Ed Marinaro

Actor, Professional football player
Tall, broad-shouldered, and handsome, this former football star became a respected TV actor best known for his six seasons as Officer Joe Coffey, partner to Betty Thomas' Lucy Bates, on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1950 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Drop Dead Diva 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Mountain State 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Urban Legends: Bloody Mary 2004 (Movie)

Bill Owens (Actor)

8 Simple Rules 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Avalanche Alley 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Odd Man Out 1990 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oh Grow Up 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Catch Me If You Can 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Protector 1998 (Movie)

John Templeton (Actor)

Champs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Web 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 ESPY Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy's Ski Family Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With Danger 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Amy Fisher: My Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mick and Frankie 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Love and Sex Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ninth Annual Emmy Awards For Sports 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

What If I'm Gay? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Aim 1986 (Movie)

Malcolm "Mace" Douglas (Actor)

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Eyes 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Fingers 1978 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

Born Beautiful (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Menu For Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Panic in the Skies! (TV Show)

Actor

Passport to Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Policewoman Centerfold (TV Show)

Actor

Sharing Richard (TV Show)

Actor

The Diamond Trap (TV Show)

Actor

Tonight's the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Without Warning (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall, broad-shouldered, and handsome, this former football star became a respected TV actor best known for his six seasons as Officer Joe Coffey, partner to Betty Thomas' Lucy Bates, on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-86). Ed Marinaro was attracted to acting when he was healing from a foot injury and his New York Jets teammate Joe Namath suggested he give the entertainment industry a whirl. He soon quit football, moved to Los Angeles, studied acting and bagged a guest shot on an episode of the police drama "Eischied". Soon after, he appeared in an unsold pilot, but producer Garry Marshall saw the project and hired Marinaro for the ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" during its waning days when Laverne (Penny Marshall) had moved to Hollywood. Marinaro was cast as Sonny, a stuntman and neighbor who became Laverne's beau. After a season, Marinaro joined "Hill Street Blues" as the caring, yet masculine cop, a persona he would subsequently refine in numerous roles. His good looks and popularity led to parts in two TV-movies, "Born Beautiful" (NBC, 1982), in which Marinaro was a fashion photographer, and "Policewoman Centerfold" (NBC, 1983), in which he was the husband of a cop who decides to bare all.

Relationships

Louis John Marinaro

Father

Rose Marie Marinaro

Mother

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York
attended on a football scholarship; was three-time All-American running back and set NCAA record for greatest rushing yardage in a single season (174.6 yards)(hotel and restaurant management)

Milestones

1996

Cast as Vince Mazzilli in the short-lived sitcom "Champs"

1992

Played Joey Buttafuoco in "Amy Fisher: My Story" (NBC)

1987

First feature lead, "Dead Aim"

1982

TV-movie debut, "Born Beautiful"

1980

TV debut, episode of "Eischied"

1977

Film debut, bit part in "Fingers"

Played Officer Joe Coffey on the NBC drama series "Hill Street Blues"

Cast as Mitch Margolis on the NBC series "Sisters"

Professional football player with Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets; played in SuperBowls VIII and IX while with Vikings

Played recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Oh Grow Up!"

TV series debut, spent a season on "Laverne and Shirley" as Laverne's love interest, stuntman Sunny St Jacques

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm at the stage in my life that I like being single--I like my life. Right now I don't see marriage making my life better. I don't see how it would make my life different or give me anything that I miss." --Ed Marinaro in DAILY NEWS, January 7, 1996

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"When you're doing it [playing pro football], there's a lot of pressure--pressure all the time. It's not fun--it's a business, and you have to make the team every year. Every dropped pass you have takes a part of your soul. It's just like constantly having to prove yourself, every single day, every single practice . . . Acting is just more fun. I'm more at peace with my life. I like it. I get more out of it." --Marinaro in DAILY NEWS, January 7, 1996

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