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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born Dan Trejo, Jr. in Livermore, CA on May 16, 1944, he was the son of construction worker Dan Trejo and his wife, Alice Rivera. Writer-director Robert Rodriguez, with whom he would collaborate frequently in the late 1990s and beyond, was a second cousin. After moving to Pacoima, CA with his family, he was introduced to drugs at the age of eight by an uncle, whom he later joined in carrying out petty crimes. As a result, Trejo spent much of his childhood in juvenile hall and other youth authority situations where he quickly learned to defend himself. He soon became so adept at fighting that a career in boxing appeared to be an escape for the young, but a spate of armed robberies landed h... Continue Bio >>
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