Danny Trejo spent many years of his early life in prisons on drug and robbery convictions. Trejo was a changed man after completing a life-changing 12-step rehabilitation program. Upon his release, Trejo got involved with several rehabilitation and counseling programs to help people struggling with problems he struggled once with.
In 1985, he met a young man at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting. He incidentally met the same struggling addict on the set of ‘Runaway Train,’ and Trejo was offered a role as a convict. Trejo was offered a chance to train Eric Roberts for a film, and interestingly he was eventually offered the role of his opponent in the ring, and this is how Trejo got his debut role.
He was next seen in the 1987 Jamaa Fanaka-directed crime-action film 'Penitentiary III.' The movie received mixed response from the audience. Trejo earned a brief role in the fourth installment of the Death Wish film series, 'Death Wish 4: The Crackdown' (1987). He went on portraying several characters in films like ‘The Hidden (1987),’ Bulletproof (1988), ‘Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects’ (1989), ‘Lock-Up (1989), and ‘Marked for Death (1990),’
The year 1991 saw 6 releases of Trejo, including ‘The Last Hour,’ ‘Mi Vida Loca,’ ‘Whore,’ and ‘Carnal Crimes.’ In 1992, he starred in 2 television films named ‘Reasonable Doubts’ and ‘Nails.’ After appearing as an extra in films in ‘Sunset Grill’ (1993), ‘Doppelganger’(1993), ‘Angel of Desire’ (1994), and ‘Dead Badge’ (1995), Trejo formed an alliance with Robert Rodriguez in the 1995 film ‘Desperado.’ The duo then moved to big-budget films like ‘Con Air (1997)’ and ‘The Replacement Killers (1998).’ The next year, Trejo was seen playing Eddie 'Razor Eddie' in the Scott Spiegel-directed horror film ‘From Dusk till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.’ He also appeared in ‘From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter’ where he played the role of Charlie 'Razor Charlie.'
Trejo portrayed the role of Uncle Isadore "Machete" Cortez in the Robert Rodriguez’-directed 2001 super hit ‘Spy Kids.’ He reprised his role in ‘Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams’ (2002), ‘Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over’ (2003), and ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’ (2011). Trejo continued to appear in movies like ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico’ (2003), ‘Lost (2004), ‘The Devil's Rejects’ (2005), ‘Living the Dream’ (2006), ‘Urban Justice’ (2007), and ‘Alone in the Dark II’ (2008).
In 2010, Trejo starred in the action film ‘Machete,’ directed by Robert Rodriguez. He played the role of ‘Isador 'Machete' Cortez, a character from the ‘Spy Kids’ film series. The film went on to become a critical and box office hit. Trejo returned to play his role in the sequel ‘Machete Kills’ in 2013.
In the year 2021, Trejo appeared in just one film titled ‘Pups Alone.’ However, he was seen in multiple television series and shows such as ‘Fast & Furious Spy Racers,’ ‘American Horror Stories,’ ‘The Casagrandes,’ and ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion.’
Trejo will be giving his voice in the upcoming animated comedy film ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru.’ The movie will see its release in 2022.