|Date of Birth:||Oct 8, 1943 (78 years old)
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
|Profession:||Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television producer
|Nationality:||United States of America
Cornelius Crane Chase was born in New York City, in the United States, on October 8, 1943. More frequently, he is referred to by his stage name, Chevy Chase. Upon his birth, his parents were Edward Tinsley “Ned” Chase and Cathalene Parker. His mother’s stepfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, adopted her as a toddler and nurtured her as his own. She became a concert pianist and a librettist afterward. Cathalene, his maternal grandmother, was an opera singer, and Edward Leigh Chase, his paternal grandfather, was an artist and illustrator. His great-uncle Frank Swift Chase was also a painter and educator. These persons are notable members of his extended family.
Chevy Chase’s parent relationship
His parents’ divorce occurred when he was four years old. His mother had two more marriages, while his father remarried into the Folgers coffee family. In 1962, he obtained his high school certificate from The Stockbridge School and subsequently attended Haverford College for one semester. He then transferred to Bard College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1967 and remaining until graduation. Before becoming renowned, Chase worked as a cab driver, truck driver, construction worker, waiter, fruit picker, audio engineer, wine salesperson, and theatre usher.
In 1967, Chase helped form the underground comedy group Channel One. In 1970, he appeared in a Mad Magazine parody of “Mission: Impossible.” By 1973, he had decided to make comedy his life’s work and had become a cast member and writer for “The National Lampoon Radio Hour.” In October 1975, he joined the first cast of the NBC late-night comedy program “Saturday Night Live” as a cast member. He was the first host of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live and supplied material to several skits on the show. His catchphrase, “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not,” propelled him to popularity. In an evaluation undertaken by Rolling Stone Magazine in February 2015 of all 141 SNL cast members who had appeared on the show to that date, Chase was ranked tenth in terms of overall value, and the newspaper labeled him probably “the most underrated SNL player.”
Chase left Saturday Night Live during its second season in the fall of 1976. Nonetheless, he remained involved with the show by hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL) eight times until 1997 and appearing in several anniversary specials. After leaving Saturday Night Live, he launched a career in film acting. His early work in the film industry includes
- “Tunnel Vision” (1976)
- “Foul Play” (1978)
- “Oh! Heavenly Dog” (1980)
- “Caddyshack” (1980)
- “Seems Like Old Times” (1980
In addition to “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), he has appeared in “Modern Problems” (1980), “Fletch” (1985), “Spies Like Us” (1985), “Three Amigos” (1986), “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” (1985), and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. Chase was one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood during the late 1980s when his career was at its zenith, and he earned around $7 million per film.
During the 1990s, Chase simultaneously produced three unsuccessful films: “Nothing but Trouble” (1991), “Memoirs of an Invisible Man” (1992), and “Cops & Robbersons”. These three films barely generated $34 million during their stints in theatres. Even his tremendously successful National Lampoon series ended in 1997 with the publication of “Vegas Vacation,” the seventh and last installment. He has since appeared in other films, notably the 2006 comedy “Zoom.”
Host of “The Chevy Chase Show
In September 1993, he became the host of “The Chevy Chase Show,” a Fox-broadcast weekday talk program. Despite the high expectations placed on the show, they canceled it after only five weeks for failing to meet them. After that, he appeared on a variety of television programs, including “Law & Order,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Chuck,” and “Family Guy.” In 2009, he returned to NBC as a cast member on the critically successful comedy “Community,” starring Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, and Donald Glover. “Community” has received various honors and awards. In 2012, he left the show after appearing in its first four seasons to pursue other possibilities. After leaving “Community,” he has featured in several projects, including a role in the 2010 comedy film “Hot Tub Time Machine” and the Netflix-released film “The Last Laugh” (2019).
Chase received the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series in 1976 and 1978 for his contributions to “Saturday Night Live” and “The Paul Simon Special.” These two episodes were both written by Chase. For his portrayal in Foul Play in 1979, he was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture for a Comedy or Musical and Best Motion Picture Acting Debut – Male.
Chase was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in 1993. Also, in 1998, he was given a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars, for his achievements in the entertainment industry. In addition, he received the Man of the Year award from the Hasty Pudding in 1993 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harvard Lampoon in 1996. These are only two of the many honors he has received.
Chevy made $7 million for each film in the late 1980s when he was at the height of his fame. That is the equivalent of making $15 million per feature now. Between “Fletch” and “Fletch Lives,” he earned a minimum of $7 million.
Chevrolet received $6 million for “Christmas Vacation” in 1989. This amount is comparable to $12.5 million in terms of current money. The 1992 release of the film “Memoirs of an Invisible Man” brought him an additional $6 million. For his roles in “Man of the House,” “Cops and Robbersons,” and “Vegas Vacation,” he earned $2 million, $4 million, and $4 million, respectively.
Chase married Susan Hewitt between February 1973 and February 1976. They were married for four years. Subsequently, he married Jacqueline Carlin in December 1976, and their union lasted until November 1980. In June of 1982, he married Jayni Luke, who would become his third wife. He sought therapy for prescription painkiller addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic and had hospitalized. In 2016, he went to the Hazelden Clinic to get help for his alcoholism.
Chevy and Jayni resided on five acres of land in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles from 1990 to 2005. Chevy, whose home has in a community protected by gates and guards, invested $1.2 million in land changes and upgrades. They put it on the market for $3 million in 1994 but failed to sell it until 2005 when they settled for a far lower price. Upstate New York is the couple’s principal residence at present. Chevy Chase’s net worth is $50 million.
Chase had named after his adoptive grandfather, Cornelius, while his grandmother conferred the moniker “Chevy” after the medieval English poem “The Ballad of Chevy Chase.” She thought the name was appropriate because she was a descendant of the Scottish Clan Douglas. Chevy Chase’s net worth is very high.