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).
- Was a favorite comedian of the students in _"Head of the Class" (1986)_ (qv).
- In 2003, he appeared in two television commercials for Cola Turka, a soft drink developed to be in direct competition with both Coca-Cola and Pepsi, while keeping the money in the Turkish economy. The commercials, which were both comic and nationalistic in theme, feature Chase playing a confused American who notices his friend and family using Turkish idioms and exhibiting Turkish customs after consuming the drink. The commercials, exclusively shown in Turkey, were filmed in New York in English, but have Turkish subtitles.
- Had back surgery shortly after his time with "SNL" as a result of all the comedic falls he had taken on-stage.
- Helped campaign for 'John Kerry (I)' (qv) in the 2004 Presidential Election.
- 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.
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 102-103. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
- Turned down the role of Buzz Lightyear in _Toy Story (1995)_ (qv), he didn't want to as he was interested in the project, but his agent greatly advised him against doing the project.
- His short-lived TV talk show was billed as a Cornelius Production, Cornelius being Chevy's real first name.