Cheech Marin

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Marin in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Richard Anthony Marin

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 13, 1946

Ethnicity: Mexican

Cheech Marin is an American actor, comedian, writer, and activist. Known together as Cheech & Chong, he is known for starring with Tommy Chong in a series of comedies, including Up In Smoke (1978).

His parents were both of Mexican descent. His nickname, “Cheech,” is short for chicharron, a fried pork skin that is a snack and ingredient in Mexican cuisine.

Cheech is married to pianist Natasha Rubin. He has three children, one with his first wife, producer Darlene Morley, and two with his second wife, artist Patti Heid.

Cheech’s paternal grandfather was Victor Emiliano/Emanuel Marin (the son of Jesús Marin and Felipa Mora). Victor was Mexican. Jesús was the son of Francisco Marin and Josefa Lujan. Felipa was the daughter of Gregorio Mora and Susana Porras.

Cheech’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Garcia (the daughter of Manuel Ignacio Trevino Garcia and Marina Garcia Gonzales). Dolores was Mexican.

Cheech’s maternal grandfather was Luis Figueroa Meza (the son of Francisco Meza and Manuela Figueroa). Luis was Mexican.

Cheech’s maternal grandmother was Carmen A. Diaz (the daughter of Francisco Diaz and Amelia Aguilar). Carmen was born in Arizona, of Mexican descent. Francisco was the son of Francisco Diaz and Delfina Felix. Amelia was the daughter of Manuel Aguilar and Carmen Alday.

7 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    There was a rumor of Cheech Marin was actually Iranian not Mexican, which was a joke Cheech made to see how easy it is for people to lie about their ethnicity and cultural appropriating a group you don’t belong to nor descend from is not funny.

  2. phaedra says:

    If you cross an Indian man with a Chinese.

  3. JoshG says:

    He looks like a gremlin.

  4. andrew says:

    Cheech Marin player 3 roles in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, it’s possibly a record for a mainstream movie.

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