CHEECH MARIN, who joined three former cast members of "The Golden Girls" as a regular in their new CBS sitcom "The Golden Palace," has put his Malibu home on the market at $6.9 million.
Marin, who became famous during the 1970s with Tommy Chong as the counterculture comedy team Cheech and Chong, plays a temperamental chef at a Miami hotel in "The Golden Palace." He also just released his first children's album, "My Name Is Cheech, the School Bus Driver," available in English and Spanish on Lou Adler's Ode 2 Kids label.
Adler directed Cheech and Chong's first film, "Up in Smoke," in 1978. The Grammy-winning team broke up before Marin wrote, directed and starred in the hit 1987 film "Born in East L.A.," based on the 1985 Cheech and Chong record by the same name.
Now that he's a sitcom regular, Marin and his wife, artist Patti Heid, want to move closer to town "for access to the studios," said Jack Pritchett who has the listing at his Pritchett Realty, Malibu.
The home has 110 feet of private beach on 1.6 acres, behind gates. There are two main buildings: a four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot main residence, with a steam shower and spa in the master suite, and a separate, 3,000-square-foot artist's studio.
The original house had been on Zuma Beach, "but when the beach went public (in 1945), the house was taken and reassembled on Cheech's property, which he bought in the mid-'70s," Pritchett recalled. "He and Patti completely redid the house, putting on a new roof and adding stone all around its exterior. Then they built the artist's studio and two pools."
They also built two guest apartments, a gym, darkroom and observation deck.
"I think they'll build again," Pritchett said. "She does large canvases, and he collects Chicano art, so they'll probably want to build a home with large walls to display their art."
ANNE SCHEDEEN, who played the wife, Kate Tanner, on the NBC sitcom "Alf" (about a furry alien from outer space), and her husband, CHRISTOPHER BARRETT, one of the owners of Metropolitan Talent Agency, have completed a $300,000-plus renovation of their Hancock Park home.
The house, a 6,000-square-foot Italian Mediterranean, was built in the early 1920s by late billionaire Howard Hughes' aunt and uncle.
"He (Hughes) lived in a room that we turned into our master bedroom," Barrett said. "There was an antiquated security system with bars everywhere, and there was a terrace that he had no access to because it was barred up."
Schedeen designed an eight-foot-tall wall around the front of the property "to cut down on street noise and increase personal security," Barrett said. His wife also designed a motor court for 15 cars.
"She's painting, designing and doing a lot of interior designing now for people we know," Barrett said. Schedeen has been taking a temporary break from acting since "Alf" went off NBC and into syndication in 1990, because she and her husband have a small child.
Elton John's manager, JOHN REID, has purchased a Hollywood Hills home that has soaring ceilings and views of the canyons, city and Hollywood sign.
"He said he wanted a bold, contemporary California house, and he got one," said Doron Langer of Stan Herman/Stephen Shapiro & Associates. Langer represented Reid and has represented Elton John in some of his real estate deals.
The 6,000-square-foot house, which is on a knoll by itself, was originally priced at $3.2 million. It was on the market for about a year before it was lowered to about $2.5 million, which is close to the selling price, other sources said. The seller built the house about two years ago.
The home purchase was Reid's first in the Los Angeles area, although he owns homes in London, Australia and Spain, Langer said.
PILAR WAYNE, who was married to actor John Wayne for many years, has put the Newport Beach home she built in 1984, after his death in 1979, on the market at $5 million.
"She has other residences and this one is just too big for her any more," said a spokeswoman for Tarbell Realtors, which has the listing through agent Judy Muncy.
The house has five bedroom suites and 7 1/2 baths in about 8,000 square feet. It also has an artist's studio, where Pilar Wayne completed many of her paintings, as well as a tennis court, sauna, pool, spa and wine cellar.
Pilar Wayne frequently opened her house to charitable causes, most recently in October when the home was used as the 1992 Design House, with proceeds going to the Children's Home Society.
Actor TOM CRUISE has purchased a 77-acre parcel at Telluride, Colo., for nearly $2 million and plans to build tennis and squash courts plus a main house and two two-bedroom guest houses with a total of about 16,000 square feet, sources say, though details could not be confirmed. "He's not quite sure yet what he wants to do," his publicist said.