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Robert Carlo "Rob" Mariano (also known as Boston Rob[1]) is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Redemption Island. He originally competed on Survivor: Marquesas, Survivor: All-Stars, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and later on Survivor: Winners at War. Rob also returned as a mentor for Survivor: Island of the Idols. He is the husband of All-Stars winner Amber Mariano.

Considered as one of the legends of the game, Rob is renowned for his cunning charisma, leadership skills and challenge prowess. His aggressive strategy made some of the most memorable moves in the game, notably reneging on his friends and allies on All-Stars, and unquestioned command of his alliance in Redemption Island.

As of date, Rob is the most prolific Survivor contestant in the U.S. version, having played 152 days across five seasons and achieving deep runs in most of them.


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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 also serving as head coach for Boston University's Inline Hockey Team. In 2001, he coached the team to their first League Championship followed by their first National Tournament where they proceeded to defeat the two-time defending national champion Michigan State Spartans in overtime.

Mariano attended Boston University where he boxed and played rugby. In 1999, Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He aspires to one day become a doctor. His hobbies include hockey, fishing and playing cards. In 2000, he woke up the day of the Boston Marathon and decided to run it as an unofficial entry with absolutely no training. He stopped along the way to eat burgers and drink beer. He ended up walking the last 13 miles of the race and finished in 6 hours and 20 minutes. He couldn't walk for three days afterwards.

Robert Mariano currently lives in Canton, Mass., with his cat, Fred. He has one brother, Mike, and one sister, Heather. His birthdate is Dec. 25.[2]

Since being voted off seventh on Survivor: Marquesas, Robert Mariano has appeared at many charity functions, enjoyed traveling all over the world and acted as a host for the Hawaiian Tropic Model Search Competition last summer in Boston. Two of his most memorable adventures were traveling to Italy last spring with his father and throwing out the first pitch at the Red Sox game last Labor Day when the team hosted the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Rob was born and raised in Boston. Growing up, he was very involved in athletics, especially hockey, baseball and football. 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 then attended Boston University, where he boxed and played rugby. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Rob currently works as a construction foreman and part-time bartender, while also serving as head coach for Boston University's Inline Hockey Team (which he has done since its inception in 1999). In 2001, he coached the team to victory at their first League Championship followed by another victory at their first National Tournament, where they proceeded to defeat the two-time defending national champion Michigan State Spartans in overtime. Always encouraging his team to give 110 percent, Rob has since coached the team to two additional National Tournament appearances and one League Championship.

Rob's hobbies include hockey, fishing and playing cards. In 2000, he woke up the day of the Boston Marathon and decided to run it as an unofficial entry with absolutely no training. He stopped along the way to eat burgers and drink beer. He ended up walking the last 13 miles of the race and finished in 6 hours and 20 minutes. He couldn't walk for three days afterwards.

Rob continues to call Boston home and his family remains most important thing in his life. He has one brother, Mike, one sister, Heather, and his parents are Bob and Linda. He is currently single and living in Canton, Massachusetts. His birth date is December 25, 1975.[3]

Rob Mariano (33)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Boston, Mass
Current Residence: Pensacola, Fla.
Personal Claim To Fame: "My marriage and birth of my child."
Inspiration in Life: "My family."
Previous Finishes: Marquesas: 7th out; All-Stars: Runner-Up
Favorite Past Moment: "Proposing to Amber at the live finale."
Previous Survivor He Respects Most: Amber Brkich (Australia, All-Stars)
Previous Survivor He Respects Least: "Nobody."
Why Did He Come Back? : "To win!"[4]

Rob Mariano (35)
Current Residence: Pensacola, Fla.
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Marquesas, Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Rob Mariano, more commonly know as "Boston" Rob, returns to Survivor: Redemption Island with one goal in mind: to win. "It's like I have been climbing this mountain for almost ten years now, and I'm not gonna quit until I get to the top." One of Rob's most defining characteristics is his determination. In 2000, he woke up the day of the Boston Marathon and decided to run it as an unofficial entry with absolutely no training and finished.

After growing up in Boston and graduating from Boston University, Rob met his wife, fellow castaway Amber Brkich, during Survivor: All-Stars and proposed to her during the live finale. Rob and Amber are happily married and living in Pensacola, Florida with their two daughters, Lucia Rose and Carina Rose.

Why will Survivor: Redemption Island be different? "I feel like I have done my best every time I played and I have always done what I said I was gonna do. I mean, I played this game three times. A lot has gone wrong every time. I'm hoping that this time I can make something go right."[5]

Age: 43
Previous seasons of Survivor: Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island (winner)
What specific accomplishments do you think ultimately earned you the moniker of "Idol" when it comes to Survivor? I've played Survivor four times over the course of nearly two decades. I have seen the evolution of the game and I am proficient in the three main aspects of the game: the social component, the physical component, and the strategic/psychological component. I wouldn't necessarily call myself an idol—I didn't come up with that idea—but I definitely know what I'm doing!
What do you think you can teach the new castaways to help them become Sole Survivor? I understand the basics: everything from how to start a fire, build a shelter, and catch fish. And the more complex, social dynamics of the game—and of course, different strategic approaches.

