Tommy Chong

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Tommy Chong

Born

5/24/1938, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Birth Name

Thomas B. Kin Chong

Gender

Male
9.4
out of 10
User Rating
77 votes

Biography

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Grammy Award-winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his contribution to American counterculture as part of the comedy team Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1974 Grammy winner "Los Cochinos," and starred in seven films, most of which Chong…more

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  • Trivia

    • Tommy reported to a privately run federal prison in 2003 to serve his nine month sentence for conspiring to sell bongs and other paraphernalia over the internet, even as his attorneys prepared to argue for his release pending appeal.

    • Tommy was the first choice for the part of Shenzi the hyena, in Disney's The Lion King alongside Cheech, but the part went to Whoopi Goldberg when he couldn't be reached.

    • Tommy performs a stand-up comedy act with his wife Shelby, performing to sold-out crowds.

    • Tommy performed live on stage in The Marijuana-Logues in 2004, at the Actor's Playhouse in New York.

    • Tommy started his own on-line internet business selling hand-crafted, autographed marijuana smoking devices, called 'Chong Bongs' and water pipes.

    • Tommy reunited with Cheech in 1995 for a small, but integral role in Martin Scorsese's After Hours.

    • Tommy acted and performed a song for the Showtime cable television special Cheech & Chong: Get Out Of My Room.

    • Tommy made his debut as a producer, serving as the executive producer on the unsold sitcom pilot The Family Martinez, starring Robert Beltran.

    • Tommy took a supporting role in the comedy National Lampoon's Senior Trip in 1995.

    • Tommy began his solo career in 1991, as a one man stand-up act, when he and Cheech parted ways.

    • Tommy co-wrote all five of the movies that followed Up In Smoke, and Cheech appeared in all of them, directing several.

    • Tommy broke into the world of big screen movies in 1978, alongside Cheech in Up In Smoke. The film was budgeted and made for $2 million dollars, and grossed $47.5 million domestically, eventually amassing more than $100 million worldwide.

    • Tommy and Cheech won a Grammy Award for 'Best Comedy Recording' with their second album, Los Cochinos.

    • Tommy and Cheech enjoyed a huge following in the 1970s and early 1980s, their Big Bambu album, released in 1972, became the #1 largest-selling comedy record of all time, holding onto that title for years to come.

    • Tommy enjoyed the successes that came with the stand-up comedy in nightclubs, and soon the duo started to open for famous rock bands. They started up shows for bands like The Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones.

    • Tommy played the more laid-back, spaced-out of the duo, to Cheech's high-strung, hyperactive, manic voice and personality. Both comics parodied their ethnic stereotypes, as well as their search for and consumption of premium marijuana.

    • Tommy and Cheech started their career together working clubs in Toronto, Canada, and Los Angeles, California. They hit the nightclubs, creating a fan base as they went along, and refining their routine.

    • Tommy formed a Toronto-based improv group called City Works, where he met Cheech Marin, who was in Toronto to avoid the draft. The two ended up a dynamic comedy duo that began in 1969.

    • Tommy became a member of the band called Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, he played the guitar and co-wrote a popular song titled 'Does Your Mama Know About Me?'.

    • Tommy was a high school drop-out who began in the entertainment industry when he co-founded a Canadian R & B band called The Shades, he played guitar.

    • He is the only person of the 55 arrested during the US Drug Enforcement Administration's "Operation Pipe Dreams" to serve time in prison.

  • Quotes

    • Tommy: You know, I left the country when Reagan got in; I went to France. And when George Bush Jr. got in, my instincts told me it was time to go - I'd felt that we had grown above that, you know?

    • Tommy: You can't do a lot of things when you're high. Like, you can't shoot a movie. You can't be an actor in a movie.

    • Tommy: I call this the Tsunami Government. This government is just like the tsunami. It's coming in, it's going to wreak havoc and desolation, and then it'll go out. It'll disappear. So we just have to live through it.

    • Tommy: Cigarettes. I won't do cigarettes. Nicotine will kill ya.

    • Tommy: I don't really drink a lot of booze, alcohol will kill ya... but I smoke all the pot I can find. I don't smoke it all at once, I just do a little bit at a time, and I, uh, I used to take acid but I quit around 1971.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • comedian

    10
    he is hilarious . he is really funny in that 70s show as leo my favorite quote of his is what are you doing in canada from the episode canada road trip . tommy chong is the best he is one of the best comedians ever . that 70s show got a real boost when he came on it . every time they where doing something not funny he always did . that is why his picture for my profile is him . that 70s show rocks . i said it ones and i will say it again tommy chong is hilarious.moreless
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    10
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