Marin at the 2012 ALMA Awards
|Birth name||Richard Anthony Marín|
|Born||July 13, 1946|
South Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, stoner comedy, sketch comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||Latin American culture, recreational drug use, drug culture, everyday life|
(m. 1975;div. 1984)
(m. 1986;div. 2009)
Richard Anthony Marin (born July 13, 1946), best known by his stage name Cheech Marin, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and activist, who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s with Tommy Chong and as Don Johnson's partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez, on Nash Bridges . He has also voiced characters in several Disney films, including Oliver & Company , The Lion King , the Cars series, Coco and Beverly Hills Chihuahua .
Marín's trademark is his characters' strong Chicano accents, although Marin himself is not fluent in Spanish.
Marin was born in South Los Angeles, California, to Mexican American parents Elsa (née Meza), a secretary, and Oscar Marin, a police officer for the LAPD.Marin was born with a cleft lip, which was surgically repaired. According to Marin, he identifies as Chicano; he speaks some Spanish and often uses it in his movies, but he is not fluent.
Marin's nickname "Cheech" is short for "chicharron", fried pork rind, which is a popular snack and ingredient in Latin American cuisine.In a 2017 NPR interview, Marin attributed the nickname to his uncle: "I came home from the hospital, I was like a couple days old or something, my uncle came over and he looked in the crib and he said [in Spanish], 'Ay, parece un chicharrón.' Looks like a little chicharrón, you know?"
Marin graduated from Bishop Alemany High School and then studied English at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge), where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and graduated in 1968.Marin then auditioned to sing for Frank Zappa in 1967, but instead moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in September to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War. Marin met his future comedic partner, Tommy Chong, in Calgary, Alberta.
As a part of the highly successful comedy duo Cheech & Chong, Marin participated in a number of comedy albums and feature film comedies in the 1970s and 1980s. Tommy Chong directed four of their films while co-writing and starring in all seven with Marin.
After Cheech & Chong disbanded in 1985, Marin starred in a number of films as a solo actor, most notably Born in East L.A. , The Shrimp on the Barbie , Tin Cup , and Once Upon a Time in Mexico . He made a cameo appearance as a dockworker in Ghostbusters II . In 2004 he made his second appearance as a policeman, as "Officer Salino" in the film adaptation of John Grisham's holiday novel "Skipping Christmas", under the title "Christmas With the Kranks", starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Marin appeared in the Fox sitcom Married... with Children as the voice of the Bundy's Briard dog, Buck; he voiced the character in three episodes: Look Who's Barking, Change for a Buck and Assault and Batteries.
Marin made the transition to full-time television work when he co-starred on the short-lived The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace (1992–1993), and later with Don Johnson, Jaime P. Gomez, and Yasmine Bleeth in the police show Nash Bridges (1996–2001), in which they played San Francisco police-detective partners. In recent years he has been active in playing supporting roles in films and performing voice overs for animated features. After appearing in a supporting role in Judging Amy , playing an independently wealthy landscape designer, Marin starred in the CBS sitcom Rob , with Rob Schneider.
Marin is a frequent collaborator of the director Robert Rodriguez, who has worked with Marin seven times; the last two installments of the Mexico trilogy, the Spy Kids trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn and Machete . He provided his voice for several Disney animated films, most notably Tito the Chihuahua in Oliver & Company (1988), Banzai the hyena in The Lion King (1994), and Ramone in Cars (2006) and its sequels Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3 (2017). He also played Pancho in The Cisco Kid (1994), and reprised the Banzai role in the video game Kingdom Hearts II .
Cheech appears in several episodes of AMC's "Lodge 49" as El Confidente, a member of Lodge 55 in Mexico. [ circular reference ]
Marin has released two best-selling albums in the children's music genre, My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver (1992) and My Name is Cheech, The School Bus Driver "Coast to Coast" (1997). Both albums were released bilingually. In July 2007, the book Cheech the School Bus Driver was released, written by Marin, illustrated by Orlando L. Ramirez, and published by HarperCollins.
In 2005, Marin lent his voice to the animated children's series Dora the Explorer .He appeared in the episode "A Crown for King Juan el Bobo", as the Puerto Rican folk hero Juan Bobo.
In late 2006, Marin participated in Simon Cowell's Celebrity Duets , having sung with Peter Frampton, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Aaron Neville, and Al Jarreau. He was the fourth to be eliminated. In that same year, he voiced as Gaspar Gomez in Scarface: The World Is Yours .
Marin had a recurring role in the hit television series Lost , playing David Reyes, Hurley's father.
He was a co-host for WWE Raw on March 1, 2010, with his comedy partner Tommy Chong, in Oklahoma City.
