Creator / Danny Trejo

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Oh yeah, him!

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

Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) is an American actor who everyone can recognize, but not as many can name. 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.

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Danny Trejo embodies the following tropes:

  • Hitler Cam/Scully Box: Between these two techniques, you'd never guess that he's only 167cm (5'6"). He has a very imposing presence, and unless the camera were to pull away (it never does), you'd have no way of knowing that he's nowhere near as tall as even some of his female costars.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: As Octavio in King of the Hill, Umberto Robina in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and himself in Def Jam: Fight For New York.
  • Knife Nut: Many of Trejo's characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives or sharp instruments: Machete in Spy Kids and, well, Machete, Razor Charlie in From Dusk Till Dawn, Navajas (Spanish for blades) in Desperado, and Cuchillo (Spanish for knife) in Predators.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Plays rough and cruel characters, but is widely reputed as one of the friendliest actors in Hollywood and a blast to work with. The Animal Planet documentary Pitbulls And Parolees 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. He also visits colleges throughout the USA using his credibility as a former drug addict and convict to impress on teens that drugs and crime are not fun in real life and getting an education and staying out of trouble is the way to go.
  • Odd Friendship: Trejo is a good friend of the Mexican Spanish voice actor who normally dubs him, Miguel Angel Ghigliazza. The odd part came with the fact while Trejo is a baritone in most of his movies, Ghigliazza's voice tone is somewhat more higher than him, which, interestingly enough, makes him sound even more scarier at times.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: At least, relative to other actors whom are typically close to 180 centimeters (about six feet), Danny is only 167cm (5'6"). That makes him (very slightly) shorter than Tom Cruise!
  • Rated M for Manly: He's called "the Mexican Charles Bronson" for a reason.
    • The first role he ever got was a random thug, the reason he got the part is because he was sponsoring a crew member with Alcohol problems. He was only on set to eat lunch with the guy and help him deal with temptation to drink with the rest of the crew, the director saw him and liked his look so much that he offered him a part.
  • Real-Life Relative: He's actually Robert Rodriguez's second cousin. No nepotism is involved, however; they didn't even know that they were related until Desperado had wrapped.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: According to Salma Hayek on The Graham Norton Show, during the filming of From Dusk Til Dawn she was told that Danny was a bit anxious but when he first saw her. He ran to her, ripped open his shirt and showed her his tattoo of a woman wearing a sombrero and proclaimed "I knew you before I knew you, I dreamt you before I knew you". He also said that while he was happy that he had left jail, he'd happily rob another bank for her.
  • Tattooed Crook: Considering he plays a lot of crooks, the tattoos are just gravy.
  • Typecasting: As a Knife Nut Mexican thug. Nobody does it better. He's also had several roles where he is either comically serious or the Jerk with a Heart of Gold.

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