Greene started playing in his twenties, getting several lead characters before appearing as Zed in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction. He’s since appeared in several television shows and films, including The Mask and Judgment Night, regularly playing troubled or sadistic characters.
His surname at birth was spelled Green—without the “e”—and altered later in life for professional goals. He could be the oldest of three siblings and was raised in a Irish Catholic family. Greene dropped out of high school in a young age and moved to Nyc. He started using and selling drugs in this time, developing habits that might prove hard to left.
He started by performance in small scale stage productions while taking acting classes in Nyc. He immediately got leading roles in many little films, such as the 1992 movie Laws of Gravity, and Clean, Shaven in 1993. His work soon brought the interest of director Quentin Tarantino, who cast Greene as the sadistic Zed in his 1994 film Pulp Fiction.
Following the movie ‘s success, Greene appeared in The Mask opposite Jim Carrey as well as the acclaimed play The Usual Suspects. He’s played consistently in feature films in the early 1990s through the present day. Greene’s slim build, light skin and deep-set eyes have led to his routine cast as a villain or an underworld character. Along with his movie work, Greene has appeared in numerous television programs throughout the span of his career.
Greene has struggled with substance abuse issues throughout his career. He entered rehabilitation in the late 1990s following several arrests. Director Jordan Alan motivated Greene to seek treatment after finding him using diamorphine with Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr died of a drug overdose in 2011. After years without any recorded substance problems, Greene was detained in Nyc in July 2007 for possession of crack cocaine.