Danny Trejo

If you need someone to play a rapist, murderer, janitor, or a rapist/murderer/janitor, Danny Trejo is your man.

Just The Facts

  1. In his films, Danny Trejo almost always plays a character named after some kind of blade.
  2. In his youth, Danny Trejo was the California Prison Boxing champ in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions.
  3. Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo are actually cousins, which makes their family reunions incredibly violent.
  4. The character of Octavio on King of the Hill is based on Trejo.

Path to Stardom

Like many great stars of stage and screen, Danny Trejo got his start by becoming a heroin addict and being sent to prison. While serving his sentence at the notorious San Quentin State Prison, he served time with noted crime author Eddie Bunker, better known to most people as Mr. Blue from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.