Oct. 8th, 1943
Woodstock, New York, USA
Chevy Chase's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Born Cornelius Crane Chase, he changed his name to Chevy Chase, joined the Saturday Night Live crew, and embarked on a highly successful movie career. Chase scored in the eighties with hits such as Caddyshack (1980), the National Lampoon movies and the Fletch movies. All his films show his talent for deadpan comedy. Sadly, his career has generally worsened throughout the nineties, starring in flops such as the wholly mediocre Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), and Cops and Robbersons (1994).
- After joking about 'Cary Grant' (qv) being gay in a 1980 television interview, the Hollywood legend sued him for slander, but they later settled out of court.
- 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.
- Brea, California (92621) also has a street named "Chevy Chase.".
- 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' (qv) and 'Donald Fagen' (qv), later of Steely Dan fame.
- Runs five miles a day to stay fit and healthy.
- Was a long-time class clown expelled from private schools like NYC's Dalton but did well at Stockbridge School in Massachusetts. Expelled from Haverford College after bringing a cow into the third floor of a campus building. Transferred to Bard College, where he dated actress 'Blythe Danner' (qv) and graduated in 1967.
- Parents divorced when he was four, and his father remarried into Folger coffee family. His mother's third marriage was to Juilliard School professor/ composer Lawrence Widdoes.
- Turned down the role of Peter Venkman in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv) which went to 'Bill Murray (I)' (qv). According to Chase, the finished film is nothing like the script that he read, adding that the script was much scarier than the film.