More Chevy Chase Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Chevy Chase leapt to fame as a writer and original cast member of NBC's groundbreaking late night series Saturday Night Live, for which he won two Emmy Awards The series brought Chase to national promi nence launching his highly successful fea ture film career. Since his auspicious debut on SNL Chase has starred in some of the most popular and enduring comedy films of our generation including the Vacation series, Caddyshack and Fletch.
Chase began his career as a writer and performer for Channel One, a local New York underground televison revue that satirized television. Channel One later become the basis for his first film, The Groove Tube. He also wrote and starred in the PBS series, The Great American Dream Machine, and co wrote and performed in The Lemmings, the National Lampoon off-Broadway musical spoof of Woodstock. Concurrently, he wrote and performed for the National Lampoon Radio Hour and contributed to MAD magazine. He has written for Lily Tomlin and the Smothers Brothers, and earned a Writers Guild of America Award for writing "Alan King's Energy Crisis, Rising Prices and Assorted Vices" TV special. In addition, he won a third Emmy Award for co-writing The Paul Simon Special.
On film, Chase was most recently seen starring in Vegas Vacation, the latest in the series of successful Vacation movies. The film reunited Chase with his Vacation co-stars Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid. His first starring film role was in the comedy-thriller Foul Play with Goldie Hawn. Other films in which he has starred include National Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, as well as Fletch, Fletch Lives, Caddyshack, Seems Like Old Times, Funny Farm, Spies Like Us, The Three Amigos and Memoirs of an Invisible Man.
In 1992, Chase was honored by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical group, the oldest undergraduate dramatic group, when they named him their Man of the Year. He was also honored by Harvard Lampoon magazine in 1995.
Chase resides in New York with his wife, Jayni and their three daughters.