Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

  • Highest Rated: 94% L.A. Story (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Under the Rainbow (1981)
  • 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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

53% The Last Laugh Al Hart 2019
88% 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
77% Fletch Irwin `Fletch' Fletcher 1985
11% 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
72% 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
72% Foul Play Tony Carlson 1978
No Score Yet Pete's a Pizza Actor 1976
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision) Himself 1976
13% The Groove Tube The Fingers/Geritan/Four Leaf Clover 1974

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Guest Host
  • 2019
  • 2005
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1992
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1978
  • 1976
  • 1975
40% Norm Macdonald Has a Show
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Ross
  • 2014
88% Community
2009-2015
Pierce Pierce Hawthorne
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
89% Chuck
2007-2012
Ted Roark
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2009
  • 2007
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Stan Harris
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Mitch Carroll
  • 2006
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
45% The Academy Awards
1978
  • 1988
  • 1987
0% The Chevy Chase Show
1993
Host

QUOTES FROM Chevy Chase CHARACTERS

Dusty Bottoms
Looks like someone's been down here with the ugly stick.
Ned Nederlander
Dusty, how do you like your bat?
Dusty Bottoms
Medium rare.
Ned Nederlander
Dusty, how do you like your bat?
Dusty Bottoms
Medium rare.
I.M. Fletcher
Why don't you two go down to the gym and pump each other.
I.M. Fletcher
Do you have caviar?
Waiter
Si senor, but it is $80 dollar a portion.
I.M. Fletcher
I better only take two then.
Alan Stanwyck
Will you kill me?
I.M. Fletcher
Sure.
I.M. Fletcher
Well, I don't scare easy. I'm too dumb.
Clark Griswold
Sure, how much you need?
Cousin Eddie
$52,000.
Ty Webb
You do drugs Danny
Ty Webb
You take drugs, Danny?
Danny Noonan
All the time
Danny Noonan
Every day.
Ty Webb
Good
Ty Webb
Good.
Ellen Griswold
Clark, I think that it would be best for everybody if they all just went home...before things get any worse.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
WORSE?!?!? How can things get any worse?!?!? Take a look around you Ellen! We're at the threshold of Hell!
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
WORSE? How can things get any worse? Take a look around you Ellen! We're at the threshold of Hell!
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(As company execs walk by) Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[as company execs walk by] Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.
Todd Chester
Hey Griswold! Where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big?
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
Bend over and I'll show you!
Clark Griswold
Excuse me, Holmes?
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?
Ty Webb
What brings you to this nape of the woods, neck of the wape; How come you're here?
Ty Webb
"Remember Danny - Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights make a left."
Ty Webb
Remember Danny. Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights make a left.
I.M. Fletcher
[getting a prostate exam] "Moonriver..."
I.M. Fletcher
[getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.
Rob Hodges
Every minute you don't tell us why you are here, I cut off a finger.
Emmett Fitz-Hume
Mine or yours?
Rob Hodges
Yours.
Emmett Fitz-Hume
Damn!
Tony Carlson
Our suspects are albinos and chain-smokers?
Alan Stanwyck
You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
I.M. Fletcher
I rent them. I have a lease with an option to buy.
Ty Webb
No one likes a taddle tale Danny.. except for me
Ty Webb
No one likes a tattletale, Danny... except of course, me.
I.M. Fletcher
Print this! (shows the middle finger to his editor boss).
I.M. Fletcher
Print this! [shows the middle finger to his editor boss]
I.M. Fletcher
What is he, a Mormon?
I.M. Fletcher
Wash those windows, they have filth muck on them.
I.M. Fletcher
My name? John, John Cocktoastin.
I.M. Fletcher
(Are you always this forward? ) Only with wet married women.
I.M. Fletcher
[are you always this forward] Only with wet married women.
I.M. Fletcher
I just have to wee-wee.
I.M. Fletcher
Saw my pimp today (gave 1000 cash for alimony).
I.M. Fletcher
Saw my pimp today. [gave 1000 cash for alimony]
I.M. Fletcher
yeah, I feel like a 100 dollars.
I.M. Fletcher
Yeah, I feel like a 100 dollars.
