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Chevy Chase
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Chase and his wife Jayni at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007
Birth name Cornelius Crane Chase
Born October 8, 1943 (1943-10-08) (age 76)
New York City, New York, USA
Influences Ernie Kovacs
Influenced Mike Myers, Tim Allen, Will Arnett
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series
1976 Saturday Night Live
1978 The Paul Simon Special
Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
1976 Saturday Night Live

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase (/ˈɛvi/; born October 8, 1943) is an American actor and comedian. Born into a prominent New York family, he worked a variety of jobs before moving into comedy and began acting with National Lampoon. He became a key cast member in the debut season of Saturday Night Live, where his recurring Weekend Update segment soon became a staple of the show. As both a performer and writer, he earned three Primetime Emmy Awards out of five nominations.

Early career

Chase was a member of an early underground comedy ensemble called Channel One which he co-founded in 1967. He also wrote a one-page spoof on Mission: Impossible for MAD magazine in 1970 and was a writer for the short-lived Smothers Brothers TV show comeback in the spring of 1975. Chase made the move to comedy as a full-time career by 1973, when he became a cast member of The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a syndicated satirical radio series. The Lampoon Radio Hour also featured John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray.

Saturday Night Live

Chevy Chase 1976
Chevy Chase at the private party after the premiere of the movie A Star is Born, December 1976

Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL), NBC's late-night comedy television show, beginning in October 1975. During the first season, he introduced every show except one with, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" The remark was often preceded by a pratfall, known as "The Fall of the Week". Chase became known for his skill at physical comedy. In one comedy sketch, he mimicked a real-life incident in which President Gerald Ford accidentally tripped while disembarking from Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria. This portrayal of President Ford as a bumbling klutz became a favorite device of Chase and helped form the popular concept of Ford as being a clumsy man. In later years, Chase met and became friendly with President Ford.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Walk... Don't Walk Pedestrian Short film
1974 The Groove Tube The Fingers/Geritan/Four Leaf Clover
1976 Tunnel Vision Himself
1978 Foul Play Tony Carlson Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1980 Oh! Heavenly Dog Browning
1980 Caddyshack Ty Webb
1980 Seems Like Old Times Nicholas Gardenia
1981 Under the Rainbow Bruce Thorpe
1981 Modern Problems Max Fiedler
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Clark Griswold
1983 Deal of the Century Eddie Muntz
1985 Fletch Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Clark Griswold
1985 Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Newscaster Cameo
1985 Spies Like Us Emmett Fitz-Hume
1986 ¡Three Amigos! Dusty Bottoms
1988 The Couch Trip Condom Father Cameo
1988 Funny Farm Andy Farmer
1988 Caddyshack II Ty Webb
1989 Fletch Lives Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Clark "Sparky" Griswold
1991 Nothing but Trouble Chris Thorne
1991 L.A. Story Carlo Christopher Cameo
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Nick Halloway Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
1992 Hero Deke Uncredited
1993 Last Action Hero Himself Cameo
1994 A Century of Cinema Himself Documentary
1994 Cops & Robbersons Norman Robberson
1995 Man of the House Jack Sturgess
1997 Vegas Vacation Clark Griswold
1998 Dirty Work Dr. Farthing
2000 Snow Day Tom Brandston
2000 Pete's Pizza Narrator Short film
2000 The One Armed Bandit Cop Short film
2002 Orange County Principal Harbert
2003 Vacuums Mr. Punch
2003 Bitter Jester Himself Documentary
2004 Our Italian Husband Paul Parmesan
2004 Bad Meat Congressman Bernard P. Greely
2005 Ellie Parker Dennis Swartzbaum
2006 Funny Money Henry Perkins
2006 Doogal Train Voice role
2006 Goose on the Loose Congreve Maddox
2006 Zoom Dr. Grant
2009 Stay Cool Principal Marshall
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Repairman
2010 Hotel Hell Vacation Clark Griswold Short film
2010 Jack and the Beanstalk Antipode
2011 Not Another Not Another Movie Max Storm
2013 Before I Sleep Gravedigger
2014 Lovesick Lester
2014 Shelby Grandpa Geoffrey
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Repairman
2015 Vacation Clark Griswold
2017 Dog Years Sonny

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Smothers Brothers Show Writer
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Best Variety Show
1975–1976 Saturday Night Live Various characters 30 episodes; also writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1975)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1975)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1976)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1976)
1977 The Chevy Chase Show Himself Television special; also writer
1977 The Paul Simon Special Himself Television special; also writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
1978–1997 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 8 episodes
1979 The Chevy Chase National Humor Test Himself Television special; also writer
1988 60th Academy Awards Himself (host) Television special
1990 The Earth Day Special Vic's Buddy Television special
1993 The Chevy Chase Show Himself (host) 25 episodes; also writer and producer
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "Roseanne's Return"
1997 The Nanny Himself Episode: "A Decent Proposal"
2002 America's Most Terrible Things Andy Potts Pilot
2003 Freedom: A History of US Various characters 5 episodes
2004 The Karate Dog Cho-Cho (voice) Television film
2006 The Secret Policeman's Ball General Nuisance Television special
2006 Law & Order Mitch Carroll Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007–2009 Family Guy Clark Griswold / Himself (voices) 2 episodes
2007 Brothers & Sisters Stan Harris 2 episodes
2009 Hjälp! Dan Carter 8 episodes
2009 Chuck Ted Roark 3 episodes
2009–2014 Community Pierce Hawthorne 83 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble
2014 Hot in Cleveland Ross Episode: "People Feeding People"
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Adult Felix (voice) Television film
2015 Chevy Chase Pilot
2016 A Christmas in Vermont Preston Bullock Television film

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