Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1938-05-24 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

45 Movies · 20 TV shows

Also Known As: Thomas Bing Kin Chong

Biography

Thomas B. Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) 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.

Personal Life

In 1960, Chong married Maxine Sneed in Canada. She is of Black Canadian and Cherokee descent. They raised two daughters, Rae Dawn (b. 1961) by his previous girlfriend Gail Lewis, and Robbi Chong (b. 1965). They divorced in 1970.In 1975, Chong married Shelby Fiddis in Los Angeles. They had three children, sons Paris (b. 1974) and Gilbran (b. 1981) and daughter Precious Chong (b. 1968). In 1978, the couple adopted Marcus Wyatt. Rae Dawn, Robbi, Marcus, Paris, and Precious Chong have each pursued careers in acting. In addition to film work, in May 2011, Precious Chong had her play, Push ... One Mother of a Show, produced in Toronto.In the late 1980s, Chong became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Rae Dawn Chong has also become a naturalized U.S. citizen.Tommy Chong has become a marijuana activist and supports legalizing the plant's use. He is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine and sits on the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) advisory board.

Early Life

Thomas B. Kin Chong was born on May 24, 1938, in Edmonton, Alberta. His mother was of Scotch-Irish Canadian ancestry, and his father was a Chinese Canadian who immigrated in the 1930s. After arriving in Canada, the senior Chong had first lived with an aunt in Vancouver.As a youth, Tommy Chong moved with his family to Calgary, settling in a conservative neighbourhood Chong has referred to as "Dog Patch". He has said that his father had "been wounded in World War II and there was a veterans' hospital in Calgary. He bought a $500 house in Dog Patch and raised his family on $50 a week." In an interview, Chong later described how he dropped out of Crescent Heights High School "when I was 16 but probably just before they were going to throw me out anyway." He played guitar to make money. "I discovered that music could get you laid, even if you were a scrawny, long-haired, geeky-looking guy like me."

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story

More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story

2021
The actor was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. A painfully revealing autobiographical record of Miyagi's much-too-brief time here on earth was left behind. He traced his journey from being ...

2020.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Steve-O's Wild Ride!

Steve-O's Wild Ride!

2020
Steve-O's Wild Ride!
Magnum Dopus: The Making of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Magnum Dopus: The Making of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

2020
There is a behind the scenes look at the making of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot.
Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space

4.33
2020
In order to escape the hustle of the 21st century, theGardner family moved to a remote farmstead in rural New England. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their fron...
AGFA MYSTERY MIXTAPE #4: FOLLOW YOUR OWN STAR

AGFA MYSTERY MIXTAPE #4: FOLLOW YOUR OWN STAR

2020
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) has released a new anthology called AGFA MySTERY MIXTAPE: Follow Your Own Star. Our deep dive into behind-the-scenes horror is complemented by an even deeper div...
The Real Michael Jackson

The Real Michael Jackson

2020
Jacques Peretti goes back to Jackson's beginnings to chart his rise and fall and look for clues that could have been missed.

2019.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
A Year in Music

A Year in Music

2019
A year-by-year look at our musical landscape, including the biggest artists, songs and albums as well as the new acts we'd be hearing for years to come.
TV
The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

6
2019
Each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask, in order to hide his or her identity during a singing competition. One singer will be eliminated each we...
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

6
2019
Jay and Silent Bob embark on a cross-country mission to stop Hollywood from rebooting the film based on their comic book counterparts Bluntman and Chronic.

2017.

4 Movies
It's Gawd!

It's Gawd!

2017
Amid the threat of nuclear proliferation, global warming and terrorism, the earth's creator tries to connect with mankind by returning to the planet and hosting his own variety show.
Double Dutchess: Seeing Double

Double Dutchess: Seeing Double

2017
A high-art, high-fashion showcase of a star's many personas- and a vivid reminder that our art, not our obstacles, ultimately defines us. It shows every side of the artist, the label head, the wife, a...
The Legend of 420

The Legend of 420

5
2017
The documentary explores the controversial use of marijuana and the evolution of mainstream society. Since the 1970s, a dangerous narcotic has been listed as a Schedule 1 Drug substance. What will the...
I Am Sam Kinison

I Am Sam Kinison

2017
A feature-length documentary film explores the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic who used his pulpit-honed chops to the brazen rock 'n rol...

2016.

1 Movie
Zootopia

Zootopia

6.36
2016
Judy Hopps, the first bunny on the police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case even if it means teaming up with a scam artist to solve the mystery.