I.M. Fletcher
Act like you don't give a crap and you fit right in.
I.M. Fletcher
I don't shower much.
I.M. Fletcher
You got the wrong gal, fella.
I.M. Fletcher
Nugent, Ted Nugent. (asked to identify himself)
I.M. Fletcher
Nugent, Ted Nugent. [asked to identify himself]
I.M. Fletcher
Don't talk to me like that ass face. I don't work for you yet.
I.M. Fletcher
Why don't you try suicide?
I.M. Fletcher
Will you kill me?
I.M. Fletcher
(hesitates) Sure.
I.M. Fletcher
[hesitates] Sure.
Clark Griswold
excuse me, holmes.
Clark Griswold
Excuse me, holmes.
Ty Webb
Thank you Very Little
Ty Webb
Thank you very little.
Ned Nederlander
Chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip... LONNEEEEEEEE! [fires pistol]
Lucky Day
Farley-farley-farley-farley-farley-farley... Hafurrrrrrr... [fires pistol]
Dusty Bottoms
Kinut, hoooooola widdle! Tas, habble... sohn. [accidentally shoots the Invisible Swordsman]
Lucky Day
Oh, great. You killed the invisible swordsman!
Ned Nederlander
[runs over to check] He's dead, all right.
Dusty Bottoms
How was I supposed to know where he was?
Lucky Day
You were supposed to fire up. *We* both fired *up*. [aside] It's like living with a six-year old.
Rosita
I was thinking later, you could kiss me on the veranda.
Dusty Bottoms
Lips would be fine.
Andy Farmer
If I cant make a Friend, I'll God damn buy one
Andy Farmer
If I cant make a Friend, I'll God damn buy one.
Ty Webb
Remember Danny - Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights make a left.
I.M. Fletcher
I was curious about something your wife said when we were in bed together
I.M. Fletcher
I was curious about something your wife said when we were in bed together.
Alan Stanwyck
Oh? What's that?
I.M. Fletcher
That roughly we have the same build. From the waist up I imagine.
I.M. Fletcher
Looks like you two have a lot to catch up on. We'll just catch the last ten minutes of Dynasty
I.M. Fletcher
Looks like you two have a lot to catch up on. We'll just catch the last ten minutes of Dynasty.
I.M. Fletcher
Thank God..the police
I.M. Fletcher
Thank God... the police.
I.M. Fletcher
You know if you shoot me, you're liable to lose all of those humanitarian awards
I.M. Fletcher
You know if you shoot me, you're liable to lose all of those humanitarian awards.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
"Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse."
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
Later, dudes!
Delivery Boy
(pulls knocker off door as Clark opens it) Mr. Clark W. Griswo... I found a letter for you. I was supposed to deliver it yesterday, but it fell between the eats, and I didn't see it. I'm sorry. (Clark takes it) Merry Christmas....
Delivery Boy
[pulls knocker off door as Clark opens it] Mr. Clark W. Griswo... I found a letter for you. I was supposed to deliver it yesterday, but it fell between the eats, and I didn't see it. I'm sorry. [Clark takes it] Merry Christmas...
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(shuts door in his face) Merry Christmas.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[shuts door in his face] Merry Christmas.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
I bet you like it here, huh?
Mary
I love it here. You don't gotta put on your coat to go to the bathroom, and your house is always parked in the same place!
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(after the lights won't come on) What is going on here?!?!!
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[after the lights won't come on] What is going on here?
Clark W. Griswold Sr.
You know son, it's probably a bad light. If one doesn't work, the whole thing doesn't work. If I were you, I would personally check each one.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
I did that, Dad...
Clark W. Griswold Sr.
If you need me, give me a holler. I'll be upstairs, asleep.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(to Rusty) Maybe you'd oughta go up there and check-
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[to Rusty] Maybe you'd oughta go up there and check-
Rusty Griswold
(interrupting) Whoa, geez! Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. And brush my teeth, feed the hog, do the laundry, wash the car, still got some homework to do...
Rusty Griswold
[interrupting] Whoa, geez! Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. And brush my teeth, feed the hog, do the laundry, wash the car, still got some homework to do...
Ty Webb
Be the ball.
I.M. Fletcher
You using the whole fist doc?
I.M. Fletcher
I'm gonna have to pull rank on you, I'm with the matress police.
I.M. Fletcher
Don't talk to me like that ass face, I don't work for you yet.
I.M. Fletcher
You using the whole fist doc?