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Birth information

8 October 1943 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Cornelius Crane Chase

How tall is Chevy Chase?

1.92 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jayni Chase
Jacqueline Carlin
Susan Hewitt

Life Story of Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning. His recent ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, and Danish.

His grandmother gave him the nickname "Chevy" when he was two years old. Chase was a part of the Saturday Night Live (1975) cast from its debut until 1976, and then embarked on a highly successful movie career. He scored in the eighties with hits such as Caddyshack (1980), Vacation (1983) and its sequels, Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989). All his films show his talent for deadpan comedy. Sadly, his career generally worsened throughout the nineties, starring in disappointments such as the mediocre Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), and Cops and Robbersons (1994). More recently, Community (2009) marked a return for him, as he played a regular role for the first four seasons.

Significant features of Chevy Chase

Pratfall during the opening skit of Saturday Night Live (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975) Weekend Update newscast skit with the opening line, "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not".
Deadpan delivery
Deep baritone...

How much money has Chevy Chase earned?

Saturday Night Live (1975) $750 /week (1975 season)
Saturday Night Live (1975) $800 /week (as writer)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) $6,000,000
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) $6,000,000 ...

Publications and Magazines about Chevy Chase

Rena Fruchter I'm Chevy Chase . . . And You're Not. 2007

What movies did Chevy Chase play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Inside Story: National Lampoon's Vacation (2011) , The Chevy Chase Show (1993) ,
Actors Filmography
Federal Offense Grandpa, The Ogilvy Fortune , Panda vs. Aliens King Karoth, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Chevy, The Last Laugh (2019) Al Hart, The Last Movie Star (2017) Sonny, A Christmas in Vermont (2016) Preston Bullock, Hedgehogs (2016) ThinkMan, Vacation (2015) Clark Griswold, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Hot Tub Repairman, Chevy (2015) Chase, Wishin' and Hopin' (2014) Adult Felix, Shelby (2014) Grandpa Geoffrey, Hot in...

Birth information

8 October 1943 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Cornelius Crane Chase

How tall is Chevy Chase?

1.92 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jayni Chase
Jacqueline Carlin
Susan Hewitt

Life Story of Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning. His recent ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, and Danish.

His grandmother gave him the nickname "Chevy" when he was two years old. Chase was a part of the Saturday Night Live (1975) cast from its debut until 1976, and then embarked on a highly successful movie career. He scored in the eighties with hits such as Caddyshack (1980), Vacation (1983) and its sequels, Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989). All his films show his talent for deadpan comedy. Sadly, his career generally worsened throughout the nineties, starring in disappointments such as the mediocre Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), and Cops and Robbersons (1994). More recently, Community (2009) marked a return for him, as he played a regular role for the first four seasons.

Significant features of Chevy Chase

Pratfall during the opening skit of Saturday Night Live (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975) Weekend Update newscast skit with the opening line, "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not".
Deadpan delivery
Deep baritone...

How much money has Chevy Chase earned?

Saturday Night Live (1975) $750 /week (1975 season)
Saturday Night Live (1975) $800 /week (as writer)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) $6,000,000
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) $6,000,000 ...

Publications and Magazines about Chevy Chase

Rena Fruchter I'm Chevy Chase . . . And You're Not. 2007

What movies did Chevy Chase play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Inside Story: National Lampoon's Vacation (2011) , The Chevy Chase Show (1993) ,
Actors Filmography
Federal Offense Grandpa, The Ogilvy Fortune , Panda vs. Aliens King Karoth, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Chevy, The Last Laugh (2019) Al Hart, The Last Movie Star (2017) Sonny, A Christmas in Vermont (2016) Preston Bullock, Hedgehogs (2016) ThinkMan, Vacation (2015) Clark Griswold, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Hot Tub Repairman, Chevy (2015) Chase, Wishin' and Hopin' (2014) Adult Felix, Shelby (2014) Grandpa Geoffrey, Hot in...

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Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Prefers to do family-oriented movies and has turned down roles in several films including the lead in American Beauty (1999).

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

His now-famous "Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" opening line on the "Weekend Update" segments of Saturday Night Live (1975) was a takeoff of New York news anchor Roger Grimsby's "Here now the news" opening line.

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Sat in as drummer with the college band The Leather Canary a couple of times. He refers to it as "a bad jazz band." The band also included Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, later of Steely Dan fame.

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Winner of Harvard Lampoon Lifetime Achievement Award 1996.

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Chevy Chase and Sam Neill in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Convicted of drunk driving. [1995]

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

His short-lived TV talk show was billed as a Cornelius Production, Cornelius being Chevy's real first name.

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Was nearly killed (electrocuted) during the filming of Modern Problems (1981) when, during the sequence in which he is wearing "landing lights" as he dreams that he is an airplane, the current in the lights short-circuited through his arm, back, and neck muscles. The near-death experience caused him to experience a period of deep depression.

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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Chevy Chase and Matt LeBlanc in Lovesick - Liebe an, Verstand aus (2014)

Has perfect pitch: a rare ability to identify the pitch of musical notes without a point of reference.

