Born in Los Angeles’ rough Echo Park neighborhood, Danny Trejo became known in the streets as “The Mayor,” a reference to his gregarious nature and iron-fisted rule but turning his life around, Danny landed on a movie set and his life changed for good. He says, “I love playing the bad guy in movies, because the bad guy always dies.” That bad guy role has given Danny a prolific career in films and television. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing, Trejo’s achievements are well recognized in Hollywood and in Texas, where he frequently collaborates with Robert Rodriguez. Danny has starred in dozens of films including: DESPERADO, the FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN film series, HEAT, CON AIR, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO and the SPY KIDS series, and independent films like SHERRY BABY, DELTA FARCE, and both Rob Zombie films THE DEVIL’S REJECTS and HALLOWEEN. He was seen in Rodriguez and Tarantino’s GRINDHOUSE which led to a spinoff from its faux trailer called MACHETE, in which Danny plays the anti-hero of the story, an ex-federale with a gift for wielding a blade who hides out as a day-laborer and is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator. Danny’s notable television turns include a recurring role on King of the Hill, Monk, Desperate Housewives, Stargate: Atlantis, Breaking Bad, and recently he joined the cast of FX’s Sons Of Anarchy for an eight-episode arc. Danny will be shooting MACHETE KILLS in Spring of 2012. He receives the Patrón Honorary Texan Award for those who have spread Texas culture, or brought culture to Texas, in a unique and indelible way. —Agnes Varnum, The Austin Film Society
Bold characters, nonstop action and memorable soundtracks mark Robert Rodriguez’ maverick style, and he steadfastly maintains his Tex-centric approach to filmmaking. His dynamic action films have made him a director of distinction, including the SPY KIDS series, MACHETE, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, GRINDHOUSE, SIN CITY and 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of his feature debut, EL MARIACHI. Robert was honored with the Rising Star Award at the 2005 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.