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Danny Trejo

Highest Rated:   93% Spy Kids (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% L.A. Slasher (2015)
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Birthplace:   Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
With his intimidating, tattooed, muscle-bound appearance, character actor Danny Trejo has formed a successful career as the all-purpose hard case over his curious and enduring cinematic career. Beating the odds of repeat offender syndrome after being released from prison, Trejo has risen through the ranks to find himself in high demand as an actor, and has even expanded his talents to include a producer credit to his resumé. His life story is just about as pristine an example of rehabilitation as one could ask for.Raised in the mean streets of East L.A., Trejo spent many of his early years incarcerated in such legendary prisons as Folsom and San Quentin on drug and robbery convictions. Channeling his intense energy into the boxing ring and winning numerous lightweight and welterweight titles, Trejo was released as a new man after completing a life-changing 12-step rehabilitation program to overcome his addictions. Applying the ideas that changed his life in an attempt to help others headed down a similar path, upon release Trejo became involved with numerous rehabilitation and counseling programs. A chance meeting with a young man who asked for his support at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985 later found the sympathetic ex-con meeting the struggling addict on the set of Runaway Train, and Trejo was quickly offered a role as a convict presumably based on his threatening appearance. Chance piled upon chance found an old prison buddy/screenwriter who remembered Trejo's hard-hitting boxing skills on the same set, and Trejo was then offered a chance to train Eric Roberts for a film, and was eventually offered the role as his opponent in the ring. Following with roles in The Hidden (1987), and later Lock-Up (1989), Marked for Death (1990), Mi Vida Loca (1993), and Heat (1995), Trejo formed an alliance with director Robert Rodriguez with Desperado in 1995, and soon graduated to such bigger-budget films as Con Air (1997) and The Replacement Killers (1998) in the latter 1990s. The Rodriguez-Trejo twosome found the actor taking on the role of Uncle Isadore "Machete" Cortez in the director's 2001 smash hit Spy Kids, and was later cast in both the film's sequel and Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2002). Trejo continued to work steadily on the big and small screens in a variety of projects such as Alias, Monk, The Devil's Rejects, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, the indie drama SherryBaby, and Smiley Face. He enjoyed one of his rare big-screen starring vehicles when Robert Rodriguez made Machete -- a feature-length version of the trailer he created for Grindhouse -- in 2007. He went on to appear in Valley of Angels, Saint John of Las Vegas, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, and Bad Ass.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Death Race: Anarchy
  • Goldberg
2018
No Score Yet Death Race: Anarchy
  • Goldberg
2018
No Score Yet All About the Money
  • Luis Trejo
2017
No Score Yet Cross Wars
  • Murete
2017
63% Storks
  • Jasper
$72.7M 2016
No Score Yet Range 15
  • Zombie Trejo
$1.5k 2016
No Score Yet R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House
  • Mr. Morgo
2016
No Score Yet Cyborg X
  • Captain Machine Gun
2016
No Score Yet Gone Are the Days
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Halloweed
  • Patch
2016
No Score Yet 3-Headed Shark Attack
  • Mike Burns
2015
No Score Yet Reaper
  • Jack
2015
0% L.A. Slasher
  • The Drug Dealer #2
$2.9k 2015
44% Preggoland
  • Pedro
2015
No Score Yet Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou
  • Frank Vega
2015
No Score Yet Bad Asses
  • Frank Vega
2015
No Score Yet VANish
  • Carlos
2015
No Score Yet The Burning Dead
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet A Horse Story
  • Moonlight
2015
No Score Yet East LA Interchange
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet 4Got10
  • Mateo Perez
2015
No Score Yet Bad Asses on the Bayou
  • Actor
2015
0% The Ridiculous 6
  • Cicero
2015
No Score Yet Boost
  • Roy Casares
2015
No Score Yet Hope Lost
  • Actor
2015
4% Reach Me
  • Vic
2014
No Score Yet Strike One
  • Actor
2014
82% The Book of Life
  • Skeleton Luis
2014
39% In the Blood
  • Big Biz
2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted
  • Danny Trejo
$46.5M 2014
No Score Yet Voodoo Possession
  • Billy Kross
2014
No Score Yet The Damned
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The No Sit List (Babysitters Beware)
  • Santiago
2014
No Score Yet The Night Crew
  • Aguilar
2014
No Score Yet Throwdown
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Redemption: The Darkness Descending
  • Angel
2014
13% Bullet
  • Frank
