Formed the Canadian rhythm-and-blues band the Shades at age 18, which became Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers. The group's only U.S. hit was "Does Your Mama Know About Me."
Met Cheech Marin in 1969 and formed the iconic counter-culture comedy team of Cheech and Chong, which recorded nine comedy albums (nominated for four Grammys, winning one) and made eight films (Chong worked as a director), led by Up In Smoke (1978), which grossed over $100 million. The pair split up in 1985.
Naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the late 1980s.
Served nine months in federal prison in 2003 and 2004 after agreeing to plea guilty to conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia, a charge stemming from bongs and pipes sold by his son's glass company.