Born: March 23, 1965
Birthplace: Watertown, New York, U.S.
Richard John Grieco Jr. (born March 23, 1965) is an American actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his role as Detective Dennis Booker from the popular Fox series 21 Jump Street (1988-89) and its spin-off Booker (1989-90). He also starred in various movies like If Looks Could Kill and Mobsters (both 1991). Since the height of his fame, 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. For the last decade, he has painted in a style he calls abstract emotionalism.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. After moving to Franklin, Massachusetts, in his teenage years, Grieco played football, hockey and lacrosse in high school. Grieco was suspended in high school for smearing feces on a classmates locker. Grieco was "All-State in all three sports." Grieco also played football for Central Connecticut State University.
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. Later on he teamed up with music manager Cheryl Bogart and formed the band Wasteland Park in 2004.
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".
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 2016, he appeared as himself in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
|1991||If Looks Could Kill||Michael Corben||UK version entitled Teen Agent|
|1993||Born to Run||Nicky Donatello|
|Tomcat: Dangerous Desires||Tom|
|1994||Suspicious Agenda||Tony Castagne|
|Sin and Redemption||Jim McDaniels|
|A Vow to Kill||Eric|
|Bolt||Bolt||DVD version entitled Rebel Run|
|1995||The Demolitionist||Mad Dog Burne|
|It Was Him or Us||Gene Shepard|
|1997||Mutual Needs||Brandon Collier|
|When Time Expires||Travis Beck|
|Against the Law||Rex|
|1998||The Journey: Absolution||Sgt. Bradley|
|Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights||Sinbad|
|Ultimate Deception||Bobby Woodkin|
|Blackheart - Quest of a Serial Killer||Ray|
|The Apostate||Michael Killan|
|Garden of Evil||Dean|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Himself|
|1999||Heaven or Vegas||Navy|
|2000||Final Payback||Joey Randall|
|Point Doom||Rick Hansen|
|Harold Robbins' Body Parts||Ty Kinnick|
|Sexual Predator||J. C. Gale|
|Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express||Jack Chase|
|Sweet Revenge (aka Die! Die! Die!)||Frank|
|2002||Fish Don't Blink||Pete|
|Book of Days||Mr. Finch|
|Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain||Mark|
|2004||Phantom Force||Marcus Dupree|
|Dead Easy||Simon Storm|
|2005||Raiders of the Damned||Dr. Lewis|
|2006||Forget About It||Anthony Amato|
|Cats Dancing on Jupiter||Derek Stockton|
|2013||AE Apocalypse Earth||Capt. Sam Crowe|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Dennis Booker||Cameo|
|1985-1987||One Life to Live||Rick Gardner|
|1987||Rags to Riches||Billy Gallento|
|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|
|2010||Gigolos||Creator & Executive Producer|
|2016||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Himself||1 episode|
|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|