The rough-mugged tough guy has gone from character actor to leading man
By David Walker
Special to MSN Movies
Danny Trejo could possibly be the
hardest working actor in show business. Between movies, television shows and
voice work in animation and video games, Trejo has more than 250 credits to his
name. In 2013 alone, Trejo has worked in more than twenty productions, including
the upcoming "Machete Kills," the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's hit film
"Machete," which started out as a fake trailer. Before starring as Machete
Cortez, an ex-Federale turned badass killing machine, Trejo was a character
actor — one of those recognizable faces that appear in movies, but seldom garner
name recognition from audiences. "Machete" helped transform Trejo from a
supporting actor best known for his tough guy roles, his prison-yard stare and
tattoos into one of the most unlikely leading men in the history of film.
Likewise, his career as an actor is in and of itself an unlikely tale of luck
and second chances. An addict and ex-con who spent much of his youth in and out
of trouble — including a stretch in San Quentin — Trejo was "discovered" while
working as a drug counselor. Trejo still works as a drug counselor and continues
to do outreach to prisoners and at-risk youth — when he's not working as an
actor. Here is an abbreviated look at the acting career of Danny Trejo
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