Meet Danny Trejo - Montreal Comiccon


One of the most prolific actors working today, Danny Trejo’s break into the world of Hollywood came while working as a youth drug counselor. A teenage patient asked for his assistance dealing with cocaine problems on the set of Runaway Train (1985). While there, Trejo was offered a job as an extra in the film's prison scenes. Edward Bunker, himself a former convict and well-respected crime author who was writing the screenplay for the film, recognized Trejo, with whom he had done time at San Quentin. Bunker, remembering Trejo's boxing skills, offered him $320 per day to train Eric Roberts, one of the movie's stars, for a boxing scene. Director Andrei Konchalovsky liked Trejo's work and decided to offer him a small role in the film as a boxer.

From there, Trejo began appearing in regularly in films throughout the 80’s and 90’s, mostly in villainous or anti-hero type roles in films such as Death Wish 4 (1987), Maniac Cop 2 (1990) Mi vida loca (1993) and Blood In, Blood Out (1993).

In 1995, Trejo appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado, beginning a working relationship that continues to this day. Trejo subsequently appeared in Rodriguez’s films From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Spy Kids (2001), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Planet Terror (2007), which eventually led to a spin off starring role in the film Machete (2010) and its sequel Machete Kills (2013).

Never one to slow down, has appeared in countless films and television projects, including recurring roles as Breacher on The Flash, Romero on Sons of Amarchy, and Tortuga on Breaking Bad. He has also taken on voice acting roles, most notably El Moco on The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Newtralizer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Jaguar in the epic “Pickle Rick” episode of Rick and Morty.

Next up, Trejo has over 20 projects in various states of production – but it’s safe to say that most fans are anxious to see him return with Robert Rodriguez in Machete Kills in Space.