Richard Anthony Marin, famous as Cheech Marin, took birth in Los Angeles in California to Oscar, who was in the police force and Elsa, who worked as a secretary. Richard was lovingly called Cheech (meaning: deeply fried skin of pig) by his uncle, and he received fame worldwide with this name. Marin spent his childhood days in Granda Hills. He received his basic education from a school there. Since his childhood Marin earned the reputation of a clown. He tried his hand at singing in small bands and trying to spread humour at Bishop Alemany High School. He later went to California State University to pursue his graduation in English Literature. However, he was a dropout and moved to Vancouver for avoiding the Vietnam War and met Tommy Chong there. This legendary meeting gave rise to a new world of comedy and performance involving Cheech and Chong. Marin tied his knot with the co- producer of The Corsican Brothers, Darlene Morley in the year 1975. Later, they divorced. They both were blessed with a child in the year 1984. His second marriage was with Patti Heid in 1986. She inculcated his fetish for Chicano Art which led to Marin becoming the largest collector of this art form. They also had two kids. But sadly enough, this marriage did not last long. He finally got engaged with his long-term affair Natasha Rubin in 2009.
Cheech and Chong have been performing for a long time as a duo. Their performance in Los Angeles gave them the opportunity to release their first album named ‘Cheech and Chong’. After that, they moved on to Big- Bambu and Los Cochinos. Their last album made them the receiver of the Grammy Awards. Then, they slowly made a shift to the big-screen world. Adler directed a small budget movie Up in Smoke which featured both of them, making them the marijuana icon. The series carried on for quite some time, and the duo finally parted ways after their ninth release. Cheech was seen in some movies like Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids Series and many other kid movies. His voice-over performances in
The Lion King
, Cars Series,Tough to be a Bug were being widely appreciated. Cheech has worked amazingly for the kid genre. Lately seen in Dora the Explorer, Cheech has been the co-host in WWE for quite some time. He created many music albums for children like My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver and others. The Cheech and Chong teamed up again in the year 2008 for the Light Up America project. They performed in Get It Legal trip taking comedy to a new level.