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Presented by Stark Library's Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series and Kent State University at Stark Featured Speaker Series.
His name was once synonymous with Hollywood’s favorite “bad guy.” Over the years, Danny Trejo has portrayed villains in dozens of movies and TV series, from Heat, to the From Dusk till Dawn trilogy, to Desperado. He is also famed for his roles in AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and Spy Kids and Machete film franchises.
His prolific career in the entertainment industry followed an atypical road to success, from years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle drug addictions, from acting to producing, and now on to restaurant ventures. Mr. Trejo joins us to discuss his new cookbook, Trejo’s Tacos, as well as his biography, Trejo – My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. A Q&A and meet and greet will follow.
In Danny’s youth, he joked to his mom that he would one day open a restaurant, and a few arrests and over three-hundred movies later, that dream finally came true. Trejo’s expanding restaurant empire includes Trejo’s Tacos, Trejo’s Cantina and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts. In his new cookbook, Trejo’s Tacos, Danny shares 75 of his favorite recipes – from his award-winning tacos to his signature donuts – along with behind-the-scenes snippets of his fascinating life.
Danny Trejo’s story is one of redemption, which he often shares with those in the criminal system, in recovery, or in underprivileged communities. In his biography, Trejo – My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood, he expands on this message, as we follow him from San Quentin Prison to his unbelievable success in the entertainment industry. Trejo’s name, face, and achievements are well recognized in Hollywood and beyond, but it is his continuous roles as a devoted father of three and an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction. Mr. Trejo strives to inspire those around him and prove that it is never too late to turn your life around.
“Every good thing that’s ever happened to me is a direct result of me helping somebody else…It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.”
Danny Trejo’s books will be available for purchase:
Trejo – My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood
This event is presented in partnership with Kent State University at Stark.