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Ed Marinaro is such a famous personality as a NHL footballer and an actor in the world.

The NFL star player appeared in series like Blue Mountain State and more.

Facts About Ed Marinaro

Full Name: Edward Francis Marinaro

Birth Date: March 31, 1950

Birth Place: New York City, New York, US

Nickname: Ed Marinaro

Nationality: American

Ethnicity: White

Education: Cornell University

Father’s Name: Louis John Marinaro

Height: 6 feet 2 inches(188 cm)

Weight: 96 kgs(212 lbs)

Hair Color: Brown/Grey

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Body Type: Mesomorph

Marital Status: Married

Wife: Tracy York

Children: One

Profession: NHL Footballer, Actor

Position: Running Back

Active Years: 1972-77/ 1978-Present

Net Worth: $3 million

Ed Marinaro

Ed Marinaro is a former American football player who played in National Football League(NFL) for five years.

Aside from that, he also starred in the football comedy series Blue Mountain State from 2010 to 2011.

But people still recognize him from his days in the Hill Street Blue. Just like this, he has appeared in numerous other movies and television shows.

Early Life, Family, and College

The successful athlete turned actor; Ed Marinaro was born in New York City, New York, in the United States of America. He is American by nationality, while his ethnicity is believed to be white.

Likewise, the talented actor was raised by his father, Louis John Marinaro, as Edward Francis Marinaro. But the name of his mother is still unknown, along with the current whereabouts of his parents.


Along the same line, Ed has yet to reveal anything remotely to his siblings. Hence, it is believed that Ed was the only child of his parents.

As for his education, Ed went to New Milford High School before attending Cornell University. It was during his childhood that he developed a love for football.

Ed Marinaro Football Career

Ed started playing from his high school, New Milford, located in New Jersey. He played for the school team, New Milford High School knights.

He continued the streak in his college too. Marinaro played for Cornell University, setting over 16 NCAA(National Collegiate Athletic Association) records.

In fact, Ed was the first running back in the NCAA history to run for 4,000 career rushing yards. Not to mention, he even led his nation to rush back in 1971.

Ed Marinaro NHL Player

Marinaro was the runner-up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy back in 1971. It was the highest finish for an Ivy League player ever since the league de-emphasized football in the mid-1950s.

Moreover, Ed won the 1971 Maxwell Award and the UPI College Football Player of the Year, ranking as the top player in college football.

The New York native also holds two NCAA records; most rushed per game in a season(39.6/ 1971) and career average carries per game(34.0/1969-71).

During his days at Cornell, Ed was also a Psi Upsilon member and was a member of the Sphinx Head Society.

In the 1972 NFL Draft, Ed was picked 50th overall in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings. After that, he played three seasons for the Viking and even appeared in Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl IX.

Furthermore, Marinaro spent 1976 seasons with New York Jets and the following year with the Seattle Seahawks. Throughout his career, the American-born Marinaro scored over 13 touchdowns.

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Ed Marinaro Career As An Actor

How glorious and grand his football career maybe have been, it came to an end in 1977. His talent was not limited to football only as he excelled in acting as well.

Ed officially started his career as an actor after retiring from his football career.

Similarly, he began appearing in many movies, television programs, and shows. He made his acting debut in the 1978 film, Fingers where he played Gino’s role.

After that, Ed played a minor role in the 1980 movie, The Gong Show Movie.

However, his popularity came from the hit television series Hill Street Blues. There Ed portrayed the character of officer Joe Coffey from 1981 to 1986.

From the series alone, Marinaro gained a lot of love from his fans and critics.

After that, the young and dashing Ed returned on-screen from yet another hit series, Blue Mountain State, a comical football series aired on Spike TV.

From 2010 to 2011, he acted as the head football coach.

Furthermore, his recent on-screen appearance included him as a guest on Turner Classic Movies in September 2019.

He appeared in wraparound along with Ben Mankiewicz and introduced a series of films centered around college football.

Not to mention, some of his other credited works include Dead Aim(1987), Queens Logic(1991), Sisters(1991-1994), Amy Fisher: My Story(1992), The Protector(1998), Circus Camp(2006), Fist of the Warrior(2007), Offer and Compromise(2016), The Twilight Zone (1989) and more.

Net Worth: Salary And Income

Living his life as a record holder footballer and actor has paid Ed Marinaro well. Or that is what we want to believe. From his heart, clenching plays to melting acting skills; Ed deserved respect and praise.

Not to mention, with his talent, Actor Ed earned a handsome salary from his successful career. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.

At the same time, Marinaro might have earned a hefty amount during his career in the NFL. However, the actor knows better than to expose his income and salary for the public’s prying eyes.

Ed Marinaro Wife and Children

There is no denying that Ed is one of the successful athletes turned actors from his era. Not only that, but he excelled in each field and garnered much love from his audiences.

Keeping that in mind, Marinaro proved to be successful in his personal quest as well.

Ed, 70, is happily married to the love of his life, Tracy York Marinaro. The two dated for a long time before tying their knot on December 31, 2001. His wife, Tracy, is a fitness expert.

Together, the lovely couple has a son named Eddie Marinaro, who is not exposed much in the media. Nevertheless, the happy family of three has a special bond with each other.

On that note, the couple has been inseparable for over 19 years now. To this date, none of them has been tangled with alleged dating rumors or controversies that could jeopardize their marriage.


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