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Richard Grieco was born March 23, 1964 in Watertown, NY, USA. His parents are Dick (Italian) & Carolyn (Irish) Grieco. Richard is the oldest child of four. He has one brother, David and two sisters, Elizabeth and Laura.
His interest in performing began in high school where he was also active in sports such as lacrosse, hockey and football. He was so good at the latter sport that he was recruited to play for Central Connecticut University as a linebacker and fullback. After two years he left the school and had established himself as a male model for the Elite Agency in New York by the mid 1980s.
After modeling for such major clients as Calvin Klein, Chanel and Armani for a while, Richard spent two years studying acting with Alice Spieack, Warren Robertson and Wally Strauss.
In 1986 he landed his first television role as Rick Gardner on the ABC daytime soap One Life to Live and remained with the show through 1987, the year he moved to Los Angeles and began working as a guest star on such television shows as Who’s the Boss?, Rags to Riches, The Big Apple Blues and The Bronx Zoo.
In 1988, he got the guest role as Officer Dennis Booker at 21 Jump Street, Fox’s extremely successful TV-show starred Johnny Depp. However, Richard was such popular that he became an series regular. A year later he got his own show the spin-off Booker which ran until 1990. Though the series didn’t last long on network television, it has had success in syndication.
In 1991, Richard received the ShoWest’s “Male Star of Tomorrow” award from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). That same year he made his debut in the James Bond spoof If Looks Could Kill. Additional films have included Mobsters, with Christian Slater, Tomcat, Born to Run and so on. Since then, Richard has built a solid career appearing in features ranging. In 1995, he was also star of another short-lived television series, Marker.
In addition to his film and television talents, Richard has found success as a singer, a side career he launched in 1994. After started out with the Dunmore Band and gaining a large following among Los Angeles club hoppers he signed a record contract with the German label Edel Records in 1995.
The released CD “Waiting for the Sky to Fall” became a smash hit in Europe. Richard is a race car enthusiast and owner of seven Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He also enjoys writing, painting and poetry.