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Rae Dawn Chong

Rae Dawn Chong

Born: February 28, 1961
Age: 60
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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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.[1] 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."[1]



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.[2] 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".[3]

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.[4][5][6]

Personal life

Chong married Owen Bayliss, a stockbroker, and they had a son named Morgan. They divorced in 1982.[7] In 1989, she married actor C. Thomas Howell, her co-star in the feature film Soul Man. They divorced in 1990.[7] In 2011, Chong married Nathan Ulrich. They divorced in 2014.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Stony Island Janetta
1981 Quest for Fire Ika
1984 Choose Me Pearl Antoine
1984 Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers The Gypsy
1984 Beat Street Tracy Carlson
1984 Fear City Leila
1985 City Limits Yogi
1985 American Flyers Sarah
1985 Commando Cindy
1985 The Color Purple Squeak
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)
1989 Rude Awakening Marlene
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Carola Segment: "Lover's Vow"
1990 Far Out Man Herself
1990 Chaindance Ilene Curtis
1990 Denial Julie
1992 Amazon Paola
1991 The Borrower Diana Pierce
1993 When the Party's Over M.J.
1993 Time Runner Karen Donaldson
1994 Boulevard Ola
1994 Boca J.J.
1995 Power of Attorney Joan Armstrong
1995 Crying Freeman Detective Forge
1995 The Break Jennifer Hudson
1995 Hideaway Rose Orwetto
1996 Starlight Arianna
1996 Mask of Death Cassandra Turner
1997 Highball Herself
1997 Goodbye America Danzig
1998 Small Time The Woman
1999 Dangerous Attraction Ann Rich
2000 The Visit Felicia
2005 Constellation Jenita
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Sister Caroline
2006 Deadly Skies Madison Taylor
2010 Cyrus Vivian
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Carol
2012 Shiver Detective Burdine
2012 Pegasus vs. Chimera Mayda
2013 Knock 'em Dead Jenny Logan


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Greta The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton
1980 Top of the Hill Rita TV Movie
1980 Lou Grant Adrienne Episode: "Lou"
1985 Badge of the Assassin Christine Horn TV Movie
1990 Curiosity Kills Jane TV Movie
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Rhonda TV Movie
1992 Nitecap as host
1992-93 Melrose Place Carrie Fellows 3 episodes
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Yvonne TV Movie
1995 The Outer Limits Karen Heatherton Episode: "Second Soul"
1996 Highlander: The Series Claudia Jardine Episode: "Timeless"
2000-02 Mysterious Ways Dr. Peggy Fowler 17 episodes[9]
2003 Wild Card Sophie Mason 43 episodes
2006 Deadly Skies Madison Taylor TV Movie
2007 That's So Raven Lynn Thomas Episode: "The Way They Were"

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