- The surname Marin is of Spanish language origin. In Spanish, it is spelled Marín, with an acute accent on the í.
|Birth name||Richard Anthony Marin|
|Born||July 13, 1946|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Film, stand-up, television|
|Genres||Character comedy, musical comedy, political satire, sketch comedy, stoner comedy|
|Subject(s)||Latin American culture, drug culture, everyday life, recreational drug use|
(m. 1975; div. 1984)
(m. 1986; div. 2009)
Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin (born July 13, 1946) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and activist. He gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s with Tommy Chong and as Don Johnson's partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez, on Nash Bridges. He has also voiced characters in several Disney films, including Oliver & Company, The Lion King, the Cars series, Coco and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Marin was born on July 13, 1946, in South Los Angeles, California, to Mexican parents Elsa (née Meza) (1923–2010), a secretary, and Oscar Marin (1922–2015), a police officer for the LAPD. Marin was born with a cleft lip, which was surgically repaired. Marin identifies as Chicano; he speaks some Spanish and often uses it in his movies, but he is not fluent.
Marin's nickname "Cheech" is short for "chicharron", fried pork rind, which is a popular snack and ingredient in Latin American cuisine. In a 2017 NPR interview, Marin attributed the nickname to his uncle: "I came home from the hospital, I was like a couple of days old or something, my uncle came over and he looked in the crib and he said [in Spanish], 'Ay, parece un chicharrón.' Looks like a little chicharrón, you know?"
In 1955, Marin and his family moved to Granada Hills, California, and he attended primary school at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic School. Marin then went to high school at Bishop Alemany High School, during which he started to attend folk music events at the Ash Grove on Melrose Avenue as a teenager. Afterwards, he studied at California State University, Northridge (then known as San Fernando Valley State College), where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. During his second semester at CSUN, he worked almost full-time at Nordskog Industries in Van Nuys, while enrolled more than full-time as a college student. It was also during this time that he was socially introduced to marijuana through his fraternity, a key feature in his later film career, in addition to becoming acquainted with Timothy Leary at a local Students for a Democratic Society event, who would become a lifelong friend. Graduating CSUN as an English major in 1968, soon after he auditioned to sing for Frank Zappa's band, The Mothers of Invention. Not being offered the gig during his audition, a day later Marin moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in order to evade the draft during the Vietnam War. Marin met his future comedic partner, Tommy Chong, in Calgary, Alberta.
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 Marin.
Later films and television work
After Cheech & Chong disbanded in 1985, Marin starred in a number of films as a solo actor, most notably Born in East L.A., which was also his directorial debut, The Shrimp on the Barbie, Tin Cup, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He made a cameo appearance as a dockworker in Ghostbusters II. In 2004 he made his second appearance as a policeman, as "Officer Salino" in the film adaptation of John Grisham's holiday novel Skipping Christmas, under the title Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Marin appeared in the Fox sitcom Married... with Children as the voice of the Bundy's Briard dog, Buck; he voiced the character in three episodes: Look Who's Barking, Change for a Buck and Assault and Batteries.
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 frequent collaborator of the 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 the Chihuahua in Oliver & Company (1988), Banzai the hyena in The Lion King (1994), and Ramone in Cars (2006) and its sequels Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3 (2017). He also played Pancho in The Cisco Kid (1994), and reprised the Banzai role in the video game Kingdom Hearts II.
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, the book Cheech the School Bus Driver was released, written by Marin, illustrated by Orlando L. Ramirez, and published by HarperCollins.
Additional television appearances
Marin also sings on the hidden track "Earache My Eye" on Korn's album Follow the Leader. It is a cover of an original song by Cheech and Chong. The song is performed by a fictional singer named Alice Bowie, played by Marin, whose appearance consists of a tutu, a Disney mouse ear hat, nipple tassels, an eye mask and dress socks. This character is featured on the cover of Cheech and Chong's Wedding Album and the end of the duo's first film, Up In Smoke.
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.
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry
Marin is an avid collector of Chicano art and started his collection in the 1980s. Two national touring exhibitions have featured works from his private collection. He feels that it's important to "use his celebrity status to call attention to what he saw as an under-appreciated and under-represented style of art". In collaboration with the city of Riverside, California, and the Riverside Art Museum, Marin established The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry, in the City of Riverside, which opened June 18, 2022. Marin will be donating his collection of over 700 pieces of Chicano art, the largest collection of such art in the world. The center will provide a location for the presentation and study of Chicano art, and is expected to draw international attention.
He is an avid golfer, although he initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in the golf-themed comedy Tin Cup. Marin also practices horse archery on a special course built on his private land.
On April 19, 2018, Cheech (as part of GLE Brands Inc) signed an agreement with Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corporation (CSE: CANN) to have exclusive rights to use cannabis and cannabis-related products utilizing the Private Stash brand throughout Canada for a period of 2 years, with the agreement automatically renewing for an additional year upon achieving various milestones.
