Kenneth Joseph 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. He played the Lehman brothers on the Showtime series Black Monday.

Ken Marino
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Marino in 2014
Kenneth Joseph Marino

(1968-12-19) December 19, 1968 (age 53)
Alma materNew York University
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • director
Years active1992–present
Erica Oyama
(m. 2005)

Early lifeEdit

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

On Marino's first day at NYU, he met David Wain and Craig Wedren and quickly befriended both of them; Marino was popular in part because he had milk crates full of bottles of alcoholic beverages (which he had stolen the previous summer at a job at a yacht club), and he carried the crates around with him when he visited people's dorm rooms. The next year, Wain and Marino were among the co-founders of a comedy troupe called The New Group, which eventually was renamed to The State.[3]


After college, Marino continued working and performing with The State. From 1992 to 1993, Marino and several other members of The State appeared on the MTV sketch comedy series You Wrote It, You Watch It, hosted by Jon Stewart; later in 1993, the entire troupe gained their own sketch comedy series on MTV, The State. The series ran until 1995.[4] In 1997, 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,[5] and had a recurring role as Prof. Wilder on the TV series Dawson's Creek (2001–2002) . He made multiple appearances on Charmed and Rock Me Baby, and appeared in four seasons of Veronica Mars as private detective Vinnie Van Lowe. He was cast to star in a remake 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 played a gay demon on the TV series Reaper, Dr. Glenn Richie in the satirical television series Childrens Hospital and Captain 'CJ' Stentley on the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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 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 (2006), a coming-of-age film set in mid-1970s Long Island. Along with fellow The State member David Wain, he wrote and produced the films The Ten (2007), Role Models (2008) and Wanderlust (2012), all directed by Wain; Marino also had small acting roles in all three films. He also appeared in Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer.

He appears as Guy Young, a sports television host, in season 4 of HBO's Eastbound & Down.

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. Afterward, Marino starred opposite Casey Wilson on the NBC sitcom Marry Me, which ran for one season from 2014 to 2015.

In 2016, he starred in the second season of Marvel's series Agent Carter as mobster Joseph Manfredi.

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

In 2017, Marino starred as Mr. Johnson in the Netflix comedy-horror film The Babysitter.[6] He reprised his role in the sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen.[7]

Since 2019, Marino has starred as music manager Streeter in the HBO comedy series The Other Two.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Marino is married to screenwriter Erica Oyama.[9] They have two children.[4]



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 and writer
2007 The Ten Dr. Glenn Richie Also producer and 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 and writer
Struck by Lightning Dr. Wealer
For a Good Time, Call... Harold
2013 In a World... Gustav Warner
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
2017 How to Be a Latin Lover Director
The Babysitter Mr. Johnson
2018 Dog Days Carven Wagi Also director
2020 The Main Event Frankie
The Sleepover Ron Finch Do
The Babysitter: Killer Queen Mr. Johnson


