Chevy Chase Biography

Chevy Chase is an American comedian, writer and film actor. This biography of Chevy Chase offers detailed information about his childhood, life, works, achievements and timeline.

Chevy Chase
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 8, 1943

Nationality: American

Famous: Saturday Night Live Cast Actors

Age: 76 Years, 76 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Cornelius Crane Chase

Born in: New York City

Famous as: Comedian, Actor

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Jayni Chase (m. 1982), Jacqueline Carlin (m. 1976–1980), Suzanne Chase (m. 1973–1976)

father: Edward Tinsley Chase

mother: Cathalene Parker

children: Caley Leigh Chase, Cydney Cathalene Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

More Facts

education: Stockbridge School, Haverford College, Bard College,

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Chevy Chase is a famous comedian, film and TV actor and writer. He became a house-hold name with his television debut on Saturday Night Live. His big break, however, did not turn him into the big celebrity which many dream of when coming to Hollywood. Among several roles he played on television and in films, his portrayal of ‘Irwin M. Fletcher’ in the Fletcher film series and his role in the National Lampoon series were the best. However, his failures and obtuse decisions while picking roles overshadowed his comic brilliance. Chase has a great knack and passion for music - a fact not known to many. He played the drums for a few years with different college and church bands. Like many other struggling actors, Chase did a host of odd jobs to support himself before realising his passion for comedy and films. Even after his constant career setbacks, he made effective comebacks. He is presently working on a couple of new film projects - one of them being a sequel to his movie ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’. His impeccable comic timing and a career filled with triumphs and tribulations, makes him an interesting comedian who has also managed to inspire younger talents like Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.

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Chevy Chase
Childhood & Early Life
  • Cornelius Crane Chase, nicknamed Chevy Chase by his grandmother, was born to Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase and Cathalene Parker. His father was a book editor and magazine writer in Manhattan while his mother was a concert pianist and librettist. The family hailed from Lower Manhattan, New York City.
  • According to a popular urban legend, Chase was expelled from school. However, he claimed in an interview that he had left school for academic reasons. He completed his pre-med and earned a B.A. in English from Bard College in 1967.
  • Instead of joining medical school, Chase and his classmates, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, formed a jazz band called, ‘a bad jazz band’.
  • Before realising his true calling, he worked through a number of petty jobs to earn his livelihood.
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Career
  • In 1967, he cofounded ‘Channel One’, a comedy group.
  • He played the drums and the keyboard for ‘Chameleon Church’, an aspiring rock group. The band recorded just one album before dissolution in 1969.
  • After a brief tryst with music and writing a spoof on ‘Mission: Impossible’ for MAD magazine, he joined National Lampoon’s off-Broadway production of ‘Lemmings’ in 1973.
  • From 1973 to 1974, he worked as a cast member of ‘The National Lampoon Radio Hour’, which also featured John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner.
  • In 1975, Chase got a year's contract as a writer of ‘Saturday Night Live’ (NBC). He went on to be a member of the main cast of the show.
  • A year later, Chase was on his way to Hollywood earning a Golden Globe nomination for his motion picture debut in ‘Foul Play’, in 1978.
  • In 1980, Chase worked on ‘Modern Problems’, dodging an electrocution accident. The same year, he also starred in the comic scraper ‘Caddyshack’.
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  • ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ (1983) - the first of the ‘National Lampoon’ series, was a huge milestone in his career.
  • Chase then started working on ‘Fletch’ in 1985. It was the first film adaptation of Gregory Mcdonald’s Fletch books.
  • Through 1987-1988, he had reached the peak of his career charging exuberant amounts for his work. He starred in ‘You Can Call Me Al’ with his friend Simon and also hosted the Academy Award the same year.
  • 1989 was the year of sequels for Chase when he filmed the second and third instalments of the National Lampoon series; ‘National Lampoon’s European Vacation’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ respectively.
  • The 1990s brought a slump in Chase’s career as films like ‘Nothing But Trouble’, ‘Memoirs of an Invisible Man and ‘Cops and Robbersons failed at the box office.
  • Chase hosted ‘The Chevy Chase Show’ in 1993. A Fox Broadcasting Company production, the show was taken off air.
  • In 1995, Chase made a small comeback with the film, ‘Man of the House’ which worked well compared to his previous films.
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  • After almost a decade, he returned to television again starring in guest roles for various shows on television like ‘Law & Order and ‘Brothers & Sisters’. He also essayed the role of Ted Roark, the villain in the comic flick ‘Chuck’.
  • In 2009, he appeared in the comedy series ‘Community’ aired on NBC, playing the role of the tycoon, Pierce Hawthorne.
  • He was seen in ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ and ‘Funny or Die’, in 2010. The latter was a short-online film with Chase playing the character of President Ford.
  • In 2012, he walked out of the comedy series ‘Community’ due to creative differences with the director.
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Major Works
  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ was a big break and one of the major works of Chase. Initially hired as a writer for the show, Chase went on to become the most critical part of the permanent star cast.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1976, Chase won his first set of Emmy Awards in the category, ‘Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series’ and ‘Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music’ categories for his performances in Saturday Night Live.
  • He won another Emmy Award in the category ‘Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series’ for ‘The Paul Simon Special’ in 1978.
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  • He also earned a Golden Globe Nomination Award for ‘comedy-writing’ and comic acting.
  • In 1994, he received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1973, he married Suzanne Chase and the couple later got divorced. Three years later, he married Jacqueline Carlin, which also ended in a divorce.
  • He married Jayni Luke in 1982 - he presently lives in Bedford, New York with his wife, Jayni Luke and their three daughters; Cydney Cathalene, Caley Leigh, and Emily Evelyn.
  • Chase was also involved in fund raising campaigns during the presidential campaigns for Bill Clinton and John Kerry.
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Trivia
  • This American actor and comedian wrote the first season of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and later went on to become the main cast for the show.
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1. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

2. Caddyshack (1980)

  (Sport, Comedy)


3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

  (Comedy)

4. The One Arm Bandit (1971)

  (Short, Comedy)



5. Foul Play (1978)

  (Thriller, Mystery, Comedy)

6. Cutlass (2007)

  (Drama, Comedy, Short)




7. Seems Like Old Times (1980)

  (Comedy, Romance)

8. Fletch (1985)

  (Comedy, Mystery, Crime)





Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
1978 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special The Paul Simon Special (1977)
1976 Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music Saturday Night Live (1975)
1976 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live (1975)

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