• Born in 1950 in New York City, USA with an estimated net worth of $3 million
• Attended New Milford High School and Cornell University, playing football for both
• Played in the NFL for six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks
• Transitioned to acting in the late 1970s, with his most notable role as Officer Joe Coffey in the television series “Hill Street Blues”
• Appeared in the television show “Blue Mountain State”, and a movie based off of it, “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland”
• Married to Tracy York since 2001, and they have a son, Eddie Junior
• Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020
|Date Of Birth||March 31, 1950|
|Fact||Runner-up for the 1971 Heisman Trophy Award, losing to Pat Sullivan, a quarterback from Auburn.|
- 1 Who is Ed Marinaro?
- 2 The Net Worth of Ed Marinaro
- 3 Early Life, Education, and Football Beginnings
- 4 NFL and Transition to Acting
- 5 Hill Street Blues
- 6 Later Career
- 7 Personal Life
- 8 General Info
- 9 Family
- 10 Accomplishments
- 11 Social profile links
- 12 Facts
- 13 Pictures
- 14 Movies
Who is Ed Marinaro?
Ed Marinaro was born on 31 March 1950, in New York City, USA, and is an actor as well as a retired professional American Football player, best known for his work in the television series “Hill Street Blues” in which he portrayed Officer Joe Coffey. Before his acting career, he enjoyed six seasons with the National Football League (NFL), and also had a successful college football career.
The Net Worth of Ed Marinaro
As of early-2020, Ed Marinaro’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through success in his various endeavors.
While he earned significant income with his work as a professional athlete, most of his wealth is attributed to his success as an actor, in the profession since the late-1970s.
Early Life, Education, and Football Beginnings
At a young age, Ed showed a natural athletic prowess, coupled with a growing love of playing American Football. While he was born in New York City, his family later moved to New Jersey at New Milford, where he would attend New Milford High School.
During his time there, he became a part of the school’s football team, the Knights, for which he enjoyed a good run.
However, he truly attracted attention during his time in college when he enrolled at Cornell University, joining the college’s football team which competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He primarily played as a running back, and set numerous records in the league. His biggest year in college was in 1971, when he was one of the main competitors for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, and finished as a runner-up to Pat Sullivan. This made him the highest placing athlete from an Ivy League school since the 1950s, when there was a significant lack of emphasis on American Football.
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He still holds two of his former 16 NCAA records, rushes per game in a season, and career average carries per game.
NFL and Transition to Acting
After completing his degree he joined the NFL, and first played with the Minnesota Vikings, in which he was a part of the Super Bowl teams in Super Bowls VIII and IX. Despite his achievements during college, he wasn’t used a lot during his NFL career, and only scored 13 touchdowns throughout. Following his run with the Vikings, he then played with the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks before retiring. He only stayed in the NFL for around six seasons, which was common for many players at the time.
After leaving football behind, Marinaro found opportunities in the entertainment industry, and began focusing on a career in Hollywood. One of his earliest project was “Laverne & Shirley”, a sitcom starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, which follows the story of their characters, two roommates who work in a brewery.
Hill Street Blues
In 1981, Ed got his most notable television role when he was cast as Officer Joe Coffey in “Hill Street Blues”, a role which he would play for the next five years. The show aired on NBC, and is a police drama, following the lives of officers who are a part of the station in Hill Street, located in a fictional large city; the Blues in the name refers to the color of their uniforms.
During its run, the show was well-received, gaining positive reviews, especially for its innovations in what was a market saturated with many police focused programming.
“Hill Street Blues” is often referred to as the inspiration of many modern police shows in the US as well as in Canada. It received 98 Emmy Award nominations, winning eight during its debut season, a record they held onto until it was broken by “The West Wing”. Ed left the show nearing the end of the sixth season, and was not a part of the final season. In the 1990s, he worked on the series “Sisters” in which he portrayed Mitch Margolis.
The show also aired on NBC, and followed the story of four sisters who lead very different lives and personalities.
