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do family oriented movies and has turned down roles in
several films including the lead in American
now-famous "Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're
not" opening line on the "Weekend Update"
segments of "Saturday
Night Live" (1975) was a takeoff of New York news
Grimsby's "Here now the news" opening line.
Sat in with
the college band The Leather Canary a couple of times. The
band also included Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, later
of Steely Dan fame.
Harvard Lampoon Lifetime Achievement Award
in the music video and sang in the choir on the song
"Voices That Care."
Convicted of drunk driving.
short-lived TV talk show was billed as a Cornelius
Production, Cornelius being Chevy's real first name.
killed (electrocuted) during the filming of "Modern
Problems" (1981) when, during the sequence in which
he is 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.
Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
valedictorian of his high school class
pitch, a musical ability to remember the exact frequency
of a note.
on his reaction upon hearing of the death of SNL co-star John
Belushi): "I was so angry I didn't cry for five
Biography from Leonard
Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not." With those
words, a star was born in 1975. Originally hired by
"Saturday Night Live" as a writer, he ended up
on camera in the weekly news segment, "Weekend
Update," and became the show's first breakout star,
winning Emmy awards for his acting and writing. After a
season and a half, he heeded the siren call of Hollywood
and after nearly two years, starred opposite Goldie Hawn
in 1978's Foul
Play. (He'd already appeared on theater screens in
1974's skitcomedy patchwork The
Groove Tube and 1976's Tunnelvision
but without achieving any recognition.) Foul
Play's success led to Caddyshack
(1980), another hit, but then came an extraordinary run of
Like Old Times (both 1980), Modern
the Rainbow (both 1981), and Deal
of the Century (1983). Chase's breezy comic style and
expressive face, it developed, might save a poorly written
TV skit, but not a full-length feature.
Ironically, for someone who
rose to fame as a smart-ass, it was as a bumbling
middle-class father that he scored his biggest movie hit: National
Lampoon's Vacation (1983), which so far has spawned
two vacation sequels: European
(1985) and Christmas
(1989). Next came Fletch
(1985), generally considered his best film to date, in
which his wisecracking persona perfectly defined Gregory
MacDonald's reporter-cum-detective; it too led to a
Lives (1989). But so many of his subsequent films,
often teaming him with other SNL alumni, have been less
Like Us (1985), ĄThree
Amigos! (1986), Caddyshack
Farm (both 1988), Nothing
but Trouble (1991), and Memoirs
of an Invisible Man (1991)-it's baffling that someone
who began as such a brilliantly funny writer could be such
a poor judge of scripts. In 1993 he launched a
(disastrous) nightly TV talk show, made a cameo appearance
in Last Action
Hero and then starred in Cops
and Robbersons (1994).