Creator: Danny Trejo

Oh yeah, him!

"You might know him from Desperado, Grindhouse, The Devils Rejects, xXx, Con Air, Heat, your worst nightmares."

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, "Hey, It's That Guy!" He's been working in Hollywood since 1985 and has played dozens of supporting roles, usually as some kind of Mexican tough guy, henchman or thug. Trejo has also been in a number of Robert Rodriguez films, usually with slightly larger roles than he normally plays, including Desperado and the Spy Kids trilogy, finally culminating in his first leading role: the badass Knife Nut known as Machete. As an Ink-Suit Actor, he was Dale's "Man Friday", Octavio on King of the Hill and, in a bit of Playing Against Type, he voiced Enrique (the sad-sack bobtail driver from Strickland propane who wants to be Hank's friend).

He had criminal problems during his youth and spent time in jail, but the accounts of everybody he works with in the movies (Everyone) is that he is one of the best people in the industry. The 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.

Danny Trejo has appeared in:

Danny Trejo embodies the following tropes:

  • Adam Westing:
  • The Atoner: Has spent the last few decades helping people avoid going into the criminal lifestyle like he did.
  • Badass Grandpa: Maintains a good physical shape and can still pull off action roles despite being in his seventies.
  • Badass Mustache: His handlebar is just one part of what makes him so instantly recognizable.
  • Being Evil Sucks: 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.
  • Cast the Expert: He originally got into Hollywood as a fight coordinator and stuntman, after winning a few boxing tournaments in the California State Prison system.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: By virtue of playing expendable thugs.
    • Entirely intentional, as the above entry will indicate.
    • Bizarrely averted in Fallout: New Vegas, where he plays a 230+ year old ghoul.
    • Also subverted in Sons of Anarchy. See below.
    • And beaten to the curb and shot in Machete.
  • Cool Old Guy: One of the coolest around.
  • Face of a Thug: He used to be a thug.
  • Heel-Face Turn: A rare example of a real-life reformed criminal.
    • In Sons of Anarchy his character was portrayed as the most vicious drug lord in history. Turns out he's CIA and orchestrates a drug deal through the Sons to shut down other dealers.