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • Machete
$5.7M 2013
No Score Yet Chavez Cage Of Glory
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Top Cat: The Movie
  • Griswald
$1.5M 2013
No Score Yet The Cloth
  • Father Connely
2013
22% Violet & Daisy
  • Russ
$10.5k 2013
No Score Yet Pendejo (Idiot)
  • Pedro
2013
No Score Yet Tattoo Nation
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Counterpunch
  • Manny
2013
40% Sushi Girl
  • Schlomo
2013
No Score Yet Bilet na Vegas
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Zombie Hunter
  • Jesús
2013
No Score Yet Five Thirteen
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Contractor
  • Jorge Reyes / Javier Reyes
2013
No Score Yet Dead in Tombstone
  • Guerrero
2013
No Score Yet Amelia's 25th
  • Don Javier
2013
No Score Yet Force of Execution
  • Oso
2013
50% Death Race 3: Inferno
  • Goldberg
2013
No Score Yet The Insomniac
  • Jairo Torres
2013
No Score Yet Rise of the Zombies (Dead Walking)
  • Captain Caspian
2012
No Score Yet Haunted High (Ghost Quake)
  • Ortiz
2012
No Score Yet Bro'
  • Gilbert
2012
20% Bad Ass
  • Frank Vega
2012
No Score Yet Breaking Wind
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Shadows In Paradise
  • Matador
2012
No Score Yet The Grind
  • Guzman
2012
68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • Mr. Perez
$34.5M 2011
22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
  • Uncle Machete
$38.6M 2011
No Score Yet American Flyer
  • Uncle John
2011
No Score Yet Ranchero
  • Capone
$16.2k 2011
No Score Yet Gun
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Recoil
  • Drayke
2011
No Score Yet House Of The Rising Sun
  • Carlos
2011
15% Top Cat:The Movie (UK)
  • Griswald
2011
No Score Yet Cross
  • Ripper
2011
No Score Yet Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury
  • Caesar
2011
No Score Yet Blacktino
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances
  • Actor
$2.8k 2010
75% Modus Operandi
  • Director Holiday
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet The Bill Collector
  • Frankie Gutierrez
2010
72% Machete
  • Machete
$26.2M 2010
64% Predators
  • Cuchillo
$52.1M 2010
0% The Killing Jar
  • Jimmy
2010
24% Saint John of Las Vegas
  • Bismarck
$72.7k 2010
No Score Yet Pastor Shepherd
  • Executive Producer
  • Phil HarrisonPhil
2010
No Score Yet Beatdown
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Lean Like a Cholo (Perfect Sunday) (American Lowrider)
  • Actor
2010
17% Death Race 2
  • Goldberg
2010
No Score Yet Boston Girls
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Lazarus Papers
  • Aroon
2010
No Score Yet Stardust
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Alone in the Dark II
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Shoot the Hero
  • Crazy Joe
2010
No Score Yet Six Days In Paradise
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Justin Time
  • Actor
2009
40% The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
  • Rico
2009
No Score Yet Boys of Ghost Town
  • Xavier
2009
No Score Yet Toxic
  • Antoine
2009
48% Battle For Terra
  • Elder Barum
$1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Official Rejection
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Eyeborgs
  • G-Man
2009
No Score Yet Alone in the Dark II
  • Perry
2008
No Score Yet Jake's Corner
  • Clint
2008
No Score Yet Furnace
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet La Linea (The Line)
  • Mario
2008
No Score Yet Necessary Evil
  • Barro
2008
No Score Yet D.O.P.E (Death or Prison Eventually)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Chinaman's Chance (I Am Somebody)
  • Manolo
2008
66% Smiley Face
  • Albert
2007
No Score Yet Urban Justice (Renegade Justice)
  • El Chivo
2007
25% Halloween
  • Ismael Cruz
$58.2M 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Actor
2007
4% Delta Farce
  • Carlos Santana
$8.1M 2007
11% Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror
  • Demon Derelict
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Machete
$25M 2007
No Score Yet Valley of Angels
  • Hector
2007
No Score Yet Through the Valley
  • Actor
2007
0% Living the Dream
  • Chuck
2006
No Score Yet Haunted Prison
  • Priest
2006
75% Sherrybaby
  • Dean Walker
2006
No Score Yet 7 Mummies
  • Apache
2006
No Score Yet Slayer
  • Montegna
2006
No Score Yet Jack's Law
  • Jack Santos
2006
No Score Yet Danny Roane: First Time Director
  • Hector
2006
No Score Yet Venice Underground
  • Papi
2006
No Score Yet National Lampoon's TV: The Movie
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Dreaming on Christmas
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Furnace
  • Fury
2006
53% The Devil's Rejects
  • Rondo
$17M 2005
0% The Crow: Wicked Prayer
  • Harold
2005
80% Lost
  • Edward James Archer
2005
No Score Yet Chasing Ghosts
  • Carlos Santiago
2005
No Score Yet La Malédiction d'El Charro
  • El CharroEl Charro (voice)
2005
No Score Yet Nice Guys
  • Producer
  • Shady
2005
43% Tennis, Anyone...?
