Ed Marinaro: Young, Wife, Family, Football, Acting & Net Worth

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Just as many people jump from one profession to another, some enjoyed doing both tasks that contradict each other.

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

To make it clear, Ed only entered the glamorous yet hectic entertainment world after retiring from football.

Nonetheless, the hardworking young actor excelled in both fields in his way.

Ed Marinaro
Ed Marinaro, Former NFL Player and Actor

Not to mention, the NFL star player appeared in series like Blue Mountain State and more.

So, what led him to star as an actor in the first place, and how about his personal life. Is he married? Does he have children? All these trivial questions will be answered right now.

Ed Marinaro: Quick Facts

Full Name Edward Francis Marinaro
Birth Date March 31, 1950
Birth Place New York City, New York, US
Nickname Ed Marinaro
Religion N/A
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Cornell University
Horoscope Aries
Father’s Name Louis John Marinaro
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Age 74 Years Old
Height 6 feet 2 inches(188 cm)
Weight 96 kgs(212 lbs)
Shoe Size Updating Soon
Hair Color Brown/Grey
Eye Color Dark Brown
Build Mesomorph
Marital Status Married
Wife Tracy York
Children One
Profession Footballer, Actor
Position Running Back
Active years 1972-77/ 1978-present
Net Worth $3 million
Famous As  NFL Player and Actor
Social Media Twitter
Merch Football Card
Last Update May, 2024

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

How Old Is Ed Marinaro?- Age, Young, and Body Stats

The former NFL player turned actor, Ed Marinaro, is a dashing man who still serves looks despite being in his 70s.

Yes, Ed was born in the year 1950, making him 74 years as of now. Not to mention, now the American actor celebrates his birthday every year on the 31st of March.

Likewise, Marinaro’s birthday falls under the sign of Aries. The sign is known for being fierce, confident, and often envied for their dedication to master the craft they set their hearts to.

Similar must be the case when he pursued his career as an NFL player back in the days. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches(188 cm), the former player weighs 96 kgs(212 lbs).

Ed Marinaro rookie card
Ed Marinaro rookie card

During his prime years, the actor has lost most of the weight, giving him a smaller physique. As for his health, Ed is still brimming with youthfulness. 

Nonetheless, Ed has a killer look when he was young. With his dashing persona, short brown hair, and brown eyes, Marinaro was one lady killer.

And he did charm his way into the hearts of many young female fans after his debut as an actor too.

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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.

Young Ed Marinaro
Ed Marinaro when he was young

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.

Who Did Ed Marinaro Play Football For?- Football Career

Because of his keen interest in football, 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
Ed Marinaro as NFL player

Likewise, 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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A Career as an Actor- Movies

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 2024, 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.

Is Ed Marinaro Married? – 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.

Ed Marinaro with his wife
Ed Marinaro and Tracy for Lifestyle Magazine

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.

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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.

He might have been in some rumors, but some of them were not confirmed.

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Who did Ed Marinari play football for? 

Marinaro played for Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks with additional appearances in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl IX as a former NFL player. 

Did Ed Marinaro play in the NFL?

Yes, Ed Marinaro did play for five years in the NFL. 

When did Ed Marinaro play for the Vikings?

The former NFL superstar played for the Vikings from 1972 to 1976. 

Kriti is a senior content writer and editor for biography, news, and gossips. She has previously worked for TVShowStars under the alias "Kira." Besides being an avid reader and anime fan, she loves perusing through YouTube/Spotify and discovering Indie bands.

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  1. Worked with him on several episodes and he was just a great guy. My agent at The William Morris Agency contacted the producers to place me on the show to expand me from Rock n’ Roll Tours which I had been doing since 1956 at Sun Records. By 1981 I wanted to do something else. It was fun but I had been performing and recording for 25 years since the age of 15. Great working with him and the other cast members.


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