Richard Grieco

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Richard Grieco
Richard Grieco.jpg
Richard Grieco, 2006
BornRichard John Grieco, Jr.
(1965-03-23) March 23, 1965 (age 49)
Watertown, New York, US
Years active1986-present
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Richard Grieco
Richard Grieco.jpg
Richard Grieco, 2006
BornRichard John Grieco, Jr.
(1965-03-23) March 23, 1965 (age 49)
Watertown, New York, US
Years active1986-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]


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. 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.[citation needed] Later on he teamed up with music manager Cheryl Bogart and formed the band Wasteland Park in 2004.[citation needed]


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.



1991If Looks Could KillMichael CorbenUK version entitled Teen Agent
MobstersBugsy Siegel
1992Tomcat: Dangerous DesiresTom
1993Born to RunNicky Donatello
1994Suspicious AgendaTony Castagne
Sin and RedemptionJim McDaniels
A Vow to KillEric
BoltBoltDVD version entitled Rebel Run
1995The DemolitionistMad Dog Burne
It Was Him or UsGene Shepard
1996Circuit BreakerAdam
1997Mutual NeedsBrandon Collier
When Time ExpiresTravis Beck
Against the LawRex
1998The Journey: AbsolutionSgt. Bradley
Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark KnightsSinbad
Ultimate DeceptionBobby Woodkin
CaptiveJoe Goodis
Blackheart - Quest of a Serial KillerRay
The ApostateMichael Killan
Garden of EvilDean
A Night at the RoxburyHimself
1999Heaven or VegasNavy
2000Final PaybackJoey Randall
Point DoomRick Hansen
Harold Robbins' Body PartsTy Kinnick
2001Manhattan MidnightMidnight
Sexual PredatorJ. C. Gale
Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient ExpressJack Chase
Sweet RevengeFrank
2002Fish Don't BlinkPete
Book of DaysMr. Finch
Evil Breed: The Legend of SamhainMark
2004Phantom ForceMark Dupree
Dead EasySimon Storm
2005Raiders of the DamnedDr. Lewis
2006Forget About ItAnthony Amato
2011Almighty ThorLoki
Cats Dancing on JupiterDerek Stockton
2013AE Apocalypse EarthCapt. Sam Crowe
201422 Jump StreetDennis BookerCameo


1985–1987One Life to LiveRick Gardner
1988Who's The Boss?Mauritzio
1988–198921 Jump StreetDetective Dennis Booker
1989–1990BookerDetective Dennis Booker
1994-1996GargoylesAnthony "Tony" Dracon
1995MarkerRichard DeMorra
The Marvel Action Hour: The Fantastic FourGhost Rider1 Episode
1996The Incredible HulkDan Ketch/Ghost Rider1 Episode
2006–2007Veronica MarsSteve Botando3 Episodes
2009Gone Country 3himselfCelebreality game show contestant
2010GigolosCreator & Executive Producer

Video Games[edit]

2011Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3Ghost Rider


2014Viral VideoFishykillerYouTube short film on Trisha Paytas' channel


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

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