Cheech Marin

Actor, Screenwriter, Voice actor
A popular comedian who made the successful transition to dramatic actor, Cheech Marin earned his greatest fame as one-half of the stoned comedy duo, Cheech and Chong. Rising out of the counterculture of the late 1960s ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (137)

Jane the Virgin 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anger Management 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sian Ka'an 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Book of Life 2014 (Movie)

Pancho Rodriguez (Voice)

Uncle P 2014 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones 2012 (Movie)

(English version) (Voice)

Psych 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rob 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Ramone (Voice)

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Mad Hog (Voice)

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Padre (Actor)

Tales from Earthsea 2010 (Movie)

Hare (Voice)

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

Padre Esteban (Actor)

Cheech & Chong Roasted 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race to Witch Mountain 2009 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

!Viva Hollywood! 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Manuel (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mind of Mencia 2005 - 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Duets 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2006 Alma Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Ramone (Actor)

a/k/a Tommy Chong 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Judging Amy 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Underclassman 2005 (Movie)

Captain Victor Delgado (Actor)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Officer Salino (Actor)

The Brothers Garcia in Mysteries of the Maya 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Original Latin Kings of Comedy 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

This So-Called Disaster 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Good Boy! 2003 (Movie)

Voice of The Greater Dane's Henchman (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

Prospero (Actor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Belini (Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Felix Gumm (Actor)

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Banzai (Actor)

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lopez 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pinocchio 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Fox (Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Felix Gumm (Actor)

Funny Flubs & Screw Ups VI 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw Ups VII 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Luminarias 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Married... With Children 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Nash Bridges 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Felix Gumm (Actor)

The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheech & Chong: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups V 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Luminarias 2000 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Mayor Machado (Actor)

South Park 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Geraldo Rivera 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gary Busey: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

Ignacio (Actor)

Second Annual Latino Laugh Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sun, Salsa & Stars 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nuttiest Nutcracker 1998 (Movie)

of Mac--The Macadamia Nut (Voice)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... The Best of III 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Chet Pussy (Actor)

Santo Bugito 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

Julio Escobar (Actor)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

Romeo Posar (Actor)

Twas the Night Before Bumpy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

Short Bartender (Actor)

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Payback 1995 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The VIDA Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Banzai the Hyena (Voice)

Charlie's Ghost Story 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

Burt Aramis (Actor)

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

of Stump (Voice)

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shrimp on the Barbie 1990 (Movie)

The American (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Dock Supervisor (Actor)

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

Hesus (Actor)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Viva Miami! The Night of Super Sounds 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

of Tito (Voice)

The Cheech Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Fatal Beauty 1987 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Cheech and Chong Get Out of My Room 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Echo Park 1986 (Movie)

Syd (Actor)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Neil (Actor)

Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 (Movie)

Luis (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin' 1983 (Movie)

Cheech (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

El Segundo (Actor)

It Came From Hollywood 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Things Are Tough All Over 1982 (Movie)

Mr Slyman (Actor)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

Cheech (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

Red Mendoza (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 1978 (Movie)

Pedro DePacas (Actor)

Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Expecting a Miracle (TV Show)

Actor

La Pastorela (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

See You in My Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

The Cisco Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Courtyard (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin' 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Things Are Tough All Over 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (6)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

("Basketball Jones") (Song)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

("Estoy Sentado Aqui") (Song Performer)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("Be Prepared") (Song Performer)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Born in East L.A.") (Theme Lyrics)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

("Saves the Whales") (Song)

Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 1978 (Movie)

("Up in Smoke") (Song)
Producer (1)

Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A popular comedian who made the successful transition to dramatic actor, Cheech Marin earned his greatest fame as one-half of the stoned comedy duo, Cheech and Chong. Rising out of the counterculture of the late 1960s, Cheech and Chong went on to become one of the top comedy the 1970s and early 1980s, thanks to their vulgar, low-brow humor centered on racial stereotypes and a never-ending quest to score good marijuana. Cheech and Chong hit their stride with a string of hit comedy albums, including the top-selling Big Bambu (1972) and the Grammy-winning Los Cochinos (1973). They translated their album success into the hit movie, "Up in Smoke" (1978), which spawned five sequels and earned new fans of all ethnic and racial stripes with each successive generation. Marin went his own way with "Born in East L.A." (1987) and eventually segued over to television drama with a scene-stealing run on "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001). He also had a highly successful second career as a voiceover actor with performances in "The Lion King" (1994) and "Cars" (2006), while serving as director Robert Rodriguez's go-to character actor in such films as "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Spy Kids" (2003) and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). By 2008, after years of speculation, Marin reunited with Tommy Chong for a sold-out tour, proving that both actors were still enormously attractive to a generation born decades after they made their first impact on popular culture.

Relationships

Elsa Marin

Mother

Patti Heid

Wife
Married April 1, 1986 Divorced

Rikki Marin Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 1, 1975 Played minor roles in early Cheech & Chong films; co-wrote and co-produced "Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers" (1984) Divorced 1984

Oscar Marin

Father
Served with the LAPD

Carmen Marin

Daughter
Born c. 1978 mother, Rikki Marin

Jasmine Marin

Daughter
Born c. 1992 mother, Patti Heid

Joey Marin

Son
Born c. 1985 mother, Patti Heid

Natasha Rubin

Wife
Married Aug. 8, 2009 at Marin's Malibu, CA home

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California
Left college eight credits short of degree to evade the draft; presumably completed degree subsequently

Milestones

2010

Starred in "The Perfect Game" about the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

2008

Lent his voice to the live-action comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

2007

Had a recurring role in the Fox series "Lost," as Hurley's father, David Reyes

2006

Voiced Ramone in the Pixar animated feature "Cars"

2005

Played Captain Victor Delgado, opposite Nick Cannon, in the comedy "Underclassman"

2004

Cast in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"

2004

Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City," co-starring Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfuss

2002

Re-teamed with Robert Rodriguez in the film "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2002

Again teamed with director Robert Rodriguez for "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"

1999

Cast as Jesus in the feature "Luminarias"

1998

Appeared in the feature "Paulie: A Parrot's Tale," starring Gena Rowlands

1997

Hosted "Latino Laugh Festival," a pay-per-view production of Showtime Event Television

1996

Cast as a regular on the CBS crime drama "Nash Bridges," co-starring Don Johnson

1996

Had a supporting role opposite Kevin Costner and Don Johnson in Ron Shelton's "Tin Cup"

1995

First collaboration as an actor with writer-director Robert Rodriguez, played the 'Short Bartender' in "Desperado"

1994

Provided the voice of Banzai the Hyena for the blockbuster Disney animated feature "The Lion King"; also performed songs

1992

Debut as a TV series regular, played the recently divorced Mexican chef Chuy Castillos on the CBS sitcom spin-off "The Golden Palace"

1991

Provided the voice of Buck, the family dog, on several episodes of the Fox sitcom "Married... with Children"

1990

Re-teamed with Chong to record roles for the animated feature "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (released 1992)

1990

Guest starred on HBO's "Dream On" in the episode entitled "The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3"

1988

Lent his voice to the character of Tito in the Disney animated film "Oliver & Company"

1988

Executive produced the unsold NBC sitcom pilot "The Cheech Show" (also co-wrote and starred)

1987

Portrayed a singing East Indian shopowner in a sketch on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

1987

Feature directing debut, "Born in East L.A." (also wrote screenplay and lyrics for the title song)

1985

Directed the short-form video "Cheech and Chong Get Out of My Room" (also wrote; co-starred and performed songs with Chong)

1985

Re-teamed with Chong for a small but pivotal part in Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"

1980

Discovered Paul Reubens, then performing his Pee-wee Herman at the Groundlings improv group and cast him in "Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams" (1981)

1978

Made feature debut as a writer and actor in the comedy "Up in Smoke"; co-wrote and co-starred with Chong

1970

Recorded first comedy album, Cheech & Chong, received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Recording

1969

Formed comedy duo Cheech and Chong

1968

Met future partner Tommy Chong in Vancouver and began performing improv together

Received first directorial credit (after reportedly co-directing several Cheech & Chong features uncredited) for the music video "Born in East L.A."

Active in music as a child; performed in bands and reportedly appeared on albums

Left college and fled to Vancouver, British Columbia to evade the U.S. draft

Co-founded City Works (with Chong) an improv group that combined comedy and music at a Vancouver nightclub owned by Chong's brother

Bonus Trivia

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About his breakup with Tommy Chong: "We ran out of drug jokes, and it wasn't politically correct anymore. I didn't want to play those chords - it was boring. I wanted to get the characters involved in dramatic situations. Tommy was real resistent." - Marin in Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 4, 1994

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Comparing his 10-year process escaping his stoner persona to surfing: "Sometimes, no waves, man. So you pretend the little ripple is a wave, and you ride that. But if you're not in the water, you're not gonna be there when the big wave comes." - From the New York Post, Aug. 15, 1996

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An avid art collector, Marin actively works to build his collection of Chicano art, reportedly the largest owned by a private citizen.

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Marin volunteers time to such organizations as El Rescate and the Inner City Arts Council.

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Marin won the 1992 "Celebrity Jeopardy!" championship on the popular syndicated gameshow.

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His first memories of Cheech and Chong in L.A.: "We stayed with Tommy's wife, and we'd come in at four in the morning and crash on the couch. A couple of hours later, Tommy's daughter, Rae (Dawn Chong) would turn on the TV, full blast, next to my head. Rae would look at me like, 'Don't you dare say anything!'" - From Movieline magazine, July 1996

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