Edward Francis Marinaro was born on the 31st March 1950, in New York City, USA, and is a former professional American Football player, who played as a running back in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings (1972–1975), New York Jets (1976), and Seattle Seahawks (1977). Marinaro is also an actor, best known for appearing is such TV series as “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1987), “Sisters” (1991-1994), and “Blue Mountain State” (2010-2011). His football career started in 1972 and ended in 1977, while his acting career began in 1978.
Have you ever wondered how rich Ed Marinaro is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Marinaro’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through his dual successful careers in football and acting.
Ed Marinaro Net Worth $3 Million
Ed Marinaro grew up in New York and New Jersey, where he went to New Milford High School and played high school football for the Knights there. He was quite successful at the college level, playing as a running back at Cornell University and setting 16 NCAA records, including the first to set 4000 rushing yards. Ed almost won the Heisman Award in 1971 but ended as a runner-up behind Pat Sullivan. However, he did win the 1971 Maxwell Award and the UPI College Football Player of the Year. He was a member of Psi Upsilon and of the Sphinx Head Society while at Cornell. In 1991, Marinaro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Marinaro as the 50th pick overall in the 1972 NFL Draft, and he spent the next four seasons with them before played in the New York Jets in 1976, and Seattle Seahawks, where he ended his playing career in 1977. During his six seasons in the NFL, Marinaro recorded 1,319 rushing yards and scored six touchdowns, appearing in two losing Super Bowls with the Vikings.
After retiring from professional football, Marinaro became an actor and debuted in James Toback’s “Fingers” (1978) starring Harvey Keitel. From 1980 to 1981, he appeared in 11 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series “Laverne & Shirley”, and then played Officer Joe Coffey in 104 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1986), which increased is net worth by a large margin. By the end of the ‘80s, Ed had played in five episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning series “Falcon Crest” (1987-1988).
In 1991, Marinaro appeared alongside Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino and John Malkovich in “Queens Logic”, before playing Mitchell Margolis in 75 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Sisters” (1991-1994). By the end of the decade, Ed had appeared in numerous television movies, including “A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story” (1999) with Debbie Reynolds and Elden Henson.
He continued to work in TV movies in the 2000s, such as “Avalanche Alley” (2001), “Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part” (2005), and “Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon” (2008), while from 2010 to 2011, Marinaro played football Coach Marty Daniels in 39 episodes of the TV series “Blue Mountain State”. Most recently, Ed has appeared in such movies as “Offer and Compromise” (2016) and “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” (2016).
Regarding his personal life, Ed Marinaro married Tracy York in 2001, and has a son with her.
Prior to acting, Marinaro played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings (4 seasons), New York Jets (1 Season) and the Seattle Seahawks (1 season).
Marinaro also 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 set 16 other NCAA records.
In his three seasons as Cornell's tailback (1969-1970-1971), Marinaro 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.
Ed was the runner-up for the 1971 Heisman Trophy Award, losing to Pat Sullivan, a quarterback from Auburn.
Marinaro was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Formerly played football for the Minnesota Vikings
1971 Heisman Trophy finalist
All time Ivy Leading Rusher New Milford High School, Class of 1968 Cornell University, Class of 1972