Trejo - Danny Trejo


By Danny Trejo

  • Release Date: 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 89 Ratings



“If you’re a fan like I am this is definitely the book for you.” —Pete Davidson, actor, producer, and cast member on Saturday Night Live

“Danny’s incredible life story shows that even though we may fall down at some point in our lives, it’s what we do when we stand back up that really counts.” —Robert Rodriguez, creator of Spy Kids, Desperado, and Machete

Discover the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss—it’s “enough to make you believe in the possibility of a Hollywood ending” (The New York Times Book Review).

On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. He’s been shot, stabbed, hanged, chopped up, squished by an elevator, and once, was even melted into a bloody goo. Off screen, he’s a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike. But the real Danny Trejo is much more complicated than the legend.

Raised in an abusive home, Danny struggled with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons—including San Quentin and Folsom—from an early age, before starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, and Machete. Now, in this funny, painful, and suspenseful memoir, Danny takes us through the incredible ups and downs of his life, including meeting one of the world’s most notorious serial killers in prison and working with legends like Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro.

An honest, unflinching, and “inspirational study in the definition of character” (Kevin Smith, director and actor), Trejo reveals how he managed the horrors of prison, rebuilt himself after finding sobriety and spirituality in solitary confinement, and draws inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled robbing heists of his past for the film roles that made him a household name. He also shares the painful contradictions in his personal life. Although he speaks everywhere from prison yards to NPR about his past to inspire countless others on their own road to recovery and redemption, he struggles to help his children with their personal battles with addiction, and to build relationships that last.

Redemptive and painful, poignant and real, Trejo is a portrait of a magnificent life and an unforgettable and exceptional journey.


  • Amazing!

    By izzy_858
    Such an amazing look into the world of Danny Trejo. His struggles and decisions are something that many Hispanics face in life. It’s very inspiring that somebody who had all the odds stacked against them rise above and become a role model.
  • Trejo

    By Bee britches
    Probably the best recovery= litature I’ve ever read! Thanks James ROY APPLETON jr MD
  • Trejo

    By Bethany Panda
    A page turner, just what I needed. Trejo is America at its finest.
  • Good read = inspirational

    By bully4me
    A great story about a guy that never gives up despite all the roadblocks thrown his way. Danny overcomes addiction through faith and truely changes many others’ lives. Couldn’t stop reading it.
  • Down to Earth-Trejo didn’t disappoint

    By MarzaBraca
    It was nice to see Danny turn his life around and tell it like it is. Being Hispanic and coming from humble beginnings, we’ve all lived some part of his life. Good for you, Danny! You’re truly a “Hero” to all chicanos. This book should become a movie like “La Bamba“ but better to reach everyone that won’t read the book to share the inspiration to a wider audience.