Chevy Chase

Actor, Comedian, Comedy writer
With the words, "Good evening - I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not," comedic actor Chevy Chase struck a chord with television audiences who delighted each week as the accident-prone goofball stumbled his way through ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (134)

Community 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitting the Wall 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 2015 (Movie)

Hot Tub Repairman (Actor)

Live From New York! 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Lovesick 2015 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Stealing Bess 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vacation 2015 (Movie)

Clark Griswold (Actor)

Funny Money 2014 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Goose on the Loose! 2014 (Movie)

Congreve Maddox (Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack and the Beanstalk 2014 (Movie)

Antipode (Actor)

Not Another Not Another Movie 2014 (Movie)

Max Storm (Actor)

Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail 2013 (Movie)

Grandpa Geoffrey (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Stay Cool 2011 (Movie)

Principal Marshall (Actor)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

Repair Man (Actor)

Someplace with a Mountain 2010 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Chuck 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

Voice of the Train (Actor)

Law & Order 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Our Italian Husband 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

Dr Grant (Actor)

Ellie Parker 2005 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Meat 2003 (Movie)

Congressman Greely (Actor)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Principal Harbert (Actor)

TV Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Firesign Theatre: Weirdly Cool 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Behind: Caddyshack 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

Tom Brandston (Actor)

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

Dr Farthing (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

Clark Griswold (Actor)

Wayne Newton: The King of Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Gilda Radner: In Her Own Words 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the House 1995 (Movie)

Jack Sturges (Actor)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

Norman Robberson (Actor)

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevy Chase Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's Looking at You, Warner Brothers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Birth of the Team 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero 1992 (Movie)

(uncredited cameo appearance) TV Station Chief (Actor)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

Nick Halloway (Actor)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Patron in Restaurant (Actor)

Nothing But Trouble 1991 (Movie)

Chris Thorne (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (01/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Fletch (Actor)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Ty Webb (Actor)

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Host

The Couch Trip 1988 (Movie)

Condom Father (Actor)

Humor and the Presidency 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Host

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

Dusty Bottoms (Actor)

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Fletch (Actor)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Clark W. Griswald (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Emmett Fitz-Hume (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Eddie Muntz (Actor)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Clark Griswold (Actor)

Modern Problems 1981 (Movie)

Max Fielder (Actor)

Under the Rainbow 1981 (Movie)

Bruce Thorpe (Actor)

Caddyshack 1980 (Movie)

Ty Webb (Actor)

Oh Heavenly Dog 1980 (Movie)

Benjamin Browning (Actor)

Seems Like Old Times 1980 (Movie)

Nick Gardenia (Actor)

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevy Chase National Humor Test 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

Tony Carlson (Actor)

The Paul Simon Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevy Chase Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Tunnelvision 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Groove Tube 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great American Dream Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan (Tv Show)

Guest

Wishin' and Hopin' (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Smothers Brothers Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer
Music (1)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

("The Ballad of the Three Amigos" "My Little Buttercup" "Blue Shadows") (Song Performer)

Biography

With the words, "Good evening - I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not," comedic actor Chevy Chase struck a chord with television audiences who delighted each week as the accident-prone goofball stumbled his way through sketches in the early days of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). With his aloof wit and detached demeanor, he represented a radical departure from angry comics of the day like George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Leaving "SNL" at the height of his fame in 1976, Chase segued smoothly into stardom on the big screen in such comedy triumphs as "Foul Play" (1975), "Caddyshack" (1980) and "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983). He continued to rise with his classic turn as the bumbling investigative reporter, "Fletch" (1985), and reprised the bespectacled doofus Clark Griswald for "European Vacation" (1985). But from there, his career hit a long, slow slide with movies like "The Funny Farm" (1988), "Caddyshack II" (1988) and "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" (1992). Following a short-lived stint as a late night talk show host - a televised train wreck if there ever was one - Chase wallowed in the nadir of a career that at once looked bright and everlasting. Meanwhile, his reported reputation for being difficult and his addiction to cocaine was chronicled in numerous tell-all "SNL" books. But he emerged decades later with an acclaimed supporting turn on the hit show "Community" (NBC, 2009-15; Yahoo!, 2015), which showed that Chase's brilliance as a giant in the pantheon of great twentieth century comedians had not waned.

Relationships

Jacqueline Carlin Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 4, 1976 Divorced Nov. 14, 1980

John Cederquist

Step-Father
Chase spoke on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2008 about the abuse he endured from his step-father

Edward Chase

Father
A prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer Divorced from wife when Chevy was four; remarried into the Folgers coffee family Died in 2005

Susan Chase

Wife
Married Feb. 23, 1973 Divorced Feb. 1, 1976

Cathalene Chase

Mother
Daughter of Miles Browning, who served a critical role at the Battle of Midway in WWII Adopted as a child by Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane and took the name Cathalene Crane Divorced from husband when Chevy was four; remarried twice Died in 2005

