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Full Name  Marcus Wyatt
Name  Marcus Chong

Role  actor
Nephews  Morgan Baylis
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Born  July 8, 1967 (age 54) (1967-07-08) Seattle, Washington, USA
Known for  Huey P. Newton in PantherTank the Operator in The Matrix
Awards  1991 Theatre World Award
Siblings  Rae Dawn Chong, Robbi Chong, Precious Chong, Gilbran Chong, Paris Chong
Parents  Martin Wyatt, Tommy Chong, Shelby Chong
Grandparents  Stanley Chong, Lorna Jean Gilchrist
Movies and TV shows  The Matrix, Panther, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Vanishing Son, Street Justice

Similar  Gloria Foster, Anthony Griffith (actor), Chris Rock

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Marcus Chong (born Marcus Wyatt; July 8, 1967) is an American actor. His best-known roles are Huey P. Newton in Panther (1995), directed by Mario Van Peebles, and Tank the Operator in The Matrix (1999).


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Early life

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Chong was born Marcus Wyatt in Seattle, Washington to an African American father and a Chinese American mother. His father, Martin Wyatt, was a sports reporter in San Francisco for KGO-TV. Chong was adopted in 1978 by Tommy Chong and his second wife Shelby Fiddis.


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Chong began acting at age nine. His first role was portraying the young Frankie Warner in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations (1979). Wyatt was a guest star in Little House on the Prairie, in "Blind Journey" part 2.

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Chong originated the role of student Lee Cortez in the Broadway production of Stand-Up Tragedy, written by Bill Cain which opened at the Criterion Center Stage Right and closed in October 1990 after 13 performances. The short-lived role never-the-less earned him a 1991 Theatre World Award; he was also nominated Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

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In the early 1990s, Chong played the recurring character Miguel Mendez on the TV show Street Justice. He later appeared in the Vanishing Son action series as Fu Qua Johnson.

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In 1999, Chong appeared as Tank the Operator in The Matrix. In May 2003 Chong filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles County Superior Court against Warner Bros and AOL Time Warner, saying Warner was in breach of a 1998 verbal agreement, and a 2000 contract to continue the character of Tank in the film's two sequels. It was reported that a breakdown in talks caused by his salary demands prompted The Wachowskis to write Chong's character out of the second and third films in the series.

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In 2001, Chong appeared in Season 3 of the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Inheritance").

More recently he had a role in season 4 of Burn Notice.


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