and daughter. The undercover vice cop takes a turn to the dark side, but a planned sequel suggests he lives through it. In May of 2007, Trejo appeared as Mexican gangster Carlos Santana in the comedy movie Delta Farce, where three army reservists end up battling Trejo's gang of bandits, after they end up in Mexico instead of Iraq where they are supposed to be deployed. In regards to his continued growth as a professional actor, he still can't believe how fortunate he's been. "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'".[5] Trejo will next voice the character of Rico in Rob Zombie's upcoming animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto as well as star alongside Steven Seagal in Urban Justice. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article describes fighting games in which opponents face off in a battle. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Delta Farce is a 2007 comedy released for Lions Gate on May 11, 2007. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is an animation comedy that also combines elements of a horror and thriller film. ... Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1951) is an American action movie actor, producer, writer, director, martial artist, singer-songwriter, spiritualist and activist. ... Urban Justice, is a 2007 action film starring Steven Seagal and Eddie Griffin that will be released STV in September 2007. ...


Many of Trejo's characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives or sharp instruments: Machete in Spy Kids, Razor Charlie and Razor Eddie in the From Dusk Till Dawn movies, and Navajas (Spanish for knives) in Desperado. He also plays another character called Machete in a trailer made for Rodriguez's film collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, Grindhouse. He is set to star in a full theatrical version of the film of the same name, based on the character. For the American composer born 1946, see Robert Xavier Rodriguez. ... Spy Kids is the first film of the Spy Kids trilogy. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Desperado is a 1995 film directed by Robert Rodriguez. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award- and Palme dOr-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. ... Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. ... Machete is a spinoff film from the trailer that Robert Rodriguez wrote and directed for the Grindhouse movies that he and Quentin Tarantino made. ...


Personal life

Trejo is married to Debbie Trejo. He has three children: Danny Boy (b. 1981, from a previous marriage), Gilbert (b. 1988), and Louis Baydala (b. 1990).


Trejo has said that he is amazed when he walks the streets where he used to commit crimes and children ask him for autographs. He also pointed out that he often chooses to play bad guys to teach younger audiences that bad guys often die or go to prison, and that one should try to live a decent life The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Trejo has played by the name Machete 4 times in theaters. Three times in the Spy Kids franchise and In the fake trailer of Planet Terror Spy Kids is the first film of the Spy Kids trilogy. ... Planet Terror is a 2007 film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit. ...


Filmography

Year Title Role
1985 Runaway Train Daniel Trejo
1987 The Hidden Prisoner
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Art Sanella
1988 Bulletproof Sharkey
1989 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Prison Inmate
1991 Wedlock Tough Prisoner #1
1993 Blood in Blood Out Geronimo
1995 Desperado Navajas
1995 Heat Trejo
1996 From Dusk till Dawn Razor Charlie
1996 Con Air Johnny 23
1997 Anaconda Poacher
1998 The Replacement Killers Collins
1998 Six Days Seven Nights Pierce
2000 Reindeer Games Jumpy
2001 Spy Kids Machete
2001 Bubble Boy Slim
2002 xXx El Jefe
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Cucuy
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Bartender
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rondo
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer Harold
2006 Sherrybaby Dean Walker
2007 Grindhouse Machete
2007 Delta Farce Carlos Santana
2007 Halloween Ismael Cruz
2008 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Rico
2008 Fanboys The Chief
2008 La Linea Mario
2009 Sin City 2 TBC[6]
2009 Machete Machete

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References

  1. ^ Former 'predator' Danny Trejo is a kids' favorite - Latino - NY Daily News
  2. ^ His birthname is simply "Dan", according to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  3. ^ Danny Trejo Biography (1944-)
  4. ^ Danny Trejo Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ Danny Trejo: The illustrated man
  6. ^ http://www.moviehole.net/news/20070514_machete_movie_greenlit.html

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