Creator / Chevy Chase
"I made about twenty-eight movies, and I think about five of them were good."

He's Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943), an American actor/comedian known for his pratfalls... and you're not.

He began a full time career in comedy by joining the National Lampoon Radio Hour in 1973; he and many other comedians on the program would later become the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. He was known for his physical comedy, particularly his impressions of then President Gerald Ford. He was also the original Weekend Update Anchor. He received a lot of praise for his role in the show, though he left in the middle of the second season, returning later to host a further eight times.

After SNL, he begin taking film roles with appearances in hit films such as Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation and its sequels, and ˇThree Amigos!, roles that would make him a highly paid actor in the late 80s. He also hosted the Academy Awards in 1987 and 1988. His career went in tidecline though in the 90s with many of his films flopping at the box office, with even Vegas Vacation being a commercial disappointment. He hosted a talk show in 1993 called The Chevy Chase Show which only lasted for five weeks. He gained some prominence again with the role of Pierce Hawthorne in the TV show Community, though he did have creative issues with the show's creator Dan Harmon throughout its run. He left the show during the 4th season.

And yes, he's also gained a reputation that could charitably be described as "difficult", and uncharitably described as unbridled Jerkassery.

Works featuring Chevy Chase include:

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), Charles Rocket (1980–81 season), and Kevin Nealon (1986–95 seasons) are tied as the tallest SNL cast members.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not," or some variation of it, like "I still am, and you're still not."
  • Deadpan Snarker: His most useful role when he wasn't having pratfalls.
  • The Straight Man: His other most useful role when he wasn't having pratfalls.