• Carl Marino is an American former New York Deputy Sheriff turned actor and model, best known for his Lt. Joe Kenda role in the “Homicide Hunter” series.
• He was born in New York City and raised alongside three siblings.
• Carl has had a successful career as an actor, appearing in “Funny People”, “Trauma”, “Sedona’s Rule”, “I Faked My Own Death”, and “Homicide Hunter” among many others.
• He has been married twice and currently shares two adult children with his first wife, and is married to actress Ilona Gugan.
• His estimated net worth is over $1 million.

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SpouseIlona Marino

Who is Carl Marino?

Carl Marino is an American former New York Deputy Sheriff turned actor and a model. He is best known for his Lieutenant Joe Kenda role in “Homicide Hunter”, an Investigation Discovery series.

Carl Marino Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Carl was born under the Virgo Zodiac sign on 26 August 1970, in New York City, USA making him 49 years old in 2019. His parents are Carl and Carol Marino, and he is the only boy in a family of four children. Carl was raised alongside his three siblings in their hometown, and is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.

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Regarding his education, Carl matriculated from Hornell High School. Later, he joined the United States Military Academy in West Point. At the same time, Carl studied Criminal Justice through the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Carl Marino Professional Career and Rise to Stardom

After graduating, Carl worked in New York as a deputy sheriff for nearly 17 years on the force, for most of his tenure at the Monroe County Jail. After serving as a deputy sheriff, he relocated to California. By this time, Carl had lost both his parents.

Once in California, he signed with a modeling company, and featured in various commercial and print projects, at the same time doing a bit of modeling for Rochester. However, he soon landed a role in a film – the irony is that Carl was always camera-shy as a young child, and never participated in any plays in school. However, he was part of the lighting department in several theaters.

Carl made his acting debut in 2009 when he appeared in the “Liquor Store Cactus” movie.

Similarly, he also had a brief role in the comedy film “Funny People”, but which went uncredited. His big role was in “Trauma”, an NBC show, between 2009 and 2010 as a recurring guest playing Karl Sly in several episodes. He also appeared in the same series as an unnamed EMT/paramedic in a number of episodes.

His big-screen debut came in 2010 when he was cast in the role of John in the “Sedona’s Rule” movie. That same year, he appeared as Ramone in the short movie. “Absolution”. Between 2010 and 2011, Carl had a recurring SWAT team lead role in the “I (Almost Got Away With It)”, a documentary show aired on Investigation Discovery.

Carl is most famous for his role as the lead detective in the “Homicide Hunter” crime documentary series, in which he played Lt. Joe Kenda in all seven seasons. This role gave his acting career a boost, making him a household name in the film industry.

In 2011, Carl featured as Troy Hasting in the “I Faked My Own Death” documentary miniseries on the Discovery Channel. Apart from these big roles, Carl has also appeared in other television and film projects, including “Rizzoli & Isles”, “Looking”, “Mystery Diagnosis”, “The Amazing Mr. Excellent”, “Bloodline”, “True Blue”, “Fairly Legal”, and “First Dog” among many others.

Carl Marino

The most interesting thing about his acting career is that Carl has starred as either an investigating officer or a policeman in most of the films, as well as appearing in numerous uncredited roles, in films such as “Knife Fight”, “Stitch in Time”, “The Five-Year Engagement”, “The Master”, and “Hereafter”.

He also appeared in Bollywood films in brief roles. These were “Anjaana Anjaani”, in which he appeared alongside his wife, and “My Name is Khan” as Officer Vaughn.

Carl Marino Personal Life, Marriage, Divorce, and Children

When it comes to dating, Carl is lucky to have found love twice in his life. Although he doesn’t like talking about his first marriage, he shares two grown-up children with his first wife. In 2015, one of his Twitter fans asked him about his ex-wife and children, but he quickly dodged the question using the hashtag #kindapersonalquestions.

