Chevy Chase or Cornelius Crane Chase is an American actor, writer, and comedian. Chase has influenced various artists including the likes of ,
, , and
. Chase is also known for his roles in movies such as Foul Play, “Seems like Old Times,” “Caddyshack,” Fletch, Three Amigos, Spies like Us, and in television shows such as
Saturday Night Live
, and the NBC-produced, Community. Cornelius Crane Chase, as he was originally named, was born to parents Edward Chase and Cathalene Parker, in
. Chase is also the grandson of Edward Leigh Chase and was named “Chevy,” by his grandmother. Chase belonged to a family of cognoscenti and was also listed when he was quite young, in the American Social Register. Chase pursued schooling at the Riverdale Country School, and further, attended the Stockbridge School in Massachusetts. Later on, Chase pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Bard College in New York. During his adolescent years, Chase played the drums and the keyboard for the band from Boston titled “Chameleon Church.” Before attaining fame, Chase worked as a cab driver, construction worker, truck driver, audio engineer, and other odd jobs. In 1967, Chase Co-founded the comedy ensemble titled “Channel One,” and also wrote columns for the Mad Magazine. In 1973, he joined the cast of the satirical, “The National Lampoon Radio Hour,” where he worked alongside the likes of
, John Belushi, among many others. A couple of years later, Chase became a part of the NBC-produced "Saturday Night Live,” (SNL) where he got famous for his pratfall depicting former President Gerald Ford’s accidental tripping during a visit to Austria. Chase was also the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards for his work at the SNL. In the year 1976, Chase quit SNL and was replaced by Bill Murray.
Chase’s film career took off in the 1978 movie, Foul Play, for which he was presented with a Golden Globe Award nomination for the Best Actor. In 1980, Chase pocketed roles in “Caddyshack” and “Seems like Old Times.” The 80s also featured Chase in Under the Rainbow, Modern Problems, National Lampoon’s Vacation, “Deal of the Century,” Fletch, Spies like Us, Three Amigos, among many others. The 1987 and 1988 Academy Awards were hosted by Chase. The video “Voices That Care,” made to show support to the US troops and veterans was recorded with the help of Chase. The 90s saw the decline of Chase’s career with his movies such as “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” “Cops & Robbersons,” and “Nothing but Trouble,” all failing at the
. During that decade, Chase also featured in Man of the House, Dirty Work, Vegas Vacation, among few others. Chase was presented with the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the year 1994. A few years later, Chase featured on television shows such as “Law & Order,” Hot in Cleveland, “Brothers & Sisters,” Community, Chuck, and provided the voice-over for an episode of Family Guy. The year 2010 also saw Chase in the comedy film, “Hot Tub Time Machine” and in “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Chase has also previously been the public face of brands such as Doritos, the History Channel, Dollar Rent-a-Car, and T-Mobile. Chase married Jayne Luke in 1983 and has three daughters with her.