Chevy Chase Facts

Chevy Chase Facts
Chevy Chase is an American comedian and actor who became famous as one of the first cast members of Saturday Night Live and for his role in the National Lampoon films. He was born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8th, 1943, in Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker and Edward Tinsley Chase. His father was a book editor and his mother was a concert pianist. His grandmother gave him the nickname Chevy Chase, after a folk song called The Ballad of Chevy Chase. Chevy earned a B.A. in English and worked a variety of jobs when he decided to focus on comedy on his 20s. He began writing for National Lampoon and was hired by Lorne Michaels to write for Saturday Night Live before appearing on the show in 1975.
Interesting Chevy Chase Facts:
Chevy Chase began appearing on the Saturday Night Live segment Weekend Update in 1975. He soon won Emmy's for his acting and his writing.
Chevy left Saturday Night Live after one season to pursue a career in film.
In 1980 Chevy Chase appeared in the movie Caddyshack, which became a hit and made him even more well-known as a comedian.
Chevy Chase appeared in National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983. It became very popular. European Vacation was released in 1985, followed by Christmas Vacation in 1989 and Vegas Vacation in 1997.
In 1985 Chevy Chase starred in the movie Fletch, as a newspaper reporter. His role as I.M. Fletcher is considered by many to be his best performance as a comedian. The sequel Fletch Lives was released in 1989.
Chevy continued to appear in comedies such as Spies Like Us (1985), The Amigos! (1986), Nothing But Trouble (1991), Cops and Robbersons (1994), Man of the House (1995), and Snow Day (2000).
Chevy Chase has appeared in several cameos and on TV shows including Law and Order, and Brothers and Sisters.
Chevy Chase was once one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood due to the success of his comedy film roles.
Chevy Chase has been married three times. His first wife was Susan Hewitt (married in 1973); his second was Jaqueline Carlin (married in 1976); his third wife is Jayni Luke (married in 1981). Chevy has three daughters with Jayni and they are still married.
Chevy Chase was the first person to say 'Live from New York - It's Saturday Night!'
Chevy Chase is considered to be the first breakout star from Saturday Night Live.
Chevy Chase was offered the lead role in American Gigolo but turned it down because the content was too racy. Richard Gere took the role and became famous as a result.
Due to his roles on Saturday Night Live Chevy Chase suffered from back pain and developed a low level issue with pain killers in the 1980s. He was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment.
Chevy Chase is involved with charity fundraising, active environmentalism, and politics. He raised money for Bill Clinton in the 90s.
In 2015 Chevy Chase appeared as Clark Griswold in the fifth National Lampoon Vacation movie.

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