2015.

2 TV shows
TV
Hot Ones

Hot Ones

2015
The show with hot questions and even hotter wings invites a famous guest over to eat and then interviews them while they're struggling through the heat.
TV
Celebrity Family Feud

Celebrity Family Feud

2015
Celebrity Family Feud pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to questions posed to 100 people.

2014.

1 Movie
Lennon or McCartney

Lennon or McCartney

2014
Over the last ten years, more than 500 artists have been interviewed. When they were asked a question, they were told to only say one word. Some answered quickly, some thought it through, and others d...

2013.

2 Movies
Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie

Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie

7.33
2013
You are not hallucinating. You've never seen Cheech & Chong before, but they are in their first animated movie. "Dave's not here," "Let's make a deal" and more come to life as their most outrageous ro...
Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 420

Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 420

2013
As part of the comedy duo "Cheech & Chong", Tommy Chong is renowned for his contribution to American counter-culture. Tommy presents some of his favorite comedians, including Chris Porter and Eddie If...

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Inside Comedy

Inside Comedy

2012
Half hour comedy documentary series from veteran funny-man David Steinberg and Steve Carell reveals the inspirations, influences and idols of some of the greatest comics of our time.
George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You

George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You

2012
George Lopez performs live in front of a packed house in L.A. This is a stand-up special.

2011.

1 Movie
Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil

Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil

6.08
2011
Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods when she and the Wolf are called to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Green Room with Paul Provenza

The Green Room with Paul Provenza

2010
Comedian and director of the obscenely hilarious hit film The Aristocrats, Paul Provenza invites some of the biggest names in stand-up to sit down and try to beat each other to the punch line. From po...
Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This

Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This

6
2010
The "Light Up America" reunion tour was the subject of a documentary.

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Cubed

Cubed

2009
Evil Bong 2: King Bong

Evil Bong 2: King Bong

5.21
2009
Tommy Chong is in a comedy. Charles Band was the director of Evil Bong 2: King Bong. Jonathan is from the area.

2008.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Free Radio

Free Radio

2008
Lance Krall andRory Rosegarten created Free Radio. The show played on Comedy Central and the Super Channel. Lance Krall is well known for his roles on The Joe Schmo Show and The Lance Krall Show. The ...
Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance

Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance

2008
1870's America. A Chinese immigrant falsely accused of murdering a white woman is viciously hunted down; he'll have to prove his innocence in a time when people of color had "no legal rights" and coul...
Cheech & Chong Roasted

Cheech & Chong Roasted

2008
Cheech and Chong, the stoner pair who dominated the comedy scene in the 1970s and ’80s and recently reunited for their Light Up America tour, take their place in the hot seat to be roasted by close fr...

2007.

1 Movie
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

2007
The international business of illegal marijuana is more profitable than it would be if it were legal. Marijuana growers, law enforcement officials, physicians, politicians, criminologists, economists ...

2006.

2 Movies
Evil Bong

Evil Bong

4.87
2006
A group of people smoking. The guys buy a vintage bong named EeBee from an ad in High Times magazine, but they have no idea the possessed pipe will gradually suck them into a horrifying weird world. T...
a/k/a Tommy Chong

a/k/a Tommy Chong

2006
Tommy Chong was prosecuted by the Bush administration for selling bongs over the internet.

2003.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
High Times Potluck

High Times Potluck

2003
High Times' Pot Luck is an upbeat pot caper that centers around a mobster who discovers the magic of marijuana.
Pauly Shore Is Dead

Pauly Shore Is Dead

2003
Pauly Shore lost everything: his house, nobody in Hollywood wanted to represent him, he moved back home with his mom, and he now parking cars at the Comedy Store. A famous comedian tells Pauly to kill...

2002.

1 TV show
TV
George Lopez

George Lopez

4.5
2002
George Lopez is a comedian. The show was on ABC from March 27 to May 8.

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
That '70s Show

That '70s Show

6.24
1998
Go back to a time when platform shoes and puka shells were the rage and play this hilarious retro-sitcom. A group of high school teens who spend most of their time hanging out in Eric's basement, life...
Half Baked

Half Baked

6
1998
Three friends are trying to get their friend out of jail. When the guys have a plan, everything is close to going up in smoke.

1997.

