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Danny Trejo net worth:
$16 Million

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Danny Trejo information

Birth date: May 16, 1944
Birth place: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Profession:Actor, Film Producer, Voice Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Debbie Shreve (m. 1997–2009)
Children:Danielle Trejo, Gilbert Trejo, Danny Boy Trejo, Esmeralda Trejo, Jose Trejo

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Dan Trejo was born on 16 May 1944, in Los Angeles, California USA of Mexican ancestry. He is perhaps mostly recognised as an actor who plays masculine and antagonistic characters in Hollywood movies. During his career, Danny has starred in more than 250 television and movie titles.

How rich is Danny Trejo? Considering the number of differing roles Danny Trejo has played in his career, it comes as no surprise that his net worth has reached an impressive amount: sources estimate it at $16 million. While Danny has appeared in video games and television, most of his net worth has been accumulated from his roles in movies.

Danny Trejo Net Worth $16 Million

The beginning of Danny Trejo’s career was a little bit unusual to say the least. In the distant past, before getting involved with acting, Danny served some time in prison, during which he managed to gain a few boxing titles which later became useful in his acting career, and was actually the reason why he got his first role. First, however, it so happened that one of his friends – Edward Bunker invited him to the set of “Runaway Train” and asked him to train one of the actresses in boxing. In the same movie, he played the role of a prisoner (as an extra) which confused the viewers as some of them speculated about Danny still being a prisoner. However, the film was a success and it lead to Danny getting properly credited roles in Hollywood films such as “Desperado”, “Con Air”, “Grindhouse” and many others: his net worth was beginning to grow.

One role that had an exceptionally great influence on his net worth was in the movie entitled “Machete”, in which Danny played the lead character Machete Cortez. The fact that he played the role of a protagonist in this movie might have been related to the fact that the film was directed by Trejo’s cousin Robert Rodrigues. The film was incredibly successful, and in 2011 the same character Machete Cortez appeared in a 2011 family-oriented movie “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” (directed by Robert Rodrigues) and in 2013 a sequel to the first movie entitled “Machete Kills”. Trejo’s super masculine, action-hero, villainous character was noticed by video game companies – he has voiced and appeared in a number of games including “Def Jam: Fight for NY”, “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”, “Fallout: New Vegas” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops”.

In addition to his roles in movies and television, Trejo has appeared in several music videos: “Got it Twisted” (by Mobb Deep), “Burnin’ Up” (by  Jonas Brothers), “Angel in Blue Jeans” and others. In the last ten years, Trejo has stared in some of the most popular television series, such as “Desperate Housewives” (in 2005), “Breaking Bad” (in 2009), “Bones” and “Modern Family” (in 2010) which have probably contributed to his currently impressive net worth.

