The MAChete star was a hellraiser during his youth and spent time behind bars, but one sobering incident in prison back in 1968 inspired him to turn his life around.

Trejo reveals he and a group of other inmates were accused of inciting a prison riot, during which a number of guards were injured, and they all faced the death penalty for their alleged involvement.

"We went to the hole and were facing the gas chamber," Trejo recalls to Heat Vision. "And I remember asking God, 'Let me die with dignity. Just let me say goodbye, and if you do, I will say your name everyday, and I will do whatever I can for my fellow man.'"

His plea to a higher power worked and Trejo was allowed to walk free a year later, in 1969, and he has dedicated his life to helping at-risk youths ever since landing his second chance.

"I have been keeping that promise," the 72-year-old says, admitting embarking on a journey of sobriety gave him a new lease of life.

"Everybody asks me, how do you stay so young? I consider myself 48-years-old. That's when my life started," he adds.

Trejo marked his sobriety milestone on Tuesday (23Aug16), when he took to Twitter to share an encouraging message to others battling addiction issues: "Today marks the 48th year of my sobriety. If i can do it so can you!"