Cheech Marin is an actor, comedian, writer, and voice actor from the United States.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he was a member of the comedic duo “Cheech & Chong” alongside Tommy Chong. On ‘Nash Bridges,’ he was also known as Don Johnson’s sidekick, Inspector Joe Dominguez.
In 1975, Cheech Marin married Darlene Morley. Darlene also co-produced ‘Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers and, under the name Rikki Marin, appeared in previous ‘Cheech & Chong’ films. The couple had a son before divorcing in 1984. He married artist Patti Heid in 1986, shortly after his divorce from Darlene. The couple has two children together, however they later divorced. Later, he began dating Russian musician Natasha Rubin, and in August 2009, he married his longtime girlfriend at their home in a sunset ceremony.
Marin has also voiced roles in a number of Disney films, including “The Lion King,” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug,” and “Oliver and Company.”
Cheech Marin majored in English literature at California State University Northridge but dropped out eight credits short of a degree to relocate to Vancouver, Canada. When he met Tommy Chong, a musician who ran an improv comedy troupe, he was actually delivering carpets. Chong and Marin began performing as a musical act and then as a stand-up comedy pair after a brief stint with the ensemble. After capturing the notice of Lou Adler, a record producer, the two brought their act to Los Angeles in 1970 and produced their first album, “Cheech and Chong,” in 1971.
In 1972, he released ‘Big Bambu,’ which went on to become the best-selling comedy album of all time. They launched their following album, ‘Los Cochinos,’ which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Similarly, with the iconic stoner hit ‘Up in Smoke,’ the popular combo made a successful movie to the big screen in 1978. The movie was a huge hit, and ‘Cheech and Chong’ became official emblems of marijuana culture. They directed and composed several sequels to ‘Up in Smoke,’ but eventually gave up and split up in 1965 after releasing their ninth album, ‘Get Out of My Room.’
‘Born in East L.A.,’ filmed and written by Cheech Marin, was a modestly successful comedy about a Mexican-American in 1987.
Marin later worked with Rodriguez on the family smash ‘Spy Kids’ and its sequels in 2000, as well as the film ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico.’ He also appeared in TV shows such as ‘The Golden Palace,’ ‘Great Performances,’ ‘Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off,’ ‘Anger Management,’ and ‘Jane the Virgin,’ among others.