In his personal life, he is married to an actress Debbie Trejo (since 1997) and the couple are raising two children. Danny had a difficult childhood and teen years that involved drugs and crime. However, the actor claims that he has managed to completely overcome his addiction problems while serving time in prison.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Grind 2009/II Nicholi Guzman
Fanboys 2009 The Chief
Necessary Evil 2008 Barro
The Young and the Restless 2008 TV Series Bartender
Alone in the Dark II 2008 Video Perry
El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances 2008 E.J.
Toxic 2008 Antoine
Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves 2008 Manolo
Ranchero 2008/I Capone
Jake's Corner 2008 Clint
The Art of Travel 2008 Limo Driver
Through the Valley 2008/I Don Reyes
Valley of Angels 2008 Hector
Furnace 2007 Fury
Blood Ties 2007 TV Series Pacha Kamaq
On Bloody Sunday 2007 The Ref
Stargate: Atlantis 2007 TV Series Omal
Urban Justice 2007 Video El Chivo
Battle for Terra 2007 Elder Barum (voice)
The Blue Rose 2007 Junk
Halloween 2007 Ismael Cruz
The Knights of Prosperity 2007 TV Series Hector
Planet Terror 2007 Machete
Delta Farce 2007 Carlos Santana
Richard III 2007 Major
Grindhouse 2007 Machete (segment "Planet Terror")
Smiley Face 2007 Albert
Taphephobia 2006 Creek
Death Row 2006 TV Movie Priest
Slayer 2006 TV Movie Montegna
Hood of Horror 2006 Derelict
Jack's Law 2006 Jack Santos
Heist 2006 TV Series Ernesto
Living the Dream 2006 Chuck
High Hopes 2006 Shady
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game Umberto Robina (voice)
Danny Roane: First Time Director 2006 Hector
Seven Mummies 2006 Apache
Sherrybaby 2006 Dean Walker
Propensity 2006 Roy
TV: The Movie 2006 Crow
Dreaming on Christmas 2005 Train Driver
Desperate Housewives 2005 TV Series Hector Ramos
Chasing Ghosts 2005 Carlos Santiago
The Devil's Rejects 2005 Rondo
The Crow: Wicked Prayer 2005 Harold
George Lopez 2005 TV Series Bobby
The Curse of El Charro 2005 El Charro (voice)
Tennis, Anyone...? 2005 Hector
All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos 2005 Vargas Diaz
Venice Underground 2005 Papi
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video Bartender
51.50 2004 Short
Lost 2004/I Edward James Archer
Def Jam Fight for NY 2004 Video Game Trejo (voice)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 Bartender
Monk 2004 TV Series Spyder Rudner
Grounded for Life 2004 TV Series Raul
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 Cucuy
The Brothers Garcia 2003 TV Series Eduardo 'Ed' Garcia
Shuang dao 2003 Short El Patron
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 Machete
The Big Empty 2003 Lt. Gates (uncredited)
Alias 2003 TV Series Emilio Vargas
Kingpin 2003 TV Mini-Series Manny
Hiding in Walls 2002 Video short Jose
Nightstalker 2002 Frank Luis
Beat the Devil 2002 Short Bob
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game Umberto Robina (voice)
xXx 2002 El Jefe
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams 2002 Machete
Alexa Vega: Isle of Dreams 2002 Short Isadore 'Machete' Cortez
The District 2002 TV Series Danny
Do It for Uncle Manny 2002 Pedro
The Salton Sea 2002 Little Bill
13 Moons 2002 Hoodlum #2
Simplicity 2002 Short Barber
Bubble Boy 2001 Slim
Spy Kids 2001 Machete
Skippy 2001 Hitman
Cuenta saldada 2000 Secuestrador 1 (as Daniel Trejo)
The X-Files 2000 TV Series Cesar Ocampo
Reindeer Games 2000 Jumpy
Animal Factory 2000 Vito
No Mothers Crying, No Babies Dying 1999 TV Movie
Craftique 2017 pre-production Jonesie Jones
Six Shots of Tequila 1999
Death Race 4 2017 post-production Goldberg
Walker, Texas Ranger 1998-1999 TV Series José Rodriguez / Joe Lopez
Madness in the Method 2017 filming Danny
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1999 Video Razor Charlie
#Roxy 2017 post-production Principal Castillo
Whiteboyz 1999 Prisoner (uncredited)
BorderCross 2017 post-production Paco
Desert Heat 1999/II Johnny Six Toes
Brothers of Justice 2017 pre-production Joe Sitting Eagle
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1999 Video Razor Eddie
China Test Girls 2017 post-production Donicio
An Eye for Talent 1998 Short Fred (unconfirmed)
In Stranger Company 2017 filming Big Mike
NYPD Blue 1996-1998 TV Series Frankie Soto / Gabriel Mota
Juarez 2045 2017 completed Angel Malvado
