Mostly Credited As: Chevy Chase
Sometimes Credited As: Chevey Chase
Birth Name: Cornelius Crane Chase
Date Of Birth: October 08, 1943 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Woodstock, New York
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Chevy Chase is an American actor/comedian, and was born on October 8, 1943 in New York City. Chevy's name at birth was the much more distinguished sounding Cornelius Crane Chase. He began a long, storied career in entertainment in the early 1970's, serving as part of several touring comedy troupes. In 1975, Chase burst into America's collective living room as an original cast member on 'Saturday Night Live'. Chase was the original host of the popular 'Weekend Update' segment, and became famous for his characterization of President Gerald Ford.
Chevy became the first cast member to leave the now TV institution in 1976, but has returned to host the show eight times. From SNL, Chase moved on to a very successful film career throughout the 1980's. In 1980, Chase appeared as Ty Webb in 'Caddyshack'. In 1983, he hit upon what is perhaps his signature acting role, that of harried father and husband Clark W. Griswold in the 'National Lampoon's Vacation' franchise. Two years later, Chase would strike gold again as sarcastic reporter Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher in the 1985 comedy 'Fletch'.
Once his movie career began waning in the 1990's, Chase tried his hand at a late night talk show entitled 'The Chevy Chase Show'. Unfortunately, the program was canceled after one season. To encompass the entirety of Mr. Chase's career would take me about five more paragraphs, but suffice it to say that he's pretty much done it all. He could most recently be seen as Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC comedy 'Community', but left the series in 2013 after several disputes with producers. Only time will tell where he shows up next. After all, he's Chevy Chase, and you're not.
Trivia He is most remembered from his appearances from 1975 to 1976 on Saturday Night Live, and in the Vacation, Caddyshack movies and Fletch movies.
Chevy was married to actress Jacqueline Carlin from December 1976 to 1980, and he married Jaynie Luke in March 1982 and they have had three children together so far.
Chevy went to pre-med school because he thought he wanted to be a doctor. He claims that before he became an actor and comedian he was a writer, drummer, a pianist, a truck, cab and motorcycle driver.
He has also said he was a construction worker, a fruit picker, a waiter and busboy, the head of produce in a supermarket, an audio engineer, a salesman in a wine store and a theater usher.
Chevy was interviewed by his daughter for teeninc.com and asked: “What was a funny and embarrassing moment that ever happened to you?” He said “The time I spit tuna fish out of my nose in front of my date's mother when I was 15.”
He would rather do family-oriented movies and has turned down roles in several films including the Gary Sinese supporting role in "Forrest Gump" and the lead Kevin Spacey role in "American Beauty".
He received a Star on the Walk of Fame for "Motion Picture" despite that fact that every movie he participated in by 1990 was a critical failure.
Chevy was actually a childhood nickname he got from by his grandmother, after the old poem and Washington D.C. suburb.
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