“Dave? Dave’s no longer here, guy!” That’s Tommy Chong’s signature comedy recurring, but it’s his lifelong use of marijuana on and rancid the silver display screen that he’s first-class recognised for.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 24, 1939 to a Scotch-Irish mother and a Chinese father, Chong met his comedy partner Richard Marin in Vancouver in 1969 and shaped Cheech & Chong. Prior to this, Chong had a career as a guitarist with the Motown band, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers.

But he in the end preferred comedy to tune. Cheech & Chong recorded albums like Big Bambu before launching their film careers with Up in Smoke in 1978. Chong appeared with Marin in six films. After the duo went their separate approaches, Chong continued to play stoners in movies and TV – such in advance-keep owner Leo on That ’70s Show.

Busted in 2001, he became convicted and spent 9 months in jail for selling bongs throughout country strains. In 2006, Chong become the problem of Josh Gilbert’s documentary, a/ok/a Tommy Chong, which chronicles the government’s war on him and his bong organization, Chong Glass.

In 2008, Chong reunited with Marin for their first live performance excursion, Light Up America, in 27 years. Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This, a live performance movie documenting the excursion, turned into launched in 2009. In 2010, the duo launched into the Get It Legal excursion with Chong’s spouse Shelby as the outlet act. Check out their tour dates right here.

He wrote The I Chong: Meditations from the Joint about his jail stories. His next e-book, Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography, got here out in 2009.

Chong additionally penned the foreword for Pot Culture – co-written via CelebStoner’s Steve Bloom – and Cheech & Chong have been interviewed in Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide.

In 2012, Chong revealed he has prostate most cancers and has been using the controversial hemp-oil therapy to treat it.

Chong has been married two times. He married Shelby in 1975. Chong has five kids, such as actress Rae Dawn.