Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Movie Actor

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor and writer. He became a key cast member in the first season of Saturday Night Live, where his recurring Weekend Update segment became a staple of the show.

Full Name
Cornelius Crane Chase
Oct 8, 1943
6′ 4″
Net Worth


Chevy Chase, born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8th 1943 in New York City, is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his work on the National Lampoon's Vacation film series and for his roles in classic comedy films such as Caddyshack, Fletch and Three Amigos.

Chase graduated from Riverdale Country School in 1961 and went on to attend Bard College, where he was a member of the rowing team. He later transferred to Haverford College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and Spanish language.

Chase began his career as a writer for National Lampoon magazine before landing a role on the television show Saturday Night Live in 1975. During his time at the show he developed many popular characters including The Land Shark, Walter Cronkite Jr., Nick The Lounge Singer and Weekend Update Anchorman; all of which helped launch his acting career.

He soon landed roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), European Vacation (1985), Spies Like Us (1985) and Three Amigos (1986). In 1989 Chase starred in the golf comedy Caddyshack which is often considered one of the funniest films ever made. 

In recent years Chase has appeared in several television shows including Community, Hot In Cleveland and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also returned to film with roles in movies such as Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003), Orange County (2002) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015). 

In 2020 Chase received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Bard College for “his contributions to television entertainment” over the past four decades.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1943</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Chevy Chase is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On October 8, 1943, Chevy Chase was born in New York City. His mother was a concert pianist and his father was a book editor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1967</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins the Cast of Saturday Night Live</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for its first season, quickly becoming one of the show's most popular players.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Film 'Caddyshack'</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase starred in and co-wrote 'Caddyshack', which became an instant classic and launched his film career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in Fletch</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase played the lead role in the 1985 film Fletch, which was a box office success.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Release of National Lampoon's Vacation</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase reprises his role as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation, which became a cult classic.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Appears on Netflix Series Community</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase appears as Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC sitcom Community.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Honored by the Kennedy Center</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chase was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for Comedy at the Kennedy Center.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Comedian</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chevy Chase is a great comedian. He is known for his wit and charm, as well as his physical comedy. His roles in classic comedies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack, and Three Amigos are legendary.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chevy Chase has been in numerous movies and television shows over the years. He is a great actor who can play both comedic and dramatic roles. He has won multiple awards throughout his career including an Emmy Award in 1976 and a Golden Globe Award in 1978.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Philanthropist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chevy Chase is also very philanthropic. He is known for donating his time to various charities such as the Make A Wish Foundation and UNICEF. In addition, he has also donated money to several organizations that help those in need.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Left ‘Saturday Night Live’ After One Season</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chevy Chase left the popular sketch comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ after just one season due to creative differences with the writers.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Won a National Spelling Bee as a Child</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chevy Chase won a national spelling bee in 1962 and was given a lifetime pass to Walt Disney World.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Was in an Accidental Knife Fight</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chevy Chase was involved in an accidental knife fight when he tried to break up an argument between two people at a party.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Turned Down Lead Roles in Movies</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chevy Chase turned down lead roles in movies such as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Die Hard.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared on the First Episode of ‘The Simpsons’</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chevy Chase was featured in the very first episode of The Simpsons, voicing the character of Troy McClure.</p></div>


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