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Richard Grieco -- GUNNING for Charlie Sheen's Old Job

3/11/2011 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Richard Grieco believes he is the PERFECT person to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" ... and TMZ has learned he's already approached studio execs in an effort to land the role.

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A rep for the former "21 Jump Street" actor tells us that Grieco's team is "actively pitching Richard to WB and Chuck Lorre to take over now that Charlie's gone."

We're told Grieco feels he's perfect for the role because he has a lot in common with Sheen's character ... including the fact they both let their siblings stay with them after a divorce.

Grieco's people also point out he doesn't have any substance abuse issues ... and insists he would be a reliable employee.

Stay tuned ...

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46.

jxtr    

Marcie, I agree that Jeremy Piven would be an excellent choice.

1258 days ago
47.

cindy    

Oh, God ,Please, NO! I didn't think he was great even way back then!! What the hell happened?!! He got too skinny!!

1258 days ago
48.

Criss    

Jeez, what the hell happened to his face? That show is done anyway.

1258 days ago
49.

HMMMM    

Let the show die, it is a caricature of what it started out being.

1258 days ago
50.

scott    

He used to be a good looking dude on 21 Jump street. Good luck finding an acting gig with a face like that. His plastic surgeon should be sued.

1258 days ago
51.

BigReplacementTheory    

CBS should put a feeler out to Robert Downey Jr. He would be famously perfect for 2 1/2 men. He's one of the most talented actors I can think of. Comedic, dramatic, good guy, bad guy, straight, gay....he can sell any character.... more well rounded actor overall.....and worth as much $ as Carlos Estevez. A more accomplished name is needed to turn the page on this tired "drunk/laid/fart" sitcom. Downey faced his demons and warlocks and came out the other side more talented....instead of looking like 2 & 1/2 A-holes. Grieco would bomb.

1258 days ago
52.

Canadasux    

TMZ, you're infamous for somehow posting gruesome, schnit-faced and butt-ugly pictures of celebrities that put them in bad light, even though in real life those celebrities don't look like your posted pictures at all. But, if that's not the case with this Richard Grieco picture, I hope the "Men" people flatly reject this guy, because he's actually scary looking.

1258 days ago
53.

bob dobolina    

THAT WILL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...R G FOR THE WIN!

1258 days ago
54.

D    

I forgot about him, he was sooo hot back in the day! Still think he's hot and he could do the job.

1258 days ago
55.

Liz    

The show's dead without Charlie.
No one can replace him.

1258 days ago
56.

sue    

I wont be watching two and half men without Charlie..He was the star of the show and everyone know this..

1258 days ago
57.

tereza    

You cannot tell me that this dude isn't a full-blown cokehead--it's written all over his face. He used to be fine on 21 Jumpstreet but look at that face now, and those cheeks! #crackhead

1258 days ago
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GEL    

Hmmm...I dunno, he might do well. I can't recall any comedy he's done though. It might be a good move to put someone in the role that hasn't been in the spotlight lately, that or maybe find someone unknown. Maybe have an on-screen taping of guest appearances in the show? See who the audience thinks has chemistry?

1258 days ago
59.

Ryan Specht    

The only way to replace Charlie is to get rid of him not put someone in his place my thought is it would be great if they brought in a mid 20's kid as his lost son after he gets killed in some sort of crazy O.D. or Drunk driving thing (in that the producers and writers getta poack the tiger blood ;) a bit) then the kid and his mom show up and he takes Charlies place as the man whore but now living off his dady's money That I could see being funny but not replacing Sheen it just would not work.

1258 days ago
60.

Vicki    

What Happened To His Cute Face!!! He didn't grow old gracefully at all.

1258 days ago
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