Who is Rae Dawn Chong?
Rae Dawn Chong is a Canadian actress, who is best known for starring in films such as “Beat Street”, “Commando”, “Quest for Fire”, and “The Color Purple” among others.
Rae Chong Early Life, Age, Family, and Education Background
Rae is 58 years old as she was born on 28 February 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta – under the Pisces Zodiac which apparently matches her character of an artistic and intuitive person – to a famous movie star and comedian Tommy Chong, and Maxine Seed. Her father is half Scottish and half Chinese while her mother is African Canadian. Although Rae was born into a mixed raced marriage, she says that her maternal grandfather was not proud of his Chinese roots, and he relocated to Canada to get away from it. Her grandfather’s refusal to embrace his Chinese roots proved challenging to Dawn as well as her siblings, since they all wanted to learn more about it.
Chong has four half-siblings, Paris, Marcus, Precious and Gilbran Chong. While one of the brothers was adopted, the others belong to her father’s second wife, Shelby Fiddis. She also has a blood-sister named Robbi Chong, who is a model as well as an actress. Their brother Robbi also followed their footsteps and became an actor. Rae is a Canadian by nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity. There is no information regarding her educational background.
Dawn’s father fame played a big role in helping her become a star from a tender age. At a young age, Rae was offered the chance to do the background sound for a number of comic records that her father did. She was discovered by a Disney talent scout when she was in the sixth grade. This is when she began appearing on different television shows.
Rae Dawn Chong Professional Career
Chong’s television acting career began in 1974 when she appeared in “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”, which earned Rae a lot of media attention as well as from her fans, who were fascinated by her acting skills. She went ahead to appear in various television series such as “Top of Hill” and “9-1-1”, a film in which she got a chance to act beside Oliver Stark, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Aisha Hinds. Her years as an actress stretched to the late ‘90s.
Rae made her big screen debut in 1978, when she appeared in the “Stony Island” movie. She was also cast in the “Commando” movie with her film credits including movies such as “Who Lives at Home”, “Cyrus”, and “Deadly Skies”.
Rae Chong’s rise to stardom came when she appeared in “Quest for Fire” in 1981. In 1983, she won the Genie Award under the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, before the following year acting alongside her father in the film “Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers”.
In 1990, she was in the popular movie “Far out Man”, played the role of Mick Jagger’s love interest in the film “Just Another Night”, and was picked for the Ann Lindsey role in “Highlander: The Series”.
As a famous actress, Rae got the chance to scout Chris Pratt for his acting career. Dawn found Pratt in Maui, Hawaii working at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Organization, part of the wait staff in the restaurant. Rae offered him a part in her first directorial, “Cursed Part 3”. As fate would have it, this became Chris’s breakthrough role.
Besides acting, Rae was also featured in a Mick Jagger’s music video for the song “Just Another Night”. She was also in the “Oh, Kay” production at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theater.
Rae Dawn Chong Personal Life, Marriage, and Children
Regarding her personal life, Rae has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Owen Bayliss, a stockbroker. Together, they had a son named Morgan Bayliss. Although their wedding date is unknown, their relationship did not last long and they ended their union in 1982.
After the divorce, Rae entered a relationship with C. Thomas Howell, Rae’s co-actor in the 1990 film “Soul Man”, and the two married in 1989. However, their relationship was also short-lived as they divorced in 1990.
She stayed single for a long period after her second divorce but later met and fell in love with Nathan Ulrich and they began dating. After a number of years, the two tied the knot in 2011. However, just like with her two previous marriages, this one also did not last long. They separated in 2014 after three years of marriage.
In 2017, Nathan Ulrich was in a plane with his brother and others when it disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. Debris of parts matching those of the missing plane was later found by searchers which brought the search to rest.
Currently, Rae Chong is a single woman who is not dating anyone. Dawn is a devoted mother who has confessed that her dad set a good example by showing her things to avoid as a parent. She, therefore, prioritizes her son and cherishes him very much.
Rae Dawn Chong Net Worth
Rae has managed to accumulate a good amount of wealth throughout her acting career. On average, an actress earns an average of $50,000 in salary excluding commission, profit sharing, and bonus. Some of the films she appeared in grossed millions of dollars including “The Color Purple” which earned over $98 million and “Commando” that bagged over $87 million. As of 2019, Rae Dawn Chong’s net worth is estimated to be around $4 million by authoritative sites.