July 8, 1967
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Marcus Chong (born Marcus Wyatt on July 8, 1967) is an American actor. His best-known roles are Huey P. Newton in Panther (1995), directed by Mario Van Peebles, and Tank the Operator in The Matrix (1999). Born in Seattle, Washington, he was adopted as a child by actor/comedian Tommy Chong and his second wife, and moved to Los Angeles.
Early life and education
He was born Marcus Wyatt in 1967 in Seattle, Washington, to unmarried parents. His mother is of Asian ancestry. His father is Martin Wyatt, then an early African-American football star at the University of Washington. He later served for decades as sports reporter in San Francisco for KGO-TV. He had three children in a marriage after Marcus.
The boy Marcus was adopted in 1978 by Tommy Chong (a Canadian comedian of European-Chinese ancestry), and his second wife Shelby Fiddis; he joined their household in Los Angeles. The couple had a total of three biological children: two sons and a daughter. In addition, Chong had two older daughters by his first wife. Chong is an actor and part of the comedy team, Cheech and Chong.
Wyatt began acting at age nine; his debut was portraying Frankie Warner in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations (19xx). Wyatt was a guest star in Little House on the Prairie, working with Michael Landon in the episode, "Blind Journey". Wyatt portrayed a blind boy named Samson.
When Marcus Wyatt turned eighteen, Tommy Chong suggested that he take the family surname, which he did. Three of his sisters have each pursued acting careers.
In the early 1990s, he played lead character Miguel Mendez on the TV show Street Justice. He later appeared in the Vanishing Son action series as Fu Qua Johnson. Of mixed-race ancestry, he played a biracial character of similar ancestry in Season 3 of the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Inheritance").
- "Marcus Chong Biography on filmreference.com". Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- DAN RALEY, "Where Are They Now? Martin Wyatt, former Huskies running back", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 30 January 2007, accessed 8 December 2013
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