||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2013)|
|Born||Robert Carlo Mariano
December 25, 1975
|Residence||Pensacola, Florida, USA|
|Other names||Boston Rob|
|Television||Survivor: Marquesas (10th Place)
Survivor: All-Stars (Runner-up)
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (13th Place)
Survivor: Redemption Island (Winner)
The Amazing Race 7 (2nd Place)
The Amazing Race 11 (8th Place)
Heroes vs. Villains:
|Spouse(s)||Amber Mariano (m. 2005)|
|Relatives||Bob & Linda (parents)
Mike & Heather (siblings)
Robert Carlo "Boston Rob" Mariano (born December 25, 1975) is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race with his wife, Amber Brkich Mariano. Mariano won Survivor: Redemption Island and the $1,000,000 prize after competing on the show four times.
Mariano was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and raised in Canton, Massachusetts. He attended Xaverian Brothers High School, where he played golf and tennis. In 1999, Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University and was also the Boston University coach of their Hockey rollerblade Team. At the time he first entered Survivor, he was a 25 year old construction worker.
Mariano began a relationship with fellow reality TV contestant Amber Brkich in 2003, when they formed an alliance as castmates on Survivor: All-Stars. They became engaged on May 9, 2004, during the show's live finale at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and married on April 16, 2005 at Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas. CBS aired a two-hour special about the wedding, entitled Rob and Amber Get Married, on May 24, 2005. After their marriage, Brkich took Mariano's surname, and the couple moved to Pensacola, Florida. The Marianos have three daughters: Lucia Rose (born July 2009), Carina Rose (born December 2010), and Isabetta Rose (born May 2012).
During Survivor: Marquesas, Rob Mariano fronted a highly successful opening alliance in his initial Maraamu tribe. A tribal swap in the fourth episode effectively denied him the control he enjoyed in his old tribe, as he was switched to the "new" Rotu tribe in which he was outnumbered by former Rotu members 5-3. Ultimately he was the first person voted out of the game when the tribes merged in the seventh episode. His original Maraamu tribe was outnumbered by members of the original Rotu tribe 7-3. Since the Rotu tribe thought that Mariano caused too much drama in camp, he was the first Maraamu tribe member targeted. Prior to his elimination, he provided information to Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien about possible betrayal by former members of Rotu who were not switched during the tribal switch.
During Survivor: All-Stars, Mariano developed an early alliance which eventually developed into a romantic relationship with fellow contestant Amber Brkich. He was able to form a dominant long-term alliance with Rupert Boneham and Jenna Lewis, taking them all the way to the final four. Mariano had dominated this season with the physical challenges and strategic moves. In the Survivor: All-Stars reunion, Jeff Probst called Survivor: All-Stars "Rob's Season".
In the season's premiere episode, Mariano and Brkich agreed to form an alliance, with Rob citing his reasoning as: "She's beautiful; any idiot can see that." The group faced its first Tribal Council in the fourth episode. Mariano and Brkich's relationship was a matter of discussion at the Tribal Council; Brkich claimed that she had come to play Survivor, not "The Dating Game". In the next episode, due to a twist that "absorbed" one of the three tribes, Jenna Lewis and Rupert Boneham joined the Chapera tribe. Rob and Amber quickly fortified a long-term alliance with the tribe's two new members, one of many of the pair's "agreements". The Chapera tribe then enjoyed a lengthy winning streak, winning immunity the next three times. The group did lose one member, however, when Sue Hawk opted to leave due to an unpleasant encounter with Richard Hatch.
In the season's ninth episode, a tribal shuffle managed to merely make each contestant switch buffs, with the exception of Amber Brkich, who remained on the Chapera tribe with Lex van den Berghe, Shii Ann Huang, Jerri Manthey, and Vavrick-O'Brien. The tribe went on to lose the next challenge and, in one of the season's more infamous moments, Mariano told Lex van den Berghe, " You take care of her, I'll take care of you. If you can, If you can." In perhaps an ironic twist of fate, it came down to Amber and her former Outback ally Jerri at that night's Tribal Council. Van den Berghe was true to his word and Brkich was spared, while Jerri Manthey was eliminated.
