Cheech Marin Net Worth
Cheech Marin has an estimated net worth of $30 million. Half of the famed stoner duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is an accomplished comedian, actor, and director. He earns most of his income from his television shows and movies.
After meeting Tommy Chong in Canada, Cheech Marin discovered his calling. Cheech and Chong, the comedy duo, released a series of highly successful comedy albums in the 1970s and became symbols of marijuana culture with the 1978 film Up in Smoke. Marin has since found greater success in television and film. He is also an art collector.
To calculate the net worth of Cheech Marin, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$100 Thousand|
|Annual Income:||$2 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Writer, Film Producer, Film director|
Richard Anthony Marin was born in South Central Los Angeles, California, on July 13, 1946. Oscar, a police officer, and Elsa, a secretary, gave him his famous nickname, “Cheech,” as a baby after an uncle remarked that the newborn looked like a chicharron—a deep-fried pigskin. Marin grew up in Granada Hills, where he was known as the class clown and sang in his friends’ bands. He studied English literature at California State University, Northridge, but dropped out eight credits short of a degree to move to Vancouver, Canada, and avoid the Vietnam draft.
Cheech and Chong
Marin was delivering carpets when he met Tommy Chong, a musician who ran an improv comedy troupe out of his family’s strip bar. Marin and Chong began performing as a musical act, then as a stand-up comedy duo, after a brief stint with the troupe. By playing up their ethnic stereotypes (Marin was Mexican-American; Chong was Scottish-Irish-Chinese) and spoofing their stoner lifestyles as “Cheech and Chong,” they struck a chord with the late-1960s counter-culture crowd.
In 1970, the two brought their act to Los Angeles, where they caught the attention of record producer Lou Adler and released their first album, Cheech and Chong (1971). Big Bambu, their 1972 follow-up, became the best-selling comedy album of all time, and Los Cochinos, released the following year, earned them a Grammy Award.
With the cult stoner hit Up in Smoke in 1978, the duo made a successful transition to the big screen. On a shoestring budget, Adler directed and produced the film, which grossed more than $100 million at the box office and established Cheech and Chong as official symbols of marijuana culture. They wrote and directed several sequels to Up in Smoke, but grew tired of the material and split up after their ninth album, Get Out of My Room: Cheech and Chong, was released in 1985.
Marin wrote and directed Born in East Los Angeles, a modestly successful comedy about a Mexican-American who is mistakenly deported, in 1987. In 1988, he voiced Tito, a Chihuahua, in Disney’s animated Oliver and Company, but he only appeared in a few roles over the next few years.
Marin’s second act finally came together in the mid-1990s, beginning with his voiceover work as Banzai the hyena in Disney’s 1994 smash hit The Lion King. After starring in Robert Rodriguez’s Desparado (1995) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), he landed the coveted role of Inspector Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges, a TV crime drama that aired from 1996 to 2001.
Later, Marin worked with Rodriguez on the family hit Spy Kids (and its sequels) in 2000, as well as Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). He also continued his voiceover work, appearing in Cars (2006) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), and recurring as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes’ father on the popular TV drama Lost.
Cheech and Chong reunited for the “Light Up America” tour in 2008, reprising their famous stoner personas. They followed that with their “Get it Legal” tour, demonstrating that their subversive brand of humor remained relevant long after the counter-culture movement that inspired it had died out.
Personal Life and Wife
Marin began collecting art around the time he began his solo career and now has what is thought to be the world’s largest private collection of Chicano art. To give unheralded artists exposure, he organized the “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge” exhibition, which toured several major American cities from 2001 to 2007. He currently serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and he has received recognition for his contributions to the Latino community.
Marin enjoys spending time on the golf course when she is not working on creative or humanitarian projects. In August 2009, he married his third wife, Natasha, and has three children from previous marriages.
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