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Tommy Chong Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas B. Kin Chong
Birth Place:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Comedian, actor

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