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The Iconic Cheech and Chong

Learn more about the Grammy Award winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong.

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    Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin and Thomas B. Kin "Tommy" Chong make up the iconic Grammy Award winning comedy duo "Cheech & Chong." The duo started by releasing many successful comedy record albums and starring in low-budget films.
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    Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong, known as "Cheech & Chong" started by releasing many successful comedy record albums and starring in low-budget films. Up In Smoke, Cheech and Chong's first feature-length film, was released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. The film grossed $44 million. (Photo Credit: Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)
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    In 1980, Tommy Chong directed "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie." The duo released five more movies, including Nice Dreams, Things Are Tough All Over, Still Smokin', The Corsican Brothers and most recently, Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie. (Photo Credit: Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)
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    Starting in 1996, Cheech Marin starred alongside Don Johnson in the CBS television police drama "Nash Bridges." Johnson and Marin played two inspectors for the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. In 1997, Tommy Chong guest starred on an episode. (Photo Credit: Rysher Entertainment/Courtesy Everett Collection)
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    Marin provided the voice of Banzai the hyena in the 1994 Disney animated film "The Lion King." Marin is a favorite of director Robert Rodriguez. Marin has appeared in films including "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Machete." (Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
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    In 2003, Chong was targeted by two American investigations code-named Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter, which sought out businesses selling drug paraphernalia, mostly bongs. Chong was charged for his part in financing and promoting Chong Glass/Nice Dreams, a company started by his son Paris. Chong’s case never went to trial; instead Chong accepted a plea agreement with the United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania's Office Chong was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison. The entire episode was chronicled in a/k/a Tommy Chong, the 2006, award-winning documentary by Josh Gilbert. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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    American Latino Media Arts Award, or ALMA Award is an award highlighting the best American Latino contributions to music, television, and film. The awards promote fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos. In Spanish, the word alma means spirit or soul. In 2012, Cheech Marin was awarded an ALMA Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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    Tommy Chong is a marijuana activist and is a supporter of the use of marijuana. He is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine and sits on the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) advisory board. Chong announced in June 2012 he was battling prostate cancer. A month later, Chong tweeted that the hemp oil he has been using to treat his cancer is working and that "he is 99% cancer free" (Photo Credit: FilmMagic)
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    Marin provided his voice talents to the character Ramon in the Disney/Pixar animated films "Cars" and "Cars 2" released in 2006 and 2011, respectively. (Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
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    Tommy Chong played Leo Chingkwake in the Fox sitcom "That 70s Show." Chong's character is a hippie, and the owner of a Foto Hut where character Steven Hyde, played by Danny Masterson, worked. (Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Film Corp/Courtesy Everett Collection)
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    Cheech Marin has appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! on numerous occasions. In 2010, he defeated CNN talk show host Anderson Cooper and comedienne Aisha Tyler, a Dartmouth graduate. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)