How will being a mentor present a different challenge for you than actually competing in the game? I think the hardest thing about being a mentor for myself is not being able to actually compete. I am competitive by nature, so to stand on the sidelines and watch the game being played is going to be difficult.
Given that you're not playing Survivor in the traditional sense, what element of the game are looking forward to NOT having to endure? The fact that they can't vote me off will give me time to really enjoy the survival aspect of the game (camp life). My background is in construction so I plan to concentrate on building the ultimate shelter. The best one Survivor has ever seen![6]

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Current residence: Pensacola, Florida
Previous seasons: Survivor: Marquesas (Season 4), Survivor: All-Stars (Season 8), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Season 20), Winner of Survivor: Redemption Island (Season 22), Mentor on Survivor: Island of the Idols (Season 39)
Occupation: Construction
Hobbies: Fishing, poker, ice hockey, and golf.
Pet peeves: Cry babies.
Three words to describe you: Competitive, adventurous, and consistent.
When did you first watch Survivor? From the beginning.
Do you still watch Survivor? Yes.
Who is your inspiration in life? My parents.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? I have my family because of Survivor!
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? I have my family because of Survivor!
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? It's an honor to have played this game from the very beginning and I'm grateful for everything that Survivor has brought to my life. This season is truly monumental and a celebration and I'm so proud to be a part of it!
How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? Always got to adapt![7]



Main article: Rob Mariano/Marquesas

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Maraamu Outrigger Fire Quest Immunity No Lost
2 Float Your Boat Reward No Lost
Marquesan Menu Immunity No Lost
3 Raft Rescue Reward No Lost
Coconut Maze Race Immunity No Lost
Switched Tribes, Day 10
4 Rotu Life's a Tapestry Immunity Yes Won
5 Tiki Towers Reward Yes Lost
Distress Signal Immunity No Lost
6 Jungle Relay Reward No Lost
The Maze Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 20
7 Soliantu Sea Legs Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 21

Episode Rob's
Voted Against
1 Peter -
2 Patricia -
3 Hunter -
4 Rotu Tribe Immune
5 Gabriel Gabriel
6 Rotu Tribe Immune
7 John John, Neleh, Paschal,
Robert, Tammy, Vecepia, Zoe
Voted Out, Day 21


Main article: Rob Mariano/All-Stars

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Chapera Quest for Fire Immunity No 1st
2 Stairway to the Stars Reward No Lost
Float Your Boat Immunity No 1st
3 Better Homes and Island Living Reward No 1st
4 Match Maker Reward No 1st
Blind Cube Crisis Immunity No Lost
5 Shipwrecked Raft Rescue Reward No 2nd
Pilfering Pirates Immunity No Won
6 Stomp-ede Reward No Lost
7 Floating Puzzle Reward/Immunity No Won
8 Log Jam Reward No Won
Choose Your Weapon Immunity No Won
Switched Tribes, Day 23
10 Mogo Mogo Survivor History Immunity No Won
11 Rock Bottom Reward1 Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 26
11 Chaboga
Waiting to Exhale Immunity Won
12 Big Bad-O Course Reward2 Won
Immunity2 Won
13 Face Off Reward Lost
When It Rains, It Pours Immunity Lost
14 Survivor Smorgasbord Reward Invited
Fire And Rain Immunity Lost
15 Learn from Past Mistakes Reward Won
Survivor Scramble Immunity Won
16 Obstacle Puzzle Maze Immunity Lost
Hand on a Hard Idol Immunity Won
Runner-Up, Day 39
^1 The castaways competed as individuals.
^2 The castaways first competed as two teams for reward. Only the members of the winning team would have the right to compete for individual immunity.

Episode Rob M.'s
Voted Against
Rob M.
1 Chapera Tribe Immune
2 Chapera Tribe Immune
3 No Tribal Council
4 Rob C. -
5 Chapera Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Chapera Tribe Immune
8 Chapera Tribe Immune
10 Mogo Mogo Tribe Immune
11 Lex Individual Immunity
12 Kathy Individual Immunity
13 Alicia -
14 Shii Ann -
15 Tom Individual Immunity
16 Rupert Rupert
Jenna L. Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Rob M.
Jenna L., Kathy, Rupert
Runner-Up, Day 39

Heroes vs. Villains[]

Main article: Rob Mariano/Heroes vs. Villains

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Villains Battle Dig Reward No Lost
Lock, Load and Light Immunity No Won
2 A Crate Idea Reward/Immunity No Won
3 Sumo in Mud Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Slip, Slide & Score Reward No Won
Roll With It Immunity No Won
5 Schmergen Brawl Reward No Won
Blind Cube Crisis Immunity No Won
6 Rope-a-Dope1 Immunity No Won
Reward No Won
7 Basket Brawl Reward No Lost
Caught in the Web Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 18
^1 The tribes competed in separate individual Immunity Challenges where the winners from both tribes competed against each other for tribal reward.

