Stanley Chong: Who was Tommy Chong’s father?

Stanley Chong

Stanley Chong is the father of Tommy Chong. Stanley Chong’s son is most widely known for his involvement in the marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies with his comedy partner Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox’s That ’70s Show. He is an actor, comedian, and writer, known for Up in Smoke (1978), Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980), and Zootopia (2016).

Stanley Chong: Bio Summary

Full NameStanley Chong
famous as*Tommy Chong’s father
Age71 years old at the time of death
Date of BirthMay 24, 1914
Place of BirthVancouver, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date of deathJuly 30, 1985
Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Zodiac signGemini
ChildrenTommy Chong
Grandchildren Precious ChongGilbran Chong, Marcus Chong, 
Robbi Chong, Rae Dawn Chong, Paris Chong
spouseLorna Jean Gilchrist

Who was Tommy Chong’s father?

Stanley Chong was born on May 24, 1914 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada per Geni. Tommy Chong’s father was a Chinese immigrant. “My grandfather was originally hired to work on the railroad during that time. That was the only way the Chinese could migrate to Canada. There was such racism that the Chinese were charged a fee for entering Canada and the fee amounted to the cost of the railroad so not only did they build the railroad they paid for it.”- the actor revealed per  Beatroutemedia‘s reports.

He continued- “He ended up opening a gambling joint instead of doing the labour. When he was very young, my father was a bag guy. He carried the money from the gambling joint to the house. No one would suspect a little kid carrying a brown paper bag. It looked like his lunch. Life was off Keefer and Main within the gates of Chinatown on a street called Canton Alley. The gates kept the drunk white people from attacking the Chinese residents.

Tommy Chong was born on May 24, 1938, in Edmonton, Alberta to his father Stanley Chong, and mother Lorna Jean Gilchrist who was a Canadian of Scottish and Irish ancestry. Tommy was the only child of the couple, he had an older brother- Stan (1936–2018) who also played music.

Talking about his parents’ marriage, the Comedian said- “They [Stanley Chong and Lorna Jean Gilchrist] got married at a time when they couldn’t walk down certain streets together without racists causing trouble.” Stanley moved the family to Calgary, settling in a conservative neighborhood that Tommy has referred to as “Dog Patch”. 

Stanley joined the army and fought overseas for Canada in the artillery. The actor has said that his father had “been wounded in World War II and there was a veterans’ hospital in Calgary. He bought a $500 house in Dog Patch and raised his family on $50 a week.”

 The comedian grew up in Calgary outside the building zone in the Lone Pine area, in a small house with no electricity, and no plumbing. Their water came from a neighbor’s well and they had an outhouse, then in a wartime house at 1490 – 19 Ave. NW. And that’s where he spent his teenage years playing music.

What happened to Tommy Chong’s father?

Stanley Chong passed away on July 30, 1985, in Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. He was 71 years old at the time of his death. His wife Lorna Jean Gilchrist passed away three years earlier.

Today, Stanley Chong’s son Tommy Chong has been married twice. His first tied the knot with Maxine Sneed in Canada and they raised two children–  Rae Dawn Chong(b. 1961) and Robbi Chong. His second marriage was to Shelby Fiddis in Los Angeles. They are the parents of three children, sons Paris Chong (b. 1974) and Gilbran Chong (b. 1981) and daughter Precious Chong (b. 1968). In 1978, Tommy and his wife Shelby adopted Marcus Wyatt Chong.

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