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Chevy Chase
ChevyChaseMar10.jpg
Chase at PaleyFest in March 2010
Birth nameCornelius Crane Chase
Born(1943-10-08) October 8, 1943 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
MediumStage, television, film
Years active1967–present
GenresSketch comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy
InfluencesErnie Kovacs
InfluencedMike Myers, Will Ferrell, Tim Allen, Will Arnett, Ryan Reynolds
SpouseSuzanne Chase
(1973–1976)
Jacqueline Carlin
(1976–1980)
Jayni Luke
(1982–present)
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series
1976 Saturday Night Live
1978 The Paul Simon Special
Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
1976 Saturday Night Live
 
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Chevy Chase
ChevyChaseMar10.jpg
Chase at PaleyFest in March 2010
Birth nameCornelius Crane Chase
Born(1943-10-08) October 8, 1943 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
MediumStage, television, film
Years active1967–present
GenresSketch comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy
InfluencesErnie Kovacs
InfluencedMike Myers, Will Ferrell, Tim Allen, Will Arnett, Ryan Reynolds
SpouseSuzanne Chase
(1973–1976)
Jacqueline Carlin
(1976–1980)
Jayni Luke
(1982–present)
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series
1976 Saturday Night Live
1978 The Paul Simon Special
Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
1976 Saturday Night Live

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase (/ˈɛvi/; born October 8, 1943)[1] is an American comedian, writer, television actor and film actor. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and began acting with National Lampoon. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live, where his Weekend Update skit soon became a staple of the show.

Chase is also well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in four National Lampoon's Vacation films, and for his roles in other successful comedies such as Foul Play (1978), Caddyshack (1980), Seems Like Old Times (1980), Fletch (1985), Spies Like Us (1985), and ¡Three Amigos! (1986). He has hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show. In 2009, he became a regular cast member (Pierce Hawthorne) on the NBC comedy series Community. Chase left the show in 2012, having already filmed most of the episodes in season 4.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Family[edit]

Chevy Chase was born in Lower Manhattan, New York City. His father, Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, was a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer. His mother, Cathalene Parker (née Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, was the daughter of Miles Browning, who served a critical role at the Battle of Midway in World War II; she was adopted as a child by her stepfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, heir to The Crane Company, and took the name Cathalene Crane.[4] As a child, Chase vacationed at Castle Hill, the Cranes' summer estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[citation needed]

Chase's paternal grandfather was artist/illustrator Edward Leigh Chase, and his great-uncle was painter/teacher Frank Swift Chase. His maternal grandmother was an opera singer who performed several times at Carnegie Hall. Chase is a fourteenth-generation New Yorker, and was listed in the Social Register at an early age. His mother's ancestors arrived in Manhattan starting in 1624; among his ancestors are New York City mayors Stephanus Van Cortlandt and John Johnstone; John Morin Scott, General of the New York Militia during the American Revolution; Anne Hutchinson, dissident Puritan preacher and healer; and Mayflower passengers and signers of the Mayflower Compact, John Howland,[5] and the Pilgrim colonist leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony, William Brewster. According to his brother John:

"[Chevy] once told me that people who defined themselves in terms of their ancestry were like potatoes – the best parts of them were underground. He disdained the pretension of my mother's side of the family, as embodied by her mother, Cattie."[6]

Chase was named for his adoptive grandfather Cornelius, while the nickname Chevy was bestowed by his grandmother, derived from the medieval English The Ballad of Chevy Chase. As a descendant of the Scottish Clan Douglas, the name "Chevy" seemed appropriate to her.[6] Chase is also descended from upstate New York Kanienkehaka, the Native Americans known as the Mohawks.[6]

Chase's parents divorced when he was four; his father remarried into the Folgers coffee family, and his mother remarried twice. He has stated that he grew up in an upper middle class environment and that his adoptive maternal grandfather did not bequeath any assets to Chase's mother when he died.[7] In a 2007 biography, Chase claims that he was abused as a child by his mother and stepfather, John Cederquist.[8] Both his parents died in 2005.

