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Stars Discovered by Chance

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Danny Trejo

Actor Danny Trejo was arrested for the first time at the age of 10, and spent the next dozen years in and out of prison for armed robbery and drug dealing. After serving a five-year stint for the latter, Trejo cleaned up his life, got sober and became a drug counselor.

In 1985, Trejo visited the set of the Jon Voight movie "Runaway Train" at the request of a recovering addict who was working on the film and on the verge of a relapse. While there, a crew member noticed Trejo's weathered and tattooed facade, and asked him to appear in the film as a prison inmate. Today, at age 71, Trejo has amassed more than 200 film credits, including the starring role in Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" franchise.-XFINITY Entertainment Staff

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty)

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