Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd will probably not be contenders for the mirrorball trophy for season 19 of ‘Dancing with the Stars.” The oldest celebrity who has ever won was Donny Osmond at 51. Thomas B. Kin Chong is 76.
Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a Scots-Irish and French Canadian mother and a Chinese driver. He’s most famous as part of the comedy team Cheech & Chong. With Cheech Marin he co-wrote and starred in seven films with Marin and directed four. Two of their comedy albums were nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy Awards.
Cheech & Chong movies:
- Up in Smoke (1978) … Anthony ‘Man’ Stoner
- Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) … Chong
- Nice Dreams (1981) … Chong
- It Came from Hollywood (1982) … Himself
- Things Are Tough All Over (1982) … Chong/Prince Habib
- Still Smokin’ (1983) … Chong
- Yellowbeard (1983) … El Nebuloso
- Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers (1984) … Lucian Corsican
- Get Out of My Room (1985) … The Man
- Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This (Documentary film about their 2008–09 reunion tour) (2010) … Himself
- Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie (2013) … Chong
Cheech & Chong split up in 1985. Chong did go on to act in TV series “That ’70s Show” and “Dharma and Greg.”
Chong was investigated for the selling of drug paraphernalia (mostly bongs) and resulted in him spending 9 months in federal prison, paying a fine and forfeiting money and a loss of property. Chong’s legal problems were documented in a/k/a Tommy Chong (2008 DVD Release).
His first dance will be the cha cha cha.
The 28-year-old Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She placed third at the world championships in Blackpool, England in 2006 in British Youth Latin. She was in the 2004 cast of “Burn the Floor.” In 2011, she joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” as a troupe member and became one of the dancing pros for season 13, teaming up with basketball star Metta World Peace.
Metta World Peace and Murgatroyd were the first pair eliminated during season 13, but Murgatroyd with football star Donald Driver won the mirrorball trophy during season 14. Last season, 18, Murgatroyd was teamed with James Maslow for a 4th place finish.
Season 19 begins with a two-hour two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.
Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.
ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.
Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).
For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.
Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker
Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd
Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff
Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani
Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe
Bethany Mota & Derek Hough
Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas
Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke
Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess
Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev
Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater