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Chevy Chase

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This article is about an American comedian; Chevy Chase is also a ballad and a city in Maryland.

Cornelius Crane Chase, better known as Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer and television and film actor from Woodstock, New York. He was raised in affluence as part of the Crane plumbing fixture family.

Chase is best known as one of the original cast members for NBC's Saturday Night Live television series from 1975 to 1976. Chase was the original anchor for the Weekend Update segment, which he began with the catch phrase "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not".

Immediately tagged by the media as the star of the show, and only signed to the show for one year, Chase left in 1976 to pursue a career in film. His earliest major film roles were Foul Play (1978) and Oh Heavenly Dog (1980). He followed these with the more successful 1980's Caddyshack, 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, and 1985's Fletch.

In 1986, Chase joined SNL veterans Steve Martin and Martin Short in the comedy ¡Three Amigos!.

Considered a comedy genius in the late 1970s and 1980s, Chase's career took a nosedive in the 1990s. Few of Chase's subsequent films have been able to duplicate the critical or commercial success of his early career, and in 1993 he hosted a talk show which remains one of the most notorious failures in the history of broadcast television: he later appeared in a Doritos commercial which made humorous reference to the show. An arguable low point was a Comedy Central roast that turned mean-spirited.

1995 saw Chase team up with Farrah Fawcett and many precocious kids in Man of the House, which immortalized the YMCA Indian Guides program.

When he visited Cuba his room was bugged with both video and audio recording devices says former Cuban intelligence officer Delfin Fernandez. After his visit Chase stated, "Socialism works. I think Cuba can prove that."

On 2005-05-30, Mr. Chase was the keynote speaker at Princeton University's Class Day, part of commencement activities for the graduating Class of 2005. Though he mentioned that he "left his written speech on the corner of the bathtub at home," he spoke for about fifteen minutes about sense of humor and the perspective on life that it creates.


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Preceded by:
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Weekend Update
1975–1976
Succeeded by:
Jane Curtin

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