|Born||Joel Stephen Greco
February 29, 1972
Bronx, New York
|Occupation||American television personality and actor|
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Greco was born and raised in New York. He graduated from Evangel University, a private liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri, with a BA in psychology, and received a Master's Degree in counseling at Louisiana Tech University. He began his working career as a counselor, later becoming a fitness trainer, before switching careers yet again to become a real estate manager. Greco revealed in a 2011 interview with Decently Funny With Nuzzy and Guy, that he used to tend bar at a seafood restaurant.
As a fitness trainer, he landed a job on ESPN's hip-hop oriented fitness show, Fitness Pros. In December 2002, he replaced Tommy Habeeb as host of Cheaters. At the start of Season 13 (2012-2013), Greco was replaced by Clark Gable's grandson, Clark Gable III. He has also appeared in television commercials.
In early 2003, Greco was allegedly stabbed by a cheating boyfriend when the Cheaters crew boarded the man's boat; however, on November 3, 2009, the news magazine program Inside Edition interviewed the female companion, who said it was all staged. Greco was confronted a week later by the program's investigative reporter Matt Meagher. Greco declined to answer any of Meaghers questions, stating he couldn't legally comment on the accusation. John Ellison of the Rowlett Police Department stated on the same program that "There were no arrests at all during that time period for that type of crime." In 2005, Greco, Cheaters director at the time Hunter Carson, and two security guards, were indicted for assault but acquitted in connection with the 'confrontations' on the program.
After the tenth season of the show, Greco was added to the credits as co-producer.
In 2010, Greco starred in, wrote, and produced a pseudo-reality series called Ghostbreakers. As of January 2012, there are 18 episodes listed on IMDb, but only the "Sizzle Reel" and the show's pilot can be found on YouTube. On October 4, 2012, the show aired on Youtoo TV.
In June 2012, Greco acted in idents[clarification needed] and special presentations for the UK TV channel Really, the UK broadcaster of Cheaters. Greco's image was used in a 2007 episode of The Simpsons titled "Dial "N" for Nerder". Greco was mentioned by Seth MacFarlane at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in a brief monologue for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program as "The guy who was on Cheaters, and got stabbed on camera".
- 1998 - Finding North - Party Guest
- 2003 - The Bottom Line - Tony
- 2005 - Devon's Ghost: The Legend Of The Bloody Boy - Garry Walker
- 2006 - Serum - Detective Williams
- 2007 - Mad Bad - Loomis
- 2009 - The Locker - Patrick McMahon
- 2009 - Nightcrawlers - Delacroix
- 2009 - Janky Promoters - Kevin MaLine
- 2009 - Black Angels - as himself
- 2010 - The House That Drips Blood on Alex - The Landlord
- 2013 - Charlie: A Toy Story - Mr. Amrak
- 2002-2012 - Cheaters - himself/Host (seasons 3-12)
- 2006 - Talkshow with Spike Feresten - himself (November 11 episode)
- 2007 - George Lopez - "George Thinks Vic's Fiancée is Lion about Being a Cheetah - as himself
- 2007 - Unhitched - as himself
- 2009 - House arrest With Andy Dick - as himself
- 2009 - The Jay Leno Show - as himself (September 14 series premiere)
- Braxton, Greg (December 13, 2009). "With Joey Greco of 'Cheaters'". The Los Angeles Times.
- Cheaters.com, Accessed November 22nd 2009
- "INSIDE EDITION Investigates Cheaters". Inside Edition. June 28, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- Debra Dennis (November 10, 2006). "Cheaters' host, crew acquitted". The Dallas Morning News.