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Also Known As: Edward Francis Marinaro Died:
Born: March 31, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, professional football player

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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.Marinaro...

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.

Marinaro continued working in TV after the demise of "Hill Street Blues." He spent four seasons as Mitch Margolis, the Jewish ex-husband of the youngest of the "Sisters" (NBC). In 1996, Marinaro was the thrice-divorced Vince on "Champs" (ABC), the first series from DreamWorks SKG. Additionally, he starred in TV-movies, including "Sharing Richard" (CBS, 1988), about a man with three girlfriends, and was Joey Buttafuoco in "Amy Fisher: My Story" (1992), the NBC version of the 'Long Island Lolita' tale. Marinaro also played a sympathetic school counselor helping a young man deal with his sexual confusion in "What If I'm Gay?" a 1987 "CBS Schoolbreak Special."

Marinaro has appeared only sporadically in features. He did a bit in "Fingers" (1977) and was the lead as a street-tough detective in "Dead Aim" (1987). In 1991, he was part of the ensemble cast in "Queens Logic," about a family reunion.

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CAST: (feature film)

4.
 Avalanche Alley (2002)
5.
 Protector, The (1999) John Templeton
6.
 Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story (1999) Coach Jack Farkas
7.
 Deadly Web (1996) Fred Jones
8.
 National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) Himself ("Greed")
9.
 Dancing With Danger (1994) Derek Lidor
10.
 Without Warning (1994)
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Professional football player with Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets; played in SuperBowls VIII and IX while with Vikings
1980:
TV debut, episode of "Eischied"
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TV series debut, spent a season on "Laverne and Shirley" as Laverne's love interest, stuntman Sunny St Jacques
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Played Officer Joe Coffey on the NBC drama series "Hill Street Blues"
1982:
TV-movie debut, "Born Beautiful"
1977:
Film debut, bit part in "Fingers"
1987:
First feature lead, "Dead Aim"
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Cast as Mitch Margolis on the NBC series "Sisters"
1992:
Played Joey Buttafuoco in "Amy Fisher: My Story" (NBC)
1996:
Cast as Vince Mazzilli in the short-lived sitcom "Champs"
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Played recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Oh Grow Up!"
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

Notes

"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

"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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father:
Louis John Marinaro.
mother:
Rose Marie Marinaro.

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