‘Inmate #1’ Trailer: Documentary Explores Danny Trejo’s Inspirational True Story of Redemption

Check out the trailer that’s arrived for documentary Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, exploring the eventful life that the Mexican-American actor has led thus far. 

Featuring the man himself and a number of people that been a part of his life, including director Robert Rodriguez, comedian/actor Cheech Marin, and actress Michelle Rodriguez, the documentary tells of how Trejo went from drug abuse and criminal to Hollywood actor, businessman and inspirational figure. Trejo’s story is a fascinating one, addicted to drugs as a child, going in and out of jail for years, and winning boxing titles while serving time in San Quentin before a turn of events led to him landing a part as a convict extra on Andrey Konchalovskiy’s 1985 film Runaway Train. The rest, as they say, is history.

The trailer was released on May 5th in the US, coinciding with the annual Mexican celebration Cinco de Mayo. “Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!,” Trejo posted on social media with the trailer. “It’s a special day for me every year, but this year even more so because I can share the official trailer for Inmate #1, the documentary telling the story of my life. You’ll be able to watch it around the world this summer!”

Directed by Brett Harvey (The Culture High, Ice Guardians), Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo will have a U.S. Digital release on July 7.

Synopsis for Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo:

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is the feature documentary experience, revealing the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo. From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters and helping troubled addicts, Danny gives a firsthand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film.


Having spent 71 years starring in a personal expedition that outshines any Hollywood fiction, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, is the shocking story of one man’s capacity to overcome his demons, only to discover redemption through the most unlikely of journeys. Through the exploration of his old stomping ground and the supporting cast of family, friends and some of the world’s biggest stars, join Danny Trejo as he delivers a raw and sobering account of his transformation from a hardened criminal to celebrated Hollywood icon and beloved friend of all who cross his path.


Available to rent and own on digital from 22nd June internationally and from 7th July in the US.