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Tommy Chong

Thomas Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-born actor who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. He is most widely known for his role as Anthony in the marijuana-themed Cheech and Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin.

He also guest stars on That '70s Show as old hippie Leo.

In 2003, Chong was one of those targeted by two nationwide investigations code-named Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter, which sought out businesses selling drug paraphernalia, mostly marijuana pipes. He was charged for his part in financing and promoting Chong Glass/Nice Dreams, a company started by his son Paris. Chong agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia in exchange for non-prosecution of Shelby, his wife, and Paris. While most of the approximately 55 individuals charged as a result of the operations were sentenced to fines and home detentions, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in a federal prison, forfeiture of $103,000, and a year of probation. While John Ashcroft's DOJ denied that Chong was treated any differently from the other defendants, many felt that he was made an example of by the government. Soon afterwards, marijuana advocates started the Free Tommy Chong! movement that calls for his release.

Chong is the father of actress Rae Dawn Chong.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Tommy Chong Facts

Birth Name Thomas B. Kin Chong
OccupationDirector, Actor
BirthdayMay 24, 1938 (83)
BirthplaceEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Tommy Chong compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin'
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers
Moving In
Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams & Things Are Tough All Over
Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams
Cheech & Chong's Greatest Hits Two Pack
Still Smokin
Cheech & Chong
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