Richard Grieco is an American actor who first began his show business career as a fashion model. He has been active in the industry since the mid-80s and is best recognized for his role as Detective Dennis Booker in the FOX TV series 21 Jump Street, which was a hit in the 80s. The period between the 80s and 90s was the height of Grieco’s fame. Though he remains fairly active in the industry, his popularity dwarfs compared to the 80s/90s. In this article, we discuss the highlights of his career as well as his personal life.
Richard Grieco’s Parents
Grieco was born Richard John Grieco Jr. on the 23rd of March 1965 in Watertown, New York to his parents Richard Grieco Sr. (whom he is named after) and Carolyn O’Reilly. Grievo’s father Grieco Sr. is of Italian descent while his mother Carolyn is Irish. Not much is known about Grieco’s parents as they are of a lower celebrity status compared to their son. However, it appears that his mother had a brief acting career. She had a role in the 1998 adventure fantasy film, Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights.
Net Worth – How He Made His Money
Richard Grieco obviously made the bulk of his money from his career in show business. His net worth has been estimated at $6 million; perhaps, Grieco could have been worth more if his initial plan of becoming a professional athlete worked out. The actor who went to college on a football scholarship had originally intended to become a professional football player but his dreams were ruined by multiple injuries and surgeries.
Richard Grieco started out as a model in the early 1980s and scored commercial gigs with big names like Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, and many others. In his spare time, Grieco began taking acting classes and by the mid-80s, began scoring acting parts. His first acting role came as Rick Gardner in the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. Grieco scored a couple other small screen gigs before getting his big break with 21 Jump Street which did not only increase his popularity but his earnings as well.
Richard Grieco made his film debut in the 1991 action comedy film If Looks Could Kill. In addition to acting, Grieco has bolstered his earnings as a musician and as an artist. He started his singing career in 1994. As of 2004, Grieco was part of the band, Wasteland. An avid painter, Grieco has been painting works he calls “Abstract Emotionalism” since 1991. Several of his works are priced at $15,000 and above. Grieco has also earned from lending his voice to the Ghost Rider character of the Capcom video game.
Richard Grieco Children
Richard Grieco has only one child, a son named Dylan Justice Sissons who was born in 1999. Grieco’s only son was born to him from his relationship with model and actress, Kimber Sissons. Much like his parents, details about Grieco’s son are unknown to the media being that he has no career in show business and is living his life off the prying eyes of the media.
Grieco’s son is not fully American as his mother Kimber is Canadian. She was born on the 22nd of November 1961 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kimber formerly worked as an air hostess for the Canadian Pacific Airlines. She has acted in a handful of films including Dream On (1990), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), and Empire Records (1995).
The fact that Grieco’s son Dylan does not have his father’s name “Grieco” among his names but rather his mothers’, has made many to speculate that the actor has had little to nothing to do with the boy’s life. However, this has not been authenticated in any way as there is not enough proof to back up the claim.
Where Is He Now?
Richard Grieco may not be able to match the level of success he achieved in the 1980s, however, the actor remains fairly active in Hollywood. In 2014, he made a cameo appearance as Dennis Booker in 22 Jump Street, a film adaptation of his 80s series. Some of his recent films include; Halloween Pussy Trap Kill Kill, Loan Me a Dime, Minutes to Midnight, Impact Event, and Art of the Dead.