Rae Dawn Chong (born 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Quest for Fire (1981), The Color Purple (1985), and Commando (1985). She has become a naturalized United States citizen.
Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian model and actress. She is known for appearing in the films Quest for Fire, The Color Purple, Choose Me, Beat Street, Commando, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers, and Far Out Man. She won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 1983 for Quest for Fire. Her most active period in films occured late 1980s - 1990s. She is the daughter of Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame).
Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Maxine Sneed and Tommy Chong. Chong's father is of Chinese, Scottish-Irish, and French ancestry and her mother is of Afro-Canadian and Cherokee descent. Chong has been married twice and has one son named Morgan. Her second husband was actor C. Thomas Howell, her co-star in the feature film Soul Man.