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Cheech MarinCheech Marin holds one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the United States. He is a third-generation Mexican American from East Los Angeles and the 1999 recipient of the National Council of La Raza's Kraft Foods Alma Community Service Award. His TV credits include a recurring role on "Judging Amy" and the CBS drama, "Nash Bridges." Recent films include "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" with Johnny Depp and "Christmas with the Kranks" with Tim Allen. Since the 1960s, he has been renowned as a comedian, film actor, director, writer, musician, and art collector. His 1997 release "My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver" was the number #1 selling children's album in the country. A passionate supporter of his community, Marin continues to bring together painters, sculptors, writers, actors, and musicians.
Photo from "The Chicano Collection" opening
reception at Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles on
6/23/05 (l to r): Wayne Alaniz Healy, Roberto Gutierrez,
Margaret Garcia, David Botello, Artemio Rodriguez,
Chaz Bojorquez, Ester Hernandez, Cheech Marin,
Patssi Valdez, and Leo Limon.