In 2019, he was featured in The Little Mermaid: An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience playing the role of Chef Louis at the Hollywood Bowl.
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 artist Patti Heid in 1986; they had two children and have since divorced. Marin married his longtime girlfriend, Russian pianist Natasha Marin, on August 8, 2009, in a sunset ceremony at their home.
|1978||Up in Smoke||Pedro de Pacas|
|1980||Cheech and 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 Terms of Enrollment||Elvis Friend & Fan|
|1987||Born in East L.A.||Rudy Robles||Also director and writer|
|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||Himself|
|1990||Far Out Man||Cheech|
|The Shrimp on the Barbie||Carlos Munoz|
|Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme||Carnival Barker|
|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 (voice)|
|1996||From Dusk till Dawn||Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos|
|The Great White Hype||Julio Escobar|
|Tin Cup||Romeo Posar|
|1999||The Nuttiest Nutcracker||Mac (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||See You in My Dreams||Estaban|
|Picking Up the Pieces||Mayor Machado|
|2001||Spy Kids||Felix Gumm The Fake Uncle|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Felix Gumm The Fake Uncle||Cameo|
|Pinocchio||The Fox (voice)|
|2003||Masked and Anonymous||Prospero|
|Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Felix Gumm The Fake Uncle||Cameo|
|Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Belini|
|Good Boy!||The Henchmen (voice)|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Banzai (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Christmas with the Kranks||Officer Salino|
|2005||Sian Ka'an||Unknown role (voice)|
|Fall Down a School||Erick Matthew, 202, 26, 57, 211 Bus Motorists (voices)|
|Underclassman||Captain Victor Delgado|
|Mater and the Ghostlight||Ramone (voice)||Short film|
|2007||The Union: The Business Behind Getting High||Himself|
|Grindhouse||Padre Benicio Del Toro|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Manuel (voice)|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Eddie Cortez The Auto Mechanic|
|2010||The Perfect Game||Padre Esteban|
|Tales from Earthsea||Hare (voice)||US version only|
|Machete||Padre Benicio Del Toro||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||Cars 2||Ramone (voice)|
|Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil||Mad Hog (voice)|
|2012||El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza||Narrator, El Charro (voices)||(Spanish-language Mexican animated film)|
|Seven Psychopaths||The Dog, Erick Matthew (voice)|
|Tad, The Lost Explorer||Freddy (voice)||US English dub|
|2013||Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie||Cheech/Pedro de Pacas (voice)|
|2014||The Book of Life||Pancho Rodriguez (voice)|
|2016||El Americano: The Movie||Martin (voice)|||
|2017||Cars 3||Ramone (voice)|||
|Coco||Corrections Officer (voice)|
|2019||The Cheech: An American Icon's Crusade for the Chicano Art Movement||Himself||A documentary covering Marin's lifelong advocacy for Chicano art, and his efforts to develop The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry.|
|2020||The War with Grandpa||Danny|
|2022||Angry Neighbors||Hector||Voice only|
|The Long Game||Pollo|
|1987||The Tracey Ullman Show||Azai||1 episode|
|1990||Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme||Carnival Barker|
|1991||Great Performances||El Cosmico||1 episode|
|1991–1994||Married... with Children||Buck's Voice||3 episodes|
|1992||Ring of the Musketeers||Burt Aramis|
|1992–1993||The Golden Palace||Chuy Castillos||24 episodes|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Dr. Beneloy||1 episode|
|1994||The Cisco Kid||Pancho|
|Dream On||Waiter||1 episode|
|Sesame Street||Genie||Episode 3259|
|1995||Santo Bugito||Lencho the Flea||Unknown episodes|
|The Courtyard||Angel Steiner|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Alberto (voice)||Episode: "Hansel and Gretel"|
|1996||Latino Laugh Festival||Host|
|1996–1998||Tracey Takes On...||Carlos||2 episodes|
|1996–2001||Nash Bridges||Inspector Joe Dominguez|
|2000||Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups V||Host|
|The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards||Host|
|Resurrection Blvd.||Hector Archuletta|
|South Park||Carlos Ramirez (voice)||Episode: "Cherokee Hair Tampons"|
|2003||The Ortegas||Henny Ortega||Unaired TV series|
|Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales||Himself|
|George Lopez||Lalo||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey"|
|2004–2005||Judging Amy||Ignacio Messina||20 episodes|
|2005||Dora the Explorer||King Juan el Bobo (voice)||Episode: "A Crown for King Juan el Bobo"|
|2007||Storm Hawks||Cyclonian Pilot|
|2007–2009||Lost||David Reyes||3 episodes|
|2008||Mind of Mencia||Gay man's father|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Otis||Episode: "Where the Wild Things Are"|
|2009||Expecting a Miracle||Father Arturo||Television film|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself (Guest Host)|
|2011||Off the Map||Papa|
|The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "A Midsummer's Nice Dream"|
|2012||American Dad!||Horatio (voice)||Episode: "Stanny Tendergrass"|
|Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off||Himself (celebrity contestant)|
|2015||Jane the Virgin||Edward|
|2017||Disjointed||Cheech||Episode: "The Worst"|
|2017–2020||Elena of Avalor||Quita Moz (voice)|
|2018||Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy||Condor De Bogota|
|2018–2019||Lodge 49||El Confidente|
|2020||Broke||Don Dominguez||Episode: "The Test"|
|2021||Maya and the Three||Hura / Can / Teca (voice)||5 episodes|
|Bubble Guppies||Fogzilla||Episode: "Fogzilla!"|
|Nash Bridges||Joe Dominguez||Television film|
|2022||Home Economics||Roberto||Episodes: "Round-Trip Ticket SAN-OAK, $234", "Wedding Bouquet, $125"|
|Cars on the Road||Ramone (voice)||Episode: "Dino Park"|
|2023||Lopez vs Lopez||Carlos||Episode: "Lopez vs. Ghosts"|
|The Legend of Vox Machina||Trinket (voice)|
|The Eric Andre Show||Himself (guest)||Upcoming episode|
- Animated Storybook: The Lion King (1994) - Banzai (voice)
- Blazing Dragons (1996) - Sir George / Guido the Pizza Chef / Loudmouth Guard
- Kingdom Hearts II (2006) - Banzai (voice)
- Cars (2006) - Ramone
- Cars Mater-National Championship (2007) - Ramone
- Cars Race-O-Rama (2009) - Ramone
- Cars 2 (2011) - Ramone
- Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (2012) - Ramone
- Disney Infinity (2013) - Ramone
- Cars: Fast as Lightning (2014) - Ramone
Theme park attractions
- Cheech and Chong (1971)
- Big Bambu (1972)
- Los Cochinos (1973), won Best Comedy Recording at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards
- 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)
- My Name Is Cheech the School Bus Driver (Released October 27, 1992)
- Follow the Leader (1998)
- Marin, Cheech; Hassan, John (2017). Cheech Is Not My Real Name...But Don't Call Me Chong!. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781455592340. OCLC 974034992.
- Dominguez, Robert (April 16, 1998). "Cheech Is Taking The High Road". Daily News. New York, NY. p. 49. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
- Marin, Richard (October 19, 2019). "The Call". The Moth.
- "What is a Chicano?". Cheech Marin. May 3, 2012.
- "Sophisticated and Naive: A Conversation with Cheech Marin | The Bend Magazine". www.thebendmag.com. January 11, 2018.
- Wedlan, Candace A. (May 10, 1999). "Whatever Works / CHEECH MARIN; A Comic Axed by His Own Club". Los Angeles Times. Southern California Living section, PART-E, page 1. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017. (subscription required)
- "The Comedy Couch – Cheech Marin Interview". The Comedy Couch. July 10, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- "Cheech Marin On How His Famed Comic Collaboration Was Like Chicano Art". National Public Radio - Morning Edition. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- "Alum "Cheech" Marin and CSUN's Harry Gamboa Featured in French Art Exhibit". CSUN Today. June 30, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
- Marin, Cheech (2009). Greasy Love Songs (Media notes). Frank Zappa. Zappa Records.
- Volmers, Eric (January 24, 2016). "Tommy Chong Talks Comedy, Pot, Politics and His Days as a Calgary Herald Paperboy". Calgary Herald. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- Lodge 49
- Nickelodeon. IMDb, A Crown for King Bobo. Aired October 23, 2005 Archived March 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 29, 2013
- IMDb, A Crown for King Bobo Retrieved May 29, 2013.
- Steve Krakauer (March 19, 2010). "Another CNN Anchor Fails At Celebrity Jeopardy".
- "Cheech Marin Donates Jeopardy! Winnings to Charity". Looktothestars.org. May 9, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter". Blog.foodnetwork.com. July 29, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- Allen, Mike (April 21, 2013). "In collection, W&L talk, Cheech Marin champions Chicano art". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- Biography.com (ed.). "Cheech Marin Biography". The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. Archived from the original on July 7, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
- Miranda, Carolina A. (May 1, 2017). "Cheech Marin teams up with city of Riverside and Riverside Art Museum to develop Chicano art center". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
- "Bank of America Invests $750,000 to Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art". Colton, California: IECN. Inland Empire Community News. December 22, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
- "Tin Cup". cheechmarin.com. August 6, 1996. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
- "Limelight Listing – Cheech Marin's Malibu home". SFGate. June 3, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- AnimaWeb. "Personajes". Santos vs. Tetona. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- Hopewell, John (May 20, 2014). "'El Americano 3D' Kicks Off Pre-Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (magazine). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- "Dark Harvest". IMDb.
- "Sneak peek: 'Cars 3' zooms ahead with new character Cruz Ramirez". USA Today.
- Andreeva, Nellie (December 6, 2010). "Cheech Marin To Co-Star In 'Outnumbered' And Harry Hamlin To Recur On 'Army Wives'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
- "Richard "Cheech" Marin". GRAMMY.com. November 19, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2020.