Cheech Marin

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Cheech Marin in 2012

Richard "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist.


  • Right when I was born. I was born and my uncle looked in the crib and I was this curled-up little baby and he says, "Oh, he looks like a little chicharron." The chicharron is a deep-fried pig skin, you know? And I looked like this little curlycue, like a curly fry. And he said, "Oh, he looks like a little chicharron." So that became my family name, Chicharron. And that got shortened to Cheech…
    • On how he earned the name “Cheech” in “CHEECH MARIN” in The Comedy Couch (2006 Jul 10)
  • It is a very physically and mentally torturous process. It goes 18-20 hours a day, and if you’re stoned during that whole period, you’re not going to make a good movie, because you just won’t have the stamina to physically and mentally do that. And it’s every day. So we didn’t get stoned making the record, never stoned on stage. But we were very disciplined artists about what we were doing. It didn’t magically happen. Well, it did magically happen, but not without effort.

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