Richard Grieco starred beside Johnny Depp in FOX’s 21 Jump Street. Young girls everywhere had a poster of him up on their walls. Some say his career didn’t stay flying as high as it could have precisely because his co-star Depp was also beside him on those same teenage walls. Stardom wasn’t big enough for the two of them on the same stage.
Now Grieco is 54 years old, picks up the occasional role, but mostly lives the dream of being young and famous even though he’s neither any longer – and certainly doesn’t look the part.
About a week ago he was arrested at Dallas Fort-Worth airport for public intoxication. He was reportedly “hunched over the counter, yelling at employees and slurring his speech … he also reeked of booze.” He admitted two vodka cranberries and a prescription anti-seizure drug which he said was because he’s a nervous flyer.
Video of Grieco at an American Airlines gate, in police custody, has surfaced and was leaked to TMZ.
When confronted by police he declared himself the ultimate ‘don’t know you who I am,’ he says “I’m Richard Grieco, you guys know who I am.” An Officer asks him to rate how drunk he is on a scale of 1-10. He answers a 9. Then he changes his mind, so intoxicated he fails to understand the question.
He claims he’s being singled out because he’s famous. He’s asked to take a breathalyzer and he looks for advice. When he’s told “it’ll help us get you out of here quicker” and he takes that counsel. He blows into the machine and then asks “did I do good?” Grieco did great, reportedly blowing a .172.