Born on October 8, 1943, in New York City, Cornelius Crane Chase became known as "Chevy" when his grandmother nicknamed him after Chevy Chase, the wealthy Maryland community. The 6'4" future writer and actor was valedictorian of his high school class before attending Bard College, where he earned…more
Chevy made $6,000,000 for his role in the movie Christmas Vacation.
Chevy used to work as a waiter.
He got his nickname "Chevy" from his grandmother.
Chase was a spokesman for Cola Turka, which is a Turkish soft drink, in 2003.
Chevy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. in California.
In January of 1995, Chevy Chase was arrested in Beverly Hills, California and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
Chevy Chase is an alcoholic.
He created his famous catchphrase from Weekend Update, "Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not," as a reaction to the opening line "Good evening, I'm Roger Grimsby, here now the news" which was used by the legendary New York TV anchor throughout his 1968-1986 run on WABC-TV's (Channel 7) Eyewitness News.
Chase was born on exactly the same day as juvenile horror-novelist and television series-host R.L. Stine, who created "Goosebumps".
His first television appearance was on Saturday Night Live.
He hosted the Academy Awards two years in a row.
He was in every opening sketch on Saturday Night Live during the first season.
He is a Democrat.
He was the first person to ever say "Live From New York It's Saturday Night" on Saturday Night Live.
He was in the very first sketch on Saturday Night Live.
He was the first ever anchor on Weekend Update.
New York Magazine named him the funniest man alive in 1975.
He was most famous for his falls on Saturday Night Live.
He got injured during one of his falls on Saturday Night Live and had to miss two shows.
On February 15, 1997, he was banned from ever hosting Saturday Night Live, because he was too verbally abusive towards the show's cast and crew.
The Chevy Chase Show is one of the hugest failures in television. He made jokes about it during a Dorito commercial he did during the Super Bowl.
One of his recurring characters on Saturday Night Live was the Land Shark.
One of his more famous impressions on Saturday Night Live was of former president Gerald Ford.
He lives with his wife, Jaynie, in New York.
Chase is the father of three girls, Cydney, Caley, and Emily.
He has made many nasty remarks about George W. Bush, going as far as to call him a "Dumb F***."
He raised money and campaigned for John Kerry, as well as Al Gore.
He raised money and campaigned for Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
He likes people to enjoy his work, but dislikes the lack of privacy in show business.
He was the tallest original cast member of SNL at 6'4" (1.93 meters).
He has been expelled from two private schools in New Hampshire, Dalton School and Phillips Exeter Academy.
He was a class clown.
Chase was named for his adoptive grandfather Cornelius.
He has said that Norm Macdonald is the only other cast member besides himself to do Weekend Update correctly.
His real name is Cornelius Crane Chase, and he is well-known for his role as Clark Griswald in all 4 National Lampoon's Vacation movies.
He recently voiced Mr. Freezy-Breeze in Camp Lazlo along with James Arnold Taylor.
His brother roomed across the hall from Ted Kasczinski "The Unabomber" at Harvard.
Chase is a member of the exclusive Hollywood Gourmet Poker Club with fellow card players Johnny Carson, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Barry Diller and Neil Simon.
He runs five miles a day to stay fit and healthy.
He was the first member of the original Saturday Night Live cast to leave the show. He was replaced by Bill Murray.
Chevy is afraid of snakes!
He used to spend his summer and other vacations at a castle on a beautiful beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
He appeared alongside Paul Simon in the music video "You Can Call Me Al," in which he lip-syncs all of Simon's lines.
He was the drummer for what he called "a bad jazz band." That band later became Steely Dan.
He has perfect pitch, a musical ability to remember the exact frequency of a note.
He was nearly killed (electrocuted) during the filming of Modern Problems (1981) it was during the sequence in which he was 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.
He was the winner of the Harvard Lampoon Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
He prefers to do family-oriented movies and has turned down roles in several films including the lead in American Beauty (1999).
Chevy: (On if his character Pierce on the TV series "Community" changed for the better after having a near death experience) Oh, no. In fact, I never even put any of that together. That's how good I am as an actor.
Chevy: (On if his character Pierce in the TV series "Community" is a villain or misunderstood) I think he's misunderstood, totally.
Chevy: Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my three-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else.
Chevy: I guess I look so straight and normal nobody expects me to pick my nose and fall.
Chevy: (About leaving Saturday Night Live) I'm still hurting, I still grieve for all those years that I could have had there.
Chevy: (On SNL)I'm Chevy Chase, and your not.