Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1973, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner

Relationships

  • Shelby Fiddis — Wife
  • Gilbran Chong — Son
  • Marcus Chong — Son
  • Stanley Chong — Father
  • Robbi Chong — Daughter
  • Rae Dawn Chong — Daughter
  • Paris Chong — Son
  • Precious Chong — Daughter
  • Lorna Jean Gilchrist — Mother
  • Maxine Sneed — Ex-wife

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Details

  • Birth Name: Thomas B. Kin Chong
  • Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Birthday: May 24, 1938, Gemini
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor
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