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Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong in New York City, by David Shankbone
Born May 24, 1938 (1938-05-24) (age 69)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor, Comic, Business, Musician,

Thomas "Tommy" B. Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. He is most widely known for his role as Anthony Stoner in the marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin. He played Leo Chingkwake on FOX's That '70s Show. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 565 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1010 × 1071 pixel, file size: 168 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): National Organization for... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... See comedian Stand up comedian List of Comedians List of British comedians comics comic book comic strip underground comics alternative comics web comic sprite comics manga graphic novel List of comic characters This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same... In economics, a business is a legally-recognized organizational entity existing within an economically free country designed to sell goods and/or services to consumers, usually in an effort to generate profit. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... For the British TV show, see Hippies (TV series). ... Cheech and Chong were a comedy duo who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the eras hippie, free love and especially drug culture movements. ... “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Information Portrayed by Tommy Chong Leonard Chingkwake (born August 24, 1924) is a character on the Fox sitcom That 70s Show. ... This article is about the animal. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ...

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Biography

Early life

Chong was born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the son of Lorna Jean (née Gilchrist), a waitress, and Stanley Chong, a truck driver.[1] Chong's father was of Chinese descent and his mother was of Ukrainian ancestry.[2] When Chong was still young, the family moved to Calgary, Alberta, to a neighbourhood Chong refers to as the Dog Patch. He says that his father had "been wounded in World War II, and there was a veterans' hospital in Calgary. He bought a five-hundred dollar house in Dog Patch, and raised his family on fifty dollars a week".[3] Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Née redirects here. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ...


Music career

By age eleven Chong was playing guitar, chiefly country-and-western music. Soon, he was introduced to rhythm and blues, became a professional musician, and quit school. He formed one of Calgary's earliest rock and roll/rhythm and blues bands, the Colors or the Shades, but was eventually requested by the police to leave town after a particularly rowdy gig, according to his account. Chong and the Shades then left for the closest metropolis, Vancouver, where Chong bought a club, the Elegant Parlour, and played guitar and sang in the house band, a Motown-style band named Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers. It has been incorrectly reported that Jimi Hendrix played with the group. Hendrix did briefly visit Vancouver in 1965, but did not appear with Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers. Chong disputes this ever happened and that any such appearance is a product of Taylor's "imagination."[4] For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Bobby Taylor (far left) and the Vancouvers circa 1966, when the group was known as Little Daddie & the Bachelors. Wes Henderson is second from left, and Tommy Chong is third from left. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Bobby Taylor (far left) and the Vancouvers circa 1966, when the group was known as Little Daddie & the Bachelors. Wes Henderson is second from left, and Tommy Chong is third from left. ...


Cheech & Chong

Main article: Cheech & Chong

Cheech and Chong were a comedy duo who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the eras hippie, free love and especially drug culture movements. ...

Later career

Cheech and Chong, while one of the most successful comedy acts of all time, experienced creative differences and split in 1985. This was devastating to Chong. To him, Cheech Marin was "closer than a wife. The only thing we didn't do was have sex." Of their split, he says, "It was like a death in the family. I don't know if I'll ever get over it". Chong was a recurring character and later a regular character as the hippie "Leo" during the second, third, fourth, seventh, and eighth seasons of That '70s Show. He also played a role as a hippie in Dharma and Greg. In 2005, Chong returned to his role as Leo on That '70s Show. “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Image:TommyChong. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ... Dharma & Greg was an American television situation comedy broadcast between 1997 and 2002 on ABC. The premise of the show was a relationship between two characters regarded as cultural opposites. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ...


Chong was originally going to voice the character of Shenzi the hyena in the Disney film The Lion King, which would have had him performing once more with Cheech Marin, who voiced Banzai (the Shenzi character was later changed to be female, and voiced instead by Whoopi Goldberg). Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are a fictional trio of villainous spotted hyenas who first appeared in the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King. ... This article is about Disneys 1994 film. ... “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ...


