July 8, 1967
Seattle, Washington, USA
|Awards||1991 Theatre World Award|
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).
Wyatt began acting at age nine; his debut was portraying the young Frankie Warner in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations (1979). Wyatt was a guest star in Little House on the Prairie, in "Blind Journey" part 2.
Chong originated the role of student Lee Cortez in the Broadway production of Stand-Up Tragedy, written by Bill Cain which opened at the Criterion Center Stage Right and closed in October 1990 after 13 performances. The short-lived role never-the-less earned him a 1991 Theatre World Award; he was also nominated Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
In 1999, Chong appeared as Tank the Operator in The Matrix. In May 2003 Chong filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court against Warner Bros and AOL Time Warner, saying Warner was in breach of a 1998 verbal agreement, and a 2000 contract to continue the character of Tank in the film's two sequels. It was reported that a breakdown in talks caused by his salary demands, prompted The Wachowskis to write Chong's character out of the second and third films in the series.
As a 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. When Wyatt turned 18, he took on the Chong family surname.
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