About the Author
Robert Carlo Mariano was born at 4:52 p.m. on Christmas Day 1975 at
Boston Lying-In Hospital (now the Brigham and Women's Hospital),
about a mile away from Fenway Park. He grew up in a loving family
in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood and later in Canton, Mass.,
along with his two siblings, Heather and Michael. At Xaverian
Brothers High School, Rob developed a love of golf and helped his
team win the state championship. He was also a member of the
school's varsity ice hockey team, the Hawks. He has a bachelor's
degree in psychology from Boston University, where he coached
in-line hockey and played rugby. Rob made his first television
appearance on CBS' "Survivor: Marquesas" in 2002. His compelling
performance resulted in a repeat appearance on "Survivor: All
Stars," where he was the runner-up to his wife-to-be, Amber Brkich.
He proposed to Amber during the live finale of "All Stars," and the
two were married in front of millions of viewers on a two-hour CBS
prime-time special, "Rob and Amber Get Married." Rob has been a
contestant on two additional Survivor seasons, "Heroes vs.
Villains," in 2010 and 2011's "Redemption Island," which he won,
making him the only person to have appeared on Survivor four times.
He is also a two-time competitor, along with Amber, on CBS's "The
Amazing Race." He has also hosted numerous other programs on a
variety of networks. Recently he has focused his attention on his
production company, Murlonio Productions, LLC, which is currently
developing new and innovative projects in the television and
entertainment industry. Rob is an avid golfer and poker player,
and, as you can probably guess, a huge fan of all things Boston.
Whether it's the Patriots, the Bruins, the Celtics or his beloved
Red Sox, you can always find him rooting on his hometown team. Of
course, being Italian, he loves food and enjoys playing chef for
his four favorite girls-his wife, Amber, and his three young
daughters, Lucia Rose, Carina Rose, and Isabetta Rose.