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Chevy Chase, Artie Lange, and Norm MacDonald in Dirty Work (1998)

Daughters: Cydney Cathalene Chase (born 1982), Caley Leigh Chase (born 1984) and Emily Evelyn Chase (born 1988), with wife Jayni Chase.

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Chevy was actually a childhood nickname -- possibly based on the Washington, DC suburb -- bestowed by his grandmother. The Chase family was affluent and distinguished, and Chevy was listed in Social Register at early age. His paternal grandfather was painter/teacher Edward "Ned" Leigh Chase; his father, Ned Chase, was a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer. His mother was descended from the Crane plumbing-fixture family.

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His middle name, Crane, is from his mother's family. He spent childhood vacations at Crane Castle, his mother's family's vacation home in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Roasted into the New York Friar's Club on September 28, 2002.

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Chevy Chase is the name of a 16th century ballad about the battle between Earl Douglas and Earl Percy, as well as the name of a city in Maryland.

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He was the first member of the original Saturday Night Live (1975) cast to leave the show (after only one season), a decision he later said he regretted. He was replaced by Bill Murray.

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Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in Die schrillen Vier in Las Vegas (1997)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 102-103. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

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Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, etc.

At the height of his career he earned around $7 million per film.

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Chevy Chase in Die schrillen Vier in Las Vegas (1997)

Is a huge jazz fan.

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Used to run five miles a day to stay fit and healthy.

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Chevy Chase in Die schrillen Vier in Las Vegas (1997)

Admitted in an interview that making ¡Three Amigos! (1986) was the most fun he has had on a film.

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Attended Riverdale Country School in New York City.

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Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid in Die schrillen Vier in Las Vegas (1997)

His big break was performing on Saturday Night Live (1975). Ironically, he was never signed as a cast member. He signed a one year writer contract and became a cast member during rehearsals.

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John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Jane Curtin, etc.

Chase is a member of the exclusive Hollywood Gourmet Poker Club. Members included fellow card players Martin Short, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Barry Diller, Neil Simon and the late Johnny Carson.

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Chevy Chase in Saturday Night Live (1975)

At 6' 4", he was the tallest original Saturday Night Live (1975) cast member and was the first "tall guy" on the show. Cast members over 6 feet usually dwarfed the rest of the cast. Among the other tall guys to follow were Dan Aykroyd, Dean Edwards, Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Anthony Michael Hall, David Koechner, Norm MacDonald, Finesse Mitchell, Bill Murray, Kevin Nealon, Randy Quaid, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Charles Rocket, Damon Wayans, and Fred Wolf. Only Nealon, Quaid and Rocket equaled Chase in height.

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Chevy Chase and Burt Reynolds in The Last Movie Star (2017)

The role of Eric 'Otter' Stratton in National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) was originally written with him in mind. 'John Landis' didn't want the film to be a Saturday Night Live (1975) film, so he met with Chase and persuaded him not to take the film by telling him it was an ensemble piece. He starred in Foul Play (1978) instead. Tim Matheson was cast as Otter.

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Chevy Chase and Burt Reynolds in The Last Movie Star (2017)

His brother roomed across the hall from Ted Kaczynski "The Unabomber" at Harvard.

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Chevy Chase in Jagd auf einen Unsichtbaren (1992)

Has streets named after him in Cochranton, Pennsylvania; Brea, California; Port Charlotte, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

Wanted to be a doctor when he was younger.

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Chevy Chase in Funny Farm (1988)

Fans often imitate his famous, straight-faced, "I like it!" (from Modern Problems (1981)).

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

After joking about Cary Grant being gay in a 1980 television interview, the Hollywood legend sued him for slander, but they later settled out of court.

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Chevy Chase in Funny Farm (1988)

Before his breakthrough as a comedian, he worked as a cab driver, truck driver, motorcycle messenger, waiter, busboy, construction worker, audio engineer, produce manager in a supermarket, salesman in a wine store and theater usher.

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Chevy Chase in Funny Farm (1988)

Graduated from Bard College with a bachelor of arts degree in English (1967).

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

Born to Edward Tinsley Chase, a Manhattan book editor and magazine writer, and his wife Cathalene Parker Browning, who both died in 2005.

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

Won an amateur orchestral conducting contest in Los Angeles, where he and other celebrities (such as Alan Rachins) competed to inspire appreciation for classical music.

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

Is portrayed by John Viener in Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002).

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Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne in Funny Farm (1988)

Was a favorite comedian of the students in Head of the Class (1986).

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Chevy Chase in Modern Problems (1981)

His mother Cathalene Parker Browning was the only daughter of Capt. Miles R. Browning, Admiral Halsey's Chief of Staff for much of WW2.

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Chevy Chase, Dabney Coleman, and Patti D'Arbanville in Modern Problems (1981)

Turned down the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995) because his agent greatly advised him against doing the project. He didn't want to turn it down, as he was interested in the project.

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Chevy Chase and Mary Kay Place in Modern Problems (1981)

Plays piano, drums and saxophone.

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