In the following episode, the merge occurred, and Mariano voted to eliminate van den Berghe, despite having promised to "take care of him" in return for sparing Amber at the previous Tribal Council. The war between Lex and Rob ended with a famous fight and quote in nomination at Survivor: America's Tribal Council. The quote was, "Make no mistake about it Lex, but the word I gave you was that if I could take care of you I will. I'm sorry, I can not." In the episodes following, Mariano and Brkich managed to maintain several "alliances," including their agreement with Rupert Boneham and Jenna Lewis, an agreement with Tom Buchanan, and an agreement with Alicia Calaway. With all these castaways believing themselves to be safe, Mariano and Brkich proceeded through the game, eventually finding themselves in the final four with Lewis and Boneham.
In the final four, Brkich won her first individual Immunity challenge, and she and Mariano convinced Jenna Lewis to vote out Rupert Boneham, her "ally", rather than forcing a tie. In the final three, Mariano won immunity and chose Brkich to continue with him to the final two. Facing the jury, the couple met much criticism for their aggressive and underhanded gameplay.
In the season finale several months later, the couple was still dating; Brkich was wearing a yellow "I Love Rob" shirt. Just before the votes were read, Mariano proposed to Brkich and she accepted. Moments later, it was revealed that, in a 4–3 decision, Amber Brkich was the Sole Survivor. Mariano had received votes from Jenna Lewis, Rupert Boneham and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien.
Heroes vs. Villains
Mariano was a contestant in the 20th season of the show titled Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. He was a member of the Villains tribe, and was the de facto leader of the villains until a clash with Russell Hantz, Coach casting his vote for Courtney Yates, and a switch in alliances by Jerri Manthey resulted in him becoming the 8th person voted out.
On January 13, 2011, it was announced that Rob would compete in Survivor: Redemption Island as one of two returning players (along with Russell Hantz). He returned "for one last shot". Rob and Russell had challenged each other during the live finale of Heroes vs. Villains. On Redemption Island, each was deemed the "leader" of a tribe of regular contestants. This made him the first Survivor contestant to play four times, with the second being Rupert Boneham. While Russell's tribe (Zapatera) saw Russell as a threat, and intentionally lost an immunity challenge in order to vote him out, Rob made various alliances with most members of his tribe (Ometepe) and managed to convince his tribe that his experience was valuable and that he could be loyal. Ultimately, Rob's 6-person alliance from his original tribe remained loyal to one another and became the final six players remaining in the game. Once the alliance began voting out its own members, Rob managed to remain in the game and won the final immunity challenge, lasting the full 39 days. At the merge, Rob suggested a tribe name of Murlonio, claiming it was Spanish for "from the sea, united"; in private, Rob revealed that the name was, in fact, the name of one of Amber's stuffed animals.
On day 22 of Redemption Island, Rob became the fourth person to play Survivor for 100 days, following Amanda Kimmel, Parvati Shallow, and Rupert Boneham, and ultimately surpassed Parvati for most days survived, with a total of 117. While the jury consisted entirely of former Ometepe members Rob had blindsided and former Zapatera members whose tribe was picked off one-by-one by Rob's alliance, all but one member of the jury chose to vote for Rob as the mastermind behind all of his tribe's moves rather than vote for Phillip Sheppard (who received one vote), who had annoyed and irritated nearly everyone in the game, and Natalie Tenerelli, who was accused by the jury of riding Rob's coattails for the entire game. In the Survivor: Redemption Island Live Reunion Show, Mariano was declared the winner in an 8-1-0 vote, finally winning his first season. Additionally, Rob won the viewer-voted $100,000 Sprint Player of the Season award over Matt Elrod.
The Amazing Race
As an engaged couple, Rob Mariano and Amber participated in the seventh season of The Amazing Race and came in second place. The duo became known for their cutthroat/strategic gameplay.
During a Roadblock challenge in Mendoza, Argentina, in the third leg of the race, contestants had to eat four pounds of meat. Rob Mariano began the roadblock but very quickly determined he would not or could not eat that quantity. The penalty for not finishing the Roadblock was a 4-hour delay. By convincing several other contestants to refuse to participate, he ensured that several contestants were on the same timetable as he and Brkich. Also in South America, Rob Mariano pooled his money with some other racers to bribe the bus driver to let the teams that contributed off earlier. When he did bribe the driver, Mariano used none of his own money.
In Botswana, during the sixth leg of the race, the couple was criticized by fellow racers, as well as host Phil Keoghan, when they drove by the car accident of another team, brothers Brian and Greg, without stopping. Their fellow competitors all checked in with the brothers prior to continuing on to the next stage of the race. In southern Africa, Mariano and Brkich saw their own photo on a magazine cover. They were also recognized in countries all over the world and assisted by locals who recognized them, helping to keep the team in the race until the last leg.
Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich ultimately finished in second place behind married couple, Uchenna and Joyce. Amongst fans, there has been much speculation surrounding the final leg of the race. It has been argued that the production crew had intervened with the airport authorities and aided Uchenna and Joyce onto the same, earlier plane as Mariano and Brkich. In the "Revisiting the Race" special feature on the Season 7 DVD, Mariano, along with Uchenna and Keoghan denied these accusations. Mariano describes Uchenna running around frantically trying to get onto the flight, which the final edited version of the show does not portray. Phil cites the fact that the decision to re-open the door rested solely with the pilot, and that intervention by the production crew would have resulted in someone leaking such information out. Although at the final leg of the race, the couple lost the one million dollar grand prize and "The Amazing Race 7" winners' title to married Uchenna & Joyce. They however managed to place 1st in the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th legs. They were also the only team to not come in last place on any legs of the race.
Rob and Amber Mariano later competed in the All-Stars season of The Amazing Race, which began airing in February 2007. Their racing status was listed as "newlyweds". While they had set a record for the Race, coming in first place for the first three legs, they were eliminated on the fourth leg.
Rob and Amber: Against the Odds
Between their two appearances on The Amazing Race the couple filmed a 10-episode show for the Fox Reality Channel, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds in 2006, which aired the following year. Set in Las Vegas, the program follows Mariano's attempts to become a professional poker player and features professional player Daniel Negreanu tutoring him. The series ended with Rob and Amber Mariano accepting an offer to appear on The Amazing Race: All-Stars and the odds of professional poker career waned.
Rob Mariano appeared in the "All-Stars" episode of Canadian show Reality Obsessed, hosted by Murtz Jaffer and won first place in a competition that pitted him against James Zinkand (Big Brother 9 (US)), Jen Parker (The Amazing Race 12), and Jennifer Hoffman (The Apprentice (U.S. TV series)).
Additional television appearances
|The Player||2004||Reality show||Narrator / player operator||–||In 2004, Mariano was the narrator/player operator of a short-lived reality series on UPN titled The Player.|
|Rob and Amber Get Married||May 24, 2005||Reality show special||Himself||Married/Rich||On April 16, 2005, Mariano and Brkich were married in a private ceremony in the Bahamas. CBS aired Rob and Amber Get Married, a two-hour special about the wedding, on May 24, 2005. |
|Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker||2006||Poker competition||Himself||Eliminated in Episode 4 and in the final episode||Mariano appeared on Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker in 2006. He was eliminated in Episode 4, but came back to win the second-chance celebrity table. He was eliminated once again in the final episode.|
|Sci Fi Investigates||October 2006||TV series||Co-host||–||Mariano was a co-host of the six-week Sci Fi series, Sci Fi Investigates. The show investigates subjects such as Bigfoot, Mothman, Paranormal Hotspots, Roswell, The Afterlife and Voodoo. |
|Poker Dome Challenge||October 8, 2006||Poker competition||Himself||Runner-up||Mariano appeared on the October 8, 2006 episode of Poker Dome Challenge where he finished in second place.|
|Around the World in 80 Ways||October 2, 2011||TV Series||Co-host||-||Mariano was co-host on the History channel's Around the World in 80 Ways which ran from October to December 2011.|
- "Exclusive Interview with 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' Boston Rob Mariano". Survivor. BuddyTV. 9 February 2010.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (April 8, 2004). "Rob, Amber Heat Up 'Survivor: All-Stars'". People. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Romantic Finish For 'Survivor'". CBS News. May 2004. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Survivor Couple Rob and Amber Say 'I Do'". People. April 20, 2005. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- Cynthia Wang (August 2, 2009). "Rob and Amber Mariano Welcome Daughter Lucia Rose". People. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
- Wang, Cynthia (December 20, 2010). "Survivor's Rob & Amber Mariano Welcome Daughter Carina Rose". People.
- Wang, Cynthia (June 14, 2012). "Rob and Amber Mariano Welcome Daughter Isabetta Rose". People.
- Official website
- Rob Mariano at the Internet Movie Database
- Rob Mariano on Twitter
- Official CBS Survivor: Marquesas Website
- Official CBS Survivor All Stars Website
- Official CBS Amazing Race 7 Website
- Official CBS Amazing Race 11 (All Stars) Website
- Official Rob and Amber: Against the Odds Website
- Rob and Amber – Amazing Race Wiki
- Tontine 2
Jud "Fabio" Birza
|Title of Sole Survivor