Soundman 1998 Duce's Father
Loca 2017 post-production Antonio
Champions 1998 Max Brito
The Green Ghost 2017 post-production Master Gin
Six Days Seven Nights 1998 Pierce
Dark Games 2016 completed Archie
Point Blank 1998 Wallace
Frat Pack 2016 post-production Dirty
Brooklyn South 1998 TV Series Louis - Hertz's Bodyguard
Gone Are the Days 2016 post-production River Man
Tracey Takes On... 1998 TV Series Hispanic Man / Pool Player
Irwindale 2016 Short completed Danny Trejo
The Replacement Killers 1998 Collins
Maximum Impact 2016 post-production Sanchez
Dilemma 1997 Rudy Salazar
Ambition announced Ricky Mejia (rumored)
Los Locos 1997 Manuel Batista
Bully post-production Manny
Trojan War 1997 Scarface
Machete Kills in Space announced Machete
Con Air 1997 Johnny-23
Overtown delayed Oscar Ochoa
Anaconda 1997 Poacher
The Prey 2016/II Vega
Le jaguar 1996 Kumare
All About the Money 2016 Luis Diego
Nash Bridges 1996 TV Series Sid Benedict
McDick 2016 Oscar
Renegade 1996 TV Series Freddie
Path of Redemption 2016 El Maestro
From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 Razor Charlie
Storks 2016 Jasper (voice)
Heat 1995 Trejo
Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House 2016 Video Mr. Morgo
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series Boxer
1st Strike 2016 Manny Garcia
Desperado 1995 Navajas
North by El Norte 2016 Uncle John
The Stranger 1995 Hawk
TripTank 2016 TV Series Razor / Bartender / Gambler
Vanishing Son 1995 TV Series Out-of-Breath Man
Range 15 2016 Zombie Trejo
Victor One 1994 Sergeant Aguilar
Cyborg X 2016 Captain Machine Gun
Criminal Passion 1994 Construction Worker
Bridesman 2016 Short Eduardo
Against the Wall 1994 TV Movie Luis
Boost 2016/II Roy Casares
Dead Badge 1994 El Tango Bartender
Street Level: Behind the Scenes Featurrette 2016 TV Series Carlton
Ground Zero Texas 1993 Video Game Shotgun
Beyond the Game 2016/II
Love, Cheat & Steal 1993 Cuban
A Horse Story 2016 Moonlight (voice)
Last Light 1993 TV Movie 2nd Inmate
Halloweed 2016 Patch
12:01 1993 TV Movie Prisoner
Vigilante Diaries 2016 Crazy Joe
Mi vida loca 1993 Frank
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Danny Trejo
Sunset Grill 1993 Young Mexican
Cross 2 2016 Murete
Blood In, Blood Out 1993 Geronimo
Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleece 2016 Nino Grande
Doppelganger 1993 Hard Hat
Guiltless 2015 Short Tony
Sex Crimes 1992/I Palmer
Street Level 2015 Carlton the Doorman
Baywatch 1991-1992 TV Series Chulo / Carlos Urueta
The Adventures of Puss in Boots 2015 TV Series El Moco
Nails 1992 TV Movie Las Virgenes bartender
The Ridiculous 6 2015 Cicero
Reasonable Doubts 1992 TV Series Cholo #2
Pig Goat Banana Cricket 2015 TV Series Filthy the Foot
Jake and the Fatman 1992 TV Series Mumbling Prisoner
Mickey Mouse 2015 TV Series short Piñata Boss
Lonely Hearts 1991 Angry Client
No Way Out 2015/III Don Caceres
Carnal Crimes 1991 Video Ticket Agent
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2015 TV Series The Regulator
Doublecrossed 1991 TV Movie
4Got10 2015 Mateo Perez
Whore 1991 Tattoo Artist
3-Headed Shark Attack 2015 Video Max Burns
The Last Hour 1991 Spider
L.A. Slasher 2015 The Drug Dealer #2
Femme Fatale 1991 Toshi
The Weight of Blood and Bones 2015 Short Espada
Wedlock 1991 Tough Prisoner #1
The Night Crew 2015 Aguilar
Guns 1990 Tong
Alcatraz Prison Escape: Deathbed Confession 2015 Narrator (voice)
Marked for Death 1990 Hector
Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou 2015 Frank Vega
Maniac Cop 2 1990 Prisoner
VANish 2015 Carlos
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story 1990 TV Mini-Series Gabriel
The Burning Dead 2015 Night Wolf
W.B., Blue and the Bean 1989 Video Mean
Hope Lost 2015 Marius
Cage 1989 Costello's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Chronology 2015 Jackhammer
Lock Up 1989 Chink's Gang
Pure Love 2015 Uncle Freddy
Shannon's Deal 1989 TV Movie Raul Galindez
Reach Me 2014 Vic
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects 1989 Prison Inmate
The Daily Show 2014 TV Series Latino
Bulletproof 1988 Sharkey
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze 2014 Video Game Newtralizer (voice)
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 Art Sanella
Strike One 2014 Manny Garcia
The Hidden 1987 Prisoner
Reaper 2014/I Jack
