Kenneth Joseph Marino is a comedian, actor and screenwriter who was born on December 19, 1968 in West Islip New York. He gained success early on in his career when he became a member of a comedy troupe in MTV’s sketch comedy series, The State. This occurred for two years - 1993 to 1995, and was followed by small roles in several other shows. He was seen in Boston Common, The Single Guy, Spin City, and played a technician in the 1997 film Gattaca. Also that year, he was seen on Men Behaving Badly, and even landed roles in The Practice and Nash Bridges in 1999.
From 2001 to 2002, Ken Marino appeared in a recurring role on the hit series Dawson’s Creek. He played the character Professor David Wilder in ten episodes of the show. He then got cast in series like Angel, Will & Grace, and six episodes of Leap of Faith. Other shows he has appeared in include Charmed and Las Vegas. In 2004, he was seen portraying a doctor in the sitcom What I Like About You, before he landed a part in Monk. He was also in NYPD Blue, Grey’s Anatomy, and played Vinnie Van Lowe in Veronica Mars.
In film, Marino was cast in the 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, taking on the role of Viktor Kulak. He followed this up with 2004’s Love for Rent, and lent his voice to a raccoon in the animated feature Hoodwinked! Later on, he found more work with roles in The Sarah Silverman Program, CSI: Miami, Reno 911 and Showtime’s United States of Tara. In 2008, he booked the role of Tony in the series Reaper, and signed on to join the cast of Party Down.
As a screenwriter, Marino is best known for writing the coming-of-age film called Diggers, released in 2007. He also starred, co-wrote and produced The Ten, with his friend David Wain.