Actor Marcus Chong

Marcus Chong (né Wyatt; July 8, 1967) is an American actor. He is known for playing Huey P. Newton in Panther (1995), directed by Mario Van Peebles, Tank in The Matrix (1999), directed by The Wachowskis, and Miguel Mendez in Street Justice (1991-1993).

Early life

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


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

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 nevertheless earned him a 1991 Theatre World Award; he was also nominated Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

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.

In 1999, Chong appeared as Tank 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 and threatening phone calls prompted The Wachowskis to write Chong’s character out of the second and third films in the series.

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

In 2010 he had a role in season 4 of Burn Notice.

The documentary “The Marcus Chong Story” by Marcus Chong was released in 2018.

The Kill Off, a book written by Chong, was published 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Reference Section Lead Short film
1980 Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie Johnny
1980 Blood Beach 2nd Kid
1988 Evil Altar Troy Long
1990 The Knife and Gun Club George Television film
1991 Flight of Black Angel ‘Dragonfly’ Television film
1992 Venice/Venice Guest At Party
1992 American Heart Terry Cosmos
1994 Vanishing Son Fu Qua Johnson Television film
1994 Vanishing Son II Fu Qua Johnson Television film
1994 Vanishing Son IV Fu Qua Johnson Television film
1995 Panther Huey Newton
1996 Pure Danger ‘Freethrow’ Direct-to-video
1997 The Uncontrollable Professor Chucky
1997 Fatal Fight Kevin
1998 High Freakquency Jordan Barnes
1999 The Matrix Tank
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer ‘War’
2009 Concrete River Base Short film
2013 Son Shine Darrell Brown Short film
2013 Not 4 Sale Harry Belafonte Short film; also associate producer


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Little House on the Prairie Samson Episode: “Blind Journey: Part 2”
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Frankie Warner 2 episodes
1979 The Lazarus Syndrome Jerry Episode: “Peace and Love, Willie Jackson”
1979 Dallas Jimmy Monroe Episode: “The Heiress”
1982 The Facts of Life Young Boy Episode: “Starstruck”
1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth Tim Episode: “The Way Home”
1989 Dragnet Billy Roberts Episode: “The Connection”
1991–1993 Street Justice Miguel Mendez 24 episodes
1995 Chicago Hope Ramsey Coleman Episode: “A Coupla Stiffs”
2000 Linc’s Ken Episode: “People Like Us”
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Darrell Guan Episode: “Inheritance”
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Johnny West Episode: “Seizure”
2009 Numb3rs Jones Episode: “Ultimatum”
2010 Burn Notice Caleb Episode: “Brotherly Love”

External Links

Actor Marcus Chong – Wikipedia

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