Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Marino in 2014
Born Kenneth Joseph Marino
(1968-12-19) December 19, 1968
West Islip, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, director
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Erica Oyama
Children 2

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, Marry Me, Burning Love, and Childrens Hospital.

Early life

Marino was born in West Islip, New York, to an Italian-American family.[2] He studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York City.


Marino 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 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 played 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! (Season 1, Episode 2 and Season 3, Episode 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. Afterwards, Marino starred opposite Casey Wilson on the NBC sitcom Marry Me, which ran for one season from 2014 to 2015.

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

Personal life

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
1997 Gattaca Sequencing Technician
1999 Love Happens Mike Parker
Carlo's Wake Antonio Torello
2000 101 Ways (The Things a Girl Will Do to Keep Her Volvo) Officer Russotelli
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Victor Pulak
Tortilla Soup Jeff
Joe Somebody Rick Raglow
2005 The Baxter Jack Mechanic
Hoodwinked! Raccoon Jerry (voice)
Love for Rent Dr. Neil Gardner
2006 Duncan Removed Ben Short film
Diggers Lozo (also producer & writer)
2007 The Ten Dr. Glenn Richie (also producer & writer)
Reno 911!: Miami Deaf Tattoo Artist
2008 Role Models Jim Stansel (also writer)
2009 The Antagonist Party Host Short film
2010 Jeffie Was Here Roger
2012 Wanderlust Rick Gergenblatt (also producer & writer)
Struck by Lightning Dr. Wealer
For a Good Time, Call... Harold
2013 In A World... Gustav
Bad Milo! Duncan
We're the Millers Todd
2014 They Came Together Tommy
Veronica Mars Vinnie Van Lowe
2015 Goosebumps Coach Carr
2016 Masterminds Doug
The Late Bloomer Dr. Hanson


Year Title Role Notes
1992 You Wrote It, You Watch It (various) Series regular (also writer)
1993–1995 The State (various) Series regular; 27 episodes (also co-creator & writer)
1996 Boston Common Bob Cabot Episode: "Gobble, Gobble, Aggch!" (2x09)
1997 Men Behaving Badly Steve Cochrane Series regular (season 2); 12 episodes
1999 The Practice Kevin Michaels Episode: "End Games" (3x16)
2000 Angel Wilson Christopher Episode: "Expecting" (1x12)
Veronica's Closet Wayne Episode: "Veronica Sets Josh Up" (3x18)
Will & Grace Mark Episode: Three's a Crowd, Six Is a Freak Show
2001 First Years Miles Lawton Series regular; 9 episodes (6 unaired)
2001–2002 Dawson's Creek Professor David Wilder Recurring guest star (season 5); 10 episodes
2002 Charmed Miles Recurring guest star (season 5); 2 episodes
2004 What I Like About You Dr. Brad Turner Recurring guest star (season 2); 3 episodes
2005 Stella Mr. Fabrizio Episode: "Paper Route"
2005–2007 Veronica Mars Vinnie Van Lowe Recurring; 10 episodes
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Mark Lucas TV movie
Grey's Anatomy Brad Ackles Episode: "17 Seconds" (2x25)
2008–2009 Reaper Tony Series regular; 9 episodes
2008–2016 Childrens Hospital Dr. Glenn Richie/Just Falcon/Ron Donald/Glenn Series regular; 69 episodes (also writer)
2009 Private Practice Mr. Larson Episode: "The Way We Were" (3x02)
Californication Professor David Wilder Episode: "So Here's the Thing..." (3x07)
2009–2010 Party Down Ronald Wayne "Ron" Donald Series regular; 20 episodes
2012 Happy Endings Richard "Rick" Rickman Episode: "The Shrink, The Dare, Her Date and Her Brother" (2x10)
The Exes Brad (Holly's ex-fiance) Episode: "The Ex Always Rings Twice" (1x10)
The League Donny 'The Seed' Sedowsky Episode: "The Tailgate" (4x06)
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Pocketeer (voice) TV short
Eastbound & Down Guy Young Recurring (season 4); 8 episodes
2013–2014 Drunk History Harry Houdini/Captain James Cook 2 episodes
2013–present Axe Cop Flute Cop/Fife Cop
Series regular; 16 episodes
2014 Trophy Wife Coach Dawson Episode: "There's No Guy in Team" (1x20) (also director)
Bad Teacher Mike Episode: "Daddy Issues" (1x02)
Uncle Grandpa Christopher Columbus (voice) Episode: "1992 Called"
Play It Again, Dick Himself Recurring; 3 episodes
2014–2015 Marry Me Jake Schuffman Series regular; 18 episodes
2015 Togetherness Craig Weets Episode: "Family Day" (1x01)
Golan the Insatiable Keith Knudsen Sr. (voice) Recurring role
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Victor Pulak Main cast - 5 episodes
Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Ken Marino Wears a Slim Gray Suit and Salmon Tie" (4x27)
Life in Pieces Will Episode: "Babe Secret Phone Germs" (1x05)
2015–2016 Fresh Off the Boat Gus 2 episodes
2016 Agent Carter Joseph Manfredi 5 episodes
Vinyl Jackie Jervis 3 episodes
House of Lies Mark Fielder 2 episodes
iZombie Brant Stone Episode: "Dead Beat"
Family Guy Quahog Mall Announcer Episode: "The New Adventures of Old Tom"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine C.J. Recurring role
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Victor Pulak

Other projects

Year Project Role Notes
1999 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Music Producer Short film
2007-2012 Wainy Days Director, writer, actor Web series
2012 Krogzilla Regurgitor/Delivery Guy Web series
2012–2013 Burning Love Mark Orlando Web series; 29 episodes (also director and executive producer)


  1. "Ken Marino Biography (1968–)". December 19, 1968. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. "Ken Marino Interview at". January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. 1 2 "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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