In September 2005 a/k/a Tommy Chong premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary, produced, written and directed by Josh Gilbert, chronicles Chong's comedic and personal history, which motivated Federal Prosecutor Mary Beth Buchanan to target him in the Justice Department's 12 million dollar sting, "Operation Pipe Dream," under Attorney General John Ashcroft. The project features interviews with Cheech Marin, Bill Maher, George Thorogood, Peter Coyote, Lou Adler, Eric Schlosser and Jay Leno. a/k/a Tommy Chong is a documentary film that chronicles a Drug Enforcement Administration raid on comedian Tommy Chongs house and his subsequent jail sentence for trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia, in particular bongs. ... Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ... Operation Pipe Dream was the code-name for a nationwide investigation in 2003 targeting businesses selling drug paraphernalia, mostly marijuana pipes and bongs, under a little-used statute (Title 21, Section 863(a) of the U.S. Code. ... John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American politician who was the 79th United States Attorney General. ... “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... William Maher, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Peter Coyote (born October 10, 1941) is an American actor and author, and has narrated many documentaries and audio books. ... Lou Adler (born December 13, 1933) is an American record producer, manager, and director. ... Eric Schlosser (born 1959) is an American journalist and author. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (April 28, 1950) is an Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedian and television host, who succeeded Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in 1992. ...


Personal life

Chong was married to his first wife, Maxine Sneed from 1960 until their divorce in 1970. Their children were Rae Dawn and Robbi. He married his second wife Shelby in 1975. He has three children with her: sons Paris and Gilbran, and daughter Precious. Precious (b. 1968) was born to Chong and Shelby while he was still married to Maxine. Marcus (b. Marcus Wyatt, 1967) Marcus Chong was adopted by Chong. Rae Dawn Chong (born February 28, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian born actress and daughter of Tommy Chong. ... Robbi Chong (born 28 May 1965 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is an actress, the daughter of actor Tommy Chong and the sister of actress Rae Dawn Chong. ... Marcus Chong (born July 8, 1967 in Seattle, Washington) is the adopted son of famous comedian Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame. ...


Both Robbi and Rae Dawn have all pursued careers in acting. Although not widely recognized or active in the Asian Canadian community, Chong is certainly the most famous of Asian Canadian hippies, and among if not the most famous Asian Canadian comics of all time.[citation needed] In the late 1980s, Chong became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a national of a nation, or a citizen of a country, other than the one of his birth. ...


Chong is a marijuana activist and is a supporter of marijuana legalization & medical use of marijuana.[5] He is a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine and sits on the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) advisory board. Cannabis Culture Magazine was founded in the summer of 1994 by Marc Emery, BC Marijuana Party President, well-known as Canadas Prince of Pot. It is one of several publications focused on marijuana and hemp around the world. ... The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML (pronounced normal) is a US-based non-profit corporation founded in 1970 to, according to their most recent mission statement, move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by...


Legal trouble

In 2003, Chong was targeted by two American investigations code-named Operation Pipe Dream and Operation Headhunter, which sought out businesses selling drug paraphernalia, mostly water pipes. He was charged for his part in financing and promoting Chong Glass/Nice Dreams, a company started by his son Paris. Chong agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia in exchange for non-prosecution of his wife, Shelby, and his son. While 54 of the 55 individuals charged as a result of the operations were sentenced to fines and home detentions, Chong was sentenced on September 11, 2003, to 9 months in a federal prison, forfeiture of $103,000, and a year of probation. Operation Pipe Dream was the code-name for a nationwide investigation in 2003 targeting businesses selling drug paraphernalia, mostly marijuana pipes and bongs, under a little-used statute (Title 21, Section 863(a) of the U.S. Code. ... This is a list of known Coalition military operations of the Iraq War. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A bong, also commonly known as a water pipe, is a smoking device, generally used to smoke cannabis or tobacco, but also other substances. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While government officials denied that Chong was treated any differently from the other defendants, many felt that he was made an example of by the government. Soon afterwards, marijuana advocates started the Free Tommy Chong! movement that called for his release. Chong served his sentence from October 8, 2003 to July 7, 2004, and in December 2004 was to appear off-Broadway in a show entitled The Marijuana-Logues, a parody of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. His legal concerns, including that audiences were actually smoking marijuana in some of the shows early in its tour ultimately caused him to quit the show.[citation needed] is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Marijuana-Logues is an off-Broadway comedy show in New York City. ... Eve Ensler. ... The Vagina Monologues is an Obie Award-winning episodic play written by Eve Ensler which ran at the off-Broadway Westside Theatre after a limited run at HERE Arts Center in 1996. ...