Episode Rob's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy Randy
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Russell Individual Immunity
7 Russell Danielle, Jerri,
Parvati, Russell
Voted Out, Day 18

Redemption Island[]

Main article: Rob Mariano/Redemption Island

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Ometepe Push It Uphill Reward/Immunity No Lost
2 Smash, Grab, Smash Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Spin Cycle Reward/Immunity No Won
4 Toolin' Around Reward/Immunity No Lost
5 Smoko Reward/Immunity No Won
6 Beach Balls Reward/Immunity No Won
7 Crash Course Reward/Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 19
8 Murlonio Roller Ball Immunity Lost
9 Meso Soup Immunity Lost
Gang Hang Immunity No Lost
10 Mayan Pizza Immunity Won
11 Log Jam Reward/Immunity Invited1
Flashback Immunity Won
12 Step on Up Immunity Won
13 Bone to Pick Reward/Immunity Lost
14 A Numbers Game Immunity Lost
Meso Maze Immunity Won
Sole Survivor, Day 39
^1 Grant shared his reward with Rob.

Episode Rob's
Voted Against
1 Francesca -
2 Matt -
3 Ometepe Tribe Immune
4 Phillip -
5 Ometepe Tribe Immune
6 Ometepe Tribe Immune
7 Ometepe Tribe Immune
8 Matt -
9 Mike -
David David, Julie,
Ralph, Steve
10 Julie Individual Immunity
11 Ralph Ralph, Steve
Steve Individual Immunity
12 Andrea Individual Immunity
13 Grant -
14 Andrea Andrea1
Ashley Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Rob
Andrea, Ashley, David, Grant,
Julie, Matt, Mike, Steve
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1In "Seems Like a No Brainer", Rob used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 1 vote against him.

Island of the Idols[]

Main article: Island of the Idols (twist)

Rob returned to Survivor for its 39th season not as a contestant, but as a mentor along with fellow winner Sandra Diaz-Twine to the actual contestants. They lived on the titular Island of the Idols where they tested selected survivors on camp life, game mindset and strategy, after which they will challenge them for a chance to win a game advantage. The mentors lived similarly to the survivors, living with meager rations, though significantly more than the survivors. Rob and Sandra also attended Tribal Council in secret through a tower. They left on Day 37.

Winners at War[]

Main article: Rob Mariano/Winners at War

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Sele Marooning Reward/Immunity No Lost
Blue Lagoon Bustle Immunity No Won
2 Draggin' the Dragon Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Along the Watch Tower Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Beyond the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Won
Switched Tribes, Day 12
5 Yara Block in a Hard Place Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 14
8 Yara Back in the Saddle Re-entry Lost
14 Don't Call It a Comeback Lost
Eliminated, Day 35

Episode Rob's
Voted Against
1 Natalie -
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni -
3 Adam -
4 Sele Tribe Immune
5 Sarah Adam, Ben,
Sarah, Sophie
Voted Out, Day 14
6 On Edge of Extinction
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor


Boston Rob The Price is Right

Boston Rob with his partner, Alysse and Drew Carey on The Price Is Right.

Boston Rob DONDI

Rob's promotional photo for Deal or No Deal Island.



Amber and Rob getting married.

  • Rob and Amber were married on April 16, 2005, on Paradise Island, Bahamas.[16] Rob and Amber have four daughters: Lucia Rose (born July 4, 2009[17]), Carina Rose (born December 10, 2010[18]), Isabetta Rose (born May 5, 2012[19]), and Adelina Rose (born June 20, 2014)[20]
  • In 2007, Rob and Amber starred on a reality TV show, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds, chronicling their married life and Rob's professional poker career.[21]
  • In the summer of 2009, Rob (not a Survivor winner yet) appeared on the TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?" during Amber's segment.[22]

The Amazing Race[]


Rob and Amber's promotional photo for The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

  • In late 2004, Rob and Amber competed on the seventh season of CBS's The Amazing Race as an engaged couple. The couple won four individual legs but ultimately finished the race in second place.
  • Rob and Amber attended the wedding of fellow The Amazing Race​ team Ray Hosteau and Deana Shane on May 21, 2005.[23]
  • In late 2006, Rob and Amber returned as newlyweds in the first Amazing Race: All-Stars. They were eliminated on the fourth leg, finishing in 8th place.


