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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Was the first person to say "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
- Had back surgery shortly after his time with "SNL" as a result of all the comedic falls he had taken on-stage.
- Was a favorite comedian of the students in _"Head of the Class" (1986)_ (qv).
- 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.
- 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.
- Helped campaign for 'John Kerry (I)' (qv) in the 2004 Presidential Election.