Cheech Marin

Biography

Date of Birth 13 July 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Richard Anthony Marin Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) Richard "Cheech" Marin is an American comedian and actor, who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech and Chong during the 1970s and early 80's, and as Don Johnson's quick-and-scheme partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges. Marin is a graduate of California State University Northridge where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. His stage persona is that of a stereotypical Mexican American, or an uneducated urban Chicano. Fleeing from the US draft during the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, Marin settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he met future comedic partner Tommy Chong. As a part of the duo Cheech and Chong he participated in a number of comedy albums and feature film comedies. After he and Tommy went their separate ways, he starred in a number of films as a solo actor, most notably Born in East L.A., Tin Cup and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Marin made the transition to television when he co-starred with Don Johnson 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. His last television work included a supporting role in Judging Amy, where he played an independently wealthy landscape designer. He's also a favorite of director Robert Rodriguez, who has worked with Marin seven times following the last two installments of his El Mariachi trilogy, the Spy Kids trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn and the Machete trailer for Grindhouse. He also provided his voice for several Disney animated films, most notably Tito in Oliver & Company (1988), Banzai the Hyena in The Lion King (1994), which he reprised in the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and the lowrider Ramone in Cars (2006). He also made a small appearance as a dockworker in the movie Ghostbusters 2. Marin has also released a best-selling album in the children's music genre, My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver (1997). The album was released bilingually. Marin is one of the foremost collectors of Chicano art in the United States, and his private collection is claimed to be the world's largest. Two national touring exhibitions have featured works from his collection. He's also an avid golfer, although Marin initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in Tin Cup. Marin was born with a cleft lip, which has long since been repaired. He speaks fluent Spanish[verification needed] and uses it in some of the movies he stars in. Marin's trademark is his character's Mexican-accented voice. The actor took a cue from his Nash Bridges counterpart as he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area year round, as a resident of the city's ritzy Sea Cliff neighborhood. Marin was going to do the voice role of Cesar Vialpando from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas but it went to Clifton Collins Jr.. In the fall of 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. In the third season of the hit television series Lost, Marin plays Hurley's father

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Up In Smoke

Pedro De Pacas

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Desperado

Short Bartender

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Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin

Cheech

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Mad Hog (voice)

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Grindhouse

Padre Benicio Del Toro (segment "Machete")

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Born in East L.A.

Rudy

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Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams

Cheech (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Tin Cup

Romeo Posar

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Things Are Tough All Over

Cheech / Mr. Slyman / Narrator (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Paulie

Ignacio

Starring In
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The Long Game

Pollo

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Champions

Julio

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Shotgun Wedding

Robert

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Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain

Self

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Angry Neighbors

Hector (voice)

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Nash Bridges

Joe Dominguez

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The War with Grandpa

Danny

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Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

Self

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Coco

Corrections Officer (voice)

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Cars 3

Ramone (voice)

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Good Fortune

Himself

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The Book of Life

Pancho Rodriguez (voice)

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Machete Kills

Padre (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie

Himself (voice)

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El Santos vs La Tetona Mendoza

El Narrador / El Charro (voice)

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Cars 2

Ramone (voice)

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Mad Hog (voice)

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Machete

Padre Cortez

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Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This

Self / Various

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Pure Country 2: The Gift

Pedro

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The Perfect Game

Padre Estaban

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Race to Witch Mountain

Eddie Cortez

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Cheech & Chong: Roasted

Himself

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Manuel (voice)

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Planet Terror

Priest

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Grindhouse

Padre Benicio Del Toro (segment "Machete")

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Blood Sucking Cinema

Himself

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

Himself (archive footage)

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Uncle P

Juan

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Tales From Earthsea

Hare (voice)

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Cars

Ramone (voice)

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Mater and the Ghostlight

Ramone (voice)

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aka Tommy Chong

Himself (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Underclassman

Captain Victor Delgado

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Christmas with the Kranks

Officer Salino

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The Lion King 1½

Banzai (voice)

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Good Boy!

The Greater Dane's Henchman (voice)

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Belini

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Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Felix Gumm

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This So-Called Disaster

himself

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Masked and Anonymous

Prospero

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The Original Latin Kings of Comedy

Himself

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Pinocchio

The Fox (voice: English version)

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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Felix Gumm

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Spy Kids

Felix Gumm

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Picking Up the Pieces

Mayor Machado

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The Nuttiest Nutcracker

Mac (voice)

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Grass

Pedro De Pacas (archive footage)

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Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night

Mac (voice)

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Paulie

Ignacio

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Tin Cup

Romeo Posar

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From Dusk Till Dawn

Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos

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The Great White Hype

Julio Escobar

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Tracey Takes On - The Complete First Season

Carlos (2 episodes, 1996-1998)

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The Courtyard

Angel Steiner

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Desperado

Short Bartender

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The Lion King

Banzai (voice)

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The Cisco Kid

Pancho

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Charlie's Ghost: The Secret Of Coronado

Coronado

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Stump (voice)

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The Shrimp on the Barbie

Carlos

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Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

Carnival Barker

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Ghostbusters II

Dock Supervisor

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Troop Beverly Hills

Himself

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Rude Awakening

Jesús Monteya

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Far Out Man

Cheech

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Oliver & Company

Tito (voice)

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Fatal Beauty

Bartender

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Born in East L.A.

Rudy

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Echo Park

Syd

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After Hours

Neil

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Get Out of My Room

Himself / Ian Rotten

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Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers

Corsican Brother

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Cannonball Run II

Tire Store Employee

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Elvira's MTV Halloween Party

Self

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Yellowbeard

El Segundo (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin

Cheech

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Things Are Tough All Over

Cheech / Mr. Slyman / Narrator (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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It Came From Hollywood

Himself

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Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams

Cheech (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Cheech / Dwayne 'Red' Mendoza (as Richard Marin)

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Up In Smoke

Pedro De Pacas

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Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians

Himself (archive footage)

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