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Richard John Grieco Jr.
March 23, 1965
Watertown, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, former fashion model|
Richard John Grieco Jr. (born March 23, 1965) is an American actor and former fashion model. He played Detective Dennis Booker in the popular Fox series 21 Jump Street (1988–89) and its spin-off Booker (1989–90). He has also starred in various films, including If Looks Could Kill and Mobsters (both 1991). He has voiced characters in several video games and appeared as either himself or his 21 Jump Street character in several films and television shows. Since 2009, he worked as a painter, working in a style he calls abstract emotionalism.
Richard "Dickie" Grieco was born in Watertown, New York, the son of Richard and Carolyn (née O'Reilly) Grieco. He is of Italian and Irish descent. After moving to Franklin, Massachusetts, in his teenage years, Grieco played football, hockey and lacrosse in high school. Grieco was All-State in all three sports. Grieco attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY graduating in 1984. Grieco also played football for Central Connecticut State University.
Modeling, TV and film
Grieco worked as a model for Armani, Calvin Klein and Chanel. 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. 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 also appeared in the TV series Marker in 1995. He played himself in the 1998 film A Night at the Roxbury.
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; he re-released the album in 2011, making it available on streaming services such as iTunes and Spotify. In 2004, he formed the band Wasteland Park with music manager Cheryl Bogart.
In 2009, several years after being encouraged to do so by Dennis Hopper, Grieco publicly revealed that he has been painting since 1991 and sold his first painting for $10,900. He calls his work "Abstract Emotionalism."
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 meets Grieco at the Department of Motor Vehicles and trades him an Oingo Boingo shirt for the one he is 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 2016, he appeared as himself in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
|1991||If Looks Could Kill||Michael Corben|
|Mobsters||Benny "Bugsy" Siegel|
|1993||Born to Run||Nicky Donatello||TV Movie|
|Tomcat: Dangerous Desires||Tom|
|Nick's Game||Del Pizzo, Nick||TV Movie|
|1994||Sin and Redemption||Jim McDaniels||TV Movie|
|1995||A Vow to Kill||Eric||TV Movie|
|The Demolitionist||'Mad Dog' Burne|
|Suspicious Agenda||Tony Castagne|
|It Was Him or Us||Gene Shepard||TV Movie|
|Heaven or Vegas||Navy|
|1997||When Time Expires||Travis Beck||TV Movie|
|Against the Law||Rex|
|The Journey: Absolution||Sergeant Bradley|
|Mutual Needs||Brandon Collier|
|1998||Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights||Sinbad|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Himself|
|Captive||Joe Goodis||TV Movie|
|Garden of Evil||Dean|
|1999||Ultimate Deception||Bobby Woodkin||TV Movie|
|2000||The Apostate||Michael Killan|
|Point Doom||Rick Hansen|
|2001||Vital Parts||Ty Kinnick|
|Final Payback||Joey Randall|
|Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express||Jack Chase|
|Last Cry||J.C. Gale||Video|
|2002||Fish Don't Blink||Pete|
|2003||Book of Days||Mr. Finch||TV Movie|
|Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain||Mark|
|2004||Phantom Force||Mark Dupree||TV Movie|
|Dead Easy||Simon Storm|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||B-Movie Actor|
|2006||Forget About It||Anthony Amato|
|2007||Raiders of the Damned||Dr. Lewis|
|2011||Almighty Thor||Loki||TV Movie|
|2013||AE Apocalypse Earth||Captain Sam Crowe||Video|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Dennis Booker|
|After Midnight||Dr. Sam Hubbard|
|2015||Cats Dancing on Jupiter||Derek Stockton|
|A House Is Not a Home||Rafkin|
|Viral Video 2||FishyKiller||Short|
|2017||Eliza Sherman's Revenge||Himself|
|Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!||Dale|
|2018||Loan Me a Dime||Walter Stone|
|Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece||The Albanian|
|Minutes to Midnight||Sheriff Wyatt|
|Impact Event||Justice Outlaw|
|2019||Clinton Road||Ghost Truck Driver|
|Art of the Dead||Douglas Winter|
|I'm Offended||Richard||TV Movie|
|2020||Dream Round||Sean McLaw|
|Attack of the Unknown||Vernon|
|Stay Off the App||Brooks|
|2021||Whack the Don||Nick|
|Jungle Run||Nicholas Kiri|
|Desert Moon||Sheriff Del|
|1987||One Life to Live||Rick Gardner||Episode: "Episode #1.4786"|
|Rags to Riches||Billy Gallento||Episode: "Hunk in the House"|
|1988||Who's The Boss?||Mauritzio||Episode: "All in the Famiglia"|
|The Facts of Life||Ben||Episode: "Big Apple Blues"|
|1988–89||21 Jump Street||Detective Dennis Booker||Recurring Cast: Season 3-4|
|1989–90||Booker||Detective Dennis Booker||Main Cast|
|1994–96||Gargoyles||Anthony "Tony" Dracon (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|1995||Marker||Richard DeMorra||Main Cast|
|The Marvel Action Hour: The Fantastic Four||Ghost Rider (voice)||Episode: "When Calls Galactus"|
|1996||The Incredible Hulk||Ghost Rider (voice)||Episode: "Innocent Blood"|
|2006–07||Veronica Mars||Steve Botando||Recurring Cast: Season 3|
|2009||Gone Country 3||Himself||Main Cast: Season 3|
|2010||Gigolos||Creator & Executive Producer||TV Series|
|2016||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Himself||Episode: "Dee Made a Smut Film"|
|2021||Paper Empire||Santiago Ochoa||Episode: "Digital Limbo"|
|2011||Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds||Ghost Rider|
|2011||Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3||Ghost Rider|
|2014||Viral Video||Fishykiller||Short film on Trisha Paytas' YouTube channel|
|2015||Viral Video 2||Fishykiller||Short film on Trisha Paytas' YouTube channel|
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