Alexander Francis Marinos OAM (born 1 February 1949) is an Australian actor. Notable for his acting role as Bruno, the Italian son-in-law of Ted Bullpitt, on the 1980s Australian comedy television series Kingswood Country and as host of Late Night Legends on ABC2, he was also a presenter on radio station Double Jay (2JJ, now Triple J) in the late 1970s with Ted Robinson.
Marinos was born on 1 February 1949 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, the son of a Greek immigrant father, Fotios (“Frank”) Marinopoulos and Greek-Australian mother, Anne Karofilis who was the daughter of Adonis (“Tony”) Karofilis, a Greek migrant from Kassos, Greece and Minnie Matheson, an Australian of English origin, with descent going back to an English couple, Samuel Bradley, a convict, and Marian Mortimer, a free migrant who immigrated to Hobart, Tasmania in the 19th century, who are Marinos’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Drama.
Honours and awards
Marinos was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the performing arts. He is also a former Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and the Community Cultural Development Fund of the Australia Council.
In 2008 he delivered the 10th annual Tom Brock Lecture.
He won with fellow cast at the Equity Awards for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In A Television Movie or Mini-Series.