Danny Trejo biography: 13 things about Mexican-American actor born in Echo Park, Los Angeles

Danny Trejo is an American actor of Mexican descent. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States to Mexican-American parents Dionisio “Dan” Trejo and Alice Rivera.
  2. When he was 13 years old, he moved to Pacoima, Los Angeles.
  3. In the 1960s, he was in and out of jail.
  4. When he was in San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, he became the prison’s boxing champion in the lightweight and welterweight divisions.
  5. He made his acting debut by playing a boxer in the 1985 film “Runaway Train.”
  6. He and Debbie Shreve got married in 1997 and divorced in 2009. They have two children together.
  7. He played Hector in the 2008 film “Valley of Angels.” For the role, he won Best Actor at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
  8. He played the title role in the 2010 film “Machete.”
  9. He is a contributor to the 2015 book “Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories From Behind Bars.”
  10. He opened Trejo’s Tacos in 2016 and Trejo’s Cantina and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts in 2017. The three restaurants are located in Los Angeles.
  11. His life story was featured in the 2019 documentary “Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo,”  which won awards at the Leo Awards and Calgary International Film Festival.
  12. He played Benito “Benny” Sanchez in the 2020 short film “The Fixer.” For the role, he won Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival US, Independent Shorts Awards, Indie Short Fest, IndieX Film Festival and Prague International Indie Film Festival.
  13. He was 76 years old when he competed in “The Masked Singer” Season 5 as Raccoon. He was unmasked in the third episode, which aired on Fox on March 24, 2021.

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