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Also Known As: Cornelius Crane Chase Died:
Born: October 8, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, comedy writer, theatrical producer, musician, counselor, truck driver, tennis pro, teacher

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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...

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- ), which showed that Chase's brilliance as a giant in the pantheon of great twentieth century comedians had not waned.

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 Lovesick (2013)
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 Stay Cool (2009)
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 Goose on the Loose! (2009) Cast
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 Funny Money (2006)
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 Doogal (2006)
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1967:
Co-founded the underground comedy ensemble Channel One
1968:
Played drums and keyboards for the rock band Chamaeleon Church, which recorded one album for MGM Records
1970:
Wrote a one-page spoof on "Mission: Impossible" for <i>MAD</i> magazine
1972:
Joined National Lampoon's off-Broadway production of "Lemmings"; also wrote and played the drums for the musical numbers
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
1974:
Re-teamed with Channel One co-founder Ken Shapiro for the low-budget comedy film "The Groove Tube"
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 for his catchphrase introduction ¿ "I'm Chevy Chase...and you're not"; was the first original cast member to leave the show
1978:
First film in a leading role, "Foul Play"; co-starred opposite Goldie Hawn
1980:
Re-teamed with Hawn for the Neil Simon-scripted "Seems Like Old Times"
1980:
Co-starred in the comedy "Caddyshack" opposite Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Michael O'Keefe
1981:
Played a man who is exposed to toxic waste and develops telekinesis in the comedy "Modern Problems"
1983:
Played Clark Griswold in "National Lampoon's Vacation," directed by Harold Ramis, and co-starring Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid
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"
1988:
Film producing debut, "The Funny Farm"
1988:
Hosted the telecast of "The 60th Annual Academy Awards"
1988:
Reprised role of Ty Webb for "Caddyshack II"
1989:
Returned to play Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher in "Fletch Lives"
1989:
Returned to play Clark Griswold for "Christmas Vacation"
1991:
Re-teamed with Dan Aykroyd for "Nothing But Trouble"; also written and directed by Dan Aykroyd
1992:
Co-starred with Daryl Hannah in "Memoirs of an Invisible Man"
1993:
Hosted the short-lived late night talk show "The Chevy Chase Show" (Fox)
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1994:
Had a leading role in the comedy "Cops and Robbersons"
1995:
Co-starred in the comedy "The Man of the House"
1997:
Once again played Clark Griswold for "Vegas Vacation"
2000:
Portrayed a weatherman in the surprise hit "Snow Day"
2000:
Hosted several "The Great American History Quiz" specials on The History Channel
2002:
Cast as Principal Harbert in the Jake Kasdan directed comedy "Orange County"
2006:
Played the head scientist in "Zoom," co-starring Tim Allen and Courteney Cox
2006:
Guest-starred as an anti-Semitic murder suspect on NBC's "Law & Order"
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
2009:
Appeared as villainous software magnate Ted Roark on the NBC spy-comedy "Chuck"
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
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Education

Haverford College: Haverford , Pennsylvania -
Dalton School: New York City , New York -
Phillips Exeter Academy: Exeter , New Hampshire -
Stockbridge School: Stockbridge , Massachusetts -
Riverdale Country School: Bronx , New York -
Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson , New York - 1967

Notes

Named Man of the Year (1992) by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic group.

"Nobody prepares you for what happens when you get famous, and I didn't handle it well," says Chase. "I'm older now. And a big crybaby."---Chevy Chase to EW, August 13, 2004.

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wife:
Jacqueline Chase. Married December 4, 1976; divorced 1980.
wife:
Jayne Chase. Production coordinator. Married June 1981.

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father:
Edward Tinsley Chase.
mother:
Cathalene Crane Chase. Librettist. Wrote the music to the opera "How to Make Love", which was produced by Chase.
step-father:
Lawrence Widdowes. Playwright. Wrote the book for the opera "How to Make Love", which was produced by Chase.
step-sister:
Pamela Widdowes. Theatrical director, producer. Directed the opera "How to Make Love", which was produced by Chase.
daughter:
Cydney Cathalene Chase. Born c. 1982; mother Jayni Chase.
daughter:
Caley Chase. Born c. 1984; mother Jayni Chase.
daughter:
Emily Chase. Born c. 1988; mother Jayni Chase.
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