He's Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943), an American actor/comedian known for his pratfalls ... and you're not.
And yes, he's also gained a reputation as an extremely
difficult creative collaborator.
Works featuring Chevy Chase:
- Saturday Night Live (1975–76): Was the first Weekend Update anchor. He was also the first SNL cast member to leave the show, the first one to come back and host (until he was banned for being a jerk to the cast and crew members), the only host who had to be broadcasted on a TV instead of appearing live onstage when he hosted,note and the former SNL cast member to host the most episodes (nine). His celebrity impressions include U.S. President Gerald Ford (which wasn't really an impression as we would know it;note instead, the 'impression' was just an excuse for Chevy to show off his penchant for pratfalls), Leonard Nimoy (as Mr. Spock on the infamous Last Voyage of the Enterprise sketch), Greg Allman, Ronald Reagan (also a "non-impression" like Gerald Ford's), and Jeffrey Dahmer. He only had one recurring character, "The Land Shark" (a creepy man in a cheap shark costume who attacks anyone who answers the door, usually with him saying, "Candy gram?").
- Caddyshack (1980)
- National Lampoons Vacation (1983)
- Fletch (1985)
- Spies Like Us (1985)
- ˇThree Amigos! (1986)
- Community (2009–13)
Tropes associated with this actor:
- Alliterative Name: Both his real and stage names.
- The Big Guy: He is 6'4" and was the first of SNL's many tall, white male cast members. Chase, Randy Quaid (from the 1985–86 season), and Charles Rocket (1980–81 season) are tied as the tallest SNL cast members.
- The Cast Showoff: Will usually find an excuse to show off his impeccable musical skill.
- Catchphrase: "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not," or some variation, like "I still am, and you're still not."
- Creator Backlash: The reason he left Community; he felt that the new showrunners were making the show worse and were flanderizing Pierce to the point where he wasn't likable anymore. He also elaborated in his Reddit AMA that he and the cast would regularly work **sixteen to twenty hours per day**.
- Deadpan Snarker: Few do deadpan better than Chevy, which is why his Weekend Update stint is considered the benchmark for all others. The only other Weekend Update anchor to do deadpan better than Chevy is a toss-up between Kevin Nealon (whose Weekend Update was pretty much an updated version of the original one) and Norm MacDonald (whom Chase has said is almost the way he used to do Weekend Update and is the inspiration for current co-anchor, Colin Jostnote ).
- Memetic Mutation: "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not."
- Money, Dear Boy: By the end of the second season of Community, Chase made his dislike of the show abundantly clear, clashing with series creator Dan Harmon frequently. He only stayed as long as he did, partly because he liked his castmates, partly due to this trope. Ironically, Chase quit the show in the fourth season under different showrunners, as he was troubled with how blatant Pierce's racism had become.