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Posted on 07/10/2020 12:45:04 AM PDT by Jyotishi
Danny Trejo: The actor who went from prisoner to film star
[Image] Danny Trejo has been shot, stabbed, crushed, eaten and tortured . . . multiple times.
Con Air, Zombie Hunter and 3-Headed Shark Attack (yes . . . that's a real film) are just three of the movies in which he's ended up dead.
If you're a Breaking Bad fan, he's the guy whose head famously ends up on top of a tortoise.
According to one survey, the 76-year-old has died on screen more than any other actor.
"It shows I've been working," he jokes.
And if you didn't know his name before reading this, you'd definitely know his face from the hundreds of movies, TV shows and games he's appeared in.
[Image] Some of Danny Trejo's films include Spy Kids, Muppets Most Wanted, xXx and The Ridiculous 6
In his movies, his long hair is usually pulled back in a ponytail, he's got his tattooed bare chest out and he's more than likely carrying a weapon.
"When I was starting to get famous, a good friend of mine told me, 'The whole world can think you're a movie star, but you can't'. I don't want to be a movie star. I want to be a good actor."
He jokes that when he started acting he was always cast in jail as "inmate number one", due to his physical appearance and attitude.
But before his movie career began, he had really been a high-profile prisoner.
It's the back story many of his fans will now get to find about in his new documentary Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo.
"It's a miracle because I wasn't supposed to get out of the 1960s," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Growing up in California, Trejo was . . .
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
I like him.
When I first saw him, it was in the movie, “Predators”, which I thought it was a better movie than its box office performance.
I was expecting his obituary but he’s still alive (as of the time of this posting).
He was good in animal factory and from dusk till Dawn.
I like his performances. He’s fairly charismatic, without taking up the whole screen like Tom Cruise tends to do.
And The Ridiculous 6 is exactly what you think it is. I was laughing so hard (especially during the hanging scene)!
Heard he wasn’t a typical Hollywood prick.
I doubt Johnny-23 would have put the bunny back in the box, either.
Meanwhile, Pinball didn’t ricochet when he hit his target.
Yes. He had a really bad drug habit early on in life. Turned it around pretty well.
Me too, jeez. I like this guy, he’s not noisy and Machete is awesome.
‘Machete’ to the rescue: Actor Danny Trejo helps save child trapped in overturned car in Sylmar
I like him. Okay he has some B-acting roles, or even C with the Syfy-channel but he is a cooler guy. When I did see the fake Machete trailer in Grindhouse I was like “wowowow turn that a into a real movie”. Glad they did!
Heh, my favs of the Grindhouse trailers are Hobo with a Shotgun, Thanksgiving, and then Machete.
He’s a caricature of a bad guy. Seriously can’t act. But he’s got a great story and has earned a bit of a cult following. I guess he’s kind of symbolic of the underdog, achieving the American Dream aginst all odds. If there were an American James Bond movie, Trejo would have to be a villain. But at 5’6”, he would have to wear platform shoes. On the other hand, Tom Cruise would probably have played Bond, so Danny would have been fine.
Danny Trejo is boxing Eric Roberts in the film Runaway Train, early on in the film.
383 credits as an actor on IMDb - I don’t recall ever having ever seen an actor with that many credits there. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001803/#actor
Met him in South Padre Island TX, he owns a restaurant there. Hell of a nice guy but still damn scary looking.
Danny Trejo is not a big guy, only 5 foot 6 inches.
Saw him in a Monk episode. ... He and Monk were cell mates. ... Great episode.
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