Chevy Chase

Highest Rated: 94% L.A. Story (1991)
Birthday: Oct 8, 1943
Birthplace: Woodstock, New York, USA
Chevy Chase is often considered one of the most likeable comedic personalities of his generation, even though the immediate popularity he achieved following a single season on Saturday Night Live never translated into more than a couple hit movies, and none after the 1980s. The prematurely balding, intelligent, fast-talking Chase created a couple classic characters, notably Irwin M. Fletcher (aka Fletch) and Vacation's Clark Griswold, but his career is often thought of as plagued by misfires and missed opportunities, rather than touched by comic brilliance.Born on October 8, 1943, in New York City, Cornelius Crane Chase became known as "Chevy" when his grandmother nicknamed him after Chevy Chase, the wealthy Maryland community. The 6'4" future writer and actor was valedictorian of his high school class before attending Bard College, where he earned a B.A. in English. With a pre-celebrity resumé as varied as any (tennis pro, truck driver, bartender), Chase spent his twenties as a comedy writer for such outlets as the Smothers Brothers and National Lampoon, the latter of which eventually led to a lucrative franchise of Vacation movies. Chase's first stint as a performer was with the New York comedy video workshop Channel One, which evolved into the 1974 film Groove Tube. This afforded Chase the necessary exposure to be hired by Lorne Michaels for the first season of Saturday Night Live in 1975.Initially hired on as a writer, Chase soon began appearing in front of the camera as the anchor of the popular Weekend Update segment of the ensemble variety show. With the catchphrase opening "Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not," and aided by his bumbling impersonation of President Gerald Ford, the actor quickly assumed breakout status, earning Emmys for both his writing and acting. He left after a single season to pursue film opportunities, but did not really strike gold until Caddyshack (1980), in which he played a rich golf pro who oozed confidence and a dry sarcastic wit three steps ahead of anyone else. These would become Chase's trademarks.During the filming of his next project, Modern Problems (1981), Chase was nearly electrocuted when a gag involving landing lights attached to his body short-circuited. The experience sunk him into a deep depression. But he recovered his stride in 1983 with the release of National Lampoon's Vacation, the first of four in an eventual series of epic misadventures of the Griswold family (European Vacation [1985], Christmas Vacation [1989], Vegas Vacation [1997]). As daffy father Clark, Chase turned the film into a huge hit, harnessing a likable befuddlement that kept the series going even as the sequels were increasingly less well received and tiresomely slapstick.Chase's other big hit came in 1985, when he starred as the title character in Fletch, the film widely considered the actor's best and most complimentary of his sharp talent for wordplay. As an undercover newspaper reporter with a quick answer -- not to mention a goofy disguise -- for every situation, Chase created a classic comic hero with a genius for confusing his adversaries. He reprised the role in the lesser sequel Fletch Lives (1989).Chase achieved moderate success by pairing with other Saturday Night Live alums in the mixed-bag comedies Spies Like Us (1985) and Three Amigos! (1986); though these had dedicated fans, they didn't achieve the critical praise of Fletch or Vacation. Despite an all-star cast, Caddyshack II (1988) went nowhere, and by the beginning of the 1990s, Chase had slipped from his status as a reliable comedic performer. Such well-documented failures as Nothing But Trouble (1991) and Cops and Robbersons (1994) became his crosses to bear during a decade that also saw the colossal failure of his Fox comeback variety show, which was canceled two months after it premiered in 1993. Chase was also arrested for drunk driving in 1995, just one incident in a career sometimes checkered by drug and alcohol abuse. In lat


Highest Rated Movies



53% The Last Laugh Al Hart 2019
89% Love, Gilda Actor 2018
52% The Last Movie Star Sonny 2018
No Score Yet Hedgehogs Actor 2016
No Score Yet A Christmas in Vermont Actor 2016
27% Vacation Clark Griswold $40.3M 2015
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
13% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Repairman 2015
No Score Yet Shelby Grandpa Geoffrey 2014
36% Lovesick Lester Horn 2014
No Score Yet Wishin' And Hopin' Adult Felix 2014
No Score Yet Before I Sleep Gravedigger 2013
14% Stay Cool Principal Marshall 2011
No Score Yet Someplace With A Mountain Narrator 2011
63% Hot Tub Time Machine Repairman $49M 2010
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Gen. Antipode 2009
No Score Yet Not Another Not Another Movie Max Storm 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08 Actor 2008
No Score Yet Bad Meat Congressman Bernard P. Greely 2008
No Score Yet Pete's A Pizza & More Great Kid Stories Actor 2008
No Score Yet Cutlass Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Ball in the Hall Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 2006
3% Zoom Dr. Grant $11.7M 2006
43% Funny Money Henry 2006
8% Doogal Train $7.4M 2006
No Score Yet Goose on the Loose Actor 2006
50% Ellie Parker Dennis 2005
No Score Yet Our Italian Husband Paul Parmesan 2005
No Score Yet Karate Dog Cho Cho 2004
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Actor 2003
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Actor 2002
46% Orange County Principal Harbert $41.1M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
29% Snow Day Tom 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin Actor 1999
17% Dirty Work Dr. Farthing 1998
13% Vegas Vacation Clark Griswold 1997
8% Spy Hard Actor 1996
14% Man of the House Jack Sturges 1995
14% Cops And Robbersons Norman Robberson 1994
36% Last Action Hero Himself 1993
65% Hero Deke 1992
23% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Nick Halloway 1992
No Score Yet Megaville Nick Halloway 1991
94% L.A. Story Carlo Christopher 1991
5% Nothing but Trouble Chris Thorne 1991
65% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Clark Griswold 1989
37% Fletch Lives Irwin M. Fletcher 1989
4% Caddyshack II Ty Webb 1988
65% Funny Farm Andy Farmer 1988
38% The Couch Trip Condom Father 1988
No Score Yet Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Best Of Chevy Chase Actor 1987
46% Three Amigos! Dusty Bottoms 1986
32% Spies Like Us Emmett Fitz-Hume 1985
92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Newscaster 1985
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation Clark W. Griswald 1985
76% Fletch Irwin `Fletch' Fletcher 1985
13% Deal of the Century Eddie Muntz 1983
93% National Lampoon's Vacation Clark Griswold 1983
No Score Yet Modern Problems Max 1981
0% Under the Rainbow Bruce Thorpe 1981
71% Seems Like Old Times Nick 1980
74% Caddyshack Ty Webb 1980
No Score Yet Oh Heavenly Dog Browning 1980
No Score Yet Benji at Work Actor 1980
74% Foul Play Tony Carlson 1978
No Score Yet Pete's a Pizza Actor 1976
13% The Groove Tube The Fingers/Geritan/Four Leaf Clover 1974


40% Norm Macdonald Has a Show
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No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
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88% Community
Pierce Pierce Hawthorne
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89% Chuck
Ted Roark
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No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
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70% Family Guy
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79% Brothers & Sisters
Stan Harris
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No Score Yet Law & Order
Mitch Carroll
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
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100% The Larry Sanders Show
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No Score Yet The Academy Awards
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0% The Chevy Chase Show