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Solamente Cheech

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All you need is Cheech. Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheech Marin's done it all: movies, television, a reality show, voice-overs, stand-up, and has even recorded on actual vinyl*. No matter where you first encountered Cheech, you probably know him as half of the stoner duo Cheech and Chong. He's been around forever (n.b. In an interview with Tavis Smiley for NPR in 2002, he credited their success on the road to their fitness regimen. He says that in every city they checked into, they would "work out, lift weights, go to the hotel, sleep, get up, do the show, party as much afterwards... we saw our contemporaries and/or rock'n'roll guys, man, they would stay in the... hotel and order porno and they burned out quick, man." Fact or fiction? You be the judge.), which he credits to a ease with changing mediums, but that sounds like modesty to me... the man is incredibly talented. He's also a giver, and his latest collection of Chicano art is touring the country for audiences now, with free admission (and you can see some of it here!). Hazy hours spent in college dorm rooms, watching Cars with your kids, what's your favorite thing about Cheech?

*Full disclosure: I own quite a few LPs and a fully functional record player.

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