David Chase

Highest Rated: 71% Not Fade Away (2012)
Birthday: Aug 22, 1945
Birthplace: Not Available
Best known for his blockbuster HBO crime drama series The Sopranos, television multihyphenate David Chase (born David DeCesare) grew up, like his lead characters, in an Italian-American family in New Jersey. An only child, Chase discovered an inveterate propensity for storytelling and an immense love of cinema -- particularly gangster films -- at an early age, and reportedly spent countless hours in matinees. A taste of film production at the esteemed School for Visual Arts in New York introduced Chase to his life's calling; wanting more, he promptly abandoned his planned career as a rock drummer, headed to California, and enrolled in Stanford University's graduate-level film program, where he gravitated more to screenwriting than to hands-on production. After graduation, Chase established himself as a much sought-after scenarist with a marked gift for psychologically multilayered scripts that evinced unusual intensity -- evident via his work on such series programs as Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, and Northern Exposure (the latter two done for Joshua Brand and John Falsey) and on the multi-award-winning telemovie Off the Minnesota Strip (1980), directed by Lamont Johnson. The Sopranos, however, truly marked Chase's breakthrough. An ensemble psychodrama about a family of Jersey mobsters, the program springboarded to a large degree from the sociopathic psyche of the main character, mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), revealed during the mobster's numerous therapy sessions on the "couch." Nevertheless, in true ensemble fashion, Chase also crafted an idiosyncratic and immensely colorful group of supporting characters and arced them deliberately and calculatedly as the seasons rolled on. When the program finally wrapped, in mid-2007, audiences delivered a somewhat mixed response to its finale (which denied viewers any concrete resolution to the storyline, and abruptly ended with a cut to black in what seemed like the middle of a scene), but it had many staunch defenders. The Sopranos, of course, turned Chase into one of the hottest writers in Hollywood; meanwhile, speculation flourished about the series creator's next endeavor, with scattered suggestions and rumors of his possible involvement in big-screen projects.

Highest Rated Movies



71% Not Fade Away Screenwriter Producer Director $0.7M 2012
No Score Yet Kounterfeit Screenwriter 1997
57% Trauma (Dario Argento's Trauma) Sid Marigold 1993


No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2012
92% The Sopranos
Screenwriter Director Creator Producer Executive Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
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  • 2002
  • 2001
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  • 1999
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
Director Executive Producer
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Screenwriter Director Producer
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
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