Rob Mariano Biography
Rob Mariano (full name: Robert Carlo Mariano), known by the nickname Boston Rob, is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race. In 2011, he won Survivor: Redemption Island and the $1,000,000 prize in his fourth appearance on Survivor following previous appearances on Survivor: Marquesas, Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
He appeared on The Amazing Race 7 and The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars with his wife Amber (Brkich) Mariano, who was a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback and the winner of Survivor: All-Stars.
Rob Mariano Age
Robert Carlo Mariano is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in several reality shows, including Survivor, and The Amazing Race. He was born on December 25, 1975, in Boston, MA. He is 43 years old as of 2018
Rob Mariano Wife
Amber Joy Mariano (née Brkich; born August 11, 1978) is an American television personality and winner of Survivor: All-Stars with its $1,000,000 prize, after appearing as a contestant on one of its predecessors, Survivor: The Australian Outback.
She is married to fellow Survivor contestant of Survivor: Marquesas, All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and winner of Survivor: Redemption Island, Rob Mariano, with whom she appeared in The Amazing Race.
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Rob Mariano Personal life
Mariano was born in Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Canton, Massachusetts. He graduated Xaverian Brothers High School from 1994, where he played golf and hockey.
In 1999, Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University He made the BU hockey team in 1995 as a freshman, however, he declined to play for coach Jack Parker after he was told that he would not receive much ice time.
At the time he first played Survivor in 2001, he was a 25-year-old who was continuing to coach the hockey team.
Mariano began a relationship with fellow reality TV contestant Amber Brkich in 2003, during their time filming 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. They have four daughters: Lucia Rose (born July 4, 2009), Carina Rose (born December 10, 2010), Isabetta Rose (born May 5, 2012), and Adelina Rose (born June 20, 2014).
Mariano is a well-known fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the New England Patriots.
Children: Isabetta Rose, Carina Rose Mariano, Lucia Rose Mariano
Rob Mariano Height
Rob Mariano has a height of 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) tall
Rob Mariano Survivor
Main articles: Survivor: Marquesas, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Redemption Island
During Survivor: Marquesas, 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 and the last player voted out before the jury phase.
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 and that he was the biggest threat of the remaining Maraamu tribe members (the others being Vecepia Towery and Sean Rector), he was the first Maraamu tribe member targeted.
In an attempt to save himself, Mariano had tried to warn Rotu tribe members Pascal English, Neleh Dannis, and Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien about the Rotu Four alliance of John Carroll, Tammy Leitner, Zoe Zanidakis, and Robert DeCanio, but was unsuccessful although he successfully planted seeds of suspicion that would lead to the remaining Rotu members and all the Maraamu members teaming up to turn on the Rotu Four the following Tribal Council and he was voted out just before the jury phase of the game began.
Prior to his elimination, he provided useful information to 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.
Early on, Mariano and Brkich agreed to form an alliance. After the game was underway, due to a twist that “absorbed” one of the three tribes, Lewis and Boneham joined the Chapera tribe. Mariano and Brkich quickly fortified a long-term alliance with the tribe’s two new members.
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 the game due to an unpleasant encounter with Richard Hatch.
Later on, a tribal shuffle had every contestant switch tribes and camps, with the exception of Brkich, who remained on the Chapera tribe with Lex van den Berghe, Shii Ann Huang, Jerri Manthey, and Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien.
Chapera went on to lose the next challenge and Mariano bargained with van den Berghe to save Brkich in return for Mariano’s help later down the road. van den Berghe, Huang, and Vavrick-O’Brien saved Brkich and eliminated Jerri Manthey. In the following episode, the merge occurred, and Mariano voted to eliminate van den Berghe, going back on his promise.
From there on, Mariano and Brkich managed to maintain several alliances; they were allied with Boneham and Lewis, with “Big Tom” Buchanan, and with Alicia Calaway. Mariano and Brkich proceeded through the game, eventually finding themselves in the Final Four with Lewis and Boneham after breaking ties with Calaway and Buchanan.
With four contestants remaining, Brkich won her first individual Immunity challenge, and she and Mariano convinced Lewis to vote out Boneham, reminding him that they would draw rocks otherwise, with a two-out-of-three chance that either she or her main ally Boneham would be eliminated anyway, and that none of the other three could beat Boneham in a jury vote should he reach Final Tribal Council.
Mariano won the next and final immunity and chose Brkich to continue with him to the Final Two. Facing the jury, the couple met criticism for their aggressive and underhanded gameplay. Mariano took the brunt of the criticism, as he was seen as the leader of their dominant two-person alliance, and was deemed by the jury like the one with more blood on his hands.
