"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:
- 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 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?").
- Foul Play (1978)
- Caddyshack (1980)
- Modern Problems (1981)
- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
- Fletch (1985)
- Spies Like Us (1985)
- ˇThree Amigos! (1986)
- Nothing but Trouble (1991)
- Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
- Dirty Work (1998)
- Snow Day (2000)
- Orange County (2002)
- Community (2009–13)
- Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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."
- Earlier in his career, he would wear T-shirts bearing the phrase "Yes, It's My Real Name".
- 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.