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24th Feb '13 10:46:52 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:239:Oh yeah, him!]]

->''You might know him from Desperado, Grindhouse, The Devil's Rejects, xXx, Con Air, Heat, your worst nightmares.''
-->-- ''{{Website/Cracked}}''

Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor that everyone can recognize, but not as many can name. When you see him, you tend to think, "HeyItsThatGuy" He's been working in Hollywood since 1985 and has played dozens of supporting roles, usually as some kind of Mexican tough guy, [[{{Mook}} henchman]] or thug. Trejo has also been in a number of RobertRodriguez films, usually with slightly larger roles than he normally plays, including ''{{Desperado}}'' and the ''SpyKids'' trilogy, finally culminating in his first leading role: the {{badass}} KnifeNut known as Film/{{Machete}}. As an InkSuitActor, he was Dale's "Man Friday," Octavio on ''KingOfTheHill''.

He had criminal problems during his youth and spent time in jail, but the accounts of everybody he works with in the movies (''Everyone'') [[MeanCharacterNiceActor is that he is one of the best people in the industry]]. The [[AllStarCast cameo heavy and varied cast of]] ''Film/{{Machete}}'' stems from all the people he worked with in the past wanting to contribute something to his first starring role.

!!Danny Trejo has appeared in:

* ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'': Poacher
* ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': Bartender
* ''Bad Ass'' (2012): Kind of [[{{Badass}} self-explanatory]], don't you think? Plays a BadassGrandpa.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'': Himself
* ''Film/ConAir'': Johnny-23
* ''TheCrowWickedPrayer'': Harold
* ''DeathWish4TheCrackdown'': Art Sanella
* ''Film/DesertHeat'': [[MagicalNativeAmerican Johnny Sixtoes]]
* ''{{Desperado}}'': Navajas
* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'': Rondo
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Raul Alfonso Tejada
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'': The Chief
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': Razor Charlie
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'': Umberto Robina
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
* ''{{Film/Halloween 2007}}'' (2007): Ismael Cruz
* ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'': Boss Rico
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'': [[TheDanza Trejo]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': [[InkSuitActor Octavio]]
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'': [[CharacterTitle Machete]]
* ''ManiacCop2'': Prisoner
* ''Film/MarkedForDeath'': Hector
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'': Cuchillo (Named [[NoNameGiven only in the script]])
* ''Film/RunawayTrain'': Prison boxer
* ''TheSaltonSea'': Little Bill
* ''SixDaysSevenNights'': Pierce
* ''SonsOfAnarchy'': Romeo
* ''Film/SpyKids'': Machete
* ''Film/AVeryHaroldAndKumar3DChristmas''
* ''Film/{{XXX}}'': El Jefe
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Bane

!!Danny Trejo embodies the following tropes:
* TheAtoner: Has spent the last few decades helping people avoid going into the criminal lifestyle like he did.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa: Maintains a good physical shape and can still pull off action roles despite being in his late sixties.
** BadassLonghair
** BadassMoustache
* BeingEvilSucks: Trejo confessed that he often chooses to play bad guys to teach younger audiences that bad guys often die or go to prison, and that one should try to live a decent life.
** Alternatively DoNotDoThisCoolThing, as his bad guys are often awesome.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: By virtue of playing expendable thugs.
** Entirely intentional, as the above entry will indicate.
** Bizarrely averted in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas where he plays a 230+ year old [[OurZombiesAreDifferent ghoul]].
** Also subverted in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. See below.
* FaceOfAThug
* HeelFaceTurn: A rare example of a real-life reformed criminal.
** In SonsOfAnarchy his character was portrayed as the most vicious drug lord in history. [[spoiler: Turns out he's CIA and orchastrates a drug deal through the Sons to shut down other dealers.]]
* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in Creator/RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Plays rough and cruel characters, but is widely reputed as one of the friendliest actors in Hollywood and a blast to work with. The AnimalPlanet documentary ''PitbullsAndParolees'' also reveals that he helps out at the Villalobos Pitbull Shelter, since he lives down the street, and they even named a dog after him.
* RealLifeRelative: He's actually RobertRodriguez's second cousin. No {{nepotism}} is involved, however; they didn't even know that they were related until ''Desperado'' had wrapped.
* SouthOfTheBorder
* TattooedCrook
* TypeCasting: As a KnifeNut Mexican thug.

