Aug. 27, 2023 – Staying sober in Hollywood is like wrapping yourself in a meat suit, jumping into an alligator pit—and not getting bit. Hollywood is pressure, and pressure makes alcoholics drink. Everyone in Hollywood has an angle and is competing with everyone else, no matter how much they smile, shake your hand and sing your praises. So while we look up to people who were born rich, got lucky, have egos bigger than Jupiter, won the genetic lottery or simply talk about their greatness until people start believing them, Trejo is truly the American rags to riches story. Because he understood what it took: a commitment to helping others is helping oneself.

“Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else,” Trejo told CBS Mornings.

Put it on the calendar: Aug 23 is now Trejo Day. Party at my house next year, with tacos and doughnuts.