Know Your “That Guy”: Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

Born: May 16, 1944

Best Known for Playing: Convicts/Drug Dealers/Various other criminals

Number of Roles: 195

First Appearance: Boxer in Runaway Train (1983)

Most Recent Appearance: Machete in Machete (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Machete in Machete and Grindhouse
  • Johnny 23 in Con Air
  • Cuchillo in Predators
  • Enrique on King of the Hill
  • Felipe Vega on Burn Notice
  • G-Man in Eyeborgs
  • El Chivo in Urban Justice
  • Umberto Robina in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Trejo in Heat
  • Razor Charlie in From Dusk til Dawn
  • Slim in Bubble Boy
  • El Jefe in XXX
  • Bartender in Anchorman
  • Rondo in The Devil’s Rejects

Fun Facts:

  • Second cousin to Robert Rodriguez and frequently appears in his movies
  • Was in and out of jail for 11 years when he was young, won a number of boxing titles at San Quentin and completed a rehab program.
  • Usually does around four movies a year, in 2002 he did nine.
  • Most of his characters are extremely skilled with knives and his characters in Rodriguez movies are usually named after types of knives.
  • Trained Eric Roberts for the movie Runaway Train and impressed the director with his boxing skills and was offered as his opponent.

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