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[[caption-width-right:239:Oh yeah, him!]]

->''You might know him from Desperado, Grindhouse, The Devil's Rejects, xXx, Con Air, Heat, your worst nightmares.''
-->-- ''{{Website/Cracked}}''

Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor that everyone can recognize, but not as many can name. When you see him, you tend to think, "HeyItsThatGuy" He's been working in Hollywood since 1985 and has played dozens of supporting roles, usually as some kind of Mexican tough guy, [[{{Mook}} henchman]] or thug. Trejo has also been in a number of RobertRodriguez films, usually with slightly larger roles than he normally plays, including ''{{Desperado}}'' and the ''SpyKids'' trilogy, finally culminating in his first leading role: the {{badass}} KnifeNut known as Film/{{Machete}}. As an InkSuitActor, he was Dale's "Man Friday," Octavio on ''KingOfTheHill''.

He had criminal problems during his youth and spent time in jail, but the accounts of everybody he works with in the movies (''Everyone'') [[MeanCharacterNiceActor is that he is one of the best people in the industry]]. The [[AllStarCast cameo heavy and varied cast of]] ''Film/{{Machete}}'' stems from all the people he worked with in the past wanting to contribute something to his first starring role.

!!Danny Trejo has appeared in:

* ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'': Poacher
* ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'': Bartender
* ''Bad Ass'' (2012): Kind of [[{{Badass}} self-explanatory]], don't you think? Plays a BadassGrandpa.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'': Himself
* ''Film/ConAir'': Johnny-23
* ''TheCrowWickedPrayer'': Harold
* ''DeathWish4TheCrackdown'': Art Sanella
* ''Film/DesertHeat'': [[MagicalNativeAmerican Johnny Sixtoes]]
* ''{{Desperado}}'': Navajas
* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'': Rondo
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Raul Alfonso Tejada
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'': The Chief
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': Razor Charlie
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'': Umberto Robina
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
* ''{{Film/Halloween 2007}}'' (2007): Ismael Cruz
* ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'': Boss Rico
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'': [[TheDanza Trejo]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': [[InkSuitActor Octavio]]
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'': [[CharacterTitle Machete]]
* ''ManiacCop2'': Prisoner
* ''Film/MarkedForDeath'': Hector
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'': Cuchillo (Named [[NoNameGiven only in the script]])
* ''Film/RunawayTrain'': Prison boxer
* ''TheSaltonSea'': Little Bill
* ''SixDaysSevenNights'': Pierce
* ''SonsOfAnarchy'': Romeo
* ''Film/SpyKids'': Machete
* ''Film/AVeryHaroldAndKumar3DChristmas''
* ''Film/{{XXX}}'': El Jefe
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Bane

!!Danny Trejo embodies the following tropes:
* TheAtoner: Has spent the last few decades helping people avoid going into the criminal lifestyle like he did.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa: Maintains a good physical shape and can still pull off action roles despite being in his late sixties.
** BadassLonghair
** BadassMoustache
* BeingEvilSucks: Trejo confessed that he often chooses to play bad guys to teach younger audiences that bad guys often die or go to prison, and that one should try to live a decent life.
** Alternatively DoNotDoThisCoolThing, as his bad guys are often awesome.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: By virtue of playing expendable thugs.
** Entirely intentional, as the above entry will indicate.
** Bizarrely averted in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas where he plays a 230+ year old [[OurZombiesAreDifferent ghoul]].
** Also subverted in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. See below.
* FaceOfAThug
* HeelFaceTurn: A rare example of a real-life reformed criminal.
** In SonsOfAnarchy his character was portrayed as the most vicious drug lord in history. [[spoiler: Turns out he's CIA and orchastrates a drug deal through the Sons to shut down other dealers.]]
* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in Creator/RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Plays rough and cruel characters, but is widely reputed as one of the friendliest actors in Hollywood and a blast to work with. The AnimalPlanet documentary ''PitbullsAndParolees'' also reveals that he helps out at the Villalobos Pitbull Shelter, since he lives down the street, and they even named a dog after him.
* RealLifeRelative: He's actually RobertRodriguez's second cousin. No {{nepotism}} is involved, however; they didn't even know that they were related until ''Desperado'' had wrapped.
* SouthOfTheBorder
* TattooedCrook
* TypeCasting: As a KnifeNut Mexican thug.

