Rob Mariano

Rob Mariano


12/25/1975, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Robert Carlos Mariano



Also Known As

The Robfather, Boston Rob
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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. He currently works as a foreman for a construction company while…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rob was invited to come back for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains--with Rob representing the Villains. Rob initially was going to decline, but his wife, Amber, convinced him to do the show. She told Rob that everything that they had was due to Survivor

    • Rob and wife Amber, welcomed daughter, Lucia Rose, into the world July 2009.

    • Rob and Amber placed second in the seventh season of The Amazing Race and eight in The Amazing Race--All Stars.

    • During The Amazing Race--All-Stars, Rob and Amber received a letter from Susan and Patrick from the seventh season for their Roadblock. Rob revealed later that he didn't even remember who Susan and Patrick were until they got home and looked it up on the Internet.

    • During both seasons Rob and Amber appeared on The Amazing Race, they won a total of 7 legs--4 in Season 7 and 3 in the All-Stars.

    • CBS paid for Rob and Amber's wedding in the Bahamas. CBS also aired the wedding in a two hour special.

    • At the time of Survivor All-Stars, Rob set a record of winning 16 challenges, both individually and as a tribe member. However, Tom Westman of Survivor: Palau would later beat this record with 17 wins.

    • Rob's favorite type of music is Hip Hop, Dance and Classic Rock. Also, his favorite book is The Last Testament, by Lucky Luciano.

    • Rob has one brother, Mike, and one sister, Heather.

    • Rob graduated from Boston University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. While at Boston University, he boxed and played rugby.

    • During the airing of the live finale of Survivor All-Stars, before the results were revealed, Rob proposed to Amber, who accepted.

    • These were Rob and Amber's finishing positions on The Amazing Race 7:

      Leg 1: (Peru) 3rd of 11.
      Leg 2: (Chile) 1st of 10.
      Leg 3: (Argentina) 5th of 9.
      Leg 4: (Argentina) 1st of 8.
      Leg 5: (South Africa) 5th of 7
      Leg 6: (Botswana) 2nd of 7.
      Leg 7: (Botswana) 1st of 6.
      Leg 8: (India) 3rd of 5.
      Leg 9: (Turkey) 3rd of 4.
      Leg 10: (England) 1st of 4.
      Leg 11: (Jamaica) 2nd of 3
      Leg 12: (USA) 2nd of 3.

    • These were Rob and Amber's finishing positions on The Amazing Race 11 (All-Stars):

      Leg 1: (Equador) 1st of 11.
      Leg 2: (Chile) 1st of 10.
      Leg 3: (Chile) 1st of 9.
      Leg 4: (Argentina) 8th of 8 - Eliminated.

    • Rob is Catholic.

    • Rob's height is 5'10".

    • Rob's favorite movies include The Godfather, Top Gun, Goodfellas, and Deer Hunter.

    • Rob married Amber Bkrich on April 16, 2005. They met on Survivor All-Stars and appeared together on The Amazing Race and The Amazing Race

  • Quotes

    • Rob: (on his Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains teammates) My wife told me to have patience. I'm trying, Amber!

    • Rob: If we do [The Amazing Race: All-Stars] it's goin' to be frustating as hell. You know how that game works.
      Amber: I know. It was frustrating last time. But at least we know that going into it this time.
      Rob: It is not going to make it any easier this time.

    • Rob: I'm gonna keep playin' poker. I mean, it's in my blood. This is, like, what I want to do, and my wife's behind me, so I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

    • Rob: Amber and I did not drag our asses back for The Amazing Race: All-Stars to finish in second place. Mark my words.

    • Rob: (on the Amazing Race) I am grateful for having the chance to have the experience. Amber and I want to thank Elise and Bertram and the fans. We understand a lot of the fans, they love us, and a lot of the fans hate us, can't stand us, and want us to get off their TV screens, but at the end of the day it's both sides that really drive the viewers. We appreciate that. As long as they keep watching, we'll continue to hopefully entertain them.

    • Rob: (on The Amazing Race) The other teams love us. They're striving to be like us. On a good day. Maybe.

    • Rob: (on the Amazing Race) Around the campfire, I thought we were back on Survivor. I was worried about everybody plottin' to kick me out.

    • Rob: Amber and I have had such great luck today. I think I have been born with a horseshoe...up my ass.

    • Rob: I don't know how I did it, but I found a way to plot and scheme on The Amazing Race.

    • Rob: (on stopping at a city hospital for directions) I figured "why not." A little psychiatric evaluation; we probably needed it at this point.

  • I never saw season 4 of Survivor (the TV in Oz never showed it) but I HATED him and his obliging wife both on Survivor and the Amazing Race.

    Rob is a horrible person and I think he is a ridiculous waste of space on my favourite reality TV shows. First he comes and ruins what would otherwise be a great season of survivor (getting rid of Lex...) and then he pops up on my other favourite reality TV show - The Amazing Race. He played a dirty game on survivor without a doubt, which I think he should have been rewarded for (cos Amber did nothing - stupid coattail rider) but then he becomes worse on the Amazing Race. I was absolutely horrified when he didn't even bother to stop when Brian and Greg flipped their car. Hello? Everyone else stopped, and asked if they were okay, and Lynn and Alex (two great Amazing race stars) actually were willing to sacrifice their place because they knew stopping was the right thing to do. Then the producers - oh my God - actually wanted them back! When i found that out, I'm screaming saying "This is not happening, this is not happening!" but they got eliminated early so yay. Rob has no decency or compassion and I think while he is charming (hello, he got Amber) I think he just needs to realise that people get a lot further by being nice. Which is actually why Uchenna and Joyce and got further than you on BOTH Amazing Race editions!moreless
  • I don't get his appeal; To me, he's just a no-good piece of trash.

    I don't understand why people like this guy so much. What's so appealing about him? All he does is backstab people on the shows he's on. Not to mention his voice gets on my nerves (i.e. he always talks like he's got a mouthful of marbles). On top of that, the showbiz people keep on offering him deals for his own show (first 'Rob & Amber' on Fox Reality, and now he's hosting an upcoming reality comp to be called 'Tontine'). What's up with that??

    If anyone wants to look up to a reality star, they should try looking up to somebody who has a likeable and decent personality, like Rupert Boneham; Heck, even Big Brother's Evel D. Donato is more respectable than Rob is!

    In closing, I just feel that Boston Rob is just a poor man's Jonny Fairplay with a Boston accent, and he doesn't deserve all the hype and love people have been giving him.moreless