How Tall Is Danny Trejo, The Famous Hollywood Villain And Anti-Hero

If you are familiar with Hollywood movies, you would have come across or seen Danny Trejo doing what he does best. Many people have been wondering how tall the actor is because it seems the villain roles he plays in Hollywood is mainly attributed to his height advantage.

The actor is athletic and a workout junkie, little wonder he was able to carve out a niche for himself as a Hollywood villain and anti-hero through the years with different scripts – even with age gradually catching up on him. Let us take a look at how tall is Danny Trejo, how did he achieve fame and what was his life before fame. Stay with us.


We cannot divulge the height of Trejo without digging into his background. Danny Trejo was born an American by birth but he is Mexican by descent. He was born on May 16th, 1944. His birthplace was in Echo Parks, in the heart of Los Angeles, California. His father – Dionisio ‘Dan’ Trejo is late – he died in 1981. His mother name is Alice Rivera.

When it comes to relatives, Danny is not the only famed television star from his family as some of his relatives are notable names in the movie industry. The likes of actresses Patricia Vonne and Angela Lanza, and also the renowned filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez are all his second cousins, but he did not get to know that he is related to Robert Rodriguez until he was in the making of the movie Desperado (1995).

Danny Trejo had a troubled childhood, going in and out of prison for drug-related offenses. He has mentioned that his muscular physical appearance often got him into trouble. It was during one of his prison terms in San Quentin that he joined a recovery movement known as 12-Step Program that helped him to overcome his addiction. Also during this time, he became a boxing champion in the prison’s lightweight and welterweight competitions.

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This was the last prison term he served, and this was also the beginning of his rise to fame and stardom.

Danny Trejo’s Height – How Tall Is The Actor?

He may not have an imposing height but his muscular nature had adequately made up for his lack of intimidating height. Danny Trejo stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 meters). Danny Trejo’s height may not be formidable but it is supported by 75 kilograms of body mass. Although he has invested about four decades plus in the entertainment industry, he is still very much active with his appearances in movies like 3 from Hell (2019), Common Enemies episode of Blue Bloods (2019) and his involvement in the making of video game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

The iconic actor workout at least three times every week. Although he is well over 7 decades and counting in age, he still maintains his fitness. Regardless of where he is, makes out time for his workouts – he even improvises when in transit.

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The 5 feet 6 inches tall actor is also a proud father of two from his failed union with Debbie Shreve from whom he split up in 2009.

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How Did He Become A Famous Hollywood Villain And Anti-Hero?

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Even though we know that physique sometimes can project one to stardom, that was not the case with our subject of discourse. His height didn’t get him Hollywood villain roles. Perhaps we can attribute his on-screen persona to the tough path Danny Trejo had to tread, so he easily related with most of the bad boy roles that came his way from the beginning of his career in the movie industry.

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It is noteworthy that Danny Trejo got his break into the industry through another inmate of the same prison where he served. Thanks to the scriptwriter of Runaway Train-Edward Bunker, who gave him a job to do on the set of the movie. Edward Bunker who was a co-inmate at San Quentin prison during Danny’s time there remembered Trejo for how good he was as a boxing champion. He offered him a job on set to train one of the movie lead stars – Eric Roberts.

Danny Trejo was paid $320 every day for the job. He was so good at the job that it caught the admiration of the movie director, Andrei Konchalovsky. He offered him a small role in the movie as a boxer. He played the role of Robert’s opponent in the movie and that was how he earned his breakthrough.

Since then, he has appeared in more than 250 movies and TV series combined. These include Desperado (1995), Point Blank (1998), Spy Kids (2001), Desperate Housewives (2005), Bones (2011), Sons of Anarchy (2008- 2014) and host of others.

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