Oct. 8th, 1943
Woodstock, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
Clark Griswold (Voiced)
Himself - Gerald Ford
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).
- Won an amateur orchestral conducting contest in Los Angeles, where he and other celebrities (such as 'Alan Rachins' (qv)) competed to inspire appreciation for classical music.
- Attended Riverdale Country School in New York City.
- At the height of his career he earned around $7 million per film.
- Plays piano, drums and saxophone.
- At 6' 4", he was the tallest original _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) cast member and was the first "tall guy" on the show. Cast members over 6 feet usually dwarfed the rest of the cast. Among the other tall guys to follow were 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv), 'Dean Edwards (I)' (qv), 'Will Ferrell' (qv), 'Anthony Michael Hall' (qv), 'David Koechner' (qv), 'Norm MacDonald (I)' (qv), 'Finesse Mitchell' (qv), 'Bill Murray (I)' (qv), 'Kevin Nealon' (qv), 'Randy Quaid' (qv), 'Rob Riggle' (qv), 'Charles Rocket' (qv), 'Damon Wayans' (qv), and 'Fred Wolf (II)' (qv). Only Nealon and Quaid equaled Chase in height.
- 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.
- Admitted in an interview that making _íThree Amigos! (1986)_ (qv) was the most fun he has had on a film.
- 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.