Meanwhile, Brkich admitted to being there partly by riding Mariano’s coattails and letting him do more of the dirty work while she worked behind the scenes, but argued that her impressive overall social and underrated quiet strategic game was a key part of both getting to the finals together.
She also seemed to get less blame by the jury for decisions she and Mariano largely made together, and thus wisely stayed somewhat in the background during the Final Tribal Council.
In the season finale several months later, the couple was revealed to still be dating. Just before the votes were read, Mariano proposed to Brkich and she accepted. Moments later, it was revealed that in a 4–3 decision, Brkich had won the game. Mariano received votes from Lewis, Boneham, and Vavrick-O’Brien.
Despite having created one of the most hostile and bitter juries in Survivor history, Rob’s immense skill and utter control and dominance of the game was recognized as he still very nearly managed the win. Shi Ann Huang (who was the one jury member to heap praise on both Rob and Amber’s gameplay) was the largely undecided swing vote to which would be the winner, and ultimately voted for Amber due to being impressed by her Final Tribal answers.
Heroes vs. Villains
Mariano was a contestant in the 20th season of the show titled Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and one of eight members of the cast to appear on Survivor for a third time.
He was a member of the Villains tribe, and was the de facto leader of the Villains until his right-hand man Tyson Apostol fell for a plot by Russell Hantz to give Parvati Shallow the fourth vote, rather than split the votes 3–3–3 between Hantz, Shallow, and Apostol as planned.
Hantz shocked Mariano’s six-person alliance by playing the idol on Shallow, rather than himself, and with her four votes negated by the idol, Apostol was voted out with three votes to Hantz’s two.
This completely swung the balance of power in the tribe, and after a clash with Hantz, Jerri Manthey switched to Hantz’s alliance, and Benjamin “Coach” Wade refusing to take a side and casting a throwaway vote for Courtney Yates, Mariano would become the eighth person voted out on a 4–3–1 vote and was the last player voted out promptly before the jury phase.
Despite his early elimination, many believe Rob had been playing his most skilled and socially superb game of all on Heroes vs Villains, including both All-Stars and Redemption Island until the tide shifted with the Tyson blindside. This also set in motion the rivalry between Russell and Rob, which led to the upcoming season based on their rivalry: Redemption Island.
On January 13, 2011, it was announced that Mariano would compete in Survivor: Redemption Island as one of two returning players (along with Russell Hantz). This made Mariano the first person in Survivor history to play four times, a feat which has since been matched by three others.
Hantz was seen as a threat by his tribe (Zapatera), which intentionally lost an immunity challenge in order to vote him out. There was also intense distrust of Hantz due to his Samoa and Heroes vs. Villains performances.
Mariano, on the other hand (perhaps even benefitting from his early boot on Heroes vs. Villains, and the large gap in time since All-Stars), made various strong 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.
His two closest allies throughout the game, Grant Mattos and Natalie Tenerelli, were particularly strong in their extreme loyalty and at times blind trust towards him.
As the game progressed, Mariano managed to increasingly draw in the otherwise unpredictable and disagreeable Phillip Sheppard, becoming by far his closest and most trusted ally, with Mariano showing great care and social awareness in his handling of him.
Ashley Underwood, Andrea Boehlke, and Matthew Elrod also were firmly on Mariano’s side through their entire time in the game, right up until Mariano orchestrated their vote-offs (two different times for Boehlke and Elrod).
Ultimately, his six-person alliance from his original tribe remained loyal to one another and they became the final six players remaining on the main island (although others remained on Redemption Island throughout the game until Day 36).
Mariano managed to remain in the game for the full 39 days, winning the final immunity challenge. Mariano carefully orchestrated the blindsides of those he felt could beat him in a jury vote or a final four immunity challenge, first voting off Boehlke, the sixth member of the alliance from almost the start.
Mariano was tipped off about Boehlke and Elrod reconnecting in the game, which became impossible when both were sent to Redemption Island. The surprise immunity win of the next intended target, Ashley Underwood, forced Mariano to scramble last minute into his first difficult choice, ultimately blindsiding Mattos, likely the biggest jury and immunity threat of the entire Ometepe tribe.
He had convinced Mattos that Tenerelli would be voted out that night instead, and even shook hands with Mattos on the plan to vote Tenerelli out, but became the swing vote sending Mattos to Redemption Island. It was a debate as to whether an all-girls alliance of Tenerelli and Underwood could possibly oppose Mariano, or whether Mattos was a significantly larger jury or final immunity threat to Mariano’s potential victory, a decision which in hindsight was clearly the correct one.
Upon Boehlke’s return from Redemption Island, she became the eighth jury member as he, Sheppard, Tenerelli and Underwood all voted against Boehlke. Additionally, he used his hidden immunity idol on the which negated Boehlke’s vote against Mariano and convinced his alliance to again stick with him.
