Danny Trejo admits he followed a dark path before his Hollywood career.
The 77-year-old actor has said he “could have died” had he not found a career in entertainment, opening up to The Sun to promote his book Trejo: My Life Of Crime, Redemption And Hollywood.
“You will die either in prison or from an act of violence in the streets,” and I believed him. ‘
Lucky: Danny Trejo admitted he “could have died” and was probably faced with “the gas chamber” before being given a second chance and finding his way to Hollywood
Open book: The 77-year-old actor spoke to The Sun to promote his book Trejo: My Life Of Crime, Redemption And Hollywood
Although he endured stints in San Quentin and Folsom, Trejo found himself in great difficulty after being involved in a “riot of a thousand people” at Soledad State Prison in California.
The Machete actor – who grew up in a troubled home in Pacoima, Calif. – was in hot water for accidentally hitting a guard on the head with a stone as he tried to throw it at other prisoners , said he faced the death penalty for attempted murder. .
He remembered asking God for mercy saying, “We were waiting for the gas chamber, which I accepted but thought,” Let me die with dignity, I don’t want to pee in my pants , shit and scream. ‘
“I begged,” God, if you let me die with dignity, I will say your name every day and do what I can for my fellow inmates. ”
“The reason I said ‘inmates’ was because I never thought I would get out of prison and the good Lord cheated on me. “
It seemed that God listened to his prayers and the case was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence.
When Trejo was released, an officer from the prison board, whom he called “Mad Dog,” warned him that he had a chance to live a second life.
“I’ll never forget it when I said, ‘We’re going to give you a chance to spread your Trejo wings. “”
Education: He grew up in a troubled home in Pacoima, Calif. And spent time in San Quentin, Folsom, Soledad State Prison and LA County Jail
Star: He is credited in 400 television and film roles, seen in the 1997 premiere of Con Air above
He kept his promise to God and has been sober since 1969.
Although he put the life of crime behind him, Danny’s time behind bars was not without memorable moments.
While in LA County Jail in 1961, the Spy Kids star recalls meeting Charles Manson.
Although Trejo said Manson was a character, he added that the cult leader “was not the same guy we know today.”
Danny said: “I saw a little man who couldn’t afford a belt, he had to tie his pants with a string and even in the county jail he was all dirty.
Back then: While in LA County Jail in 1961, the Spy Kids star recalls meeting Charles Manson (above in 1970) but said he “wasn’t the same “cult leader figure” we know today ”
“But when we found out he could hypnotize us to get us high, we took care of him and basically he made us take weed and heroin. “
Now, finding himself far from this life, Trejo wonders why other actors would ever claim to be “gangsters”.
“The actors are making a gangster movie and think they’re a gangster, they should have a class to teach them, ‘Look, you’re not a gangster! ”
“When I was a character, I didn’t want to stay like that character. I’ll play with my kids or take a puppy or something.
Trejo’s book is out now.
Hang your copy! Danny Trejo’s Book: My Life Of Crime, Redemption And Hollywood Is Now Available