Cheech Marin

 

Date Of Birth

July 13, 1946
 

Biography

American comedian and actor Cheech Marin is best known as one half of the 1970s comedy act Cheech & Chong, and later, as Inspector Joe Dominguez in Nash Bridges. Born in Los Angeles on July 13, 1946, he met his future comedic partner Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia, while fleeing from the military draft at the height of the Vietnam War.

The result was the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, which released a number of successful comedy albums and low-budget films, starting with 1978’s Up in Smoke. Their success lated until the mid-1980s, upon the release of their album Get Out of My Room, when Marin decided to leave the act and focus on his solo career. He then appeared in films such as Born in East L.A., which was inspired by a song on their last album; Tin Cup; and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. His roles are usually that of a stereotypical Mexican-American, or an uneducated Chicano.

After other appearances on film and television—guest appearances, for example, in The Tracey Ullman Show, Tales from the Crypt and Married… with Children—he starred alongside Don Johnson in the television police drama Nash Bridges. His played the role of Inspector Joe Rodriguez, best friend to Nash Bridges, who handles the business end of their private detective agency. He stayed throughout the show’s run, from 1996 to 2001.

Marin also worked as a voice actor, notably in Disney films such as Oliver & Company, The Lion King, and Cars. He also released two children’s music albums, the first being My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver in 1992; he also wrote a children’s book, which was published in 2007. His most recent appearances include in films such as Underclassmen and Grindhouse, and television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Lost. He was also a contestant on the reality show Celebrity Duets, where he was the fourth contestant eliminated. However, he emerged the winner in a 2010 episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, beating Anderson Cooper and Aisha Tyler. He also appeared in movies like Race to Witch Mountain and The Perfect Game, as well as landing the part of Fernando in the 2012 CBS comedy Rob!, starring Rob Schneider.
 

Place of Birth

Los Angeles, California
 

Birth Name

Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin
 

Gender

Male
 

Filmography

2012: ¡Rob! (TV series) - Fernando
2011: Behind the Scenes of Sacks West (video short)
2011: Sacks West (short)
2011: Cars 2 - Ramone (voice)
2011: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil - Mad Hog (voice)
2011: Off the Map (TV series) - Papa Ucumari
2011: Outnumbered (TV movie)
2010: Pure Country 2: The Gift - Pedro
2010: Machete - Padre
2010: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series) - Drug Lord (segment "Cop 'n Kitty")
2009: Cars Race-O-Rama (Video Game) - Ramone (voice)
2009: The Perfect Game - Padre Estaban
2009: Race to Witch Mountain - Eddie
2007-2009: Lost (TV series) - David Reyes
2009: Expecting a Miracle (TV movie) - Father Arturo
2008: Beverly Hills Chihuahua - Manuel (voice)
2008: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Otis Sharon
2007: Cars Mater-National (Video Game) - Ramone (voice)
2007: Uncle P - Juan
2007: Planet Terror - Priest
2007: Grindhouse - Padre Benicio Del Toro (segment "Machete")
2007: Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Video Game) - Banzai (voice: English version)
2006: Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) - Gaspar Gomez (voice)
2006: Mater and the Ghostlight (video short) - Ramone (voice)
2006: Tales from Earthsea - Hare (voice: English version)
2006: Cars (Video Game) - Ramone (voice)
2006: Cars - Ramone (voice)
2005: Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game) - Banzai (voice: English version)
2005: Dora the Explorer (TV series) - KingJuan El Bobo (voice)
2005: Underclassman - Captain Victor Delgado
2005: Mind of Mencia (TV series) - Pope Cheech I
2004-2005: Judging Amy (TV series) - Ignacio Messina
2004: Christmas with the Kranks - Officer Salino
2004: See You in My Dreams (TV movie) - Esteban
2004: The Lion King 1 1/2 (video) - Banzai (voice)
2003: George Lopez (TV series) - Lalo
2003: Good Boy! - The Greater Dane's Henchman (voice)
2003: Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Belini
2003: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over - Felix Gumm
2003: Masked and Anonymous - Prospero
2003: The Ortegas (TV series) - Henry Ortega
2002: Pinocchio - The Fox (voice: English version)
2002: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams - Felix Gumm
1996-2001: Nash Bridges (TV series) - Insp. Joe Dominguez
2001: Spy Kids - Felix Gumm
2000: South Park (TV series) - Carlos Ramirez
2000: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series) - Hector Archuletta
2000: Luminarias - Jesus
2000: Picking Up the Pieces - Mayor Machado
1999: The Nuttiest Nutcracker (video) - Mac (voice)
1998: Breakfast with Einstein (TV movie)
1998: It's Tough to Be a Bug (short) - Chili (voice)
1998: Paulie - Ignacio
1996-1998: Tracey Takes On... (TV series) - Carlos
1996: Tin Cup - Romeo Posar
1996: The Great White Hype - Julio Escobar
1996: From Dusk Till Dawn - Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos
1996: Blazing Dragons (Video Game) (voice)
1995: Charlie's Ghost Story - Coronado
1995: The Courtyard (TV movie) - Angel Steiner
1995: Desperado - Short Bartender
1995: The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III - Master Borgia
1995: Santo Bugito (TV series) - Lencho the Flea
1994: Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game) - Banzai (voice)
1994: Dream On (TV series) - Waiter
1994: The Lion King - Banzai (voice)
1994: A Million to Juan - Shell Shock
1991-1994: Married with Children (TV series) - Buck the Dog
1994: The Cisco Kid (TV movie) - Pancho
1993: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Dr. Beneloy
1992-1993: The Golden Palace (TV series) - Chuy Castillos
1992: Ring of the Musketeers (TV movie) - Burt Aramis
1992: FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Stump (voice)
1991: Great Performances (TV series) - El Cosmico
1990: The Shrimp on the Barbie - Carlos
1990: Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV movie) - Carnival Barker
1989: Rude Awakening - Jesus Montea
1989: Ghostbusters II - Dock Supervisor
1988: Oliver & Company - Tito (voice)
1988: Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV movie) - Disneyland Janitor
1987: The Tracey Ullman Show (TV series) - Azai, Convenience Store Owner
1987: Fatal Beauty - Bartender
1987: Born in East L.A. - Rudy
1986: Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment (video) - Elvis Friend & Fan
1986: Echo Park - Syd
1985: After Hours - Neil
1984: Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers - Louis Corsican
1984: Cannonball Run II - Tire Store Employee
1983: Yellowbeard - El Segundo
1983: Still Smokin - Cheech
1982: Things Are Tough All Over - Cheech/Mr. Slyman/Narrator
1982: Movie Macabre (TV series) - Satan
1981: Nice Dreams - Cheech
1980: Cheech & Chong's Next Movie - Cheech/Dwayne 'Red' Mendoza
1978: Up in Smoke - Pedro De Pacas

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