That Guy From: Runaway Train (1985), Desperado (1995), Heat (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Con Air (1997), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Spy Kids (2001), Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Machete (2010)
Why They're Great: A reformed criminal turned character actor, Trejo's story is such that it's very difficult not to warm to him. Spending the best part of his career playing a host of brawlers, henchmen and general hard-cases, he finally carved out a leading role for himself in 2010's Machete. Good for him, we say!
In Their Own Words: “Juvenile hall, youth authority . . . I was in a lot of trouble. I grew up like the characters I've been playing.”