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Name: Richard Anthony Marin                                                               
Born: 13 July 1946 Los Angeles, California, U.S.                                         
Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin (born July 13, 1946) is an American comedian and           
actor who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech and Chong during           
the 1970s and early 1980s, and as Don Johnson's quick-and-scheme partner, Insp.           
Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges. His stage persona is that of a stereotypical               
Mexican American, or an uneducated urban Chicano.                                         
Marin, a Mexican American, was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of               
Elsa (née Meza), a secretary, and Oscar Marin, a policeman in the LAPD. He               
was raised Catholic. Marin is a graduate of California State University                   
Northridge where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. Fleeing from the U.S. draft         
during the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, Marin settled in Vancouver,                 
British Columbia, where he met future comedic partner Tommy Chong.                       
As a part of the duo Cheech and Chong he participated in a number of comedy               
albums and feature film comedies. After he and Tommy went their separate ways,           
he starred in a number of films as a solo actor, most notably Born in East L.A.,         
Tin Cup and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. His nickname "Cheech" is short for "Chicharron", 
a spicy fried pork skin which is a popular snack in Mexican cuisine.                     
Marin made the transition to television when he co-starred with Don Johnson and           
Yasmine Bleeth in the police show Nash Bridges (1996-2001), in which they played         
San Francisco police-detective partners. In recent years he has been active in           
playing supporting roles in films and performing voice overs for animated                 
features. His last television work included a supporting role in Judging Amy,             
where he played an independently wealthy landscape designer. He is a favorite of         
director Robert Rodriguez, who has worked with Marin seven times following the           
last two installments of his El Mariachi trilogy, the Spy Kids trilogy, From             
Dusk Till Dawn and the Machete trailer for Grindhouse. He provided his voice for         
several Disney animated films, most notably Tito in Oliver & Company (1988),             
Banzai in The Lion King (1994) and Ramone in Cars (2006). He also reprised the           
Banzai role in Kingdom Hearts II. He made a small appearance as a dockworker in           
the movie Ghostbusters 2. Marin has released a best-selling album in the                 
children's music genre, My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver (1997). The             
album was released bilingually.                                                           
Marin is one of the foremost collectors of Chicano art in the United States, and         
his private collection is claimed to be the world's largest. Two national                 
touring exhibitions have featured works from his collection. He is also an avid           
golfer, although Marin initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in Tin           
Cup. Marin was born with a cleft lip, which has long since been repaired. He             
speaks fluent Spanish[verification needed] and uses it in some of the movies he           
stars in. Marin's trademark is his character's Mexican-accented voice. The actor         
took a cue from his Nash Bridges counterpart as he resides in the San Francisco           
Bay Area year round, as a resident of the city's ritzy Sea Cliff neighborhood.           
Marin was going to do the voice role of Cesar Vialpando from Grand Theft Auto:           
San Andreas but it went to Clifton Collins Jr.. In late 2006, Marin participated         
in Simon Cowell's Celebrity Duets, having sung with Peter Frampton, Randy Travis,         
Clint Black, Aaron Neville, and Al Jarreau. He was the fourth to be eliminated.           
In that same year, he voiced as Gaspar Gomez in Scarface: The World is Yours.             
In the third season of the hit television series Lost, Marin plays Hurley's