Marin also sings on the hidden track "Earache My Eye" on Korn's album Follow the Leader .
In 2009, he appeared in the Hallmark Channel movie Expecting a Miracle.
On March 18, 2010, Marin beat journalist Anderson Cooper and actress Aisha Tyler on Celebrity Jeopardy!'s Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational. Cooper admitted he was "crushed" by Marin.Marin also won his semifinal round early May but lost in the May 6–7 final to Michael McKean. He had previously won the first Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament in 1992.
In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off . He was eliminated on the third week of the competition.
Marin is an avid collector of Chicano art. Two national touring exhibitions have featured works from his private collection. Marin started collecting Chicano art in the 1980s. He feels that it's important to "use his celebrity status to call attention to what he saw as an under-appreciated and under-represented style of art."In collaboration with the city of Riverside, California, and the Riverside Art Museum, Marin is in the process of establishing The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry, in the City of Riverside, which is due to open in 2022. Marin will be donating his collection of over 700 pieces of Chicano art, the largest collection of such art in the world. The center will provide a location for the presentation and study of Chicano art, and is expected to draw international attention.
He is an avid golfer, although he initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in the golf-themed comedy Tin Cup . He also enjoys horse archery, which he practices on a special course that he has built on his private land.
On April 19, 2018, Cheech (as part of GLE Brands Inc) signed an agreement with Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corporation (CSE: CANN) to have exclusive rights to use cannabis and cannabis related products utilizing the Private Stash brand throughout Canada for a period of 2 years, with the agreement automatically renewing for an additional year upon achieving various milestones.
Marin was married in 1975 to Darlene Morley, who co-produced Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers and also played minor roles in earlier Cheech & Chong films under the name Rikki Marin. The couple had one child and divorced in 1984. Marin married artist Patti Heid in 1986; they had two children and have since divorced. Marin married his longtime girlfriend, Russian pianist Natasha Rubin, on August 8, 2009, in a sunset ceremony at their home.
Marin resides in Malibu, California.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Cheech & Chong among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
|1978||Up in Smoke||Pedro de Pacas|
|1980||Cheech and Chong's Next Movie||Cheech/Dwayne "Red" Mendoza|
|1982||Things Are Tough All Over||Cheech/Mr.Slyman/Narrator|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Tire Store Employee|
|Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers||Corsican Brother|
|1985||Get Out of My Room||Cheech/Ian Rotten|
|1986||Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment||Elvis Friend & Fan|
|1987||Born in East L.A.||Rudy Robles|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Disney Janitor|
|Oliver & Company||Tito the Chihuahua||Voice|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Dock Supervisor|
|Rude Awakening||Jesus Monteya|
|Troop Beverly Hills||Himself|
|1990||Far Out Man||Cheech|
|The Shrimp on the Barbie||Carlos Munoz|
|Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme||Carnival Barker|
|1992||Ferngully: The Last Rainforest||Stump||Voice|
|1994||Charlie's Ghost Story||Coronado|
|The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III||Master Borgia|
|A Million to Juan||Shell Shock|
|The Lion King||Banzai The Hyena||Voice|
|1996||From Dusk Till Dawn||Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos||Voice|
|The Great White Hype||Julio Escobar|
|Tin Cup||Romeo Posar|
|1999||The Nuttiest Nutcracker||Mac||Voice; Direct-to-video|
|2000||See You in My Dreams||Estaban|
|Picking Up the Pieces||Mayor Machado|
|2001||Spy Kids||Felix Gumm||The Fake Uncle|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Felix Gumm||The Fake Uncle|
|2003||Masked and Anonymous||Prospero|
|Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Felix Gumm||The Fake Uncle|
|Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Belini|
|Good Boy!||The Henchmen||Voice|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Banzai the Hyena||Voice |
|Christmas with the Kranks||Officer Salino|
|Fall Down a School||Erick Matthew, 202, 26, 57, 211 Bus Motorists|
|Underclassman||Captain Victor Delgado|
|Scarface: The World is Yours||Gaspar Gomez|
|Mater and the Ghostlight||Ramone||Voice|
|2007||The Union: The Business Behind Getting High||Himself|
|Grindhouse||Padre Benicio Del Toro|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Manuel||Voice|
|2009||Expecting a Miracle||Father Arturo||Television film|
|Race to Witch Mountain||Eddie Cortez The Auto Mechanic|
|2010||The Perfect Game||Padre Esteban|
|Tales from Earthsea||Hare||Voice; US version only|
|Machete||Padre Benicio Del Toro||Cheech also makes an appearance as the Padre in the (then) fictitious Machete trailer for the 2007 Grindhouse double feature. The trailer appears in the DVD for the Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse.|
|Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil||Mad Hog|
|2012||El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza||Narrator, El Charro||Voice (Spanish-language Mexican animated film)|
|Seven Psychopaths||The Dog, Erick Matthew||Voice|
|Tad, The Lost Explorer||Tad||Voice |
US English dub
|2013||Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie||Cheech/Pedro de Pacas||Voice|
|2014||The Book of Life||Pancho Rodriguez||Voice|
|2016||El Americano: The Movie||Martin||Voice|
|2019||The Cheech: An American Icon's Crusade for the Chicano Art Movement||Himself||A documentary covering Marin's lifelong advocacy for Chicano art, and his efforts to develop The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry.|
|2020||The War with Grandpa||Danny|
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Cheech & Chong are a comedy duo consisting of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The duo found commercial and cultural success in the 1970s and 1980s with their stand-up routines, studio recordings, and feature films, which were based on the hippie and free love era, and especially drug and counterculture movements, most notably their love for cannabis.
Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director, musician, cannabis rights activist and comedian. He is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show. He became a naturalized United States citizen in the late 1980s.
Cheech may refer to:
Born in East L.A. is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Cheech Marin, based on his song of the same name, released as a 1984 single by Cheech & Chong. The film focuses on Rudy Robles, a Mexican American from East Los Angeles who is mistaken for an illegal alien and deported.
Up in Smoke is a 1978 American stoner film directed by Lou Adler and starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy Keach, and Tom Skerritt. It is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film.
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Tommy Chong and the second feature-length project by Cheech & Chong, following Up in Smoke, released by Universal Pictures.
A roast is a form of humor in which a specific individual, a guest of honor, is subjected to jokes at their expense, intended to amuse the event's wider audience. Such events are intended to honor a specific individual in a unique way. In addition to jokes and insult comedy, such events may also involve genuine praise and tributes. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast". The host of the event is called the "roastmaster". Anyone who is mocked in such a way is said to have been "roasted".
Things are Tough All Over is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Thomas K. Avildsen and starring Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin as two hippies, and additionally as Arab businessmen Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib.
"Cherokee Hair Tampons" is the sixth episode of the fourth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 55th episode of the series overall. "Cherokee Hair Tampons" originally aired in the United States on June 28, 2000 on Comedy Central.
Lester Louis Adler is an American record producer, music executive, talent manager, songwriter, film director, film producer, and co-owner of the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. Adler has produced and developed a number of iconic musical artists, including Carole King, Jan & Dean, The Mamas & the Papas and The Grass Roots. King's Diamond-certified album Tapestry, produced by Adler, won the 1972 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and is widely considered one of the greatest pop albums of all time.
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Los Cochinos is a 1973 comedy album recorded by Cheech & Chong. The Spanish term cochino is a derogatory way of referring to a pig, as it also means "dirty", in contrast to cerdo, a more neutral word for a pig as an animal. In this context, "cochino" equates to the American derogatory term "pig" for "policeman".
Picking Up the Pieces is a 2000 black comedy film directed by Alfonso Arau and starring Woody Allen, David Schwimmer, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Cheech Marin, and Sharon Stone.
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers is an American flim released in 1984, the sixth feature-length film starring the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong star as the two brothers in a parody of various film adaptations of the classic 1844 Alexandre Dumas novella, The Corsican Brothers.
Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie! is a 2013 American stoner comedy-adult animated film by Branden Chambers and Eric D. Chambers. It stars comedy duo Cheech and Chong in their first feature film since 1984's The Corsican Brothers, and the first to feature them as animated characters. The film features several of their original comedy bits such as "Sister Mary Elephant", "Sgt. Stedanko", "Ralph and Herbie", "Let's Make a Dope Deal", "Earache My Eye", and the classic "Dave". It was released on March 18, 2013 by 20th Century Fox and was released on DVD/Blu-ray on April 23, 2013.
Mike Albert is an American guitarist. He has collaborated with various musicians like Frank Zappa, Don Felder, Ruben Guevara, and L. Shankar, and toured with bands like Megadeth and El Chicano.
"A Midsummer's Nice Dream" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' twenty-second season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 13, 2011. The episode name is a play on the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Cheech & Chong movie Nice Dreams.
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, or The Cheech, is an art museum and academic center under development in Riverside, California, United States, with a planned opening in 2021. The center will focus on the presentation and study of chicano art from across the United States. It is a collaborative effort between stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Cheech Marin, who will donate his collection of more than 700 pieces of Chicano art to the City of Riverside, which will provide the facilities to house the collection, and the Riverside Art Museum, which will manage the center. When complete, the center is intended to be a world-class institution to research and study "all things [related to] Chicano art".
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