I love playing the bad guy in movies, because the bad guy always dies. That’s the real world. If someone asked me to play a bad guy that always gets away with it, I’d pass. That’s the very message I preach to youths who are in crisis and in trouble…the bad guy always loses and the good guy always wins. It’s the one-thing movies and real life see eye-to-eye on.
Actor/Producer – Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the movie business, 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.
Trejo grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite spending the latter part of his youth and early adulthood incarcerated, he rose to great accomplishment. Upon his release from Soledad Prison, he became involved in programs aimed at helping those who, like him, battle 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.
Danny reprised his role in MACHETE KILLS, the second in the Machete trilogy that will be released in September 2013 with Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, and Amber Heard. In addition, 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 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 also appeared on numerous television shows. Most recently, he has been shooting FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which he has continued for two seasons. Danny also had a recurring role on the series King of the Hill. He had a part in Warner Bros. animated series Young Justice, which aired on Cartoon Network, voicing the character of Bane, Batman’s Nemesis. Trejo has appeared on Cartoon Networks The Annoying Orange, Bones, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, and TNT’s Franklin and Bash, starring Breckin Meyer.
As well as 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. It’s a story about a group of Hollywood hopefuls who decide to steal marijuana from the FBI with the plan of returning it and using the reward money to finance their movie. The film stars Jason Mewes, David Faustino, Corin Nemec, Jason Marsden, Eddie Furlong, Robert Rodriguez, Andy Dick, and Michael DeLorenzo. 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.