Schooling and music[edit]

Chase attended Riverdale Country School[9] before being expelled. He ultimately graduated from the Stockbridge School[10] in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He then attended Haverford College during the 1962–63 term, where he was noted for slapstick comedy and an absurd sense of physical humor (including his signature pratfalls and "sticking forks into his orifices"[11]). Although he ostensibly verified the oft-publicized urban legend that he was expelled for harboring a cow in his fourth floor room during a 2009 interview on The Today Show,[12] his former roommate David Felson asserted in a 2003 interview that Chase left for academic reasons.[11] Chase transferred to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he studied a pre-med curriculum and graduated in 1967 with a BA in English.

Chase did not enter medical school, which meant he would be subject to the military draft. Chase was not drafted; when Chase appeared in January 1989 as the first guest of the just-launched late-night Pat Sajak Show, he said he had convinced his draft board he deserved a 4-F classification by "falsely claiming, among other things, that he had homosexual tendencies."[13]

Chase played drums with the college band The Leather Canary, headed by school friends Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Chase has called the group "a bad jazz band"; Becker and Fagen later founded the successful group Steely Dan. Chase has absolute pitch.[6] He played drums and keyboards for a rock band called Chamaeleon Church, which recorded one album for MGM Records before disbanding in 1969. To give the album a more soft-rock sound, producer Alan Lorber made several alterations in the mixing, including the muting of Chase's bass drum, and Chase was reportedly incensed when he heard the final mix.[14] Before becoming famous as a writer, actor and comedian, Chase worked in many odd jobs including as a cab driver, truck driver, motorcycle messenger, construction worker, waiter, busboy, fruit picker, produce manager of a supermarket, audio engineer, salesman in a wine store, and a theater usher.

Early career[edit]

Chase was a member of an early underground comedy ensemble called Channel One which he co-founded in 1967. He also wrote a one-page spoof on Mission: Impossible for Mad Magazine in 1970 and was a writer for the short-lived Smothers Brothers TV show comeback in the early 1970s. Chase made the move to comedy as a full-time career by 1973, when he became a cast member of The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a syndicated satirical radio series. The Lampoon Radio Hour also featured John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, all of whom later became "Not-Ready-For-Prime Time Players" on NBC Saturday Night (later retitled NBC's Saturday Night and finally Saturday Night Live). Chase and Belushi also appeared in National Lampoon's off-Broadway revue Lemmings, a sketch and musical send-up of popular youth culture (in which Chase also played the drums during the musical numbers). He appeared in the theatrical release The Groove Tube which was directed by another co-founder of Channel One, Ken Shapiro, and which featured several Channel One sketches.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL), NBC's late-night comedy television show, beginning in October 1975. During the full first season, he introduced every show except one by saying, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" The remark was often preceded by a pratfall, known as "The Fall of the Week." Chase has since become known for his skill at physical comedy. In one comedy sketch, he mimicked a real-life incident in which President Gerald Ford accidentally tripped while disembarking from Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria.[15][16] This portrayal of President Ford as a bumbling klutz became a favorite device of Chase and helped form the popular concept of Ford as being a clumsy man.[17] In later years, Chase met and became friendly with President Ford.[18][19] Chase's physical stunts led to at least one self-injury.

Chase was the original anchor for the Weekend Update segment of SNL, and his catchphrase introduction—"I'm Chevy Chase… and you're not"—became well known. His trademark conclusion—"Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow"—was later resurrected by Jane Curtin and Tina Fey. Chase also wrote comedy material for Weekend Update. For example, he wrote and performed "The News for the Hard of Hearing." In this skit, Chase would read the top story of the day, aided by Garrett Morris, who would repeat the story by loudly shouting it. Chase claimed that his version of Weekend Update would later be the inspiration for other mock-news shows such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.[20] (Weekend Update was later revived as a segment on The Chevy Chase Show,[21] a short-lived late-night talk-show produced by Chase and broadcast by Fox Broadcasting Company.)