Penitentiary III 1987 See Veer
The Book of Life 2014 Skeleton Luis (voice)
Runaway Train 1985 Boxer (as Daniel Trejo)
Get Lost 2014 TV Series Danny
Project A 1983 Lo Sam Pau (English version, voice)
Preggoland 2014 Pedro
Throwdown 2014 Tattoo
Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals 2014 Video short Reynaldo (voice)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 TV Series Newtralizer
Saint George 2014 TV Series Tio
In the Blood 2014/I Big Biz
20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending 2014 Angel
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Danny Trejo
Special Look 2014 TV Series
NCIS: Los Angeles 2014 TV Series Tuhon
Bullet 2014/I Frank 'Bullet' Marasco
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses 2014 Video Frank Vega
Voodoo Possession 2014 Billy Kross
Counterpunch 2014 Manny Navarro
Force of Execution 2013 Oso
Kurer iz 'Raya' 2013
Pendejo (Idiot) 2013 Pedro
ETC: Machinima 2013 TV Series Future Khail
Dream Date 2013/III Short
Dead in Tombstone 2013 Video Guerrero
Machete Kills 2013 Machete
Chavez Cage of Glory 2013 Mando
The Contractor 2013/I Jorge Reyes / Javier Reyes
Enrique Iglesias ft. Romeo Santos: Loco 2013 Video short
Phineas and Ferb 2013 TV Series Venom
Five Thirteen 2013 El Loco
Zombie Hunter 2013 Jesús
Amelia's 25th 2013 Don Javier
The Cloth 2013 Father Connely
Maron 2013 TV Series Manny
The Insomniac 2013 Jairo Torres
Bang.com 2013 Short Danny
Bilet na Vegas 2013 Mister Chich (as Denni Trekho)
Death Race: Inferno 2013 Video Goldberg
Bro' 2012 Gilbert
Mango Bajito 2012 Carson
Sons of Anarchy 2011-2012 TV Series Romero 'Romeo' Parada
Danny Trejo's Vengeance: Woz with a Coz 2012 Video Game Vengeance
Rise of the Zombies 2012 Captain Caspian
Haunted High 2012 TV Movie Ortiz
Sushi Girl 2012 Schlomo
Bad Ass 2012 Frank Vega
Open Your Eyes 2012 Short
Breaking Wind 2012 Billy Black
Dr. Fubalous 2012 TV Series Tyrannosaurus Death
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange 2012 TV Series El Dente Cupcake Leader
In the Shadow 2011 Hermit
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 Mr. Perez
St. James St. James Presents: Delirium Cinema 2011 TV Movie Tijuanna Maxx
Don gato y su pandilla 2011 Griswald (voice)
Violet & Daisy 2011 Russ
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D 2011 Uncle Machete
Franklin & Bash 2011 TV Series Ultimo
Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury 2011 Caesar
House of the Rising Sun 2011 Carlos
Cross 2011 Video Ripper
The Cleveland Show 2011 TV Series Danny Trejo
Call of the Dead 2011 Video Game Danny Trejo (voice)
Bones 2011 TV Series Bishop Edward Galano
Blacktino 2011 Rogelio
Recoil 2011/I Drayke Salgado
Young Justice 2011 TV Series Bane
American Flyer 2010 Uncle John
Lean Like a Cholo 2010 The O.G.
The Lazarus Papers 2010 Aroon
Death Race 2 2010 Video Goldberg
Machete Don't Text 2010 Short Danny Trejo - Host
Modern Family 2010 TV Series Gus
The Fight: Lights Out 2010 Video Game Duke
Fallout: New Vegas 2010 Video Game Raul Alfonso Tejada (voice)
Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction 2010 Video short Cuchillo (voice, uncredited)
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series Alfredo
The Bill Collector 2010 Frankie Gutierrez
Cubed 2010 TV Series Danny Trejo
Machete 2010 Machete
Beatdown 2010 Marcus
Gun 2010 Frankie Makina
Predators 2010 Cuchillo
Project x27 2010 Mondo
King of the Hill 2003-2010 TV Series Enrique / Lifeguard / Waiter / ...
Pastor Shepherd 2010 Phil Harrison
Breaking Bad 2009-2010 TV Series Tortuga
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 2010 TV Series Criminal
Shadows in Paradise 2010 Matador
Sebring 2010 Short Danny Trejo
Burn Notice 2010 TV Series Felipe Vega
Boston Girls 2010 Uncle Reggie
Food Stamps 2010 Mr. Fernandez
Justin Time 2010 Mardok
Shoot the Hero 2010 Crazy Joe
Six Days in Paradise 2010 Ruben Skinner
The Killing Jar 2010 Jimmy
3V Man 2009 Short Captain Podrido
Babysitters Beware 2009 The Guard
Lunar Effect 2009 Esteban
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 2009 Video Boss Rico (voice)
Saint John of Las Vegas 2009 Bismarck
Modus Operandi 2009 Director Holiday
La linea 2009 Mario
Eyeborgs 2009 G-Man
The Boys of Ghost Town 2009 Xavier
Cowboy Dreams 2009 Short Lobo
The Spectacular Spider-Man 2009 TV Series Ox