On Day 38, he sent Underwood to the jury, his only remaining possible threat for jury votes, by successfully convincing Tenerelli to vote her out rather than force a fire-making challenge against Sheppard. This was not only to ensure Underwood’s elimination but would likely lose Tenerelli Underwood’s vote due to her betrayal (Underwood did indeed lash out at Tenerelli at final tribal and vote for Mariano to win the game).
He thus went to the finals with the strongly disliked Sheppard and the little-respected, perceived coattail rider Tenerelli, accomplishing the plan he had set in place even before the merge.
While the jury consisted of a combination of former Ometepe members whom Mariano had blindsided and former Zapatera members whom Rob had virtually ignored and who had been picked off one-by-one by Mariano’s cult-like alliance, the somewhat hostile and bitter jury believed that they had no real options given that the other finalists were seen as undeserving players who had been dragged along by Mariano (also known as “goats”), and in which Mariano finally won the title of Sole Survivor in an 8-1-0 vote, securing him the winner.
Mariano received votes from Elrod, Mattos, Boehlke, Underwood, Mike Chiesl, Steve Wright, Julie Wolfe, and David Murphy. Sheppard only received one vote from Ralph Kiser.
His game is often cited as one of the best examples of complete control when playing with 18 other recruits and being a three-time player ever seen on the show, as well as perhaps the best-ever execution of the increasingly popular “goat herding” strategy of modern Survivor, pinpointing and taking the weakest and most easily beatable opponents to the end.
To this day Tenerelli and Sheppard are regarded as two of the most obvious goats ever seen on Survivor, let alone to make the finals, and Mariano’s ability to bring such weak and disliked individuals to the end is highly praised.
His ability to correctly identify the biggest goats of a game is also widely admired, particularly when contrasted to archrival Russell Hantz’s inability to not only keep the respect of a jury as Mariano can but to accurately judge the weakest opponents to bring to the end as Mariano does.
However, many fans criticized Mariano for his huge advantage in being a four-time player and having no real competition the entire season, giving him perhaps the easiest win in Survivor history. His tribemates were criticized for being too starstruck to act against Mariano.
Some fans also criticize him for probably having been unable to beat anyone other than his two ultimate goats (based upon cast interviews, amongst other indicators).
The jury has even indicated Sheppard could have beaten him had he followed through with his plan to “own his game” and reveal that he had purposely played the villain role to get taken to the end by Mariano, and in doing so had duped Mariano and his entire alliance.
Instead Sheppard was rude, lashed out at Julie Wolfe after she had asked him if his son would be proud of the way he played the game, and gave all the credit to Mariano, thus receiving only one vote (from Ralph Kiser, the one jury member Sheppard showed respect towards at Final Tribal and throughout the game) and giving Mariano the easy finish glove side.
Additionally, Mariano won the viewer-voted $100,000 “Sprint Player of the Season” award. On Day 22 of Redemption Island, Mariano became the fourth person to play Survivor for 100 days, following three contestants in “Heroes vs. Villains” Amanda Kimmel 108 days, Parvati Shallow 114 days, and Rupert Boneham 100 days but played four more days in Survivor: Blood vs Water, making a total of 104, and ultimately surpassed Shallow for most days survived, with a total of 117.
His record, however, has recently been surpassed by two four-time contestants in Survivor: Game Changers, Ozzy Lusth who played 128 days in four seasons and Cirie Fields who has played 121 days. His performance in Redemption Island at the time was described by longtime show host Jeff Probst as the “most perfect game of Survivor ever.”
Similarly to what happened with Lex van den Berghe from All-Stars, Grant ended his friendship with Rob after the game due to Rob’s voting him out, a situation which was confirmed at the reunion show. As of September 2017, the two have still had no contact since the season airing. Lex and Rob have since reconciled, and are back on civil terms, although still not friends.
In addition to Amber, he remains particularly close friends with Tyson Apostol, Natalie Tenerelli, Peter Harkey, and Sean Rector from his four Survivor seasons.
He cites those as the four ex-Survivors he talks with the most, although there are numerous others both from Redemption Island like Phillip Sheppard and Andrea Boehlke, and others within the Survivor community such as Sandra Diaz-Twine and Courtney Yates he keeps in contact with.
Rob and Amber wedding
For a little pre-wedding planning, correspondent Tracy Smith met up with Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich in the Bahamas. And in typical Rob Mariano style, he promised Smith that this is going to make the Trump wedding look understated! The following is Smith’s behind-the-scenes look.
