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Marin at the 2012 ALMA Awards.
|Birth name||Richard Anthony Marin|
July 13, 1946 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Latin comedy, stoner comedy|
|Subject(s)||Recreational drug use,
|Influences||Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Mort Sahl, Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters|
|Influenced||Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Russell Peters, Mitch Hedberg, Ron White, Jackie Martling|
|Spouse||Darlene Morley (1975-1984),
Patti Heid (1986-?),
Natasha Rubin (2009-present)
Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin (born July 13, 1946) is a Mexican American comedian, actor and writer who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s with Tommy Chong and early 1980s, and as Don Johnson's partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges. He has also voiced characters in several Disney productions, including Oliver and Company, The Lion King, It's Tough to be a Bug!, Cars, Cars 2 and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Marin's trademark is his characters' strong Mexican-accent; this is part of a comic persona, rather than a natural accent since Marin was born and raised in the United States.
Early life 
Marin was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Elsa (née Meza), a secretary, and Oscar Marin, a policeman in the LAPD. Marin was born with a cleft lip, which has long since been repaired. Although he speaks Spanish and uses it in some of his movies, he is not particularly fluent.
Marin's nickname "Cheech" is short for "chicharron", a fried pork skin that is a popular snack in Mexican cuisine and a favorite of marijuana smokers afflicted with "the munchies", and the nickname's alliteration with Chong's surname made "Cheech and Chong" an obvious choice for the name of the duo. The name of this character gave rise to the popular term "cheeched", meaning "under the influence of marijuana, usually at a relatively high dose".
Marin graduated from Bishop Alemany High School, located in California's San Fernando Valley, as well as from San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge), where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. Marin auditioned to sing for Frank Zappa in 1967, but moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in September of that year to avoid the U.S. draft during the height of the Vietnam War. In Vancouver, Marin met his future comedic partner Tommy Chong.
Comedy albums and films 
As a part of the highly successful comedy duo Cheech & Chong, Marin participated in a number of comedy albums and feature film comedies in the 1970s and 1980s. Tommy Chong directed four of their films, while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin.
Later films and television work 
Marin made the transition to full-time television work when he co-starred on the short-lived The Golden Girls spin-off The Golden Palace (1992–1993), and later with Don Johnson, Jaime P. Gomez 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. After appearing in a supporting role in Judging Amy, playing an independently wealthy landscape designer, Marin starred in the CBS sitcom Rob, with Rob Schneider.
Marin is a favorite of director Robert Rodriguez, who has worked with Marin seven times; the last two installments of the Mexico trilogy, the Spy Kids trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn and Machete. He provided his voice for several Disney animated films, most notably Tito in Oliver & Company (1988), Banzai in The Lion King (1994) and Ramone in Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). He also reprised the Banzai role in Kingdom Hearts II. He made a small appearance as a dockworker in the movie Ghostbusters 2.
Children's music albums 
Marin has released two best-selling albums in the children's music genre, My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver (1992) and My Name is Cheech, The School Bus Driver "Coast to Coast" (1997). Both albums were released bilingually. In July 2007, Cheech Marin added children's book author to his list of accomplishments with the release of Cheech the School Bus Driver, illustrated by Orlando L. Ramirez (Published by HarperCollins).
Additional television appearances 
In late 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.
On March 18, 2010, Marin beat journalist Anderson Cooper and actress Aisha Tyler on Celebrity Jeopardy!'s Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational. Cooper admitted he was "crushed" by Marin. Marin also won his semifinal round early May but lost in the May 6–7 final to Michael McKean. He had previously won the first Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament in 1992.
Other interests 
Marin is an avid collector of Chicano art. Two national touring exhibitions have featured works from his private collection.
He is also an avid golfer, although he initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in Tin Cup.
Personal life 
Marin was married in 1975 to Darlene Morley, who co-produced Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers and also played minor roles in earlier Cheech & Chong films under the name Rikki Marin. The couple had one child and divorced in 1984. Marin married Patti Heid in 1986; they had two children and have since divorced. Marin married his longtime girlfriend, Russian pianist Natasha Rubin on August 8, 2009, in a sunset ceremony at their home.
Marin resides in California.