In 2006, Chong wrote a book about his experiences in jail and his interest in meditation, called The I Chong: Meditations From The Joint (ISBN 1-4169-1554-0)


Filmography

TV Series

Promotional photo with the cast of The George Lopez Show The George Lopez Show is an ABC sitcom starring George Lopez. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the late 1970s. ... Information Portrayed by Tommy Chong Leonard Chingkwake (born August 24, 1924) is a character on the Fox sitcom That 70s Show. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Dharma & Greg is an American television situation comedy co-produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, More-Medavoy Productions and 4 to 6 Foot Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. It first aired from September 24, 1997, to April 30, 2002, and starred Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson... For other possible meanings, see Slider (disambiguation). ... Nash Bridges was an American television police drama that was created by Carlton Cuse. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...

Voices

  • Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) - Hippie
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) - Root

Movies

a/k/a Tommy Chong is a documentary film that chronicles a Drug Enforcement Administration raid on comedian Tommy Chongs house and his subsequent jail sentence for trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia, in particular bongs. ... Evil Bong is a 2006 horror/comedy film directed by Charles Band. ... The Wash, as seen looking west from Heacham, Norfolk The Wash is also the name of a 2001 film. ... Half Baked is a 1998 comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ... National Lampoons Senior Trip is a 1995 teen movie directed by Kelly Makin and someone else using the pseudonym Alan Smithee. ... The Spirit of 76 is 1990 film that spoofs American culture of the mid-1970s. ... Far Out Man was a 1990 movie starring Tommy Chong. ... For other uses, see Tripwire (disambiguation). ... After Hours, a movie directed by Martin Scorsese After Hours, an album by Gary Moore After Hours, a business owned by May Department Stores The After Hours, an episode of The Twilight Zone later remade for the 1980s revival of the series This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid... Get Out of My Room is an album and short form video featuring comedians Cheech and Chong, released in 1985. ... Cheech & Chongs The Corsican Brothers (1984) is the sixth and final feature-length film centred around the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. ... Yellowbeard poster Yellowbeard is a 1983 comedy film, that was co-written and acted by Monty Python member Graham Chapman and David Sherlock, and directed by Mel Damski. ... Still Smokin is a semi-concert film by Cheech and Chong, released in 1983. ... Things are Tough All Over (1982) is the fourth Cheech and Chong movie. ... Artwork for the canceled DVD release It Came From Hollywood, directed by Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt, is a compilation of clips from many famous and not-so-famous bad movies, including Maniac, Reefer Madness, Glen or Glenda, The Cool and the Crazy, Teenagers from Outer Space, and Plan 9... Nice Dreams was Cheech and Chongs third feature-length film, released in 1981 by Paramount. ... // Cast Cheech Marin: Cheech/ Dwayne RED Mendoza Tommy Chong: Chong Evelyn Guerrero: Donna Betty Kennedy: Candy Sy Kramer: Mr. ... Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech and Chongs first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. ...

References

  1. ^ Tommy Chong Biography (1938-)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong Biographies
  4. ^ Kayce, Aaron (2007). Tommy Chong: From Guitar to Bong. Harp. HarpMagazine.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-24.
  5. ^ Tommy Chong - NORML

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External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Memory Hole > Tommy Chong's Deleted Paraphernalia Website (292 words)
Tommy Chong--best known for his stoner movies with Cheech Marin--was among those targeted in Operations Pipe Dreams and Headhunter.
For reasons not explained, Chong was not mentioned in the Justice Department's press release, and his Website was allowed to remain online.
The Websites of the other people caught up in the sweep were quickly pulled offline by the DEA (but you can still see them here).
Encyclopedia: Tommy Chong (1150 words)
Chong is the son of Stanley (of Chinese descent) and Lorna Jean Chong (of Scots-Irish ancestry).
Chong was a recurring character and later a regular character as the hippie "Leo" during the second, third, fourth, and eighth seasons of That '70s Show.
Chong served his sentence from October 8, 2003 to July 7, 2004, and in December 2004 was to appear off-Broadway in a one-man show entitled "The Marijuana-Logues", a parody of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
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