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Danny Trejo Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel Trejo
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Spent his early adult life in and out of prison on various drug and robbery convictions; became the welterweight boxing champion of San Quentin
  • Got his start in show business by giving Eric Roberts boxing lessons for the movie Runaway Train (1985)
  • Was hired as a consultant on the movie Heat to make sure the bank robbery scenes looked authentic; was later given a role as a member of Robert De Niro's crew
  • Had a cameo in the Jonas Brothers 2008 music video "Burnin' Up
  • Visits high schools and detention centers to speak with at-risk kids and warn them against turning to drug use and crime
  • Has acted in numerous movies for director Robert Rodriguez, who is a distant cousin



    • Danielle Trejo -- Daughter
    • Debbie Shreve -- Ex-wife
    • Dan Trejo -- Father
    • Alice Trejo -- Mother
    • Danny Boy Trejo -- Son
    • Gilbert Trejo -- Son
    • Debbie Trejo -- Wife (separated)