Chase also performed in other skits on SNL including a recurring role as the Land Shark, a parody of the blockbuster movie Jaws. His racially-charged "word association" skit opposite Richard Pryor from SNL's first season is frequently cited by television critics as one of the funniest (and most daring) skits in the show's history.

Chevy Chase at the private party after the premiere of the movie A Star is Born, December 1976

Chase became the first breakout star of SNL. He was committed contractually to Saturday Night Live for only one year as a writer, not an SNL cast member. He had signed a one year writing contract and became a cast member during rehearsals just before the show's premiere. Nonetheless, he received two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his comedy writing and live comic acting.

In a 1975 New York magazine cover story which called him "The funniest man in America", NBC executives referred to Chase as "The first real potential successor to Johnny Carson" and claimed he would begin guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson within six months of the article. Chase actually never did guest host the Tonight Show during his early peak years of success, and in fact did not even appear on the program until 1978, when he was promoting a prime time special for NBC. Carson later said of Chase after guest-hosting the Tonight Show; "He couldn't ad lib a fart after a baked bean dinner".[22]

Chase acknowledged Ernie Kovacs' influence on his work in Saturday Night Live,[23] and he thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award for Saturday Night Live.[24] In addition, Chase spoke of Kovacs' influence on his work in an appearance in the 1982 documentary called Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius.[25]

Leaving SNL[edit]

In 1976, Chase was the first member of the original cast to leave the show, after his contract ended. While Chase was offered starring roles in films due to his SNL fame, he attributes his departure to wanting to be with his girlfriend, Jacqueline Carlin, who did not want to move to New York.[26] After leaving SNL, Chase moved to Los Angeles and married Carlin. Chase made a few cameo appearances as the second season wound down; he was eventually replaced by Bill Murray.

After leaving the show, Chase hosted SNL eight times through 1997. He appeared on the show's twenty-fifth anniversary special in 1999 and was interviewed for a 2005 NBC special on SNL's first five years. He also made five later cameo appearances: a Caddyshack skit featuring Bill Murray, a 1997 episode with guest host Chris Farley, as the Landshark in Weekend Update in 2001 episode, again on Weekend Update in 2007, and in Justin Timberlake's monologue in 2013 (as a member of the Five-Timers Club, where he was reunited with his Three Amigos co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short).

Film[edit]

Chase's early film roles included Tunnel Vision, Foul Play, and Oh Heavenly Dog. The role of Eric 'Otter' Stratton in National Lampoon's Animal House was originally written with Chase in mind, but he turned the role down to work on Foul Play.[7] The role went to Tim Matheson instead. Chase said in an interview that he chose to do Foul Play so he could do "real acting" for the first time in his career instead of just doing "schtick".[27] Chase followed Foul Play with the successful Harold Ramis comedy Caddyshack, in 1980. That same year, he also reunited with Goldie Hawn (his co-star in the box office hit Foul Play) in Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times and released a self-titled record album, co-produced by Chase and Tom Scott, with novelty and cover versions of songs by Randy Newman, Barry White, Bob Marley, the Beatles, Donna Summer, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Troggs, and the Sugarhill Gang.

Chevy Chase at the premiere of the movie Seems Like Old Times, December 10, 1980

Chase narrowly escaped death by electrocution during the filming of Modern Problems in 1980. During a sequence in which Chase's character wears 'landing lights' as he dreams that he is an airplane, the current in the lights short-circuited and arced through Chase's arm, back, and neck muscles. The near-death episode caused Chase to experience a period of deep depression, as his marriage to Jacqueline had ended just prior to the start of filming. Chase continued his film career in 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, directed by Ramis and written by John Hughes. He married Jayni Luke in 1983, and in 1985, he starred in Fletch, the first of two films based on Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch books. Chase joined SNL veterans Steve Martin and Martin Short in the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy ¡Three Amigos! in 1986, declaring in an interview that making ¡Three Amigos! was the most fun he had had on a film. The trio hosted SNL that year, the only time the show has had three hosts on one show.

