Mostly Credited As: Chevy Chase
Sometimes Credited As: Chevey Chase
Birth Name: Cornelius Crane Chase
Date Of Birth: October 08, 1943 (Age 70)
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.