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
179th Street co-producer announced
Ambition producer announced
Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou 2015 associate producer
Strike One 2014 producer
Pastor Shepherd 2010 executive producer
Modus Operandi 2009 executive producer
Jack's Law 2006 producer
High Hopes 2006 producer
Propensity 2006 co-producer
Nightstalker 2002 co-producer
Animal Factory 2000 co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 performer: "End Of The Road", "I Hope I Get It"
Delta Farce 2007 performer: "I Will Survive"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
By the Sword 1991 assistant: Mr. Roberts
Runaway Train 1985 boxing coach: Eric Roberts - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We're Not Alone 2015 inspirational thanks
Zombie Mutation 2012 special thanks
Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn 2010 Video documentary special thanks
Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction 2010 Video short special thanks
Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar 2009 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Fallen Idols Aka DOPE. 2008 Documentary very special thanks
The Man Behind Carlos Santana 2007 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind Range 15 2017 Documentary post-production
Good Fortune 2016 Documentary Himself
Rock Bottom and Back 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Map of Hell 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Himself
A Cinematic Salute to the Troops 2016 Himself
Home & Family 2016 TV Series Himself
FabLife 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Snaketacular 2016 TV Movie Himself - Host
Made in Hollywood 2013-2015 TV Series Himself
Bizarre Transmissions from the Bermuda Triangle 2015 TV Series Himself
Cinerockom 2015 TV Series Himself - Platinum Award Best Actor Winner
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini 2015 Documentary Himself
East LA Interchange 2015 Documentary voice
Nerd Nation TV 2015 TV Series Himself
Lucha Underground 2014 TV Series Himself - Audience Member
Habla Men 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
TMZ on TV 2014 TV Series Himself
Mario Lopez: One on One 2014 TV Series Himself
The Making of Bad Asses 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Good Day L.A. 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock 2014 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member
Circus Halligalli 2013 TV Series Himself
Good Morning Today 2013 TV Series Himself
LatiNation 2013 TV Series Himself
Evening Urgant 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
Reel Junkie 2013 TV Series Himself
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian 2013 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2010-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
2013 ALMA Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
LA Live the Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Talking Bad 2013 TV Series Himself / Tortuga
Tattoo Nation 2013 Documentary Himself
Filmed in Utah 2012 TV Series Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2012 TV Series Himself
The Soup 2012 TV Series Himself
Attack of the Show! 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Faith in the Big House 2011 Documentary Himself
2011 ALMA Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Love Cures Cancer: Take a Chance on Love II 2011 Documentary Himself - guest
25th Annual Genesis Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Actor's Journey 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Actor's Journey for Kids 2011 Video documentary Himself
79th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010 TV Movie Himself
Call of Duty: Black Ops I 2010 Video Game Himself (voice, uncredited)
Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn 2010 Video documentary Himself
Días de cine 2010 TV Series Himself
We Gotta Get Buscemi 2009 Documentary Himself
Pit Bulls and Parolees 2009 TV Series Himself
Love Cures Cancer: Take a Chance on Love 2009 Documentary Himself - Guest
Official Rejection 2009 Documentary Himself
Victory to the Underdog 2009 Documentary Danny Trejo
Prísne tajné 2008 TV Series Himself
Fallen Idols Aka DOPE. 2008 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies 2007 TV Movie Himself
Heckler 2007 Documentary Himself
NRJ 12: Scream Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Scream Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Man Behind Carlos Santana 2007 Video short Himself
Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Faces of Death: The Make-Up Effects of 'All Souls Day' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Jailhouse Rock: The Stunts of 'All Souls Day' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Raising the Undead: The Making of 'All Souls Day' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
30 Days in Hell: The Making of 'The Devil's Rejects' 2005 Video documentary Himself - 'Rondo'
The Making of 'Heat' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Seven Mummies' 2005 Video Himself
On Screen 2005 TV Series Himself
Champion 2005 Documentary Himself
Unscripted 2005 TV Series Himself
Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars 2004 Documentary Himself
Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Sepultura: We Are What We Are 1997 Video documentary short Boxer
Full Tilt Boogie 1997 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1993 TV Series Tong
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Machete in 'Machete Kills'
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Machete Cortez
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2011 TV Series documentary Ismael Cruz / Rondo / Razor Charlie
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas 2008 TV Special Navajas
Desperate Housewives Special: All the Juicy Details 2006 TV Movie Hector Ramos (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Feature Film Award New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Best Actor Valley of Angels (2008)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Action on Film Award Action on Film International Film Festival, USA Best Supporting Actor - Feature 20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending (2014) · Kristoff St. John
· Louis Mandylor
2013 Action on Film Award Action on Film International Film Festival, USA Best Villain - Feature 20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending (2014)
2011 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest Machete (2010) · Jessica Alba
2011 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actor Machete (2010)