“I’m a kid from Boston,” Rob says, “She’s a kid from Pennsylvania. We got together on a show; they’re throwing a boatload of money at us and saying, ‘Make the wedding of your wildest dreams.’”
So to do that, they chose the Bahamas and a place called Atlantis Paradise Island.
Atlantis is a sprawling 45-acre resort. Picture Disneyland with sand, where the fake beach is often more popular than the real beach. It’s the perfect wedding spot for a couple who met and fell in love on reality TV.
When Rob popped the question on the live finale of “Survivor: All-Stars,” they became the couple America loved to love.
Then came “The Amazing Race,” where some found them not quite so lovable after all.
Still, when I joined them in Atlantis Paradise Island, two weeks before the wedding, their love for each other was obvious.
Asked if she has had any cold feet, Amber says, “I’ll admit the fact that we’ve had our times when we’ve had it out, and stressed on each other, but that’s why we’re there for each other.”
To ease some pre-wedding stress, they enlisted Colin Cowie, party planner to the stars. On the day of the interview, he was helping them pick food and table settings.
What is the toughest part of this decision?
“Getting everybody to agree about the same thing,” Cowie says laughing, “We’re all getting married together. There’s three of us with a point of view.”
And some more persuasive than others, check out Rob give “The Godfather” treatment to the poor chef.
“The one thing that I’m in charge of in this wedding is the food. So it needs to be good,” Rob tells him. “Me and you, we’re gonna be me and you. But you have to do me right.”
There were endless servings of appetizers, and perhaps a few too many cocktails. For the entree, they chose a seafood platter served family style – in keeping with Rob’s Italian roots.
And for dessert, Rob tells me it was his idea to have tiramisu.
“Tiramisu in the form of a wedding cake,” he says, “Tiramisu is my favorite.”
The theme of the wedding is “beach chic,” though Rob’s friends had a different interpretation.
Rob explains, “They said who’s the beach chick coming?”
Once they decided on the food, we had to talk about fashion.
“I have an idea what he’s wearing,” Amber says, “I have not seen it, and I will not see it until that day, just like he has no idea what I’m wearing. He has no idea what it looks like.”
But after I covered Rob’s ears, Amber whispered in my ear, “It has the vintage and beachy feel to it.”
There’ll be about 300 guests, eight bridesmaids, 3and 12 groomsmen.
Amber will walk along the beach barefoot of course because everybody in the wedding has to be barefoot, and with the water behind them, Rob and Amber will take their vows.
And of course, the TV cameras will be in front. But Rob and Amber wouldn’t have it any other way.
Amber says, “If we do do this televised, we get to share it with the world. And the fact that America got to fall in love with us while we fell in love, on TV, we almost feel like they should get to see us uniting and becoming husband and wife.”
Rob adds, “Not to mention the fact that, like, she’s gonna get a more unbelievable wedding than she coulda ever dreamed of.”
A few more hints on what to expect Tuesday night: a choir, fireworks and they’re going to give each other a special gift.
Be sure to tune in to “Rob And Amber Get Married” at 9 p.m. on CBS. The game-playing may be over but Rob and Amber still feel like winners.
Rob Mariano Net Worth
American television personality, Robert Carlo “Boston Rob” Mariano has an estimated net worth of $1.3 million.
He is best known for his appearance in the several reality show 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.
Robert Mariano was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. An avid sportsman, he attended Xaverian Brothers High School where he played on the varsity hockey team and helped his golf team win the state championship in 1991-92.
Rob Mariano The Amazing Race
Main articles: The Amazing Race 7 and The Amazing Race 11
As an engaged couple, Mariano and his fiancée Amber Brkich participated in the seventh season of The Amazing Race and came in second place. During a Roadblock challenge in Mendoza, Argentina, in the third leg of the race, contestants had to eat four pounds of meat.
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 four-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, Mariano pooled his money with some other racers to bribe the bus driver into letting the teams that contributed off earlier. When Rob bribed the driver, he 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.
Mariano and Brkich ultimately finished in second place behind the 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.
Keoghan 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 Mariano and Brkich lost the one million dollar grand prize and “The Amazing Race 7” winners’ title at the final leg of the race, they managed to place 1st in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th legs. They were also the only team to not come in the last place on any legs of the race.
The Marianos later competed in the All-Stars season of The Amazing Race, which began airing in February 2007. The couple’s racing status was listed as “newlyweds.” While they had set a record for the Amazing Race, coming in first place for the first three legs, they were eliminated on the fourth leg of the race.
Additional television appearances
Between their two appearances on The Amazing Race, Mariano and Brkich 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 Rob’s professional poker career waned.
He also 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).
In 2016, he also appeared in a special episode of The Price Is Right which featured multiple former Survivor contestants competing on the show.
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