After more acting projects and a few breaks in between, Marinaro became a regular cast member of the television show “Blue Mountain State”, which is a sitcom that aired on the Paramount Network, and tells the story of the fictional titular university and their American Football team, the Mountain Goats. The show features various aspects of university life, including alcohol, drugs, partying, hazing, sex, and sports.
The show received mixed reviews during its run, though it eventually developed a cult following. He played the head football coach of the Mountain Goats during three seasons.
Due to the fame of the show, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to help create a movie that was successfully backed, reaching its goal of $1.5 million; the film was produced and released in 2016. “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” picked up where the last season left off, and had a bit of trouble with ratings, resulting in a lot of editing to get it to at least an R rating for cinemas. Many of the original cast members returned, reprising their characters.
In recent years, Ed has appeared as a guest in several Turner Classic Movies, often related to college football.
Ed has been married to Tracy York since 2001, and they have a son, Eddie Junior. She was a fitness expert at the time they met. He is a part of the College Football Hall of Fame – in 2020, ESPN created a list of 150 greatest players in college football history, with him ranking at 126. The experts who help create the list believe that he is the last great running back that came from an Ivy League university, and one of only three players from Ivy League schools to make the list.
|Full Name||Ed Marinaro|
|Date Of Birth||March 31, 1950|
|Profession||Actor, American football player|
|Awards||People's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Drama|
|Movies||Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Lethal Lolita, Avalanche Alley, Dancing with Danger, Policewoman Centerfold, Panic in the Skies!, Doomsday Rock, Born Beautiful, Passport to Murder, Gift of Love, The Gong Show Movie, Deadly Game, Mojave Junction, Circus Island, ...|
|TV Shows||Blue Mountain State, Oh, Grow Up, Sisters, Hill Street Blues, Laverne & Shirley, Champs|
Social profile links
|1||Has one son Eddie.|
|2||Prior to acting he played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings (four seasons), New York Jets (one season) and the Seattle Seahawks (one season).|
|3||Compiled a stellar college career at Cornell, where he rushed for an NCAA record 1,881 yards in 1971, was a three-time All-American and became the first player in college football history to gain over 4000 yards in a career (4,715), as well as setting 16 other NCAA records.|
|4||In his three seasons as Cornell's tailback (1969-71) he set an NCAA season record of 1881 yards and a season per-game average of 209.0. His career average of 174.6 is also an NCAA record.|
|5||Runner-up for the 1971 Heisman Trophy Award, losing to Pat Sullivan, a quarterback from Auburn.|
|6||Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.|
|7||1971 Heisman Trophy finalist|
|8||All-time Ivy Leading Rusher, New Milford High School, Class of 1968, and Cornell University, Class of 1972.|
|9||Former football player turned actor|
|Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland||2015||completed||Coach Marty Daniels|
|Mojave Junction||2014||Short completed||Marcus|
|Offer and Compromise||post-production||Carl|
|Drop Dead Diva||2013||TV Series||Peter Bronson|
|Blue Mountain State||2010-2011||TV Series||Coach Marty Daniels|
|Days of Our Lives||2011||TV Series||Leo|
|Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon||2008||TV Movie||Coach Gorfida|
|Fist of the Warrior||2007||Raymond Miles|
|Circus Camp||2006||Carlos Carrera|
|Urban Legends: Bloody Mary||2005||Video||Bill Owens|
|Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part||2005||TV Movie||Vincent Colabella|
|Monk||2003||TV Series||Stewart Babcock|
|8 Simple Rules||2003||TV Series||Byron|
|Third Watch||2002||TV Series||Tommy|
|Avalanche Alley||2001||TV Movie||Rick|
|Twice in a Lifetime||2000||TV Series||Mr. Bogart|