TitleSalary
Runaway Train (1985) $320 /day

#Fact
1 Despite being known for playing intimidating and violent characters, he is widely known as being one of the nicest and friendliest actors in Hollywood who has been described as a joy to work with by co-stars.
2 Volunteers at the Villalobos Pitbull Shelter.
3 The character of Octavio in the "King Of The Hill" cartoon was based on his likeness.
4 Was released from Soledad CTF (Correctional Training Facility) in August 1969.
5 Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Helsingborg, Sweden [October 2009]
6 Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 8, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
7 Was considered for the role of Det. Rey Curtis on Law & Order (1990).
8 He named his five favorite films as The Searchers (1956), Death Wish (1974), Animal Factory (2000), Dirty Harry (1971) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
9 His characters in the films of Robert Rodriguez are usually named after knives: Desperado (1995) (Navajas), the From Dusk Till Dawn trilogy (Razor Charlie), the Spy Kids movies (Machete), the Grindhouse (2007) trailer (Machete), Predators (2010) (Cuchillo), Machete (2010) (Machete again). Only in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) (Cucuy) is this not the case.
10 He and director Robert Rodriguez are second cousins.
11 Trejo spent much of the 1960s in California prisons--Tracy (1963-1965), San Quentin (1965-1968), Soledad (1968-1969).
12 Is the only actor to appear in all three of the From Dusk Till Dawn movie series.
13 His character's name in Heat (1995) was Trejo.
14 He is one of the most prolific of American actors, having usually done at least 4 films a year since the 1990s. In 2002 alone, he did 9 films.
15 Has two sons: Danny Boy (b. 1981) from an earlier marriage, Gilbert Trejo (b. 1988) and one daughter Danielle Trejo (b. 1990).
16 A scarred face, a long, thin moustache, and a muscular body with large tattoos render Trejo one of the most distinctive character actors of our time.

