Tommy Chong

Comedian, Actor, Director
One-half of the popular counterculture comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong was a stand-up comic, actor and director whose stage and screen persona - a deeply narcotized but philosophical stoner, usually named "Man" ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Dancing With the Stars 2001 - 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the New Millennium 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Gawd! 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nash Bridges 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sliders 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The George Carlin Show 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greasy Rider 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life After Sex 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Raising Hope 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fluffy Movie 2014 (Movie)

Video Store Clerk (Actor)

The Millers 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Presenter

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Stone (Voice)

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

Cheech & Chong Roasted 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tosh.0 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

George Lopez 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bronx Bunny Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tripper 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

That '70s Show 1999 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drug Years 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

a/k/a Tommy Chong 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

High Times' Potluck 2003 (Movie)

Hippie (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wash 2001 (Movie)

Dee's Connection (Actor)

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

Actor

South Park 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

Squirrel Master (Actor)

Mchale's Navy 1997 (Movie)

Armando/Ernesto (Actor)

National Lampoon's Senior Trip 1995 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

of Root (Voice)

Far Out, Man! 1990 (Movie)

Far Out Man (Actor)

The Spirit of '76 1990 (Movie)

Stoner (Actor)

Tripwire 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baloney 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Pepe (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Lucien (Actor)

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

Chong (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

El Nebuloso (Actor)

It Came From Hollywood 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Things Are Tough All Over 1982 (Movie)

Prince Habib (Actor)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

Chong (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

Chongo (Actor)

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

Man (Actor)
Writer (7)

Far Out, Man! 1990 (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)
Director (5)

Far Out, Man! 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

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

(Director)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

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

(Executive Producer)

Trial and Error 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Family Martinez 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (2)

Far Out, Man! 1990 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

("Save the Whales") (Song)

Biography

One-half of the popular counterculture comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong was a stand-up comic, actor and director whose stage and screen persona - a deeply narcotized but philosophical stoner, usually named "Man" - was the yin to Richard Marin's talkative, omnivorous "Cheech" in a series of Grammy-winning comedy albums and films. A native of Canada, Chong emerged from that country's rock music scene, but found success on the comedy circuit with the Los Angeles-born Marin; their comedy team played up the absurdity of mainstream America's reaction to the drug culture of the 1970s, as well as the loopy logic that was part of the marijuana lifestyle. The success of their comedy albums led to a film career beginning with 1978's "Up in Smoke," but by the mid-80s, their act had run out of gas, leading to the duo's breakup in 1985. While Cheech Marin enjoyed success in film and on television, Chong floundered in the decades that followed, with a 2003 conviction for selling drug paraphernalia a particular low point. However, his 2008 reunion with Marin as the beloved Cheech and Chong proved that their decades-old material still held a fresh buzz for veteran fans and newcomers alike.

Relationships

Shelby Chong Actor

Wife
Married in 1975 Co-produced and acted in films including "Far Out Man" (1990), and performed onstage together

Rae Dawn Chong Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 28, 1961; mother, Maxine Sneed

Precious Chong Actor

Daughter

Stanley Chong

Father
Chinese

Lorna Chong

Mother
Scottish-Irish

Robbi Chong Actor

Daughter
Born May 28, 1965; mother, Maxine Sneed

Gilbran Chong Actor

Son

Marcus Chong Actor

Son
Born July 8, 1967; adopted by Chong

Paris Chong Actor

Son
Born Sept. 8, 1974; mother, Shelby Chong

Maxine Sneed

Wife
Married in 1960 Divorced in 1970

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Marin in the documentary based on their reunion tour "Hey Watch This"

2008

Reunited with Marin on a comedy tour

2006

Co-starred in the stoner horror-comedy "Evil Bong"

2006

Featured in the documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong"

2004

Performed live in "The Marijuana-Logues" at the Actors Playhouse in New York

2003

Sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet

1999

Landed recurring role as Leo, a stoner on the Fox sitcom "That 70's Show"; promoted to series regular during 2000-2001 season

1991

Began solo career with one-man comedy act

1990

Wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy "Far Out Man"

1988

Served as executive producer on short-lived CBS sitcom "Trial and Error"

1986

Guest starred on the popular cop show "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1986

Producing debut, served as executive producer on the unsold sitcom pilot "The Family Martinez," starring Robert Beltran; also scripted

1985

Acted and performed a song for the Showtime cable TV special "Cheech and Chong Get Out of My Room"

1985

Reunited with Marin for a small but pivotal part in Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"

1983

Lived in Paris with wife Shelby

1980

Feature directorial debut, "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"; also acted and scripted with Marin

1978

Feature debut as co-screenwriter, songwriter and actor (with Marin), "Up in Smoke"; was also uncredited as director

1970

Recorded comedy album Cheech & Chong; nominated for the 1971 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording

1968

Formed the comedy duo Cheech and Chong; began playing Canadian and U.S. nightclubs; opened for rock bands (date approximate)

1968

Left the Vancouvers to perform improv work with Marin

1968

Co-wrote "Does Your Mama Know About Me"

Formed City Works, an improvisational group that performed at his brother's Vancouver nightclub

Co-founded The Shades, a rhythm and blues band

Became a member of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers

Met Richard 'Cheech' Marin (who moved to Canada to avoid the draft) when Marin joined City Works

Bonus Trivia

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"You know, a guy asked me the other day, a good friend of both of ours, 'What happened between you and Cheech?' I thought about it and it's very simple: He grew up and I never did." – Chong quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2000

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He owned Chong Glass, the Gardena, CA-based bong-making business run by son Paris.

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On Sept. 11, 2003, Chong was sentenced to nine months in prison for selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet. In October 2003, he reported to a privately run federal prison to serve his nine-month sentence even as his attorneys prepared to argue for his release pending appeal.

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"My take is, when you get old, you get slow and stupid anyway." He smiles. "You don't need any help." – Chong on how he smokes less as he ages to EW, July 28, 2006

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On July 9, 2012, Chong revealed to CNN's Don Lemon that he had been officially diagnosed with prostate cancer. The actor also stated he was treating the illness with hemp oil and cannabis.

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