• 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

Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 31, 1950
SpouseTracy York
Fact1971 Heisman Trophy finalist

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.

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.

Ed Marinaro

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.

Later Career

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.

Personal Life

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.

General Info

Full NameEd Marinaro
Date Of BirthMarch 31, 1950
Height1.88 m
Weight96 kg
ProfessionActor, American football player
EducationCornell University


SpouseTracy York
ChildrenEddie Marinaro


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Drama
NominationsHeisman Trophy
MoviesBlue 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 ShowsBlue Mountain State, Oh, Grow Up, Sisters, Hill Street Blues, Laverne & Shirley, Champs

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1Has one son Eddie.
2Prior 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).
3Compiled 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.
4In 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.
5Runner-up for the 1971 Heisman Trophy Award, losing to Pat Sullivan, a quarterback from Auburn.
6Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
71971 Heisman Trophy finalist
8All-time Ivy Leading Rusher, New Milford High School, Class of 1968, and Cornell University, Class of 1972.
9Former football player turned actor




Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland2015completedCoach Marty Daniels
Mojave Junction2014Short completedMarcus
Offer and Compromisepost-productionCarl
Drop Dead Diva2013TV SeriesPeter Bronson
Blue Mountain State2010-2011TV SeriesCoach Marty Daniels
Days of Our Lives2011TV SeriesLeo
Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon2008TV MovieCoach Gorfida
Fist of the Warrior2007Raymond Miles
Circus Camp2006Carlos Carrera
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary2005VideoBill Owens
Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part2005TV MovieVincent Colabella
Monk2003TV SeriesStewart Babcock
8 Simple Rules2003TV SeriesByron
Third Watch2002TV SeriesTommy
Avalanche Alley2001TV MovieRick
Twice in a Lifetime2000TV SeriesMr. Bogart
The Protector1999Gabriel
Odd Man Out1999TV SeriesBill
A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story1999TV MovieCoach Jack Farkas
Oh, Grow Up1999TV SeriesSal (Hunter's boss)
Catch Me If You Can1998TV MovieCapt. Morris Bernasky
Grace Under Fire1998TV SeriesDan Gabriel
Doomsday Rock1997TV MoviePaul, FBI Agent
Panic in the Skies!1996TV MovieBrett Young
Deadly Web1996TV MovieJones
Champs1996TV SeriesVince Mazzilli
Favorite Deadly Sins1995TV MovieActor playing Frank Musso
Touched by an Angel1994TV SeriesJack
Dream On1994TV SeriesPoliceman
Sisters1991-1994TV SeriesMitch Margolis
Dancing with Danger1994TV MovieDerek Lidor
Passport to Murder1993TV MovieHank McKay
Amy Fisher: My Story1992TV MovieJoey Buttafuoco
Monsters1991TV SeriesMatrin
Queens Logic1991Jack
Midnight Caller1991TV SeriesJoe Holloway
Menu for Murder1990TV MovieDetective Joe Russo
Grand1990TV SeriesEddie Pasetti
Baby Boom1989TV SeriesEric
The Twilight Zone1989TV SeriesDarius Stephens
Dynasty1989TV SeriesCreighton Boyd
The Diamond Trap1988TV MovieDet. Brendan Thomas
Shades of Love: The Emerald Tear1988TV MovieEdward DeCoursey
Falcon Crest1987-1988TV SeriesJohn Remick
Sharing Richard1988TV MovieDr. Richard Bernowski
My Sister Sam1988TV SeriesBilly Rossetti
Dead Aim1987Malcolm 'MACE' Douglas
Private Eye1987TV SeriesNickey the Rose
CBS Schoolbreak Special1987TV SeriesMr. Powell
Tonight's the Night1987TV MovieHayden Fox
Hill Street Blues1981-1986TV SeriesOfficer Joe Coffey
Policewoman Centerfold1983TV MovieNick Velano
Born Beautiful1982TV MovieDoug Trainer
Laverne & Shirley1980-1981TV SeriesSonny St. Jacques / Antonio DeFazio
Eischied1980TV Series
The Gong Show Movie1980Man in Locker Room
Flying High1978TV SeriesAlex


The League2016post-productionHimself
Blue Mountain State: Behind the Scenes Documentary2013Documentary shortHimself
8:Ivy League Football and America2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself / Various Roles (segment "American TV Icon")
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHimself
The Story of Darrell Royal1999Video documentaryHimself
ESPY Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories1993TV SpecialChristmas Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1989)
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite TV Dramatic Program
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Dramatic Television Program
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1982TV SpecialHimself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Overall New TV Program
Good Morning America1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
NFL Monday Night Football1972-1976TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Running Back / Himself - New York Jets Running Back
The NFL on CBS1972-1975TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Fullback
Super Bowl VIII1974TV MovieHimself - Minnesota Vikings Running Back
The NFL on NBC1973TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Fullback

Archive Footage

Imps*2009Phil (segment "Worst Fears")
Falcon Crest1988TV SeriesJohn Remick

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