Ken Marino

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Ken Marino
Ken Marino.jpg
Marino at the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews 2014 for Marry Me.
Born Kenneth Joseph Marino
(1968-12-19) December 19, 1968 (age 46)
West Islip, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, director
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Erica Oyama (2 children)

Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Marino[1] (born December 19, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MTV's The State and has starred in shows such as Party Down, Burning Love, Childrens Hospital and currently on the NBC sitcom Marry Me.

Life and career[edit]

Marino was born in West Islip, New York, to an Italian family.[2] He studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York City. He had early success on television as a member of a comedy troupe on the MTV sketch comedy series' The State in 1993, of which he was also a founding member.[3] Marino co-starred with Rob Schneider in the second season of Men Behaving Badly. He starred in the short lived series First Years in 2001.[4] He had a recurring role as Prof. Wilder on the TV series Dawson's Creek (2001–2002) and in You Wrote It, You Watch It (1992). He made multiple appearances on Charmed, Reaper and Rock Me Baby, and appeared in three seasons of Veronica Mars as private detective Vinnie Van Lowe. He was cast to star in a re-make of the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father, but the pilot was not picked up. Instead, he was cast in the Starz original series Party Down. He also starred as a homosexual demon on the TV series Reaper. He currently plays Dr. Glenn Richie in the satirical television series Childrens Hospital.

Marino also made guest appearances in Will & Grace (in the season 3 episode, "Three's a Crowd, Six Is a Freakshow"), Angel (season 1), Reno 911! (episode 2, season 1 and episode 3, season 3), Stella (season 1), Grey's Anatomy (season 2), Monk (in season 3's "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine"), Private Practice (season 3), and Happy Endings (season 2, episode 10, "The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother").

Marino starred in 2004's Love for Rent. He can also be seen in a non speaking role as the music producer/board operator in the pre-ride film that accompanies Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios. He has appeared in Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten and Role Models, and had a cameo in the end of The Baxter. He also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door in 2006. In 2009, he had a cameo in an episode of Californication.

Marino wrote the screenplay for Diggers (2007), a coming-of-age film set in mid-1970s Long Island, as well as and co-writing/producing The Ten and Role Models with David Wain.

Marino and Wain wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Wanderlust, which starred Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston and was released in 2012.

Marino starred as Mark Orlando in the Yahoo! web series Burning Love, a spoof of the TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The series was created by his wife Erica Oyama, while Marino also directed all three seasons.

Marino has also directed several episodes of the sitcoms The Goldbergs, Super Fun Night, and Trophy Wife.

Marino currently stars opposite Casey Wilson on the NBC sitcom Marry Me, which premiered on October 14, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Marino is married to screenwriter Erica Oyama.[5] They have a son, Riley Ken'ichi Marino and a daughter, Ruby.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 You Wrote It, You Watch It Cast Member Series regular
Also writer
1993–1995 The State Cast Member Series regular
Also co-creator
1996 Boston Common Bob Cabot Season 2 Episode 9
1997 Men Behaving Badly Steve Cochrane Series regular
1997 Gattaca Sequencing Technician
1999 Love Happens Mike Parker
1999 The Practice Kevin Michaels Season 3 Episode 16
1999 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Music Producer Short film
1999 Carlo's Wake Antonio Torello
2000 Angel Wilson Christopher Season 1 Episode 12 "Expecting"
2000 101 Ways Officer Russotelli
2000 Veronica's Closet Wayne
2001 Tortilla Soup Jeff
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Victor Pulac
2001 First Years Miles Lawton Series regular
2001 Joe Somebody Rick Raglow
2001–2002 Dawson's Creek Professor David Wilder Recurring guest star
2002 Charmed Miles Recurring guest star
2004 What I Like About You Dr. Brad Turner Season 2 Episodes 13, 18 and 20
2004–2007 Veronica Mars Vincent Van Lowe Recurring Seasons 1-3
2005 Hoodwinked! Racoon Jerry Voice only
2005 The Baxter Jack Mechanic
2006 Grey's Anatomy Brad Ackles Guest Character
2006 Duncan Removed Ben Short Film
2006 Diggers Lozo Also Producer/Writer
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Mark Lucas TV movie
2007 The Ten Dr. Glenn Richie Also Producer/Writer
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Deaf Tattoo Artist
2008 Role Models Jim Stansel Also Writer
2008–2009 Reaper Tony Series regular
2008–present Childrens Hospital Dr. Glenn Richie Series regular
Also writer
2009 The Antagonist Part Host Short Film
2009 Californication Professor David Wilder Season 3 Episode 7
2009–2010 Party Down Ronald Wayne "Ron" Donald Series regular
2010 Jeffie Was Here Roger
2012 Wanderlust Rick Gergenblatt Also Producer/Writer
2012 The League Donny 'The Seed' Sedowsky
2012 The Exes Brad (Holly's ex-fiance)
2012 Krogzilla Regurgitor/Delivery Guy Web Series
2012 Happy Endings Richard "Rick" Rickman Season 2 Episode 10
2013 Axe Cop Flute Cop Series regular
Voice role
2013 In A World... Gustav
2013 Bad Milo! Duncan
2013 We're the Millers Todd
2013 Eastbound & Down Guy Young Recurring (Season 4)
2014 Veronica Mars Vinnie Van Lowe
2014 They Came Together Tommy
2014 Bad Teacher Mike Season 1 Episode 2
2014 Drunk History Captain James Cook Season 2 Episode 7
2014–present Marry Me Jake Schuffman Series regular
2015 Togetherness Craig Weets Season 1 Episode 1
2015 Masterminds Doug Filming
2015 Goosebumps Coach Carr Filming


  1. ^ "Ken Marino Biography (1968–)". December 19, 1968. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ken Marino Interview at". January 28, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ken Marino Biography". Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ken Marino at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "The Ken Marino Picture page". Retrieved January 24, 2013. 

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