At the height of his career in the late 1980s, Chase earned around US$7 million per film and was a highly visible celebrity. He appeared alongside Paul Simon, one of his best friends, in Simon's 1986 second video for "You Can Call Me Al", in which he lip-syncs all of Simon's lyrics. Chase hosted the Academy Awards in 1987 and 1988, signing on to the proceedings in 1987 with the opener, "Good evening, Hollywood phonies!" Chase filmed a sequel to Vacation, 1985's National Lampoon's European Vacation and then a third, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, in 1989, which, thanks to its holiday theme, has become one of his more durable films, airing on NBC every December. He played saxophone onstage at Simon's free concert at the Great Lawn in Central Park in the summer of 1991. Later in 1991, he helped record and appeared in the music video "Voices That Care" to entertain and support U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, and supported the International Red Cross.

Later work[edit]

Chase's career took a downturn in the early '90s. Chase had three consecutive film flops from his later period: 1991's Razzie award-nominated Nothing But Trouble, 1992's Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and 1994's Cops and Robbersons. The three releases had a combined gross of $34 million in the U.S. Even the durable Vacation series ground to a halt, following 1997's Vegas Vacation installment. Some of the more recent movies starring Chase (e.g., Vacuums, Rent-a-Husband, Goose!) have not been released in the United States. He returned to mainstream movie-making in 2006, co-starring with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox in the comedy Zoom, though it was both a critical and commercial failure.

In September 1993, Chase hosted The Chevy Chase Show, a weeknight talk show, for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Though it had high commercial expectations, the show was cancelled by Fox after only six weeks. Chase later appeared in a commercial for Doritos, airing during the Super Bowl, in which he made humorous reference to the show's failure.

He was roasted by the Friars Club for a Comedy Central television special in 2002. This roast was noted for being unusually mean.[28] The only cast members of Saturday Night Live's first season who appeared at the roast were Laraine Newman (one of the actors on the show), and Paul Shaffer (a band leader on the show, and the host of the roast).

Chase was Hasty Pudding's 1993 Man of the Year, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. After having starred with Farrah Fawcett in the relatively successful Man of the House in 1995, he received Harvard Lampoon's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. In 2005, Chase was the keynote speaker at Princeton University's Class Day, part of commencement activities.

In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[29]

On March 20, 2012, Dan Aykroyd announced through his Facebook page that he is currently working with Chase on a script for a new comedy that would star the two actors. The film would be their fifth together and first since 1991's Nothing But Trouble.[30]

Return to television[edit]

Chase guest-starred as an anti-Semitic murder suspect in "In Vino Veritas", the November 3, 2006 episode of Law & Order. He also guest-starred in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters in two episodes as a former love interest of Sally Field's character. Chase appeared in a prominent recurring role as villainous software magnate Ted Roark on the NBC spy-comedy Chuck. In 2009, Chase and Dan Aykroyd provided voices for the Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us".

Chase starred in the NBC sitcom Community, as aging moist-towelette tycoon Pierce Hawthorne, starting in 2009. However, Chase left the show in 2012 after completing majority of the episodes of Season 4. He returned for a cameo appearance in the Season 5 premiere. Though he had sometimes been involved in public disputes with creator Dan Harmon over the direction of the show, the role has nevertheless been his most prominent in many years. In 2010, he appeared in the film Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as a short online film featuring the Griswold Family, and in the Funny or Die original comedy sketch "Presidential Reunion", where he played President Ford alongside other current and former SNL president impersonators.

TV commercials[edit]

Chase has appeared in a number of television commercials, including Dollar Rent-a-Car (1996), Doritos (1996), History Channel (1999), Aflac (2003), Cola Turka (2003), T-Mobile (2009) and Chase Manhattan Bank (2010).[31]

Personal life[edit]

Chevy Chase with CA-TF7 Search and Rescue. He thanked them for their work at World Trade Center after September 11, 2001 attacks.
Gerald Ford and Chevy Chase sit before the Conference on Humor and the Presidency held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in 1986.

