Danny Trejo (/ˈtrɛhoʊ/; Spanish: [ˈtrexo]; born May 16, 1944) is an American-Mexican actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, often as villains and antiheroes. His films include Heat, Con Air, and Desperado, the last with frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez. He has appeared in TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The X-Files, King of the Hill, The Flash, and Sons of Anarchy.
Trejo was born in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, to Mexican parents. He is the son of Alice Rivera and Dan Trejo, a construction worker, and a second cousin of Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez, though the two were unaware that they were related until the filming of Desperado. Prior to his film career, Trejo worked as a labor foreman in construction.
Throughout the 1960s, Trejo was in and out of jail and prison in California; Trejo has suggested that his physical appearance contributed to his constantly getting into trouble. There are conflicting accounts of his prison chronology. By one account, his final term in custody ended in 1972; by another account, he did time in a juvenile offenders' camp and six California prisons between 1959 and 1969. He recalled that his last prison term was five years. While serving in San Quentin Prison, he became a champion boxer in that prison's lightweight and welterweight divisions. During this time, Trejo became a member of a twelve-step program, which he credits with his success in overcoming drug addiction. In 2011, he recalled that he had been sober for 42 years.
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