He’s receiving rave reviews for his movie role opposite Matthew McConaughey as an FBI informant in 1980’s Detroit.
And up until this year, he was simply a student at Dundalk High School with no acting experience.
Now Richie Merritt is ready for the spotlight in what is being called a breakout role in “White Boy Rick,” a Sony film that comes out in theaters Friday.
Merritt, whose IMDb page lists “White Boy Rick” as his sole acting credit, plays the real-life inner-city teenager Richard Wershe Jr. in the film.
His agent did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
Baltimore County Public Schools confirmed that Merritt had been a Dundalk High student, but could not verify that he was still enrolled.