Danny Trejo, known for roles in such films as; From Dusk Till Dawn, Halloween (2007), and Machete, will be releasing his memoir Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood through Atria Books on July 6th. The book will detail his life from crime, prison, addiction, and unlikely Hollywood stardom, according to a report on Deadline.
With over 300 film credits, the 76-year old star still books 10 to 20 roles a year. Although he’s most known for his works in the horror genre, he’s also done several kids projects such as; Looney Toons, the Spy Kids series, Family Guy, and even The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.
For many Mexican Americans, Danny Trejo is more than a movie star, he is “ …a legend. A role model. The first Chicano action star. Someone we can always hold up as a hero who made it” according to Michelle Herrera Mulligan, senior editor at Atria Books.
Trejo will describe the hard lessons he learned in his childhood that saved his professional life while also destroying his personal life. “At 76,” Trejo says, “This memoir was an opportunity for me to be fearlessly honest for the first time about the terrifying brutality of my experiences in the hardest prisons in the world, the family secrets that tore lives apart, my personal bottom while I was in the hole in Soledad facing a possible death penalty charge, the role God played in turning my life around, my acting career that started at the age of 40 by simply showing up to a set to help another addict in need and how all of it shaped the person I am.”
Danny will be co-writing the book with his best friend of 20 years Donal Logue ( Gotham, Sons of Anarchy, and Law and Order: SVU). Trejo will be published simultaneously in English and Spanish before being adapted for young readers later on. The book will also have an audio book release through Simon & Schuster Audio.