Caley Chase

Daughter
Born Jan. 19, 1985; mother, Jayni Luke Chase mother, Jayni Chase

Cydney Chase

Daughter
Born January 4, 1983

Emily Chase

Daughter
Born Sept. 29, 1988; mother, Jayni Luke Chase

Edward Chase

Grandfather

Blythe Danner Actor

Companion
Dated when they both attended Bard College in the mid-1960s

Jayni Luke

Wife
Married June 19, 1982

Lawrence Widdowes

Step-Father
Taught at Juilliard; also wrote the book for the opera "How to Make Love," which was produced by Chase and directed by his daughterTaught at Juilliard

Pamela Widdowes

Step-Sister
Directed the opera "How to Make Love," which was produced by Chase and written by her father

EDUCATION

Riverdale Country School

Bronx , New York
Was valedictorian of his senior class

Stockbridge School

Stockbridge , Massachusetts

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York 1967
Studied a pre-med curriculum and dated actress Blythe Danner

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire
Was expelled from this private school

Haverford College

Haverford , Pennsylvania
Was expelled after one semester

Dalton School

New York City , New York
Was expelled from this private school

Milestones

2009

Made regular series debut, playing a moist towelette tycoon Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC comedy "Community"; announced he was leaving show after a mutual decision with producers

2009

Appeared as villainous software magnate Ted Roark on the NBC spy-comedy "Chuck"

2007

Returned for a series of cameos for the "Weekend Update" segment of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for the Fall 2007 season

2007

Guest-starred on two episodes of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" as a former love interest of Sally Field's character

2006

Guest-starred as an anti-Semitic murder suspect on NBC's "Law & Order"

2006

Played the head scientist in "Zoom," co-starring Tim Allen and Courteney Cox

2002

Cast as Principal Harbert in the Jake Kasdan directed comedy "Orange County"

2000

Portrayed a weatherman in the surprise hit "Snow Day"

2000

Hosted several "The Great American History Quiz" specials on The History Channel

1997

Once again played Clark Griswold for "Vegas Vacation"

1995

Co-starred in the comedy "The Man of the House"

1994

Had a leading role in the comedy "Cops and Robbersons"

1993

Hosted the short-lived late night talk show "The Chevy Chase Show" (Fox)

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1992

Co-starred with Daryl Hannah in "Memoirs of an Invisible Man"

1991

Re-teamed with Dan Aykroyd for "Nothing But Trouble"; also written and directed by Dan Aykroyd

1989

Returned to play Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher in "Fletch Lives"

1989

Returned to play Clark Griswold for "Christmas Vacation"

1988

Film producing debut, "The Funny Farm"

1988

Reprised role of Ty Webb for "Caddyshack II"

1988

Hosted the telecast of "The 60th Annual Academy Awards"

1985

Played the title role of a Los Angeles investigative newspaper reporter in the comedy "Fletch"

1985

Reprised role of Clark Griswold for "European Vacation"

1985

Co-starred with Dan Aykroyd as government employees who think they are U.S. spies in "Spies Like Us"

1983

Played Clark Griswold in "National Lampoon's Vacation," directed by Harold Ramis, and co-starring Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid

1981

Played a man who is exposed to toxic waste and develops telekinesis in the comedy "Modern Problems"

1980

Co-starred in the comedy "Caddyshack" opposite Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Michael O'Keefe

1980

Re-teamed with Hawn for the Neil Simon-scripted "Seems Like Old Times"

1978

First film in a leading role, "Foul Play"; co-starred opposite Goldie Hawn

1975

Wrote for the short-lived "Smothers Brothers" TV show comeback

1975

Signed a one year contract as a writer, but became one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) during rehearsals just before the show's premiere; was also the original anchor for the Weekend Update segment of "SNL," and became known fo

1974

Re-teamed with Channel One co-founder Ken Shapiro for the low-budget comedy film "The Groove Tube"

1973

Became a cast member of "The National Lampoon Radio Hour," a syndicated satirical series, which also featured John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner

1972

Joined National Lampoon's off-Broadway production of "Lemmings"; also wrote and played the drums for the musical numbers

1969

Wrote a one-page spoof on "Mission: Impossible" for MAD magazine

1968

Played drums and keyboards for the rock band Chamaeleon Church, which recorded one album for MGM Records

1967

Co-founded the underground comedy ensemble Channel One

Bonus Trivia

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Chase was nearly killed (electrocuted) during the filming of "Modern Problems" (1981) when, during the sequence in which he is wearing 'landing lights' as he dreams that he is an airplane, the current in the lights short-circuited through his arm, back, and neck muscles. The near-death experience caused him to experience a period of deep depression.

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Chase was named Man of the Year in 1992 by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic group.

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In Chase's 2010 autobiography I'm Chevy Chase...And You're Not, the actor claimed he lived in "deathly fear" of his mentally-ill mother and stepfather because they subjected him to regular psychological torture.

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In April 2012, an expletive-laden voicemail Chase left for "Community" (NBC) creator Dan Harmon went viral online. In the audio, Chase was heard complaining about Harmon’s writing and behavior while verbally abusing him throughout the message. Another audio recording surfaced days later, which included Chase calling "Community" a "f*cking mediocre sitcom!"

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