Richard Anthony Marin is professionally recognized as Cheech Marin. He is a world-famous stand-up comedian, art collector, writer, actor, and activist based in America. Cheech gained prominence by working in the comedy show titled Cheech and Chong and Tommy Chong and others. He has also worked as a voice actor and voiced many characters in Disney Films like Coco and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Lion King, Oliver and Company, and the Cars series.
The trademark of Cheech that makes him different from others is his Chicano accent because he isn’t smooth in speaking Spanish.
Richard Marin was born in 1946 on 13th July in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Oscar Marin and Elsa Marin. His mother was a secretary, while his father was a police officer. When Richard was born, he had a crack lip which was later repaired surgically. The nickname of Marin is Cheech, and his nickname was found from the word “chicharron,” which is a famous snack in American cuisine.
He completed his graduation from Bishop Alemany High School. He then completed his further studies at San Fernando Valley State College to study English in 1968. Richard was quite interested in music, and there he gave an audition in 1967 to perform for Frank Zappa, but instead of singing, he shifted to Vancouver, British Columbia. He met his comedic partner while being in Vancouver named Tommy Chong.
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Marin started Cheech and Chong, and this duo gained great success. The duo participated in many film comedies and comedy albums in the 1970s-80s. Both Tommy Chong and Marin directed four films. In 1985, The Duo got separated, and Marin was starred in numerous films, including Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Shrimp on the Barbie, Born in East L.A., and Tin Cup. He also worked in television and appeared in many shows.
He collaborated with the very popular director named Robert Rodriguez. Marin worked with Robert more than seven times. He also worked many films as a voice actor in animated films by Disney, mainly The Lion King, Oliver and Company, Cars 2, Cars 3 and The Cisco Kid, and more. Some of his albums became the best-selling albums in the music genre of children named My Name is Cheech, The School Bus Driver, Coast to Coast, and more.
Marin got married to Darlene Morley in 1975. His wife was the producer of The Corsican Brothers by Cheech and Chong. She also played minor roles in Cheech and Chong films. The couple is blessed with a child but later due to got separated and filed for divorce in 1984. In 2009, he then married Natasha Rubin, his girlfriend, and a pianist. He is currently living with his family in Malibu, California.
In 2019, Cheech and Chong films were listed in The New York Times Magazine among other hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in Universal Fire in 2008.
The estimated net worth of Cheech Marin, who is a multi-talented personality, is approximately $30 million. He earns his salary by performing at stand-up comedy shows and through his writings.