Marcus Chong

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Marcus Chong
Born Marcus Wyatt
(1967-07-08) July 8, 1967 (age 47)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active 1978-present

Marcus Chong (born Marcus Wyatt[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

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.

Acting career[edit]

Marcus Chong first performed on Broadway in Stand-Up Tragedy with Jack Coleman. He won the Theater World Award that year.

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").

Chong recently completed his first novel, entitled The Arch. He was inspired by his acting in The Matrix and accounts of Alexandre Dumas, whom he considers a hero.[3]


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