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Award-winning comic actor Chevy Chase prat-falled his way to
fame as a member of Saturday Night Live's original
Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time-Players cast in the mid-'70s,
creating memorable moments as President Gerald Ford and as the
anchor of the classic "Weekend Update" sketch.
Originally hired by SNL as a writer, he convinced
Lorne Michaels to put him on camera in the "Weekend Update," fake-news
segment. When he opened his mouth and out came: "Good
evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not." he had the comedy world at
his feet. Chevy became the show's first true star, leading the pack into the
Emmy awards winning for both his acting and writing. After a season and a half
he ran off to Hollywood leaving behind a lot of mixed feeling with the cast.
Mostly they were happy to see him go as they now had a chance to take the
spotlight like they so deserved.
migrated successfully to the big screen — not something all SNL
alums can claim with a straight face — winning over more
fans with his portrayal of family man Clark Griswold in four,
count 'em four, National Lampoon Vacation movies, as Caddyshack's
suave golf pro Ty Webb, and as the smart-aleck title private
eye in the Fletch series.
Name: Chevy Chase
Birth Name: Cornelius Crane
Birthplace: New York, NY
Birth Date: 10/8/43
Education: Bard College
Debut: (Film) The Groove
While at Bard College, Chase played in a band
with Walter Becker and Donald Fagen who went on to form Steely Dan.
Chase played drums in another band, Chameleon
Church, which released an album.
Chase left Saturday Night Live during
their second season.
His much-hyped Fox late night talk show The
Chevy Chase Show was cancelled after only being on the air for a month.