Actor Danny Trejo gets into a fight during the Independence Day parade

Actor Danny Trejo gets into a fight during the Independence Day parade

Actor Danny Trejo gets into a fight during the Independence Day parade

LOS ANGELES, CA — A Fourth of July parade in Sunland-Tujunga spiraled out of control Thursday when its headliner, actor Danny Trejo, jumped out of his convertible and threw a punch and a chair after being hit in the head with a water balloon.

The convict-turned-movie star-turned-restaurant owner charged into the crowd to confront the balloon thrower, and that’s when he was hit again with the balloon, video posted on social media shows. Trejo threw the first punch, TMZ reported. During the fight, the 80-year-old actor was punched and fell to the ground, but got up and continued fighting.


In the video, bystanders can be seen holding him down as other spectators berated the rioters, shouting “There are children here!”

Trejo had been announced as the main attraction of the community event called “The Magic of Sunland-Tujunga.”

The parade began at 10 a.m. and headed west on Foothill Boulevard from Mt. Gleason Avenue to Sunland Boulevard.

According to TMZ, which first reported the incident, Trejo was riding in the passenger seat of a convertible when he was hit in the head by a water balloon. When he got out of the vehicle to confront the culprit, he was hit by another water balloon.

Trejo told TMZ that the water balloon drama was “childish” and that the people who threw the balloons were “cowards” in their 30s.

“It was more of a confrontation. He didn’t go there to hit anybody,” witness Arnie Abramiam told Fox11. “But I think once he got hit, he started throwing punches.”

Police were called to the scene, but the crowd had already dispersed when they arrived.

The Los Angeles native appeared at the parade as a local hero, who rose to fame and prosperity but remained close to his roots.

He has spoken openly about his troubled youth, which included several stints in juvenile facilities and later state prisons, before he rehabilitated himself and embarked on a successful career in show business.

His film career took off in the 1990s, when he made a splash as a hitman in “Desperado.” In quick succession, he played a series of tough guys in “Heat,” “From Dusk till Dawn,” “Con Air,” “The Replacement Killers,” “Reindeer Games” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.”

Trejo is known for his role as gadget inventor Isador “Machete” Cortez in four “Spy Kids” films and a different version of the character in “Machete” and “Machete Kills.” He is the owner of eight restaurants, including Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Cantina.

City News Service contributed to this report.