- Formed the Canadian rhythm-and-blues band the Shades at age 18, which became Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers. The group's only U.S. hit was "Does Your Mama Know About Me."
- Met Cheech Marin in 1969 and formed the iconic counter-culture comedy team of Cheech and Chong, which recorded nine comedy albums (nominated for four Grammys, winning one) and made eight films (Chong worked as a director), led by Up In Smoke (1978), which grossed over $100 million. The pair split up in 1985.
- Naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the late 1980s.
- Served nine months in federal prison in 2003 and 2004 after agreeing to plea guilty to conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia, a charge stemming from bongs and pipes sold by his son's glass company.
- Actively supports legalization of marijuana---a source of much of his humor---through his work for NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
- Reemerged on television as the hippie Leo on That '70s Show.
- Reunited with Cheech on episodes of South Park, WWE Raw and The Simpsons; they did a comedy tour in 2011.
- 1973, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner
- Marcus Chong — Son
- Shelby Fiddis — Wife
- Gilbran Chong — Son
- Lorna Jean Gilchrist — Mother
- Maxine Sneed — Ex-wife
- Stanley Chong — Father
- Robbi Chong — Daughter
- Rae Dawn Chong — Daughter
- Paris Chong — Son
- Precious Chong — Daughter
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- Birth Name: Thomas B. Kin Chong
- Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Birthday: May 24, 1938, Gemini
- Profession: Comedian, Actor
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