Danny Trejo is an American actor known for his roles in movies and television shows. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million. He has amassed considerable fortune by portraying a variety of parts that are often hyper-masculine, evil and anti-heroic.
Dan Trejo’s parents, Alice Rivera and Dionisio “Dan” Trejo, welcomed him on May 16, 1944, at Echo Park, Los Angeles. In 1967, when he was thirteen years old, his family moved to Pacoima, a suburb of Los Angeles.
In the 1960s, Trejo was in and out of jail and jail in California almost daily. After being sentenced to prison, Trejo decided to take up boxing. He went on to win both the lightweight and welterweight divisions at San Quentin State Prison.
At that point, he also decided to join a 12-step program, which proved to be quite beneficial for his recovery from drug addiction. His freshman semester at Pitzer College in Claremore, California, was cut short by his eventual release from prison. He then returned to prison for the remainder of the term.
Trejo met a young man at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985, who later contacted him for help and assistance. Trejo eventually met him on the set of “Runaway Train” (1985), where he was offered a position as an additional convict, most likely because of his intimidating appearance.
While filming, Trejo was noticed by Edward Bunker, a noted crime novelist who also served as a screenwriter for “Runaway Train.” Bunker had also previously spent time in San Quentin, which allowed him to recognize Trejo and remember Trejo’s boxing skills, as he had been in San Quentin for some time.
In exchange for training one of the film’s stars, Eric Roberts, for a boxing scene to be shot, Bunker promised Trejo $320 a day. A modest role as a boxer was offered to Trejo by the film’s director, Andrei Konchalovsky, who was impressed by Trejo’s performance.
He is known for his unusual appearance which includes scars on his face, long hair on his head and a beard on his mustache as well as several tattoos on his body.
Trejo has had a remarkably successful acting career since the release of ‘Runaway Train’. Sometimes he appeared in five or more films each year, covering a wide variety of genres and styles.
His film credits include “Desperado” (1995), “From Dusk till Dawn” (1995), “Animal Factory” (2000), “Bubble Boy” (2001), “Spy Kids” (2001), “XXX” (2002) , “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “Grindhouse” (2007), “Modus Operandi” (2010), “Machete” (2010), “Reaper” (2014) and “Range 15” (2015) . (2016). In addition, his own life is depicted in the independent biographical film “Champion”, which was released in 2005. Trejo’s first feature film, “Ambition”, was released in 2014 and followed the following year with “Bad Asses”.
Trejo has appeared on more than 70 different television shows since 1990, in addition to his film career and television appearances. Some of the most famous of these shows are “Baywatch” (1991-1992), “NYPD Blue” (1996-1998), “The X-Files” (2000), “King of the Hill” (2003-2010), “Monk” (2004), “Desperate Housewives” (2005), “The Young and the Restless” (2008), “Breaking Bad” (2009-2010), “Modern Family” (2010), “Sons of Anarchy” ( 2011), (2020).
Although Trejo is often portrayed as a rough, violent figure in both film and television, he has also appeared in more sympathetic roles, such as in ‘Spy Kids’, ‘Bubble Boy’ and ‘Monk’, among other films and television shows. An excellent example of him as a more sympathetic character is his appearance in Season 2 of “Desperate Housewives” where he helps Gabrielle process the grief of the loss of her pregnant child.
Trejo has also made several cameo appearances in music videos, which can be found on his website. The music videos for “Got It Twisted” (2004) by Mobb Deep, “Double Blade” (2003) by Jay Chou, “Loco” (2013) by Enrique Iglesias, “Angel in Blue Jeans” (2014) by Train, and “ Repentless” (2015) by Slayer are just a few examples.
Among the video games for which Trejo has provided voice work include “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002), “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories” (2006), and “Fallout: New Vegas” (2010). In addition, he has made guest appearances in the video games “Call of Duty: Black Ops” (2010), “Taco Run!” (2018) and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” (2010). (2019).
Trejo also has a thriving restaurant business. Trejo’s Tacos was the first restaurant he opened, followed in 2017 by Trejo’s Cantina and Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts. In 2018, he plans to open Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts. Mason Royal, the head chef, is in charge of all the restaurants.
Trejo was married to Debbie Shreve from 1997 to 2009 and they had two children. They are the parents of three children between them. He is the great-nephew of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, a link the two only discovered when they were filming ‘Desperado’.