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7th Feb '13 12:32:31 PM Tuckerscreator
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** Also subverted in SonsOfAnarchy. See below.

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** Also subverted in SonsOfAnarchy.''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. See below.



* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''Film/{{Predators}}''.

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* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in RobertRodriguez Creator/RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
7th Feb '13 12:29:17 PM SixtyXCelph
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* ''Film/DesertHeat'': [[MagicalNativeAmerican Johnny Sixtoes]]
12th Jan '13 11:12:56 AM Horzh
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** Alternatively DoNotDoThisCoolThing, as his bad guys are often awesome.
20th Dec '12 6:11:37 PM WillBGood
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* FaceOfAThug
15th Dec '12 10:22:19 PM erforce
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Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor that everyone can recognize, but not as many can name. When you see him, you tend to think, "HeyItsThatGuy" He's been working in Hollywood since 1985 and has played dozens of supporting roles, usually as some kind of Mexican tough guy, [[{{Mook}} henchman]] or thug. Trejo has also been in a number of RobertRodriguez films, usually with slightly larger roles than he normally plays, including ''{{Desperado}}'' and the ''SpyKids'' trilogy, finally culminating in his first leading role: the {{badass}} KnifeNut known as {{Machete}}. As an InkSuitActor, he was Dale's "Man Friday," Octavio on ''KingOfTheHill''.

He had criminal problems during his youth and spent time in jail, but the accounts of everybody he works with in the movies (''Everyone'') [[MeanCharacterNiceActor is that he is one of the best people in the industry]]. The [[AllStarCast cameo heavy and varied cast of]] ''{{Machete}}'' stems from all the people he worked with in the past wanting to contribute something to his first starring role.

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Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor that everyone can recognize, but not as many can name. When you see him, you tend to think, "HeyItsThatGuy" He's been working in Hollywood since 1985 and has played dozens of supporting roles, usually as some kind of Mexican tough guy, [[{{Mook}} henchman]] or thug. Trejo has also been in a number of RobertRodriguez films, usually with slightly larger roles than he normally plays, including ''{{Desperado}}'' and the ''SpyKids'' trilogy, finally culminating in his first leading role: the {{badass}} KnifeNut known as {{Machete}}.Film/{{Machete}}. As an InkSuitActor, he was Dale's "Man Friday," Octavio on ''KingOfTheHill''.

He had criminal problems during his youth and spent time in jail, but the accounts of everybody he works with in the movies (''Everyone'') [[MeanCharacterNiceActor is that he is one of the best people in the industry]]. The [[AllStarCast cameo heavy and varied cast of]] ''{{Machete}}'' ''Film/{{Machete}}'' stems from all the people he worked with in the past wanting to contribute something to his first starring role.



* ''FromDuskTillDawn'': Razor Charlie

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* ''FromDuskTillDawn'': ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': Razor Charlie



* ''{{XXX}}'': El Jefe

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* ''{{XXX}}'': ''Film/{{XXX}}'': El Jefe



* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''{{Predators}}''.

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* KnifeNut: Many of Trejo's characters in RobertRodriguez movies [[MeaningfulName have been named after knives or sharp instruments]]: Machete in ''SpyKids'' and, well, ''{{Machete}}'', ''Film/{{Machete}}'', Razor Eddie in ''FromDuskTillDawn'', ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in ''{{Predators}}''.''Film/{{Predators}}''.
10th Dec '12 8:13:43 AM IchigoMontoya
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* OneSceneWonder
12th Nov '12 5:36:40 AM NCZ
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* TheAtoner: Has spent the last few decades helping people avoid going into the criminal lifestyle like He did.

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* TheAtoner: Has spent the last few decades helping people avoid going into the criminal lifestyle like He he did.
19th Oct '12 10:15:11 PM karstovich2
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* RealLifeRelative: He's actually RobertRodriguez's second cousin. No {{nepotism}} is involved, however; they didn't even know that they were related until ''Desperado'' had wrapped.
18th Oct '12 8:19:13 PM foxley
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* ''FromDuskTilldawn'': Razor Charlie

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* ''FromDuskTilldawn'': ''FromDuskTillDawn'': Razor Charlie
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