|Rae Dawn Chong|
February 28, 1961|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Owen Baylis (?-1982)|
C. Thomas Howell (1989-90)
Nathan Ulrich (2011-2014)
Maxine (née Sneed) Chong |
Rae Dawn Chong (born February 28, 1961) is a Canadian actress best known for her roles in the films Quest for Fire (1981), Beat Street (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Commando (1985) and Time Runner (1993). She is the daughter of comedian and actor Tommy Chong.
Chong was born in 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the first daughter of comedian/actor Tommy Chong. Chong's father is of Chinese and Scotch-Irish descent and her mother, Maxine Sneed, is of Black Canadian and First Nations descent. Her sister Robbi Chong is a model and actress. They have three younger half-brothers (one adopted) and a half-sister by their father's second wife. In addition to Rae Dawn, two of her sisters and their half-brother Marcus Chong have pursued acting careers.
Chong has said that her paternal grandfather left a poor village in China in the 1930s to live with an aunt in Canada and although he spoke Cantonese, he refused to teach it to his children or grandchildren. She says, "I think my grandfather had great racial shame, which was hard on us growing up... We grew up desperate to know anything about our Chinese culture."
After acting in a few television roles, Chong's second feature film was Quest for Fire (1981), for which she won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 1983. Other notable roles have been in the films Choose Me (1984), Beat Street (1984), The Color Purple (1985), and Commando (1985). She appeared with her father in Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984), and Far Out Man (1990).
Her most active period in films was during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. She has continued working in television and film. She was considered for the role of Anne Lindsey in Highlander: The Series.
At 19 years old, Chris Pratt was waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui when he was scouted by Chong; she cast him in her directorial debut, the short horror film Cursed Part 3, which was filmed in Los Angeles.
Chong married Owen Bayliss, a stockbroker, and they had a son named Morgan. They divorced in 1982. In 1989, she married actor C. Thomas Howell, her co-star in the feature film Soul Man. They divorced in 1990. In 2011, Chong married Nathan Ulrich. They divorced in 2014.
|1981||Quest for Fire||Ika|
|1984||Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers|
|1985||The Color Purple|
|1986||Soul Man||Sarah Walker|
|1987||Running Out of Luck||Slave Girl|
|1987||The Squeeze||Rachel Dobs|
|1987||The Principal||Hilary Orozco|
|1988||Walking After Midnight||(documentary)|
|1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Carola|
|1990||Far Out Man|
|1993||When the Party's Over|
|1993||Time Runner||Karen Donaldson|
|1995||Power of Attorney|
|1996||Mask of Death|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire|
|2011||Jeff, Who Lives at Home|
|2012||Pegasus vs. Chimera|
|2013||Knock 'em Dead|
|1974||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color|
|1980||Top of the Hill||movie|
|1980||Lou Grant||1 episode|
|1985||Badge of the Assassin||movie|
|1991||Prison Stories: Women on the Inside||movie|
|1992-93||Melrose Place||3 episodes|
|1993||Father & Son: Dangerous Relations||movie|
|1995||The Outer Limits||episode: "Second Soul"|
|1996||Highlander: The Series||1 episode|
|2000-02||Mysterious Ways||17 episodes|
|2003||Wild Card||43 episodes|
|2007||That's So Raven||1 episode|