Richard Grieco

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Richard Grieco
Richard Grieco.jpg
Richard Grieco, 2006
Born Richard John Grieco, Jr.
(1965-03-23) March 23, 1965 (age 49)
Watertown, New York, US
Years active 1986-present

Richard John Grieco, Jr. (born March 23, 1965) is an American actor and former fashion model.

Early life[edit]

Richard Grieco was born in Watertown, New York, the son of Carolyn (née O'Reilly) and Richard Grieco. He is of Italian and Irish descent.[1] Grieco played football, hockey and lacrosse in High School. Grieco was "All State in all three sports". Grieco also played football for Central Connecticut State University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Modeling, TV and film[edit]

Grieco worked as a model for Armani, Calvin Klein and Chanel.[citation needed] He played Rick Gardner on One Life to Live from 1985 to 1987. In 1988, Grieco began appearing as Detective Dennis Booker on the shows 21 Jump Street and its spinoff Booker. He also appeared in the TV series Marker in 1995. Grieco's feature film debut was as Michael Corben in If Looks Could Kill (1991) and has appeared in numerous films since then, Later in 1991, he played the young Jewish bootlegger and mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in the movie "Mobsters". He played himself in the 1998 film A Night at the Roxbury.

Music[edit]

Grieco began a singing career in 1994 with the Dunmore Band. He signed to a German label and released a CD, Waiting for the Sky to Fall, in 1995.[citation needed] Later on he teamed up with music manager Cheryl Bogart and formed the band Wasteland Park in 2004.[citation needed]

Art[edit]

In 2009, several years after being encouraged by Dennis Hopper, Grieco publicly revealed that he has been painting since 1991. He calls his work "Abstract Emotionalism".[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Grieco resides in Los Angeles, California.

In popular culture[edit]

In the WB sitcom Off Centre, Grieco is idolized by Chau Presley, a character played by John Cho. In the show, Chau met Grieco at a Department of Motor Vehicles and traded him an Oingo Boingo shirt for the one he was wearing. Several references are made to Grieco and his movies (especially Point Doom).

In A Night at the Roxbury, Grieco is idolized by the main characters. His lifestyle ("Clothes, Cars, Women") was what Doug and Steve Butabi were trying to achieve.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 If Looks Could Kill Michael Corben UK version entitled Teen Agent
Mobsters Bugsy Siegel
1992 Tomcat: Dangerous Desires Tom
1993 Born to Run Nicky Donatello
1994 Suspicious Agenda Tony Castagne
Sin and Redemption Jim McDaniels
A Vow to Kill Eric
Bolt Bolt DVD version entitled Rebel Run
1995 The Demolitionist Mad Dog Burne
It Was Him or Us Gene Shepard
1996 Circuit Breaker Adam
1997 Mutual Needs Brandon Collier
When Time Expires Travis Beck
Against the Law Rex
1998 The Journey: Absolution Sgt. Bradley
Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Sinbad
Ultimate Deception Bobby Woodkin
Captive Joe Goodis
Blackheart - Quest of a Serial Killer Ray
The Apostate Michael Killan
Garden of Evil Dean
A Night at the Roxbury Himself
1999 Heaven or Vegas Navy
2000 Final Payback Joey Randall
Point Doom Rick Hansen
Harold Robbins' Body Parts Ty Kinnick
2001 Manhattan Midnight Midnight
Sexual Predator J. C. Gale
Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Jack Chase
Sweet Revenge Frank
2002 Fish Don't Blink Pete
Book of Days Mr. Finch
Webs Dean
Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain Mark
2004 Phantom Force Mark Dupree
Dead Easy Simon Storm
2005 Raiders of the Damned Dr. Lewis
2006 Forget About It Anthony Amato
2011 Almighty Thor Loki
Cats Dancing on Jupiter Derek Stockton
2013 AE Apocalypse Earth Capt. Sam Crowe
2014 22 Jump Street Dennis Booker Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985–1987 One Life to Live Rick Gardner
1988 Who's The Boss? Mauritzio
1988–1989 21 Jump Street Detective Dennis Booker
1989–1990 Booker Detective Dennis Booker
1994-1996 Gargoyles Anthony "Tony" Dracon
1995 Marker Richard DeMorra
The Marvel Action Hour: The Fantastic Four Ghost Rider 1 Episode
1996 The Incredible Hulk Dan Ketch/Ghost Rider 1 Episode
2006–2007 Veronica Mars Steve Botando 3 Episodes
2009 Gone Country 3 himself Celebreality game show contestant
2010 Gigolos Creator & Executive Producer

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Ghost Rider

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Viral Video Fishykiller YouTube short film on Trisha Paytas' channel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Grieco; '21 Jumpstreet' adds a Handsome Rebel", "The Washington Post, 7 May 1989  – via Highbeam (subscription required)

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