- Film & TV
- 12 Apr 22
The Cavan-born actor is joining forces with the co-creators of the acclaimed series Silicon Valley for the TV adaptation.
Irish actor Richie Stephens' upcoming memoir, The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety: My Life In 12 Steps, is set to be developed into a TV series by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the award-winning co-creators of HBO show Silicon Valley.
The pair also co-wrote the book with Stephens, which is out on May 24. In addition to Silicon Valley, Altschuler and Krinsky are known for their work on King Of The Hill, and the Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory.
Variety reported the news about the adaptation this week, with the Cavan-born actor subsequently sharing the article on his Instagram.
Stephens' memoir is described by Simon & Schuster as a "darkly humorous and inspiring first-person account of the larger-than-life exploits and ultimate redemption of an Irish gangster-turned-actor-turned-sober-storyteller."
"Richie Stephens is an actor who often plays hardened gangsters and criminals," the description continues. "This is easy for him because he was a drug trafficker, kidnapper, drug addict, alcoholic, and all-around criminal himself. His life twisted and turned in harrowing self-destructive adventures that took him from his native Ireland to San Francisco, Australia, and finally, Los Angeles, coalescing into a classic tale of a man trying to run from his problems by moving to new and more exotic locations—a hard and painful realization that comes at a point in which he’s about to take his own life. The only reason there is a story to tell is because he did not. Instead, he found help, and in doing so, found himself. More than that, he found that help comes in different forms, and oftentimes it just takes the right thought to hit at the right time for it all to make sense."
The description goes on to note that The Gangster’s Guide to Sobriety chronicles Stephens' "descent into the abyss of crime and dependency, and how his personal understanding of freedom allowed him to become the functioning positive force he is today."
“Hopefully if people see that someone as fucked up as me could change their life, then there is hope for anyone," Stephens says in a statement.
The Irish actor, who now lives in Los Angeles, is known for his roles in Blue Bloods, MacGyver, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Days Of Our Lives. He's also appeared in several Florence + The Machine videos.