#Quote
1 [said in prayer, upon realizing that he was ready to turn his life around after being placed in solitary confinement following a riot at Soledad prison on May 5, 1968] God, if you're there, then it's gonna be alright. And if you're not, I'm screwed.
2 [on being raised by his parents and extended family of paternal aunts and uncles] It's kinda like Shirley Temple and John Wayne went to war. And what you see is a result of John Wayne winning.
3 [2011, on Con Air (1997)] Con Air. You don't know how many people scream that to me at Target. "Hey! Johnny-23!" So a lot of people watched that movie. That was a lot of fun. The only problem: the biggest case of testosterone I've ever been in. It was 30 guys all trying to be bad-asses. It was so weird. If you would spit, somebody would spit a little farther. Pretty soon, you've got 40 people trying to see how far they can spit. If you did a push-up, somebody would do two, then three, then four. It was like a competition of who was the baddest ass. It was funny.
4 [2011, on Marked for Death] Steven Seagal, He was cool. He's all macho, "I got bigger nuts than you." But he was cool. He was all right. He kept trying to get me to do my own stunts. I went, "Ah, hell no. They got this guy who looks just like me." At times he would get overzealous, you know what I mean? You do your own stunts as an actor, and you end up getting hurt. It's not your job. You've got stunt guys. Stunt guys make a lot of money.
5 [2011, on Baywatch] Wow Red bathing suits. I couldn't believe that show. I'd be sitting in Venice, looking at all these girls running around and thinking, "They're paying me for this. Thank you, Jesus." You know what I mean? "I wish the guys in prison could see me right now." But what was amazing was about five years later, I went to Paris, and there's this big crowd at the airport. They're all waiting to see me. I'm thinking one of my movies, right? They know me from Baywatch. "You were on Baywatch!" I believe that thing was all over the world.
6 (2011, on Heat) Yeah, that was the shit. That was unreal. Me and Eddie Bunker walked on that set as armed-robbery consultants. What a job. I ran into Michael Mann, and he knew me from a movie called Drug Wars: The Camarena Story that me and him did years ago. Then he also knew my uncle who's in Folsom, because he did a movie called The Jericho Mile. So Michael Mann says, "Come on, Danny, I want you to meet a couple of guys you're going to be working with." I walk into a room with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight. I just said, "Wow." I could not believe it. And then he says, "Here," and that's where I got that role.
7 (2011, on Anaconda) We got to go to Brazil on that. We're in Brazil on the Amazon River. The funny thing is, I used to have a fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Henley, who was anal about the Amazon River. She would always be crazy about it. She would say, "The Amazon this" and "The Amazon that," and I'm like, "Who gives a shit? I didn't care about the Amazon River. Forty years later, I'm doing Anaconda on the damn Amazon River. I'm sitting there, and Jon Voight, J. Lo, Ice Cube are all asking questions, and I knew all the answers. They thought I was the smart guy. I know all about this! Thank you, Mrs. Henley.
8 (2011, on why he works so much) I love doing it. Let me tell you something. When I was young, I was an armed robber. I did robberies. And there's no adrenaline rush like that. When you're using drugs and doing robberies, it's hard to distinguish whether you're doing robberies to support your drug habit, or doing drugs to support your robbery habit. Those guys that flip on motorcycles-it's like the same kind of adrenaline. It's unreal. The only time I ever felt that was when I heard Andrey Konchalovskiy yell, "Action!" And then I was like, "Wow. Here we are again. This whole adrenaline-" But this time I didn't have a gun. I was like, "Wow. This is awesome." I just totally got hooked. I found my calling. And then when I got my check, I said, "Fuck." "Wait a minute. For the first half of my life, I went to prison for being a bad guy. Now they're paying me to be a bad guy."
