DANNY TREJO (Machete) has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet
his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical. From imprisonment to helping
young people battle drug addiction, acting to producing, the name, face, and achievements of
Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood.
Danny Trejo grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite spending the latter part of his
youth and early adulthood incarcerated, he has risen to become a great actor and a better person.
Upon his release from Soledad Prison, Danny became involved in programs aimed at helping
those who, like him, battled or are battling drug and alcohol addictions.
Years later, Danny went to the set of RUNAWAY TRAIN to offer support to a man he'd
been counseling. He was immediately offered a role as a convict. Danny has since gone on to star
in dozens of films including: DESPERADO, the FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN film series, HEAT
(Robert De Niro, Al Pacino), CON AIR (Nicolas Cage), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
(Johnny Depp), and the series of SPY KIDS movies. Trejo can also be seen in the independent
films SHERRY BABY (Maggie Gyllenhaal), A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR: CHRISTMAS IN
3D (John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris), and Rob Zombie films THE DEVIL'S REJECTS
and HALLOWEEN. He was seen in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's GRIND HOUSE
which led to a spin-off movie from the original trailers called MACHETE, in which Danny plays
the anti-hero of the story, an ex-federale with a gift for wielding a blade who hides out as a day-
laborer and is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.
He has finished shooting DEAD IN TOMBSTONE alongside Anthony Michael Hall and Mickey
Rourke with Universal Pictures which is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2013. Danny
plays Guerrero Hernandez, who, faced with death after being double-crossed by his half-brother,
makes a deal with the devil to come back from the dead to seek his revenge. A number of Danny's
films were recently released on DVD, including BAD ASS, in which he stars as a Vietnam War
veteran who sets out to find the murderer of his best friend. DEATH RACE: INFERNO; the third
installment in the Death Race where Danny reprises Goldberg from DEATH RACE 2. Most
recently, Trejo starred in BULLET with Jonathan Banks, the story of a cop who takes the law into MACHETE KILLS Production Notes 14
his own hands when his grandson is kidnapped. He recently wrapped Disney's
MUPPETS…AGAIN with Tina Fey and Ray Liotta set to be released in 2014. In addition, Danny
reprised his role of Frank Vega in the recently wrapped film BAD ASS 2, in which he stars
alongside Danny Glover.
Danny has appeared in numerous television shows. Danny has had a recurring role on the
FX show Sons of Anarchy, which he has been a part of for two seasons. He also had a recurring
role on the series King of the Hill. Trejo played a part in the Warner Bros. animated series Young
Justice, which aired on Cartoon Network, voicing the character of Bane, Batman's Nemesis.
Trejo's other credits include roles on shows such as Cartoon Network's The Annoying Orange,
Fox's Bones, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, and TNT's Franklin and
Bash, starring Breckin Meyer. Danny has recently signed on as a series regular on the FX show
Saint George which focuses on a divorced George Lopez and his attempt at balancing his new
found success as a businessman and his hectic family life. In his first series regular role, Danny
plays the character Tio, George's uncle, a competitive but loveable man who always lives life to
In addition to acting, Danny works as a producer and formed his production company
"Starburst" where his first endeavors into producing were the award winning short AN EYE FOR
TALENT followed by THE ANIMAL FACTORY, directed by Steve Buscemi. Danny went on to
create "Trejo 4.0 Productions" which produced the film "High Hopes," and was acquired by
Maple Pictures/Lionsgate Canada. The company is currently developing "Little Boy Blue" based
on Edward Bunker's novel.
Despite his impressive list of credits, it's his continual role as a devoted father of three and
as an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction.