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Tommy Chong

Biography

1960s humorist known for dealing with his humor partner Cheech Marin. He produced cameo performances in Scarface: THE PLANET is Yours being a pedestrian and in Ferngully: THE FINAL Rainforest as Main. In 2016 he supplied the tone of voice of Yax within the cartoon film Zootopia. After falling out of college at age group 16, he performed guitar for the money and do his better to pick up young ladies. He played electric guitar for the music group Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers. Following the tough divide with Cheech Marin, he made an appearance because the hippie Leo in lots of episodes of this ’70s Present. He was wedded to Maxine Sneed from 1960 to 1970 and in 1975, he wedded Shelby Chong. He’s the adoptive dad of professional Marcus Chong. His little girl, Rae Dawn Chong, became a well-known actress. He provides another two daughters and three sons aswell. Mila Kunis utilized to do something with him on That ’70s Present.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tommy Chong
Date Of Birth May 24, 1938
Place Of Birth Edmonton, Canada
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Shelby Chong, Maxine Sneed
Children Rae Dawn Chong, Robbi Chong, Precious Chong, Gilbran Chong, Paris Chong
Parents Stanley Chong, Lorna Jean Gilchrist
Music Groups Cheech & Chong, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers
Nominations Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year
Movies Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, Zootopia, Nice Dreams, Still Smokin, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers, Things Are Tough All Over, Far Out Man, a/k/a Tommy Chong, Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie, After Hours, Yellowbeard, Half Baked, Hey Watch This, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Evil Bong, The Wash, The Fluffy Movie, McHale's Navy, The Spirit of '76, American Drug War: The Last White Hope, High Times' Potluck, Secret Agent 420, Tripwire, Get Out of My Room, Life After Sex, Best Buds, Troubadours, It's Gawd!
TV Shows Franklin & Bash, That '70s Show, The George Carlin Show, Dancing with the Stars, Cubed
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1In federal prison in the 1990s, his cubemate - or "cubie" - was Jordan Belfort, who's life story is told in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). They've remained friends ever since.
2Diagnosed with prostate cancer [June 9, 2012].
3Former brother-in-law of Three Dog Night drummer, Floyd Sneed.
4Former Father-in-law of C. Thomas Howell.
5Was considered for the role of Sheriff Leigh Brackett in Halloween (1978).
6Has a webcast on youtube under the username citizenchong.
7Shared the stage with Producer/Actor Anthony Begonia for an East Meets West event in Little Tokyo.
8Originally considered for the part of Shenzi alongside Cheech Marin in The Lion King (1994). But the directors couldn't get hold of Chong, So the part went to Whoopi Goldberg.
9The only person of the 55 arrested during the US Drug Enforcement Administration's "Operation Pipe Dreams" to serve time in prison.
10True to his comedy image, Tommy and his family ran Nice Dreams Enterprises, an internet company that sells marijuana bongs and pipes. He was arrested in 2003 on federal drug paraphernalia charges and sentenced in September of that year. He will spend 9 months in jail and pay around $120,000 in fines.
11Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 104-105 (article "Cheech and Chong"). New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
12His father, Stanley Chong, was a Chinese immigrant. His mother, Lorna Jean (Gilchrist), was of Scots-Irish ancestry.
13Has two children with first wife Maxine Sneed: daughters Rae Dawn Chong (born in 1961) and Robbi Chong (born in 1965). He also has four children with second wife Shelby Chong: daughter Precious Chong (born in 1968, while he was still married to first wife Maxine), and sons Paris Chong (born in 1974), Marcus Chong (adopted in 1978), and Gilbran Chong (born in 1980).
14Has a stand-up comic act with his wife, Shelby Chong. They frequently perform to sold-out crowds. [2001]
15Former guitarist of the 1960s interracial sextet, 'Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers'. He also co-wrote the group's biggest hit, "Does Your Mama Know About Me".
16The rumor of his death in the mid-1990s, (spread mainly through the internet) was greatly exaggerated.
17Father, with Maxine Sneed, of Rae Dawn Chong, Robbi Chong. Adopted father of Marcus Chong.
18Father, with Shelby Chong of Gilbran Chong, Paris Chong, Precious Chong, and Marcus Chong.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Gawd!2016completedGawd
Zootopia2016Yax (voice)
Uncle Grandpa2015TV SeriesBottom Bag
The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter2014Video Store Clerk
The Millers2014TV SeriesGanja Pete
Raising Hope2014TV SeriesHubert
Satisfaction2013TV SeriesTommy Chong
Cheech & Chong's Movie Review2013Video short
Cheech & Chong's History of 4202013Video short
Cheech & Chong's TED Talk2013Video short
Cheech & Chong Count to 1 Minute2013Video short
Cheech & Chong Read the Bible2013Video short
Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie2013voice
Slightly Stoopid: Live at Roberto's TRI Studios2012VideoThe Host
Franklin & Bash2011TV SeriesJudge Tommy Harper
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil2011Stone (voice)
Cubed2010TV SeriesTommy Chong- Drug Abuse Teacher
Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves2008Deputy Tom
Code Monkeys2008TV SeriesLaird Boony
George Lopez2007TV SeriesMr. Gutierrez
Evil Bong2006Jimbo Leary
Scarface: The World Is Yours2006Video GameHippie (voice, as Thomas Chong)
That '70s Show1999-2006TV SeriesLeo
That '70s Show Special: The Final Goodbye2006TV SpecialLeo
Secret Agent 4202005QP
Pauly Shore Is Dead2003Tommy Chong
High Times Potluck2002Tommy Chong
The Wash2001Dee's Connection
South Park2000TV SeriesChief Running Pinto
Dharma & Greg1999TV SeriesCarl
Half Baked1998Squirrel Master
Sliders1997TV SeriesVan Elsinger
Nash Bridges1997TV SeriesBarry Chen
McHale's Navy1997Armando / Ernesto
Senior Trip1995Red
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesRhodes
Life After Sex1992
FernGully: The Last Rainforest1992Root (voice)
The Spirit of '761990Stoner
Far Out Man1990Far Out Man
Tripwire1989Merle Shine
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesT.R. 'Jumbo' Collins
After Hours1985Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
Get Out of My Room1985The Man
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers1984Lucian Corsican
Yellowbeard1983El Nebuloso
Still Smokin1983Chong (as Thomas Chong)
Things Are Tough All Over1982Chong / Prince Habib
Nice Dreams1981Chong
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie1980Chong (as Thomas Chong)
Up in Smoke1978Anthony 'Man' Stoner

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Hit WonderlandTV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2014
Todd's Pop Song ReviewsTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon2011Documentary writer: "Does Your Mama Know About Me" - as Thomas Chong
Hey Watch This2010Video documentary performer: "Dumb Mother Fucker", "Born in East LA", "Mexican Americans/Beaners", "Up in Smoke" - uncredited / writer: "Dumb Mother Fucker", "Born in East LA", "Mexican Americans/Beaners", "Up in Smoke" - uncredited
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Freak On A Leash"
That '70s Show2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
CKY2K2000Video documentary writer: "Earache My Eye"
The Assault1996writer: "Don't Kick Her in the Butt"
Space Jam1996writer: "Basketball Jones" - as Thomas Chong
Senior Trip1995performer: "Earache My Eye" - as Chong / writer: "Earache My Eye" - as Thomas Chong
Soundgarden: Louder Than Live1990Video writer: "Big Bottom / Earache My Eye" Medley
Far Out Man1990performer: "Hippyland Rap" / producer: "Hippyland Rap" / writer: "Don't Kick Her in the Butt", "Black Man Blues", "Hippyland Rap", "I'm Black Again", "Far Out Man"
Things Are Tough All Over1982lyrics: "Chilly Winds of Chicago" ucnredited / music: "Chilly Winds of Chicago" ucnredited
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie1980performer: "Mexican Americans", "Beaners", "Baby What You Want Me to Do"
Being There1979performer: "Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" - as Chong / writer: "Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" - as Chong
Up in Smoke1978lyrics: "Up In Smoke", "Framed", "Searchin'", "Rock Fight", "I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex" / music: "Up In Smoke", "I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex" / performer: "Earache My Eye" / writer: "Earache My Eye"
California Split1974writer: "Basket Ball Jones" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie2013
Just for Laughs2010TV Series 1 episode
Hey Watch This2010Video documentary
Far Out Man1990
The Family Martinez1986TV Movie
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers1984
Still Smokin1983written by - as Thomas Chong
Things Are Tough All Over1982as Thomas Chong
Nice Dreams1981written by - as Thomas Chong
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie1980
Up in Smoke1978writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hey Watch This2010Video documentary executive producer
Trial and Error1988TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
The Family Martinez1986TV Movie executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Still Smokin1983as Thomas Chong
Nice Dreams1981as Thomas Chong
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie1980
Up in Smoke1978uncredited
Far Out Man1990
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers1984

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Up in Smoke1978songs: New lyrics and Music and Lyrics for

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Velvet2015Documentary special thanks post-production
Lucky Schmucksthanks for inspiration announced
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
Monsterpiece Theatre Volume 12011special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pat Morita: Long Story ShortDocumentary pre-productionHimself
The Playboy Morning Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Almost Legal with Tommy Chong2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2015TV SeriesHimself
Inside Comedy2015TV SeriesHimself
Tommy Chong's Unaired Lincoln Ad2015Video shortHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Dancing with the Stars2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Getting Doug with High2014TV SeriesHimself
Gotham Comedy Live2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood2014DocumentaryHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Boardwalk Hempire: The Rise and Fall of the Medical Kush Beach Club2014DocumentaryTommy Chong
TakePart Live2014TV SeriesHimself - Gawd
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tom Green Live2014TV SeriesHimself
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 4202013TV MovieHimself
George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You2012TV Special documentaryHimself (segment: opening film) (uncredited)
The Green Room with Paul Provenza2011TV SeriesHimself
The Simpsons2011TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
American Masters2011TV Series documentary
Just for Laughs2010TV SeriesHimself - Host
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano2010TV SeriesHimself
Huckabee2010TV SeriesHimself
Hey Watch This2010Video documentaryHimself / Various
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2010TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tosh.02009TV SeriesHimself
The BackStage Pass2009VideoHimself
Free Radio2009TV SeriesHimself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cheech & Chong: Roasted2008TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I Love the New Millennium2008TV Mini-SeriesHimself
American Drug War: The Last White Hope2007DocumentaryHimself - Private Prison Prisoner
The Comedy Can Television Series2007TV MovieHimself
Urban Rush2007TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High2007DocumentaryHimself - Comedian
The Bronx Bunny Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Greasy Rider2006DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tom Green's House Tonight2006TV SeriesHimself
A/k/a Tommy Chong2006DocumentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
American Stag2006DocumentaryHimself
The Young Turks2005TV SeriesHimself (2006)
People Uncut2005TV SeriesHimself - Comic
The Standard2005TV SeriesHimself - Comic
Comedy Gold2005TV Short documentaryHimself
Shootout2005TV SeriesHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tommy Chong Roast1989TV MovieHimself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHimself
Baloney1988TV SeriesHimself
The Importance of Being Funny in America1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Canadian Conspiracy1985TV MovieHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects
The Making of 'The Corsican Brothers'1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Group Madness1983DocumentaryHimself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
It Came from Hollywood1982DocumentaryHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Evening Magazine1979TV SeriesHimself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHimself
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Comedian / Musician
The Comix Scrutinizer2015TV SeriesAnthony Stoner
Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong2013Jimbo Leary (uncredited)
WWE Raw2010TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Club Shoot-Out: Vol. 12006VideoHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Grass1999DocumentaryAnthony 'Man' Stoner
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'Up in Smoke' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy Recording· Cheech Marin

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1975GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy Recording· Cheech Marin
1973GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy Recording· Cheech Marin
1972GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy Recording· Cheech Marin


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#Quote
1The trouble when you're doing something illegal is that you know what you're doing. You're lying to your parents, you're lying to your kids. The only person you can't lie to is yourself.
2[on his mother] She really helped me. The thing about her, she was a white woman and she was married to my dad who was Chinese, and she said "Remember this: you're mixed so people are always going to look at you, they're going to notice you. So it's up to you how you conduct yourself, but you're going to be noticed."
3I've met a lot of jazz musicians in my day, and they're all funny. Cannonball Adderley was a riot, Miles [Miles Davis] had the most dry sense of humor ever, always had something clever to say. I think what is is is jazz musicians - they're so careful about what notes they play, everything they do is to impress the listener. And that's what comedy is. Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say. And Gaye was the master. He was really just a special guy.
4[on guitarist Gaye Delorme] When people used to see Coltrane play, sax players would run out of the clubs going 'I quit! I'll never play again! I can't take it!. On a quieter scale, that's exactly how Gaye mad me feel. He had a neat little trick. All good musicians do. He said, 'Can I sit in, and do you mind if if I can borrow your guitar?' And then he took the same instrument that I'd been struggling with and make it sound like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, all rolled in one.


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