Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase is an American comedian, actor, and writer. 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. His parents were both from prominent families. Much of his ancestry is English, with smaller if recent amounts of Scottish, Irish, and Danish, and distant Dutch, roots.

Chevy Chase Height and Weight

Chevy Chase Weight: 210 lbs (96 kg)

Chevy Chase Height: 6′ 4″ (1.93 m)

Chevy Chase Shoe Size/Feet Size: 11 (US)

Chevy Chase Star Sign: Libra

Chevy Chase Net Worth: $50 million

Chevy Chase Hair Color: Grey

Chevy Chase Eye Color: Dark Brown

Date Of Birth: 8 October 1943

Birth Place: Woodstock, New York, USA

Birth Name: Cornelius Crane Chase

Nationality: American

Race or Ethnicity: English, as well as Scottish, Irish, Danish, distant Dutch

Spouse: Jayni Chase (m. 1982), Jacqueline Carlin (m. 1976-1980), Suzanne Chase (m. 1973-1976)

Parents: Edward Tinsley Chase, Cathalene Parker Browning, John Cederquist

Children: Bryan Perkins, Caley Leigh Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase, Cydney Cathalene Chase

Siblings: John Cederquist, Pamela Cederquist

Some facts about Chevy Chase:

Winner of Harvard Lampoon Lifetime Achievement Award 1996.

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “Voices That Care.”

Convicted of drunk driving. [1995]

His short-lived TV talk show was billed as a Cornelius Production, Cornelius being Chevy’s real first name.

Was nearly killed (electrocuted) during the filming of Modern Problems (1981) when, during the sequence in which he is wearing “landing lights” as he dreams that he is an airplane, the current in the lights short-circuited through his arm, back, and neck muscles. The near-death experience caused him to experience a period of deep depression.

Attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Was valedictorian of his high school class.

Has perfect pitch: a rare ability to identify the pitch of musical notes without a point of reference.

His parents divorced when he was four. His father remarried into the Folger coffee family. His mother’s third marriage was to Juilliard School professor/composer Lawrence Widdoes.

Daughters: Cydney Cathalene Chase (born 1982), Caley Leigh Chase (born 1984) and Emily Evelyn Chase (born 1988), with wife Jayni Chase.

Was considered for the role of Harry Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991), but was known at the time for acting only in comedies, not dramas and the role was given to Dan Aykroyd instead.

Turned down the role of Dave Seville in Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007).

Turned down the role of Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994).

His brother roomed across the hall from Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber” at Harvard.

Has streets named after him in Cochranton, Pennsylvania; Brea, California; Port Charlotte, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Daughter Caley Chase is also an actor.

Release of the book, “I’m Chevy Chase – And You’re Not” by ‘Rena Fruchter’. [2007]

Met Saturday Night Live (1975) producer Lorne Michaels while in line to see a Monty Python movie.

His ancestry includes English, as well as Scottish, Irish, Danish, and a smaller amount of Dutch and German, roots.

He once wrote the back page of a Mad Magazine (issue #134, April 1970.) A satire of “Mission Impossible” (1966)_ titled “A TV Scene We’d Like To See.”.

Roasted into the New York Friar’s Club on September 28, 2002.

Suffers from a fear of snakes.

Chevy Chase is the name of a 16th century ballad about the battle between Earl Douglas and Earl Percy, as well as the name of a city in Maryland.

He was the first member of the original Saturday Night Live (1975) cast to leave the show (after only one season), a decision he later said he regretted. He was replaced by Bill Murray.

Biography in: “Who’s Who in Comedy” by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 102-103. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

At the height of his career he earned around $7 million per film.

Is a huge jazz fan.

Used to run five miles a day to stay fit and healthy.

Admitted in an interview that making ¡Three Amigos! (1986) was the most fun he has had on a film.

Helped campaign for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election.

Attended Riverdale Country School in New York City.

After joking about Cary Grant being gay in a 1980 television interview, the Hollywood legend sued him for slander, but they later settled out of court.

Before his breakthrough as a comedian, he worked as a cab driver, truck driver, motorcycle messenger, waiter, busboy, construction worker, audio engineer, produce manager in a supermarket, salesman in a wine store and theater usher.

Graduated from Bard College with a bachelor of arts degree in English (1967).

Born to Edward Tinsley Chase, a Manhattan book editor and magazine writer, and his wife Cathalene Parker Browning, who both died in 2005.

Won an amateur orchestral conducting contest in Los Angeles, where he and other celebrities (such as Alan Rachins) competed to inspire appreciation for classical music.

Is portrayed by John Viener in Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something (2002).

Was a favorite comedian of the students in Head of the Class (1986).

His mother Cathalene Parker Browning was the only daughter of Capt. Miles R. Browning, Admiral Halsey’s Chief of Staff for much of WW2.


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