Chevy Chase

Comedian + Writer + Television and Film Actor

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before moving into comedy acting with National Lampoon. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live, where his Weekend Update skit soon became a staple of the show.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on October 8, 1943.


1962 18 Years Old Chase attended Riverdale Country School before being expelled. He ultimately graduated from the Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He then attended Haverford College during the 1962–63 term, where he was noted for slapstick comedy and an absurd sense of physical humor (including his signature pratfalls and "sticking forks into his orifices"). … Read More


1967 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Chase transferred to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he studied a pre-med curriculum and graduated in 1967 with a BA in English. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old 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.
1973 29 Years Old 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. … Read More


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Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL), NBC's late-night comedy television show, beginning in October 1975. … Read More
1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1976, in the middle of the second season, Chase became the first member of the original cast to leave the show. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Chase followed Foul Play with the successful Harold Ramis comedy Caddyshack, in 1980. … Read More
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Chase continued his film career in 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, directed by Ramis and written by John Hughes.


Chase joined SNL veterans Steve Martin and Martin Short in the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy ¡Three Amigos! in 1986, declaring in an interview that making ¡Three Amigos! was the most fun he had making a film. … Read More
1987 43 Years Old Chase hosted the Academy Awards in 1987 and 1988, signing on to the proceedings in 1987 with the opener, "Good evening, Hollywood phonies!" Chase filmed a sequel to Vacation, 1985's National Lampoon's European Vacation and then a third, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, in 1989, which, thanks to its holiday theme, has become one of his more durable films, airing on NBC every December.
He played saxophone onstage at Simon's free concert at the Great Lawn in Central Park in the summer of 1991.
1993 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1993, Chase hosted The Chevy Chase Show, a weeknight talk show, for the Fox Broadcasting Company. … Read More


1995 51 Years Old After having starred with Farrah Fawcett in the relatively successful Man of the House in 1995, he received Harvard Lampoon's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old He was roasted by the Friars Club for a Comedy Central television special in 2002. … Read More


2004 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Chase is an active environmentalist, charity fundraiser, and political liberal. He raised money and campaigned for Bill Clinton in the 1990s and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election.
2005 61 Years Old In 2005, Chase was the keynote speaker at Princeton University's Class Day, part of commencement activities. … Read More
2006 62 Years Old Chase guest-starred as an anti-Semitic murder suspect in "In Vino Veritas", the November 3, 2006 episode of Law & Order. … Read More
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In 2009, Chase and Dan Aykroyd provided voices for the Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us".
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In 2010, he appeared in the film Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as a short online film featuring the Griswold Family, and in the Funny or Die original comedy sketch "Presidential Reunion", where he played President Ford alongside other current and former SNL president impersonators. … Read More
2016 72 Years Old He entered Minnesota's Hazelden Clinic in September 2016 for treatment of an alcohol-related issue.
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