Rae Dawn Chong

Rae Dawn Chong

Born: February 28, 1961
Age: 57
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Rae Dawn Chong (born February 28, 1961) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Beat Street (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Commando (1985) and Time Runner (1993). She is the daughter of comedian and actor Tommy Chong.


Early life

Chong was born in 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the first daughter of Maxine Sneed and comedian/actor Tommy Chong. Chong's father is of Chinese and Scotch-Irish descent, and her mother is of African Canadian and Cherokee 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 his children or grandchildren; "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.

Chong played the love interest in Mick Jagger's video "Just Another Night".

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.

Personal life

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 and divorced in 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Stony Island
1981 Quest for Fire
1984 Choose Me
1984 Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers
1984 Beat Street
1984 Fear City
1985 City Limits
1985 American Flyers
1985 Commando Cindy
1985 The Color Purple
1986 Soul Man Sarah Walker
1987 Running Out of Luck Rachel Dobs
1987 The Squeeze Slave Girl
1987 The Principal Hilary Orozco
1988 Walking After Midnight (documentary)
1989 Rude Awakening
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
1990 Far Out Man
1990 Chaindance Ilene Curtis
1990 Denial
1992 Amazon Paola
1991 The Borrower
1993 When the Party's Over
1993 Time Runner Karen Donaldson
1994 Boulevard
1994 Boca
1995 Power of Attorney
1995 Crying Freeman
1995 The Break
1995 Hideaway
1996 Starlight
1996 Mask of Death
1997 Highball
1997 Goodbye America
1998 Small Time
1999 Dangerous Attraction
2000 The Visit
2005 Constellation
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire
2006 Deadly Skies
2010 Cyrus
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home
2012 Shiver
2012 Pegasus vs. Chimera
2013 Knock 'em Dead


Year Title Role Notes
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
1990 Curiosity Kills movie
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside movie
1992 Nitecap as host
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
2006 Deadly Skies movie
2007 That's So Raven 1 episode

[ Source: Wikipedia ]