Tommy Chong Career and Net Worth
Tommy Chong Career and Net Worth, s Chong still married? and a lot more are unraveled in this article.
Tommy Chong is a Canadian comedian, actor, musician and director. He has about $20 million in net worth as of this writing. Tommy’s name is akin to cannabis culture, he couched an entire career around the fact that he is a constant stoner. He is known for his Cheech & Chong comedy albums and films.
Tommy Chong Early Life
Thomas B. Kin Chong was born on May 24, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was brought up by a Scottish-Irish mother and a Chinese-born father in Calgary. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16. He played the guitar to make ends meet.
Tommy Chong Musical Career
Tommy lent his guitar-playing talent to the band known as the Shades and relocated to Vancouver with th band to look for ‘greener pastures’. After a couple of singles released, he set up a night club with a fellow band mate. The band released a hugely successful single “Does Your Momma Know About Me” after singing with Gordy Records in 1965. It peaked at #23 on the Billboard charts. The Vancouver band subsequently toured in Detroit. Tommy was shown the exit by his managers after he reported late to a gig. After an explanation on the grounds of a mistake was tabled before Chong, he failed to accept and left the group. Chong took a severance package of $5,000 -the Vancouver disbanded after that.
Tommy Chong Cheech and Chong
Tommy came across Cheech Marin in the latter part of the 60s in Vancouver. Marin had escaped to Canada in order to dodge the Vietnam draft. Tommy formed a closely knit bond with Chong over a mutual love for marijuana. After forging such close ties, the two formed a comedic duo and started performing stand-out routines together. The duo in no time started releasing comedy albums and films together. The duo had their biggest break in 1978 when they released the film “Up in Smoke”. s Chong still married? Find out in this article. The duo leveraged on their success to release two sequels: Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie as well as Nice Dreams. Their fame started plumeting from 1982 to 1983 after releasing “Things are Tough All Over and Still Smokn’. The pair went their ways in 1985 over “creative differences”
Tommy Chong Solo Career
Tommy was also driven to pursue a solo career after Cheech Marin started his own solo career. Tommy toyed with the idea of developing a pilot for CBS dubbed “The Martinez family” which never saw the light of day. It was redeveloped into “Trial and Error”. Tommy wrote starred and directed the movie “Far Out Man” in 1990.
Tommy Chong Personal Life
Tommy became an American citizen in the latter parts of 1980. He has been diagnosed with prostate and colorectal cancer. Tommy attributes his survival story to hemp oil as well as other marijuana based treatments. Tommy has been married to Shelby Chong since 1975.