Oct. 8th, 1943
Woodstock, New York, USA
Chevy Chase's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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).
- Suffers from a fear of snakes.
- 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.
- Wanted to be a doctor when he was younger.
- Had back surgery shortly after his time with "SNL" as a result of all the comedic falls he had taken on-stage.
- His mother Cathalene Parker Browning was the only daughter of Capt. Miles R. Browning, Admiral Halsey's Chief of Staff for much of WW2.
- Has perfect pitch, a musical ability to remember the exact frequency of a note.
- 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.
- Daughters: Cydney Cathalene Chase (born 1982), Caley Leigh Chase (born 1984) and Emily Evelyn Chase (born 1988), with wife 'Jayni Chase' (qv).