The actor who played nerdy teen Eugene Felsnic has been charged with fourth-degree burglary, two counts of trespassing, and one count of disturbing the peace in Maryland.
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Actor Eddie Deezen has been arrested for burglary, trespassing, and related charges in Maryland.

Deezen, best known for his role as the goofy, good-natured nerd Eugene Felsnic in Grease and Grease 2, was arrested on April 8 after police said he made an unwanted entry into a nursing facility and refused to leave the property when told to do so.

Deezen is charged with fourth-degree burglary, two counts of trespassing, and one count of disturbing the peace, Maryland State Police confirmed to EW Thursday.

The arrest came a little more than two hours after Deezen was previously told to stay away from the property. At the time, a female opened the door and Deezen pushed his way inside. The actor left the residence before returning later that evening, when he was arrested. The female told police Deezen has visited the residence several times before, claiming that he'd leave behind items and accompanying notes.

Eddie Deezen
Eddie Deezen in 'Grease'
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Deezen was also previously arrested in November 2021 for assault after he refused to leave a restaurant and threw items at police.

Bob Barnett, Deezen's friend and former social media manager, cited the actor's mental health struggles in a statement issued to EW, calling for empathy in reporting about Deezen's arrest.

"Eddie's issues have been lifelong, but he is at heart a good guy who needs help and compassion," Barnett says. "A lot of the media likes to capitalize on the negative and the bad things that happen and not use their power enough to help those in serious need… We need to take mental illness seriously.  It may one day be you or someone you love.  I love Eddie and will continue to be his friend."

Along with Grease, Deezen's film credits include The Polar Express, Midnight Madness, and WarGames. He's also provided voiceover work for the TV shows SpongeBob SquarePants, Kim Possible, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and Oswald.

This article has been updated to reflect Barnett's statement.

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