This fan by the name Mary had bumped upon some details about Carl’s previous marriage which made her curious to dig deeper. However, the site where she had accessed the information is no longer available, and none of the contents can be retrieved either.

Currently, Marino married Ilona Gugan, an actress, when the couple walked down the aisle and made their vows on 28 August 2010. Ilona featured as a Karaoke Bar Dancer in “My Name is Khan”, a Bollywood movie, but is best known for her role as crime scene investigator Carol Jackson in” Homicide Hunter”.

Carl enjoys sharing photos of himself with Ilona on social media. For example, on 2018 Valentine’s Day, he took to Twitter and shared a throwback photo of their wedding, wishing his wife Happy Valentine’s Day. He also stated that his wife makes each day of his life worth living. The couple does not share any children.

In 2016, the couple participated in more than 30 half and full marathons in more than 17 different states and three different nations; they were able to raise over $100,000 in three years through these charity marathons.

Carl loves playing poker and is even a member of a San Francisco local poker league. He excels at the game, and has been crowned a champion in several leagues.

Carl Marino Salary and Net Worth

Carl’s has accumulated his net worth through being an actor as well as a former deputy sheriff. As per Glassdoor, a New York deputy sheriff has a salary of up to $75,000. Given that he worked as a deputy sheriff for almost two decades, he must have been getting top earnings.

His annual income is now estimated to be around $400,000, while reputable sources estimate his net worth as standing at over $1 million.

General Info

Full NameCarl Marino
Height1.85 m
ProfessionActor, Model, Sheriff, Police officer


SpouseIlona Marino
ParentsCarl Marino, Carol Marino


MoviesKnife Fight, Bloodline, First Dog, Anjaana Anjaani, Liquor Store Cactus
TV ShowsTrauma

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda2011-2017TV Series documentaryLt. Joe Kenda
Looking2014TV SeriesDom's Friend
The Internship2013Upscale Dining Couple (uncredited)
The Master2012NY Dock Worker (uncredited)
Stitch in Time2012Diner at Gentleman's Club (uncredited)
The Five-Year Engagement2012New Years Eve Reveler (uncredited)
Knife Fight2012KSVX News Reporter (uncredited)
Alcatraz2012TV SeriesAlcatraz Park Ranger
I (Almost) Got Away with It2010-2011TV Series documentarySWAT Team Leader / SWAT arresting officer / Movie Star / ...
Contagion2011Pharmacy Fighter (uncredited)
I Faked My Own Death2011TV SeriesTroy Hastings
Love Bites2011TV SeriesLawyer
Cuff Me If You Can2011TV SeriesTraffic Stop Police Officer
The World's Astonishing News!2009-2011TV SeriesDoctor / Friend of Groom / Bartender / ...
Fairly Legal2011TV SeriesBusinessman
Gaikôkan Kuroda Kôsaku2011TV SeriesBartender R. Patel
Sedona's Rule2010John
The Amazing Mr. Excellent2010Commercial Mugger
True Blue2010TV MovieOfficer Oronato
First Dog2010Secret Service Agent (as Carl E. Marino)
Anjaana Anjaani2010Airport Couple
Mystery Diagnosis2010TV SeriesObstetrician / Gynecologist
Rizzoli & Isles2010TV SeriesPolice Officer
Hereafter2010Airport Couple (uncredited)
Trauma2009-2010TV SeriesKarl Sly Paramedic Emt
Fly Girls2010TV SeriesVirgin America Passenger
My Name Is Khan2010Officer Vaughn (uncredited)
Liquor Store Cactus2009Officer 1
Funny People2009Traveler in SF Airport (uncredited)


Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda2011-2017TV Series documentary police consultant - 63 episodes


48 Hours2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Ex-cop
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Lt. Joe Kenda
Take the Money & Run2011TV SeriesHimself - Raul's Friend

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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  1. I watch the new episodes of homicide Hunter last night and was highly disappointed that you were not in the shell anymore. Just like a lot of other people I am going to quit watching the show because you are Joe Kenda they don’t need to find someone else to play him

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