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Biography #2 (for Mysterious Ways)

Rae Dawn Chong embodies the role of a hospital psychiatrist drawn into the world of mystical phenomena by anthropology professor Declan Dunn (Adrian Pasdar) in PAX TV's original weekly series Mysterious Ways. Peggy's academic approach to extraordinary events helps to balance Declan's more open-minded view. For the role of Peggy, Chong has been nominated for a Leo Award for Best Female in a Drama Series.

Chong feels she has grown up in the best of two worlds -- Edmonton, Alberta, and Los Angeles, California. As the daughter of comedian and actor Tommy Chong, she was exposed to and bitten by the acting bug at a young age.

Chong made a name for herself in the motion picture Quest for Fire, which was also her big-screen debut. Since then she has gone on to appear in over 20 films including the critically-acclaimed Choose Me, directed by Alan Rudolph; Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, based on the best-selling Alice Walker novel; Commando, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other film roles include Soul Man, Beat Street, The Squeeze, Hideaway, Crying Freeman and Tales From the Darkside: The Movie. Chong's latest film is The Visit starring Billy Dee Williams and scheduled for release this summer. Her television work includes a recurring role on Melrose Place and television films Alibi, Boulevard and Curiosity Kills.

In between filming Mysterious Ways, Chong is writing and editing her next film projects. An up-and-coming director, she recently made her directorial debut with the feature film Cursed Part Three followed by The Babylon Sisters.

As a strong, modern woman, Chong describes herself as a civil activist, concerned with contributing to the betterment of mankind. She has an active schedule volunteering for various projects including A Place Called Home, where she taught acting and creative writing to children at risk in South Central Los Angeles. She has also been a volunteer and supporter for Habitat for Humanity and Byron Katie's work with prison inmates.

Chong's hobbies include tennis, hiking, running, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and boardsailing. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has an 18-year-old son, Morgan, in boarding school.

Bio courtesy PAX for "Mysterious Ways" (11-Jan-2003)


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