Danny Trejo

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Danny Trejo (born in 1944) is a character actor who has appeared in many Hollywood movies. Trejo is a native of the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Trejo's life as a youngster wasn't easy: he roamed the streets around his home area while committing various crimes and became addicted to drugs. He went in and out of jail many times as a teenager.

While on the streets, Trejo developed talent as a boxer; indeed, he considered becoming a professional boxer. That ambition was dashed by a long prison sentence. While serving time in San Quentin State Prison, he became the California state jail's champion in both the lightweight and welterweight categories. During this time, Trejo also successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that helped him leave behind the lifestyle of crime and drugs.

Movie Career

While attending a Cocaine Anonymous 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. A screenwriter recognized Trejo: they had done time together 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 Konchalovski liked Trejo's work and decided to offer him a prominent role in the film.

Since then, he has shared the silver screen with a list of Hollywood's most famous actors, including Nicolas Cage, Charles Bronson, Jennifer Lopez, Edward Furlong, Tyra Banks, Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas. A very prolific actor, Trejo often appears in five or more movies each year across a wide variety of genres. Major releases in which he has acted include Desperado, Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn, Con Air, Six Days Seven Nights, Spy Kids, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

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 is married to Debbie Trejo. He has three children: Danny Boy (b. 1981, from a previous marriage), Gilbert (b. 1988), and Danielle (b. 1994). He is the cousin of director Robert Rodriguez.

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 young children that bad guys often die.

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