Danny Trejo

Trejo in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Dan Trejo

Place of Birth: Maywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 16, 1944

Ethnicity: Mexican [Indigenous, as well as European, small amount of African]

Danny Trejo is an American actor. He is famous for playing a bad guy in various Hollywood films.

Danny is the son of Delores Theresa Rivera and Dionisio “Dan” Trejo. He was raised mostly by his father. He grew up roaming the streets of L.A., where he eventually became interested in boxing. A drug addiction and a prison sentence dashed any chances of him taking boxing up professionally.

Danny is of Mexican descent. His father was born in San Antonio, Texas. He has five children, including two with his former wife Debbie Shreve. He is a cousin, to some degree, of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2023) stated that Danny’s genetic ancestry is:

*54% Indigenous / Native American
*38% European
*5% Subsarahan African

Danny’s paternal grandfather was Dionisio Trejo Torres (the son of Genovevo Trejo Córdoba and Gabriela Torres Loera). Dionisio was born in Mier y Noriega, Nuevo León, México. Genovevo was the son of José Dionicio Trejo Perales and María Ygnacia Córdoba Velasquez. Gabriela was the daughter of Dionicio Torres and Paula Loera.

Danny’s paternal grandmother was Felicitas “Isabel” Garay Banda (the daughter of Cirilo Garay and María Dolores Banda). Isabel was Mexican. Cirilo was born in Cedral, San Luis Potosí.

Danny’s maternal grandfather was named Aniceto C. Rivera Cerna. Aniceto was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Danny’s maternal grandmother was Josefa “Josie” Garcia Ruiz (the daughter of José Lucas Garcia Lucero and María Ruiz). Josefa was born in San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Jose was the son of José Rito Ruiz Peralta and Margarita. María was the daughter of Jesús Castro Lucero.

Sources: http://www.nydailynews.com

Genealogy of Danny Trejo (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. M says:

    He looks 90% Native American.

  2. Capricious says:

    Has both Native and European ancestry.

  3. ihatemostpeople says:

    He looks part Native too.

  4. andrew says:

    “The American actor is famous for playing the bad guy”

  5. lopac says:

    Chicano = American Indian

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