|Odd Man Out||1999||TV Series||Bill|
|A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story||1999||TV Movie||Coach Jack Farkas|
|Oh, Grow Up||1999||TV Series||Sal (Hunter's boss)|
|Catch Me If You Can||1998||TV Movie||Capt. Morris Bernasky|
|Grace Under Fire||1998||TV Series||Dan Gabriel|
|Doomsday Rock||1997||TV Movie||Paul, FBI Agent|
|Panic in the Skies!||1996||TV Movie||Brett Young|
|Deadly Web||1996||TV Movie||Jones|
|Champs||1996||TV Series||Vince Mazzilli|
|Favorite Deadly Sins||1995||TV Movie||Actor playing Frank Musso|
|Touched by an Angel||1994||TV Series||Jack|
|Dream On||1994||TV Series||Policeman|
|Sisters||1991-1994||TV Series||Mitch Margolis|
|Dancing with Danger||1994||TV Movie||Derek Lidor|
|Passport to Murder||1993||TV Movie||Hank McKay|
|Amy Fisher: My Story||1992||TV Movie||Joey Buttafuoco|
|Midnight Caller||1991||TV Series||Joe Holloway|
|Menu for Murder||1990||TV Movie||Detective Joe Russo|
|Grand||1990||TV Series||Eddie Pasetti|
|Baby Boom||1989||TV Series||Eric|
|The Twilight Zone||1989||TV Series||Darius Stephens|
|Dynasty||1989||TV Series||Creighton Boyd|
|The Diamond Trap||1988||TV Movie||Det. Brendan Thomas|
|Shades of Love: The Emerald Tear||1988||TV Movie||Edward DeCoursey|
|Falcon Crest||1987-1988||TV Series||John Remick|
|Sharing Richard||1988||TV Movie||Dr. Richard Bernowski|
|My Sister Sam||1988||TV Series||Billy Rossetti|
|Dead Aim||1987||Malcolm 'MACE' Douglas|
|Private Eye||1987||TV Series||Nickey the Rose|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||1987||TV Series||Mr. Powell|
|Tonight's the Night||1987||TV Movie||Hayden Fox|
|Hill Street Blues||1981-1986||TV Series||Officer Joe Coffey|
|Policewoman Centerfold||1983||TV Movie||Nick Velano|
|Born Beautiful||1982||TV Movie||Doug Trainer|
|Laverne & Shirley||1980-1981||TV Series||Sonny St. Jacques / Antonio DeFazio|
|The Gong Show Movie||1980||Man in Locker Room|
|Flying High||1978||TV Series||Alex|
|Blue Mountain State: Behind the Scenes Documentary||2013||Documentary short||Himself|
|8:Ivy League Football and America||2008||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|The O'Reilly Factor||2008||TV Series||Himself / Various Roles (segment "American TV Icon")|
|The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|I Love the 80's 3-D||2005||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|NBC 75th Anniversary Special||2002||TV Special||Himself|
|The Story of Darrell Royal||1999||Video documentary||Himself|
|ESPY Awards||1996||TV Special||Himself|
|Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories||1993||TV Special||Christmas Guest|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||1993||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|The Chuck Woolery Show||1991||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|One on One with John Tesh||1991||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|A Conversation with Dinah||1989||TV Series||Himself (1989)|
|The NBC All Star Hour||1985||TV Movie||Himself|
|The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards||1984||TV Special||Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite TV Dramatic Program|
|The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards||1983||TV Special||Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Dramatic Television Program|
|Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade||1982||TV Special||Himself|
|The Regis Philbin Show||1982||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards||1982||TV Special||Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Overall New TV Program|
|Good Morning America||1981||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|NFL Monday Night Football||1972-1976||TV Series||Himself - Minnesota Vikings Running Back / Himself - New York Jets Running Back|
|The NFL on CBS||1972-1975||TV Series||Himself - Minnesota Vikings Fullback|
|Super Bowl VIII||1974||TV Movie||Himself - Minnesota Vikings Running Back|
|The NFL on NBC||1973||TV Series||Himself - Minnesota Vikings Fullback|
|Imps*||2009||Phil (segment "Worst Fears")|
|Falcon Crest||1988||TV Series||John Remick|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia