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Is Danny Trejo the Most Lovably Terrifying Actor Ever?

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11.07.2021

Danny Trejo by the numbers:

10 - age when he was first sent to a police station.

12 - first time he shot heroin.

14 - first time he robbed a store.

25 - age when he finally got sober.

65 - number of times he’s been killed onscreen.

Just a few of the tidbits to be found in Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption and Hollywood, a sobering, entertaining, and occasionally infuriating autobiography co-written by the 77-year-old criminal-turned-Hollywood icon and his longtime buddy, actor Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve, Gotham).

Make no mistake, though. Despite the literally hundreds of movies and TV shows he has appeared in—Trejo estimates nearly 300 between 2010 and 2020 alone—this is no Danny Trejo Hollywood tell-all, with schmoozy stories about the stars he’s hung out with and the movie premieres he’s attended. It is, first and foremost, the brutally honest tale of a child who grew up in an abusive household, was mentored by a gangster uncle, then started out on a career in criminal violence, drug abuse, and incarceration, but managed to correct course and wound up a beloved figure whose face is recognized by millions. He’s even become a food entrepreneur, with a chain of taco restaurants and coffee and donut shops.

Trejo, whose truth-telling is off the charts and obviously influenced by his years in recovery, is not afraid to admit that in his younger days he took a “sick pleasure” in fighting, and doesn’t hesitate to recount a 45-day run of drugging, dealing, and stealing in the mid-1960s that culminated in a 10-year prison sentence, which he spent in the famous hell holes of Folsom, San Quentin, and Soledad. Put in solitary because of his participation in a prison........

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