|From Dusk till Dawn character|
Richie Gecko in From Dusk till Dawn
|First appearance||From Dusk till Dawn|
|Last appearance||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series|
|Created by||Quentin Tarantino
|Portrayed by||Quentin Tarantino (films)
Zane Holtz (TV series)
|Relatives||Seth Gecko (brother)|
Richard "Richie" Gecko is the name of two fictional characters in the From Dusk till Dawn film series. The original Richie Gecko is one of the protagonists in the 1996 film From Dusk Till Dawn. He is a nerdy, short-fused, rapist psychopath that only his brother, Seth Gecko (a cool, suave, short-fused, sociopathic anti-hero), could stand. He was portrayed by Quentin Tarantino on film, and an alternate version of the character is portrayed by Zane Holtz on TV.
Film series universe
There is not much information regarding Richie's back story, although a news report about the robbery that is seen during the film states that he holds prior convictions for robbery and sex crimes. From Dusk till Dawn tells the story of the Greek Gecko Brothers right after their latest botched bank-robbery/kidnapping attempt. He rapes and murders their hostage, a bank teller, for which Seth scolds him. After fleeing to Mexico, they unexpectedly cross paths with a sect of vampires using a strip club as a feeding ground. Richie has a chance to bond with his brother, before his insane antics catch up with him and results in an untimely "death". Richie returns to life as an undead zombie-like blood sucker. Seth is then left with the task of putting his brother's evil-possessed carcass out of its misery. The Gecko brothers are mentioned in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Bo Hopkins references Edgar McGraw's cold demeanor and distracted nature: "Oh, them Gecko brothers killed his daddy." The Gecko brothers briefly appear in a photo cameo in the black comedy Curdled. In additional, Katie Houge, news reporter from the first film, appears, again portrayed by Kelly Preston.
Television series universe
In late 2013, it was reported that a parallel universe TV series had begun production. This incarnation of Richie will be played by Zane Holtz. Mixing ideas from the original first and third films, the show pits the humans, led by Seth, who will be played by D.J. Cotrona against the vampires, led by the wicked Santanico Pandemonium, played by Eiza Gonzalez and Sheriff McGraw, played by Don Johnson. This series stars Robert Patrick, as Jacob Fuller.
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