|1978||Up in Smoke||Pedro de Pacas|
|1980||Cheech & Chong's Next Movie||Cheech/Dwayne "Red" Mendoza|
|1982||Things Are Tough All Over||Cheech/Mr.Slyman/Narrator|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Tire Store Employee|
|Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers||Corsican Brother|
|1985||Get Out of My Room||Cheech/Ian Rotten|
|1986||Charlie Barnett's Tems of Enrollment||Elvis & Fan|
|1987||Born in East L.A.||Rudy|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Disney Janitor|
|Oliver & Company||Tito the Chihuahua||Voice|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Dock Supervisor|
|Rude Awakening||Jesus Monteya|
|Troop Beverly Hills||cameo|
|1990||Far Out Man||Cheech|
|The Shrimp on the Barbie||Carlos|
|1992||Ferngully: The Last Rainforest||Stump||Voice|
|1994||Charlie's Ghost Story||Coronado|
|The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III||Master Borgia|
|A Million to Juan||Shell Shock|
|The Lion King||Banzai the Hyena||Voice|
|From Dusk Till Dawn||Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos|
|The Great White Hype||Julio Escobar|
|Tin Cup||Romeo Posar|
|It's Tough to be a Bug!||Attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom|
|1999||The Nuttiest Nutcracker||Mac||Voice|
|2000||See You in My Dreams||Estaban|
|2000||Picking Up the Pieces||Mayor Machado|
|2001||Spy Kids||Felix Gumm|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Felix Gumm|
|2003||The Ortegas||Henny Ortega|
|2003||Masked and Anonymous||Prospero|
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Felix Gumm|
|2003||Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Belini|
|2003||Good Boy!||The Henchmen||Voice|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Banzai the Hyena||Voice|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Officer Salino|
|2005||Fall Down a School||Erick Matthew, 202, 26, 57, 211 Bus Motorists||Voice|
|2005||Judging Amy||Ignacio Messina|
|2005||Underclassman||Captain Victor Delgado|
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Banzai the Hyena||Voice; video-game|
|2006||Scarface: The World is Yours||Gaspar Gomez|
|2006||Mater and the Ghostlight||Ramone||Voice|
|2007||The Union: The Business Behind Getting High||Himself|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Manuel||Voice|
|2009||Expecting a Miracle||Father Arturo||Television film|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Auto Mechanic|
|2010||The Perfect Game||Padre Estaban|
|2010||Tales from Earthsea||Hare||Voice|
|2010||Machete||Padre||Cheech also makes an appearance as the Padre in the (then) fictitious Machete trailer for the 2007 Grindhouse double feature. The trailer appears in the DVD for the Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse.|
|2011||Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil||Mad Hog||Voice|
|2012||El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza||Narrator, El Charro||Voice (Spanish-language Mexican animated film)|
|2013||Seven Psychopaths||The Dog, Erick Matthew||Voice|
Television credits 
- Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV) (1990) ... Carnival Barkera
- Great Performances (TV) ... El Cosmico (1 episode, 1991)
- Ring of the Musketeers (TV)(1992) .... Burt Aramis
- The Golden Palace (TV)...Chuy Castillos (24 episodes, 1992–1993)
- Tales from the Crypt (TV)... Dr. Beneloy (1 episode, 1993)
- The Cisco Kid (TV)(1994) ... Pancho
- Married with Children (3 episodes, 1991–1994)...Buck's Voice
- Dream On (1994)... Waiter (1 episode, 1994)
- Santo Bugito (1995) TV Series .... Lencho the Flea (unknown episodes)
- The Courtyard (TV) (1995)... Angel Steiner
- Latino Laugh Festival (TV) (1996)... Host
- Happily Ever After: Fairytales For Every Child (TV) Character- "Hansel and Gretel"
- Tracey Takes On... (1996–1998).... Carlos (starred in only 2 episodes)
- Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups V (TV) (2000)...Host
- The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards (TV) (2000)...Host
- Resurrection Blvd. (TV) (2000)...as Hector Archuletta
- South Park (TV) (2000)...voiced as Carlos Ramirez (voiced in 1 episode \"Cherokee Hair Tampons\")
- Nash Bridges (TV) (2001)...as Inspector Joe Dominguez (1996–2001)
- Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales (TV) (2003)...as Himself
- George Lopez (TV) (2003)...as Lalo (Starred in the episode titled Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey)
- Storm Hawks (2007) ...Cyclonian Pilot
- Lost (TV) (2007–2009)...as David Reyes (Hurley's Dad in the episodes Tricia Tanaka Is Dead, There's no Place Like Home and The Lie)
- Mind of Mencia (2008)...Gay man's father
- Grey's Anatomy (2008)...Otis (episode "Where the Wild Things Are")
- MADtv (2009) Himself
- WWE Raw (TV) (2010)...as Himself (Guest Host)
- Off the Map (TV) (2011)...as Papa
- The Simpsons (2011)...as Himself (Guest voice)
- Lopez Tonight (TV) (2011)...as Himself, George's celebrity father
- Psych (2012)...as Deacon Jones
- Rob (2012)...as Fernando
- Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (2012)...as Himself (celebrity contestant)
Cheech and Chong comedy albums 
- Cheech and Chong (1971)
- Big Bambu (1972)
- Los Cochinos (1973)
- Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album (1974)
- Sleeping Beauty (1976)
- Up In Smoke (1978)
- Let's Make a New Dope Deal (1980)
- Get Out Of My Room (1985)
- "Cheech Marin high on art". CNN.
- http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=KC&p_theme=kc&p_action=search&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=110114E667A3CFD8&p_field_direct-0=document_id. Missing or empty
- Wedlan, Candace A. (May 10, 1999). "Whatever Works / CHEECH MARIN; A Comic Axed by His Own Club".
- The Comedy Couch – Cheech Marin Interview
- Marin, Cheech (2009). Greasy Love Songs. Frank Zappa. Zappa Records.
- Noel Sheppard. "Pot Smoker Cheech Marin Beats Anderson Cooper on Jeopardy".
- Cheech Marin Donates Jeopardy! Winnings to Charity
- Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter
- Rikki Marin
- Cheech Marin – Biography
- "Limelight Listing - Cheech Marin's Malibu home". SFGate. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
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