Richard Grieco, 2006
|Born||Richard John Grieco, Jr.
March 23, 1965
Watertown, New York, US
|Children||Dylan Justice Sissons|
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. One of Grieco's friends was Stephen Morgan. Grieco played football for Central Connecticut State University.
Grieco worked as a model for Armani, Calvin Klein and Chanel. He later studied acting. 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, almost all B movies. 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.
Grieco dated another One Life to Live star, Yasmine Bleeth, in 2001. Richard and Yasmine also co-starred in the 1999 movie Heaven or Vegas and the 1999 made-for-TV movie Ultimate Deception. He 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. Later on he teamed up with music manager Cheryl Bogart and formed the band Wasteland Park in 2004.
Grieco is single and resides in Los Angeles, California. He has a son, Dylan Justice Sissons (born in 1999) whose mother is Grieco's ex-girlfriend, model and actress Kimber Sissons. He has a collection of 1980s cars.
In popular culture
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.
In Conan Season 1, Episode 47, Grieco was given a quick humorous spot in what Conan called "World's least visited sites."
|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|
|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|
|2011||Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3||Ghost Rider|
- Profile at filmreference.com
- Brennan, Patricia. "Richard Grieco; '21 Jump Street' Adds a Handsome Rebel", The Washington Post, 7 May 1989.
- Voice Actors, YouTube