Danny Trejo is an American actor who is well-known for his roles in films and television shows. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million. He has amassed a substantial net worth by portraying a variety of parts that are frequently hyper-masculine, evil, and anti-heroic.
Dan Trejo's parents, Alice Rivera and Dionisio “Dan” Trejo welcomed him into the world on May 16, 1944, in Echo Park, Los Angeles. In 1967, when he was thirteen years old, his family relocated to the Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima.
The 1960s saw Trejo in and out of jail and prison in California on an almost daily basis. After being sentenced to prison, Trejo decided to take up boxing. He eventually became a champion in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions in San Quentin State Prison.
At this point, he also decided to enter a 12-step program, which proved to be quite beneficial in his recovery from drug addiction. His first semester at Pitzer College in Claremore, California, was cut short by his ultimate release from prison. He then returned to prison for the remainder of the term.
Trejo met a young man at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985 who later reached out to him for help and assistance. Trejo eventually met across him on the set of “Runaway Train” (1985), where he was offered a position as a convict extra, most likely due to his intimidating appearance.
In the course of filming, Trejo was spotted by Edward Bunker, a well-known crime novelist who also served as the screenplay writer for “Runaway Train.” Bunker had also previously done time in San Quentin, which is how he was able to recognize Trejo and recall Trejo's boxing abilities since he had already served time in San Quentin.
In exchange for training one of the film's stars, Eric Roberts, for a boxing sequence that needed to be shot, Bunker promised Trejo $320 per day. A modest role as a boxer was offered to Trejo by the film's director, Andrei Konchalovsky, who had been impressed with Trejo's performance.
He is recognized for having an unusual appearance, which includes facial scars on his face, long hair on his head, and a beard on his mustache, as well as several tattoos on his body.
Trejo has had a remarkably successful acting career since the release of “Runaway Train.” At times, he has appeared in five or more films every year, spanning a wide range of genres and styles.
His film credits include “Desperado” (1995), “From Dusk till Dawn” (1995), “Animal Factory” (2000), “Bubble Boy” (2001), “Spy Kids” (2001), “XXX” (2002), “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “Grindhouse” (2007), “Modus Operandi” (2010), “Machete” (2010), “Reaper” (2014), and “Range 15” (2015). (2016). In addition, his own life is depicted in the independent biographical film “Champion,” which was released in 2005. Trejo's first feature picture, “Ambition,” was released in 2014, and he followed it up with “Bad Asses” the following year.
Trejo has been in more than seventy different television shows since 1990, in addition to his film career and television appearances. A few of the most well-known of these shows are “Baywatch” (1991-1992), “NYPD Blue” (1996-1998), “The X-Files” (2000), “King of the Hill” (2003-2010), “Monk” (2004), “Desperate Housewives” (2005), “The Young and the Restless” (2008), “Breaking Bad” (2009-2010), “Modern Family” (2010), “Sons of Anarchy” (2011), (2020).
Even though Trejo is frequently typecast as a rough, thuggish figure in both cinema and television, he has also starred in more sympathetic roles, such as in “Spy Kids,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Monk,” among other films and television shows. An excellent example of him as a more sympathetic character is his appearance in season 2 of “Desperate Housewives,” where he assists Gabrielle in dealing with the sadness of losing her pregnant child.
Trejo has also made several cameo appearances in music videos, which can be found on his website. The music videos for “Got It Twisted” (2004) by Mobb Deep, “Double Blade” (2003) by Jay Chou, “Loco” (2013) by Enrique Iglesias, “Angel in Blue Jeans” (2014) by Train, and “Repentless” (2015) by Slayer are just a few examples.
Among the video games for which Trejo has provided voice work include “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002), “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories” (2006), and “Fallout: New Vegas” (2010). In addition, he has had cameo appearances in the video games “Call of Duty: Black Ops” (2010), “Taco Run!” (2018), and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” (2010). (2019).
Trejo also runs a thriving restaurant business. Trejo's Tacos was the first restaurant he opened, and it was followed by Trejo's Cantina and Trejo's Coffee & Donuts in 2017. In 2018, he plans to open Trejo's Coffee & Donuts. Mason Royal, the executive chef, is in charge of all of the restaurants.
Trejo was married to Debbie Shreve from 1997 to 2009, and they had two children. They are the parents of three children between them. He is the second cousin of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, a link that the two did not discover until they were filming “Desperado.”