Chase is the father of three daughters, Cydney Cathalene (born January 4, 1983), Caley Leigh (born January 19, 1985), and Emily Evelyn (born September 29, 1988). He lives with his wife, Jayni (née Luke), in Bedford, New York.

In 1986, Chase was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment of an addiction to prescription painkillers. His use of these drugs reportedly began after he experienced ongoing back pain related to the many pratfalls he took beginning with his Saturday Night Live appearances.[32] In 2010, he said that his drug abuse had been "low level".[33]

Chase is an active environmentalist and charity fundraiser. He raised money and campaigned for Bill Clinton in the 1990s and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election. Following the 2004 elections, Chase criticized President George W. Bush during a speech at a People For the American Way benefit at the Kennedy Center, referring to the President as an "uneducated, real lying schmuck" and a "dumb fuck." Event organizers and several Bush detractors present at the event distanced themselves from Chase's comments, with Norman Lear remarking, "he'll live with it, I won't."[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
1968Walk... Don't WalkPedestrianShort
1974The Groove TubeThe Fingers/Geritan/Four Leaf Clover
1976Tunnel VisionHimself
1978Foul PlayTony CarlsonNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980Oh Heavenly DogBrowning
CaddyshackTy Webb
Seems Like Old TimesNicholas Gardenia
1981Under the RainbowBruce Thorpe
Modern ProblemsMax Fielder
1983National Lampoon's VacationClark Griswold
Deal of the CenturyEddie Muntz
1985FletchIrwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
National Lampoon's European VacationClark Griswold
Sesame Street Presents Follow That BirdNewscasterCameo
Spies Like UsEmmett Fitz-Hume
1986¡Three Amigos!Dusty Bottoms
1988The Couch TripCondom FatherCameo
Funny FarmAndy Farmer
Caddyshack IITy Webb
1989Fletch LivesIrwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationClark Griswold
1991Nothing But TroubleChris Thorne
L.A. StoryCarlo ChristopherCameo
1992Memoirs of an Invisible ManNick HallowayNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
HeroDeke – Channel 4 News Director
1993Last Action HeroHimselfCameo
1994A Century of CinemaHimselfDocumentary
Cops and RobbersonsNorman Robberson
1995Man of the HouseJack Sturgess
1997Vegas VacationClark Griswold
1998Dirty WorkDr. Farthing
2000Snow DayTom Brandston
Pete's PizzaNarratorVoice
Short
The One Armed BanditCopShort
2002Orange CountyPrincipal Harbert
2003VacuumsMr. Punch
Bitter JesterHimselfDocumentary
2004Rent-a-HusbandPaul Parmesan
Bad MeatCongressman Bernard P. Greely
2005Ellie ParkerDennis Swartzbaum
2006Funny MoneyHenry Perkins
DoogalTrainVoice
Goose on the LooseCongreve Maddox
ZoomDr. Grant
2009Stay CoolPrincipal Marshall
2010Hot Tub Time MachineRepairman
Jack and the BeanstalkAntipode
2011Not Another Not Another MovieMax Storm
2013Before I SleepGravedigger
2014LovesickPost-production
Hot Tub Time Machine 2RepairmanPost-production

