Oct. 8th, 1943
Woodstock, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- 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 Frank Swift Chase; his father, Ned Chase, was a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer. His mother was descended from the Crane plumbing-fixture family.
- He was the first member of the original _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) cast to leave the show - after only one season, a decision he later said he regretted. He was replaced by 'Bill Murray (I)' (qv).
- In a 1975 New York magazine cover story, NBC executives referred to Chase as "The first real potential successor to 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv)" and claimed he would begin guest-hosting _"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ (qv) within 6 months of the article. It never happened.
- His mother Cathalene Parker Browning was the only daughter of Capt. Miles R. Browning, Admiral Halsey's Chief of Staff for much of WW2.
- His middle name, Crane, is from his mother's family, He spent childhood vacations at Crane Castle, his mother's family' vacation home in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
- 'Paul Simon (I)' (qv) is one of his best friends. He appeared alongside Simon in the music video "You Can Call Me Al," in which he lip-syncs all of Simon's lines. Due to that video's remarkable success, Chase was asked to return when Simon released his follow-up album. In the music video for "Proof", Chase was accompanied by another of his best friends, 'Steve Martin (I)' (qv).
- Brea, California (92621) also has a street named "Chevy Chase.".
- His big break was performing on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv). Ironically, he was never signed as a cast member. He signed a one year writer contract and became a cast member during rehearsals.