David Chase

Screenwriter, Producer, TV series creator
After spending two decades trying to find his footing on the small screen, writer-director-producer David Chase finally grabbed hold of the brass ring when he created the highly-acclaimed and award-winning series, "The ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1945 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Northern Exposure 1989 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Producer

Moonlight 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Palms Precinct 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

Almost Grown (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Off the Minnesota Strip (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (7)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kounterfeit 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Switch 1975 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Grave of the Vampire 1973 (Movie)

("The Still Life") (Source Material (from novel))

Grave of the Vampire 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scream of the Wolf (TV Show)

From Story
Director (4)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

I'll Fly Away 1985 - 1987, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director
Actor (3)

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After spending two decades trying to find his footing on the small screen, writer-director-producer David Chase finally grabbed hold of the brass ring when he created the highly-acclaimed and award-winning series, "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007). An unusually gritty soap opera centering on the professional and personal travails of New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, the series became an instant hit on its way to becoming one of the most decorated and successful cable series of all time. Prior to "The Sopranos," Chase forged his path as a writer and producer on the classic series, "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-1980), and later earned acclaim for his small screen movie "Off the Minnesota Strip" (ABC, 1980). Chase struggled throughout the 1980s with failed pilots and forgettable TV movies, while earning critical plaudits - but not eyeballs - for his civil rights drama "I'll Fly Away" (NBC, 1991-93). After guiding "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1990-95) during its tumultuous last two seasons, he was rejected by every network for "The Sopranos" before HBO swooped in and developed the show, which earned seemingly countless Emmys and Golden Globes for Chase and the cast. Following the series' controversial and much-talked about finale, Chase disappeared for a few years before re-emerging with his hailed feature debut, "Not Fade Away" (2012), which allowed him to begin the process of burying Tony Soprano for good.

Relationships

Henry Chase

Father
Baptist Born in Providence, RI; quit working as an engineer in 1950s to open a hardware store in Verona, NJ

Norma Chase

Mother
Born 1909; named after the Bellini opera; raised as a "socialist atheist" Worked at telephone company proofreading directories David based the character of Livia Soprano (played by Nancy Marchand) on her Died January 1994

Michele DeCesare Actor

Daughter
Born c. 1981 Played Hunter Scangarelo on father's show "The Sopranos" (HBO)

Denise Kelly

Wife

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts

New York , New York
Took filmmaking classes

Stanford University

Stanford , California

New York University

New York , New York
Graduated

Milestones

2012

Returned to features as writer, director, and producer of 1960s set drama "Not Fade Away"

1999

Created acclaimed HBO mob series "The Sopranos"; wrote and directed several episodes; earned several Emmy nominations for producing and writing, including one for controversial final episode titled "Made In America"; also earned DGA nomination for episode

1995

Was supervising producer of a series of TV-movies based on "The Rockford Files"; all aired on CBS

1993

Succeeded Brand and Falsey as executive producer of "Northern Exposure" (CBS); show earned Emmy nomination as Outstanding Drama Series 1994

1991

Executive produced critically lauded but low-rated NBC drama "I'll Fly Away"; received Emmy nomination 1992 for episode entitled "Master Magician"; show nominated as Outstanding Drama Series 1992 and 1993; first collaboration with John Falsey and Joshua B

1988

Co-created and executive produced CBS series "Almost Grown"; also wrote and directed episodes

1985

TV directorial debut, an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (USA Network); also scripted

1982

Executive produced and wrote busted NBC pilot "Palms Precinct"

1980

Scripted and produced TV movie "Off the Minnesota Strip" (ABC) about a teen runaway readjusting to her home life; won Emmy for teleplay

1976

Made TV debut as supervising producer (also wrote) of "The Rockford Files" (NBC); show won 1978 Emmy as Outstanding Drama Series and was nominated 1979 and 1980

1974

Screenwriting debut, adapting novel "Still Life" as the horror film "Grave of the Vampires"

1974

Wrote for ABC suspense series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"

1970

Settled in California

Worked in father's hardware store on weekends as a teenager

At age five, moved with family from New York to New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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"I wanted to do a show based on my mother, who was a very negative person. After a while, I refined the idea and decided to place her character into a Mafia context. I had read that [former Philly mob boss] Nicky Scarfo's mother was a 'stone gangster.' That clicked." – Chase on his inspiration for "The Sopranos" (HBO), from the New York Post, April 4, 1999

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On directing: "It terrifies me. The first time I directed, the Alfred Hitchcock show, I was so scared that the night before I had thoughts of going to the Greyhound station and leaving L.A. It felt like the time I was 11 and sprained my ankle on a camping trip and went to visit my grandmother in Mount Vernon. And my aunt had just had a baby and for some reason I wanted to carry him. My ankle gave out and I dropped the baby. I ran out of the house screaming. Directing felt like that. I felt lame with the whole thing."I've always been anxious, fearful, competitive, envious and angry...When I'm on the set, though, I don't freak out. I say to myself, 'You know what, this looks like life, but it's not. Whatever happens here isn't going to kill you.' That's about the best I can do." – Chase quoted in The New York Times, June 6, 1999

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"No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God. We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people's minds or thinking, 'Wow, this'll (tick) them off.'" – Chase on the controversial finale of his HBO series "The Sopranos," from People magazine, June 2007

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