2 TV shows
TV
Dharma & Greg

Dharma & Greg

6
1997
The sitcom is about a couple who got married on their first date despite being completely opposite of one another. The series is co-produced by Chuck Lorre Production, More-Medavoy Production, and 4 t...
TV
South Park

South Park

6.31
1997
The misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet town of South Park, Colorado are chronicled in this film.

1996.

1 TV show
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...

1995.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Sliders

Sliders

5.67
1995
In his basement in San Francisco, boy-genius Quinn Mallory unlocks the doorway to an infinite number of Earths. During a test run, Quinn invites co-worker Wade Wells and his teacher Professor Maximill...
Senior Trip

Senior Trip

1995
While on detention, a group of misfits and slackers have to write a letter to the President explaining what is wrong with the education system. There is only one problem, the President loves it! Hence...

1994.

1 TV show
TV
The George Carlin Show

The George Carlin Show

1994
The George Carlin Show aired on the Fox network from January 1994 to July 1995 Sam Simon and George Carlin created the show.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
WWE Raw

WWE Raw

6.58
1993
A regularly scheduled, live, year-round program features some of the biggest wrestlers in the world.

1992.

2 Movies
FernGully: The Last Rainforest

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

1992
When Crysta shrinks a human boy, Zak, down to her size, he vows to help the magical fairy folk stop a greedy logging company from destroying their home: the pristine rainforest known as FernGully. Zak...
Life After Sex

Life After Sex

1992
A movie director wants to create a film that focuses on where sex fits into a relationship. While auditioning for his newest film, he becomes enamored with a woman and learns more about commitment tha...

1990.

1 Movie
Far Out Man

Far Out Man

1990
An old hippie is on a trip to find his family.

1989.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Tommy Chong Roast

The Tommy Chong Roast

1989
Many of Tommy Chong's fellow comedians gave him a "tribute".
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Tripwire

Tripwire

1989
A band of ruthless international terrorists led by David Warner hijack a speeding railroad train loaded with a full arsenal of powerful military weaponry capable of threatening world peace. Jack De Fo...

1987.

1 Movie
Playboy Video Magazine: Volume 12

Playboy Video Magazine: Volume 12

1987
The twelfth and final Playboy Video Magazine features video centerfold Ava Fabian, a comedy roast of Tommy Chong, a look back at classic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, R-rated Candid Candid Camera skits f...

1985.

2 Movies
Cheech & Chong Get Out of My Room

Cheech & Chong Get Out of My Room

4.44
1985
Get Out of My Room was directed by Cheech Marin. Get Out of My Room is a novelty record.
After Hours

After Hours

6
1985
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he goes to visit a girl in Soho whom he met at a coffee shop.

1984.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Miami Vice

Miami Vice

7
1984
The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end prostitution was centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny and Tubbs, who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug...
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers

Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers

4.63
1984
The French revolution was messed up by two brothers.

1983.

3 Movies
Group Madness

Group Madness

1983
A behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of 1983's Yellowbeard
Yellowbeard

Yellowbeard

1983
Yellowbeard made men eat their lips and swallow their hearts. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for tax evasion. A victim's prison exists. In a scheme to take his treasure, the Royal Navy allows ...
Still Smokin

Still Smokin

5.24
1983
Cheech and Chong are invited to a party. The guy who invited them took all the money. Our heroes will get to be Mr because they are expecting. They are named after themselves. Dolly.

1982.

2 Movies
Things Are Tough All Over

Things Are Tough All Over

4.8
1982
They were hired to drive a limo from Chicago to Las Vegas. Slyman and Prince Habib were together. There is money in the car.
It Came from Hollywood

It Came from Hollywood

1982
The group presents a collection of bad films from the 50's, 60's and 70's. There are special features on gorilla pictures, anti-marijuana films and a tribute to the worst film maker of all time, Ed Wo...

1981.

1 Movie
Nice Dreams

Nice Dreams

4.66
1981
Two people are indoors. Los Guys and L.A have many encounters. The people in the area are weird.

1980.

1 Movie
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

5.16
1980
Perennially stoned Cheech and Chong tear through the city of Los Angeles, causing trouble wherever they go. Two pot enthusiasts headed to the welfare offices after Cheech lost his job. They are thrown...

1978.

1 Movie
Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

4.48
1978
An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting a spirit named Pedro de Pacas. When Anthony and Pedro are arreste...

1974.

1 Movie
Basketball Jones

Basketball Jones

1974
Basketball Jones is a 1974 animated short film. The song's release in the United States was the focus of the cartoon. Tyrone Shoelaces is a teenager who loves basketball.
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