Now, Chong was the one to walk out the door when Cheech got a solo movie offer.
But the comedy team's great success all began years before, in mid-September 1968 when Chicano Richard Anthony 'Cheech' Marin, born in South Central Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley, crossed the border into Canada as a draft-dodger.
He refused to be drafted on conscientious objector grounds stating, 'I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong.
No Vietcong ever called me n*****.'He was considered either the biggest villain or the biggest hero in the country.
Tommy threw him a party, bought him a director's chair, a megaphone and a jacket with leather elbow patches for a classic director's look, just to boost his sagging ego. He just wanted to make a funny movie and he knew that they both wrote and directed the movies together.'At some point, Chong decided that he would be the star director and that everything was his idea.