Television[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
1975The Smothers Brothers ShowWriter
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Variety Show
1975–1976Saturday Night LiveVarious charactersMain Cast
Also writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1975)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1975)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1976)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1976)
1977The Chevy Chase ShowHimselfTV Special
Also writer
1977The Paul Simon SpecialHimselfTV Special
Also writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
1978Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1979The Chevy Chase National Humor TestHimselfTV Special
Also writer
1980Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1982Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1985Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1986Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
198759th Academy AwardsHimself (co-host)TV special
198860th Academy AwardsHimself (host)TV special
1992Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1993The Chevy Chase ShowHimselfAlso writer and producer
1995Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1995The Larry Sanders ShowHimselfEpisode: "Roseanne's Returns"
1997Saturday Night LiveHimselfHost
1997The NannyHimselfEpisode: "A Decent Proposal"
2002America's Most Terrible ThingsAndy PottsTV Movie
2004The Karate DogCho-ChoVoice
TV movie
2006The Secret Policeman's Ball 2006General NuisanceTV Movie
2006Law & OrderMitch CarrollEpisode: "In Vino Veritas"
2007Family GuyClark GriswoldVoice
Episode: "Blue Harvest"
2007Brothers & SistersStan HarrisEpisode: "Something New"
"Holy Matrimony!"
2009Hjälp!Dan CarterMain cast
2009ChuckTed RoarkEpisodes: "Chuck Versus the Dream Job"
"Chuck Versus the Colonel"
"Chuck Versus the Ring"
2009Family GuyHimselfVoice
Episode: "Spies Reminiscent of Us"
2009–2014CommunityPierce HawthorneMain cast Seasons 1-4, Guest star Season 5
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble

Web[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
2003Freedom: A History of UsVarious charactersEpisodes: "A Fatal Contradiction"
"Independence"
"Revolution"
"Working for Freedom"
"Yearning to Breathe Free"
2010Funny or DieGerald FordEpisode: "Presidential Reunion"
Hotel Hell VacationClark GriswoldShort
2011CollegeHumorPierce HawthorneEpisode: "Save Greendale"

Radio[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
1973–1974The National Lampoon Radio HourVarious rolesAlso writer

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Guerrero, Danger (November 21, 2012). "Chevy Chase is leaving "Community"". Uproxx.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 21, 2012). "Chevy Chase Leaving NBC's "Community"". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Explorer's Survivor Omitted". The New York Times. July 11, 1962. 
  5. ^ Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase, Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, Edward Leigh Chase, Charles Dennison Chase, Henry Seymour Chase, Jarvis Brown Chase, Paul Chase m. Betty Kinnicutt, John Kinnicutt m. Hannah Gorham, Jabez Gorham, Jr., Jabez Gorham, Sr., John Gorham m. Desire Howland, daughter of John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley.
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  9. ^ Chevy Chase's New High: Fatherhood
  10. ^ The Milwaukee Sentinel – Google News Archive Search
  11. ^ a b http://www.biconews.com/2003/10/28/prankly-speaking/
  12. ^ http://blogs.haverford.edu/haverblog/2009/10/08/happy-birthday-chevy-about-that-cow/
  13. ^ Late-Night Chitchat Additions: Pat Sajak and Arsenio Hall, a January 11, 1989 review from The New York Times
  14. ^ Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers. London: Borderline Books. See entry on Chamaeleon Church.
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  17. ^ Jake, Coyle (September 12, 2008). "'SNL' returns with spotlight on prez impersonators". Rochester, Minnesota: Post Bulletin. Retrieved September 16, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Chevy Chase recalls Ford as 'a terrific guy': 'SNL' comedian became famous in the '70s portraying president as klutz". MSNBC. December 27, 2006. Retrieved September 16, 2008. 
  19. ^ Chase, Chevy (January 6, 2007). "Mr. Ford Gets the Last Laugh". The New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2008. 
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  22. ^ "The 25 Meanest Things Ever Said by Men". Menshealth.com. June 25, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ Chevy Chase, "The Unique Comedy of Ernie Kovacs," TV Guide, April 9, 1977, p. 39–40.
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  29. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  30. ^ "Yahoo!7 News". Au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  31. ^ Chevy Chase – Other works
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  33. ^ Fussman, Cal (September 23, 2010). "Chevy Chase: What I've Learned". Esquire. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  34. ^ Leiby, Richard (December 16, 2004). "It's the F-Time Show With Chevy Chase". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 

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Weekend Update Anchor
1975–1976
Succeeded by
Jane Curtin
Preceded by
Robert Klein
Saturday Night Live Host
February 18, 1978
Succeeded by
O.J. Simpson