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Marin to be honored by CSUSB

Actor-comedian Richard “Cheech” Marin will receive Cal State Bernardino’s first President’s Medal.

The award, the highest award the school can give to a non-attendee or non-graduate, is scheduled to be presented Nov. 30 at the President’s Dinner at the Mission Inn in Riverside, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Mr. Marin was selected because of his accomplishments as an actor, author of children’s books and a preeminent collector of Chicano art,” said Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales in the statement.

“His recent partnership with the Riverside Art Museum to establish The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum [commonly known as “The Cheech”] is having a positive impact in the Inland Empire.”

A Los Angeles native, Marin became famous in the 1970’s as one half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Since then has appeared in more than 20 feature films and on the television programs “Nash Bridges,” “Lost” and “Jane the Virgin.”

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