Dan "Danny" Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, often as "tough guy" characters, villains and anti-heroes. Some of his notable films include Heat, Con Air, Machete and Desperado, the latter two with frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez.
In regards to his continued growth as a professional actor, he has stated that 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'
(After being told the actor might hit back:) "For $350 a day, give him a bat. I used to get beat up for free."
Juvenile hall, youth authorities ... 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.
|Full Name at Birth||Daniel Trejo|
|Date of Birth||May 16, 1944|
|Birthplace||Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA|
|Height||5' 7" (170 cm)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|Talent Agency||Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier Talent Agency (AEF)|
|Other Family Members||Robert Rodriguez (second cousins)|