Tommy Chong celebrates his birthday today (May 24), and in the genre of stoner films, he and Cheech Marin are two of its biggest stars (if not the biggest) and the most influential.
Seriously, think about all of the stoner classics you love. Would they have been made had it not been for Cheech & Chong? There’s a good possibility they wouldn’t, and then we would be living in a world without the wonder that is Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
In honor of Chong’s birthday, here’s a look at some outstanding stoner films they may not have happened without Cheech & Chong.
Dazed and Confused
Besides giving us McConaughey, Dazed and Confused also gave us a killer soundtrack.
They’re not drug dealers; they’re fundraisers.
This film is 25 years old, and it hasn’t aged a bit.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Obviously, John Cho and Kal Penn deliver outstanding comedic performances, but is there a better actor playing himself cameo than Neil Patrick Harris as “Neil Patrick Harris?”
The entire cast is incredible, but Danny McBride steals the show.