9 (2011, on Runaway Train) I walked on that movie set as a drug counselor. I was helping this kid I was counseling. He called me up and said, "Hey, there's a lot of blow down here." It was 1985, and cocaine was running rampant in the movie industry. It was crazy. You'd walk into production and there'd be lines on the table. He just asked me to come down and support him, because that's what I did. I still do it. I'm going over on an intervention right now to one of our Hollywood actors. I went onto this movie set, and he was a PA, and I thought it was cute. I had never been on a movie set in my life. All these guys were dressed up as inmates, and they were all trying to act tough. They all had these fake tattoos. I kept smearing these tattoos. I had to say, "Oh shit, I'm sorry. That stuff smears." This guy asked me if I wanted to be in a movie, and I said, "What do I gotta do?" And he said, "Do you want to be an extra?" And I said, "An extra what?" And he said, "Can you act like a convict?" I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever heard. I'd been in every penitentiary in the state. I looked at him and I said, "Well, I'll give it a shot." He gave me a blue shirt, and I took off my shirt, and I have that big tattoo on my chest. He said "Leave your shirt off." Then this other guy comes over and says, "Hey, you're Danny Trejo. I saw you win the lightweight and welterweight title up in San Quentin." And I go, "Yeah. You're Eddie Bunker." I had been in prison with him. And he was a writer. We started talking, and he asked, "Are you still boxing?" And I go, "Well, I still train." And he said, "Do you want a job? We need someone to train one of the actors how to box." And I said, "I got a job. They're going to give me 15 bucks for acting like a convict. What's this pay?" He said, "It pays $320 a day." So I said, "How bad do you want this guy beat up? Shit, for 320 bucks-" And he goes, "No, you have to be really careful, this actor's really high-strung. He's already socked a couple of people." I said, "For $320, man, give him a stick. I'll fight Godzilla for 320 bucks." I started training Eric Roberts how to box. Eric wanted to learn how to box, and I think he was scared of me, so he'd do whatever I told him to do. Andrey Konchalovskiy, the director, saw that he would do whatever I told him to do. I guess Andrey had some problems with it. So Andrey comes over and hires me. He says, "You be in the movie. You fight Eric in the movie." And that's where it started. From that day until right now, I've got 183 movies.
10 (2011) Predators is the movie starring Adrien Brody. He took over the Arnold Schwarzenegger part. Well, there's a big difference between Arnold and Adrien. Arnold's like steroid muscles, you know what I mean? Adrien uses his mind. Every time this camera's on him, you can almost hear him thinking about how we're going to kill this predator. There's a line where Alice Braga says, "We have to work like a team." And we're all assassins, right? So I look at her and say, "Does this look like a team-oriented group of individuals?" And Adrien says, "We might have to work another way." But he's always thinking. I actually like his character better. The first Predator was more about "How big's my bicep?" The second one was fighting aliens. This is one is about an actual plan and an actual war on how to beat these things...Adrien was great. Adrien's a hog, straight out. I'll put him on my team any time. Topher (Grace)... he's cute. But his role, he was very serious about. And me, I won't do it unless I can have some fun, and I had a lot of fun with it.
11 I'm an ex-con turned icon.
12 It was the funniest thing I'd ever heard. I'd been in Soledad, San Quentin, Folsom, Vacaville, Susanville, Sierra--and here's a guy asking, "Can you act like a convict?" I remember I said. "I'll give it a shot".
13 I'd have to say my favorite film would be Heat (1995) and it's got me out of many tickets.
14 I'll be watching TV and all of a sudden I'll think, "Hey, I'm in this!" A lot of times I don't even know the names of [the movies]. I just show up. From 1985, when I first started, to 1990, I did a shitload of B-movies about prisons. They would always say, "Get that Mexican guy with the big tattoo". I'd show up and I'd have one line, like, "Kill 'em all!" or something.
15 Juvenile hall, youth authority . . . I was in a lot of trouble. I grew up like the characters I've been playing. But would I do things differently? I honestly believe that circumstances create destiny, almost. There weren't too many ways I could have done things. The only things that were available to me were either be a laborer or be a drug dealer. So I became an armed robber. It was a lot simpler.
16 [after being told an actor he was supposed to hit might hit back] For $350 a day, give him a bat. I used to get beat up for free.
17 [on being promoted from a $50/day extra to a $350/day boxing coach] How bad do you want this kid beat up?
18 [of on-set competition between actors] I've watched so many of those kinds of things turn bad, and the last thing you want to do is compete with somebody, 'cause he might be a sore loser.

#Trademark
1 Deep, gruff voice
2 Rough scarred face
3 Long hair often worn in a ponytail
4 Mustache
5 Very muscular physique with many tattoos
6 Often plays characters who are skilled with knives
7 Usually cast in Robert Rodriguez's films
8 Usually plays criminals in one form or another (assassins, prisoners, etc)
9 The tattoo on his chest of a woman wearing a sombrero (you see it in almost all of his movies).

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