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)
The Single Guy Big Tipper Episode: "The Deepest Cut"
1997 Spin City Dan Episode: "Bye Bye Love" (1x13)
Men Behaving Badly Steve Cochrane Series regular (season 2); 12 episodes
1998 Hercules Tipis (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Argonauts"
1998 Holding the Baby Mike Episode: "Viva Las Gordy"
Conrad Bloom Ben Episode: "The Ultimatum"
1999 The Practice Kevin Michaels Episode: "End Games" (3x16)
Nash Bridges Todd West Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
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" (3x10)
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 Leap of Faith Andy 6 episodes
Haunted Bob Pratt Episode: "Fidelity"
Do Over Reuben Episode: "The Anniversary"
Charmed Miles Recurring guest star (season 5); 2 episodes
2003 Las Vegas Anton McCarren Episode: "Jokers and Fools"
2003–2004 Rock Me Baby Kelly 3 episodes
2003–2008 Reno 911! Various 3 episodes
2004 What I Like About You Dr. Brad Turner Recurring guest star (season 2); 3 episodes
Monk Lester Highsmith Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine"
NYPD Blue Det. Gerard Donnelly Episode: "The 3-H Club"
2005 Inconceivable Peter Episode: "Sex, Lies and Sonograms"
Stella Mr. Fabrizio Episode: "Paper Route" (1x05)
2005–2007, 2019 Veronica Mars Vinnie Van Lowe Recurring; 13 episodes
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Mark Lucas TV movie
Grey's Anatomy Brad Ackles Episode: "17 Seconds" (2x25)
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Patient #1 Episode: "Joan of Arf"
2008 CSI: Miami Alan Farris Episode: "You May Now Kill the Bride"
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 United States of Tara Mike Connor Episode: "Possibility"
Greek Camp Leader Episode: "Take Me Home, Cyprus Rhodes"
In the Motherhood Shep 3 episodes
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
2011–2013 Whitney Brian 2 episodes
2012 Happy Endings Richard "Rick" Rickman Episode: "The Shrink, The Dare, Her Date and Her Brother" (2x10)
The Exes Brad Episode: "The Ex Always Rings Twice" (1x10)
Key and Peele Dreadlocked Guy Episode: "Flicker"
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
2013–2019 Drunk History Various 4 episodes
2013–2015 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" (1x27)
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; 2 episodes
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Victor Pulak Main cast; 5 episodes
Maron Himself Episode: "Spiral"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Ken Marino Wears a Slim Gray Suit and Salmon Tie" (4x27)
2015–2017 Life in Pieces Will Episodes: "Babe Secret Phone Germs" (1x05) and "#TBT: Y2K Sophia Honeymoon Critter" (2x09)
2015–2019 Fresh Off the Boat Gus 6 episodes
2016 Wander Over Yonder Phil (voice) Episode: "The Family Reunion/The Rival"
Agent Carter Joseph Manfredi 5 episodes
Vinyl Jackie Jervis 3 episodes
House of Lies Mark Fielder Episodes: "Creative Destruction Phenomenon" (5x01) and "Game Theory"" (5x02)
Family Guy Dallas Portland (voice) Episode: "The New Adventures of Old Tom" (14x18)
2016, 2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Captain Jason 'C.J.' Stentley Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016–2019 iZombie Brant Stone 3 episodes
Bob's Burgers Agent Flanley/Jack Conway (voice) 3 episodes
2017 Speechless Ethan Episode: "V-a-l-Valentine's D-a-Day" (1x14)
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Victor Pulak 7 episodes
2018 Disjointed Angelo DeStevens 3 episodes
Ghosted Daniel Jennifer Episode: "The Article"
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman John McConnell Episode: "Ai-jen Poo"
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Himself Episode: "The Office Party"
Historical Roasts Mark Antony Episode: "Cleopatra"
American Dad! Stu / Professor (voice) 2 episodes
Daybreak Stephen Hoyles Episode: "MMMMMMM-HMMMMMM"
2019–2021 Black Monday Larry/Lenny Lehmann Recurring; 16 episodes
2019–present The Other Two Streeter Peters Main role
2020 Medical Police Glenn Richie 3 episodes
Solar Opposites Kevin (voice) Episode: "The P.A.T.R.I.C.I.A. Device"

Other projectsEdit

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. ^ Stulce, Corey (May 2, 2016). "The State Before They Were the State: An Oral History of How the Beloved Sketch Group First Met in College". Vulture.
  4. ^ a b "Ken Marino Biography". Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Ken Marino at IMDb
  6. ^ Sorokach, Josh (October 19, 2017). "'The Babysitter' Proves That America Needs A Leslie Bibb/Ken Marino 'Cool Parents' Sitcom Pronto". Decider. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (September 25, 2019). "Judah Lewis Returning for Sequel to Netflix Horror Flick 'The Babysitter' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Other Two". Comedy Central. Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  9. ^ "The Ken Marino Picture page". Retrieved January 24, 2013.

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