  • Rob is the youngest male member of the original Maraamu tribe.
  • Rob's luxury item on Marquesas is an American football.
  • The "Boston Rob" nickname was given to Rob by Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien in Marquesas.[24]
  • Rob, along with Sean and Vecepia are the first castaways to be on a tribe with every member of the cast of their season at one point.
    • Rob, Sean, and Vecepia are the only ones to do so in a season with only two pre-merge tribes.
  • In Marquesas, Rob was the first castaway to be voted out after switching tribes, and the only person to switch tribes and not make the final five.
  • Rob and Shii Ann Huang are the first castaways to return for a second season despite not reaching the jury stage in their original season.
  • In both All-Stars and Redemption Island, Rob won the most individual Immunity Challenges in the season, with 4 in both seasons. In All-Stars, Rob was the only person to win individual immunity more than once.
  • Rob is the first returning player to compete on four seasons. He is also currently the only five-time returning player in the U.S. version of the show.
    • Counting his role in Island of the Idols, Rob is the first contestant to participate in some form in six different seasons of Survivor.
  • Rob is the first of three people to win at least one individual Immunity Challenge in three separate seasons. He would be followed by Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Collins.
  • Rob is the first castaway to reach the Final Tribal Council twice, but not do so in back-to-back seasons they participated in.
  • Rob is the only losing finalist to win the game on a later season.
  • Rob is the first male castaway to win a season as a returning player.
  • Rob is the first and only man and the only returning player to win a season with one returning player per tribe.
  • Rob lost 30 lbs. during his time on Redemption Island.[25]
  • On the first four seasons that Rob competed, the tribe he started out at produced the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Rob holds the record for most individual immunity wins in his Survivor career, winning nine individual Immunity Challenges over his five seasons.
    • Rob also holds the record for most tribal Immunity Challenge wins, with 18.
  • Winners at War is Rob's only season in which he was a jury member.
  • With 152 days accumulated over his Survivor career, Rob has played the most days of all returning players.
  • Rob has been a member of 11 tribes, the most of any contestant.
  • Rob lost 34 lbs. during his time on Winners at War.[26]
  • Both women Rob was attracted to on Survivor were born on August 11.


  20. "Rob's Tweet". Twitter. June 20, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  21. "Rob & Amber: Against the Odds". Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  24. "True Lies"

Preceded by
S21 fabio t
Fabio Birza
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Redemption Island
S22 rob t
Rob Mariano
Succeeded by
South Pacific
S23 sophie t
Sophie Clarke
Survivor: Marquesas Castaways
S4 gabriel t
S4 gina t
S4 hunter t
S4 john t
S4 kathy t
S4 neleh t
S4 paschal t
S4 patricia t
S4 peter t
S4 rob t
S4 robert t
S4 sarah t
S4 sean t
S4 tammy t
S4 vecepia t
S4 zoe t
Survivor: All-Stars Castaways
S8 alicia t
S8 amber t
Mogo Mogo
S8 colby t
S8 ethan t
 Jenna L.
S8 jennal t
 Jenna M.
Mogo Mogo
S8 jennam t
S8 jerri t
Mogo Mogo
S8 kathy t
Mogo Mogo
S8 lex t
Mogo Mogo
S8 richard t
 Rob C.
S8 robc t
 Rob M.
S8 robm t
S8 rudy t
S8 rupert t
 Shii Ann
Mogo Mogo
S8 shiiann t
S8 susan t
S8 tina t
S8 tom t
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Castaways
S20 amanda t
S20 candice t
S20 cirie t
S20 coach t
S20 colby t
S20 courtney t
S20 danielle t
S20 jt t
S20 james t
S20 jerri t
S20 parvati t
S20 randy t
S20 rob t
S20 rupert t
S20 russell t
S20 sandra t
S20 stephenie t
S20 sugar t
S20 tom t
S20 tyson t
Survivor: Redemption Island Castaways
S22 andrea t
S22 ashley t
S22 david t
S22 francesca t
S22 grant t
S22 julie t
S22 krista t
S22 kristina t
S22 matt t
S22 mike t
S22 natalie t
S22 phillip t
S22 ralph t
S22 rob t
S22 russell t
S22 sarita t
S22 stephanie t
S22 steve t
Survivor: Winners at War Castaways
S40 adam t
S40 amber t
S40 ben t
S40 danni t
S40 denise t
S40 ethan t
S40 jeremy t
S40 kim t
S40 michele t
S40 natalie t
S40 nick t
S40 parvati t
S40 rob t
S40 sandra t
S40 sarah t
S40 sophie t
S40 tony t
S40 tyson t
S40 wendell t
S40 yul t