Cheech Marin portrayed Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges; he was Don Johnson's right-hand man. However, before that popular role, Marin was in a successful comedy duo with Canadian-American actor Tommy Chong.
You'll never guess what the duo's name was. We'll give you a hint: It includes both of their names. Are you ready? They called themselves Cheech & Chong! Their success story is one for the books.
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong met in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the late 1960s. Chong was already a citizen, and Marin moved there to avoid being drafted at the peak of the Vietnam War. Together, the two talented men created comedic gold. They had stand-up shows, starred in various B-movies, and released classic comedy albums.
You've probably heard some of their most successful comedy songs and routines and didn't even notice. Their hits include Basketball Jones, Santa Claus and His Old Lady and Sister Mary Elephant.
In 1978, they released their first feature-length film, Up in Smoke. Despite having a low budget, the movie grossed over $44 million and is called a cult classic. With this brand-new success in the film industry, they were able to produce more productions like Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), Nice Dreams (1981), Things Are Tough All Over (1982) and Still Smokin' (1983).
After their success, the duo spent years without working with each other. Yet, they never dismissed the idea of a reunion. Their most recent work is a 2014 animation called Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie.
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