  • Hector
2005
No Score Yet Champion
  • Actor
2005
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Bartender
$84.2M 2004
No Score Yet The Blue Rose
  • Actor
2004
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Cucuy
$56M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Machete
2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Lt. Gates
2003
No Score Yet Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Nightstalker
  • Officer Frank Luis
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Beat the Devil
  • Actor
2002
48% XXX
  • El Jefe
$141.2M 2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Machete
2002
62% The Salton Sea
  • Little Bill
$0.7M 2002
30% Bubble Boy
  • Slim
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Uncle Machete
2001
82% Animal Factory
  • Vito
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet All Souls Day
  • Varga Diaz
2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception)
  • Jumpy
2000
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
  • Razor Charlie
2000
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
  • Razor Eddie
1999
0% Desert Heat
  • Johnny
1999
No Score Yet No Mothers Crying No Babies Dying
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Point Blank
  • Wallace
1998
36% Six Days, Seven Nights
  • Pierce
1998
No Score Yet Champions
  • Max Brito
1998
35% The Replacement Killers
  • Collins
1998
No Score Yet Soundman
  • Actor
1998
56% Con Air
  • Johnny 23
1997
No Score Yet Los Locos
  • Manuel Batista
1997
38% Anaconda
  • Poacher
1997
No Score Yet Dilemma
  • Rudy Salazar
1997
No Score Yet Trojan War
  • Scarface
1997
No Score Yet Champions
  • Actor
1996
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Razor Charlie
1996
No Score Yet Le Jaguar
  • Kumare
1996
86% Heat
  • Trejo
1995
62% Desperado
  • Navajas
1995
70% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet 12:01
  • Prisoner
1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Geronimo
1993
No Score Yet Sunset Grill
  • Young Mexican
1993
No Score Yet Nails
  • Las Virgenes Bartender
1992
No Score Yet Sex Crimes
  • Palmer
1992
46% Whore
  • Tattoo Man
1991
No Score Yet Wedlock (Deadlock)
  • Tough Prisoner #1
1991
No Score Yet Carnal Crimes
  • Ticket Agent
1991
No Score Yet Lonely Hearts
  • Angry Client
1991
No Score Yet Last Hour
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Doublecrossed
  • Actor
1991
22% Marked for Death
  • Hector
1990
60% Maniac Cop 2
  • Prisoner
1990
No Score Yet Guns
  • Tong
1990
17% Lock Up
  • Chink's Gang
1989
0% Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
  • Prison Inmate
1989
No Score Yet Bulletproof
  • Sharkey
1988
14% Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
  • Art Sanella
1987
78% The Hidden
  • Prisoner
1987
No Score Yet Penitentiary 3
  • See Veer
1987
87% Runaway Train
  • Boxer
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014
  • The Regulator
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Tuhon
  • 2014
0% Saint George
2014
  • Tio
  • 2014
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Romero 'Romeo' Parada
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2008
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Bishop Edward Galano
  • 2011
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2011
89% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Actor
  • 2010
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Gus
  • 2010
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Alfredo
  • 2010
95% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
  • Tortuga
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Hector
  • 2005
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Bobby
  • 2005
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Spyder Rudner
  • 2004
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Emilio Vargas
  • 2003
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Cesar Ocampo
  • 2000
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
  • Actor

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