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Chevy Chase is an American comedian, writer and film actor

InformationDetail
BirthdayOctober 8, 1943
NationalityAmerican
FamousSaturday Night Live Cast, Bard College, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesJayni Chase (m. 1982), Jacqueline Carlin (m. 1976–1980), Suzanne Chase (m. 1973–1976)
Known asCornelius Crane Chase
Childrens Caley Leigh Chase, Cydney Cathalene Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase
Universities
  • Bard College
  • Stockbridge School
  • Haverford College
  • Bard College
Notable Alumnis
  • Bard College
Birth PlaceNew York City
Height193cm
GenderMale
FatherEdward Tinsley Chase
MotherCathalene Parker
Net Worth$50 million as of Oct 3,2016
Sun SignLibra
Born inNew York City
Famous asComedian, Actor

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Who is Chevy Chase?

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.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

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.

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’.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Chevy Chase awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1978Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music SpecialThe Paul Simon Special (1977)
1976Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or MusicSaturday Night Live (1975)
1976Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)

Chevy Chase biography timelines

  • // 8th Oct 1943
    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.
  • // 1967
    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.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, he cofounded ‘Channel One’, a comedy group.
  • // 1969
    He played the drums and the keyboard for ‘Chameleon Church’, an aspiring rock group. The band recorded just one album before dissolution in 1969.
  • // 1973
    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.
  • // 1973 To 1974
    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.
  • // 1973
    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.
  • // 1975
    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.
  • // 1976
    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.
  • // 1978
    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.
  • // 1978
    He won another Emmy Award in the category ‘Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series’ for ‘The Paul Simon Special’ in 1978.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, Chase worked on ‘Modern Problems’, dodging an electrocution accident. The same year, he also starred in the comic scraper ‘Caddyshack’.
  • // 1982
    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.
  • // 1983
    ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ (1983) - the first of the ‘National Lampoon’ series, was a huge milestone in his career.
  • // 1985
    Chase then started working on ‘Fletch’ in 1985. It was the first film adaptation of Gregory Mcdonald’s Fletch books.
  • // 1987 To 1988
    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
    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.
  • // 1993
    Chase hosted ‘The Chevy Chase Show’ in 1993. A Fox Broadcasting Company production, the show was taken off air.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, Chase made a small comeback with the film, ‘Man of the House’ which worked well compared to his previous films.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he appeared in the comedy series ‘Community’ aired on NBC, playing the role of the tycoon, Pierce Hawthorne.
  • // 2010
    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.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he walked out of the comedy series ‘Community’ due to creative differences with the director.

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Chevy Chase's FAQ

  • What is Chevy Chase birthday?

    Chevy Chase was born at 1943-10-08

  • Where is Chevy Chase's birth place?

    Chevy Chase was born in New York City

  • What is Chevy Chase nationalities?

    Chevy Chase's nationalities is American

  • Who is Chevy Chase spouses?

    Chevy Chase's spouses is Jayni Chase (m. 1982), Jacqueline Carlin (m. 1976–1980), Suzanne Chase (m. 1973–1976)

  • Who is Chevy Chase childrens?

    Chevy Chase's childrens is Caley Leigh Chase, Cydney Cathalene Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase

  • What was Chevy Chase universities?

    Chevy Chase studied at Bard College, Stockbridge School, Haverford College, Bard College

  • What was Chevy Chase notable alumnis?

    Chevy Chase's notable alumnis is Bard College

  • How tall is Chevy Chase?

    Chevy Chase's height is 193

  • Who is Chevy Chase's father?

    Chevy Chase's father is Edward Tinsley Chase

  • Who is Chevy Chase's mother?

    Chevy Chase's mother is Cathalene Parker

  • What is Chevy Chase's sun sign?

    Chevy Chase is Libra

  • How famous is Chevy Chase?

    Chevy Chase is famouse as Comedian, Actor