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).
- The role of Eric 'Otter' Stratton in National Lampoon's _Animal House (1978)_ (qv) was originally written with him in mind, but due to a scheduling conflict, he had to turn the role down. The role went to 'Tim Matheson (I)' (qv) instead.
- Roasted into the New York Friar's Club on September 28, 2002.
- 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.
- Runs five miles a day to stay fit and healthy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Used to spend his summer and other vacations at a castle on a beautiful beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
- Has said that he regrets leaving _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) after just one year.