Chevy Chase (born October 8 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. Born into a prominent family, Chase became a sensation as a cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. He also hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show.
Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York City, to Edward Tinsley ("Ned") Chase, a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer, and Cathalene Parker Browning, whose father Miles Browning served a critical role at the Battle of Midway in World War II. His mother, a concert pianist, was adopted as a child by Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, and took the name Cathalene Crane. Her mother was an opera singer who performed several times at Carnegie Hall. Chase is a 14th-generation New Yorker, and was listed in the Social Register at an early age. His mother's ancestors arrived at Manhattan starting in 1624....
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Zoom (also known with its subtitle Academy for Superheroes) is a 2006 film released on August 11, 2006. It is based upon the novel Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe. Directed by Peter Hewitt, the film stars Tim Allen, Kate Mara, Spencer Breslin, Michael Cassidy, Kevin Zegers, Courteney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase and Ryan Newman. The film is rated PG by the MPAA for brief rude humor, language, and intense action.
The film's release was held up due to a lawsuit filed by Fox and Marvel Comics. Zoom was initially intended to premiere two weeks before X-Men: The Last Stand but it was alleged that the script for Zoom was too similar to the X-Men film franchise and would 'confuse' viewers.Decades ago, the American military sponsored a superhero group called "Team Zenith". Its leader was Jack Shepard, aka Captain Zoom, who possessed super-speed; his brother, Concussion, who could project sonic blasts, was also a member. However, the military tried to increase their...,
Dirty Work is a 1998 comedy buddy film starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange, and directed by Bob Saget. In the film, long-time friends Mitch (Macdonald) and Sam (Lange) start a successful revenge-for-hire business, and try to earn money for heart surgery for Pops (Warden). All goes well until they must do a dirty job for an unscrupulous businessman. In order to be paid, and expose their deadbeat customer, the pair hatch an outrageous revenge scheme of their own.
The film was the first starring vehicle for Macdonald and Lange, and the first film directed by Saget, who left his long-running role as host of America's Funniest Home Videos to begin a directing career. It is the last film appearance by Chris Farley.
The film received broadly negative reviews from critics, and received low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite.
Cameo appearances included Rebecca Romijn as Bearded Lady, John Goodman as Mayor Adrian Riggins (uncredited), Adam Sandler as Satan ...,
Vegas Vacation, released in 1997, is the fourth part of the Vacation film series centering around the fictitious Griswold family, following National Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It is also the first film in the series not licensed with the National Lampoon moniker. Chevy Chase again reprises his starring role as Clark Griswold, the patriarch of the family.Griswold, after receiving a bonus, announces to his family that he is taking them on vacation. Enthusiasm wanes, however, when they hear they are headed to Las Vegas, Nevada. His wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and teenage daughter, Audrey (Marisol Nichols) have their doubts, as Las Vegas is not known for its family-friendly atmosphere, while Rusty (Ethan Embry) appears more eager, even asking if prostitution is legal there.Upon arriving in Vegas, the family embarks upon a series of mishaps and adventures that bring them in contact with many famous people, as well...
Man of the House is a 1995 comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Zachary Browne and George Wendt (of Cheers fame). Marking Thomas' motion picture debut, this Disney comedy is about a boy (Thomas) who must come to terms with his potential stepfather (Chase), a well-meaning lawyer who is unknowingly the subject of a manhunt by relatives of a man he helped land in prison.Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment (due to his own father abandoning both of them when he was younger), Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the "love bubble" which surrounds his mom. However, after Ben and Jack's experiences in the Indian Guides, the two become much closer....
Cops and Robbersons is a family comedy movie released in 1994 starring Chevy Chase, Dianne Wiest, and Jack Palance.When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robberson's home. Hard-nosed, tough-as-nails Jake Stone (Palance) is assigned to the stakeout. But now it's a question of whether Jake can last long enough to capture the bad guys. The Robbersons want to help so they are driving him crazy....,
Memoirs of an Invisible Man is a 1992 film directed by John Carpenter and released by Warner Bros. Pictures, with many scenes taking place in and around San Francisco. The movie is based on a 1987 novel of the same name by H.F. Saint. According to William Goldman's book Which Lie Did I Tell?, the movie was initially developed for director Ivan Reitman, but this version never came to fruition, due to disagreements between Reitman and Chevy Chase.
A mixture of comedy, drama, suspense, and science fiction, it stars Chevy Chase, Darryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Michael McKean and Stephen Tobolowsky.
Taglines:Narrated by the main character, Nick Halloway (Chevy Chase) is a devoted bachelor and businessman. After meeting (and subsequently falling for) a family friend of a business associate, Alice Monroe (Darryl Hannah), he drinks himself "silly" and becomes hung over the following morning. With a mandatory business conference breathing down his neck, Nick attends with serious reluctance. In a...,
Nothing but Trouble is a comedy film released in 1991. Dan Aykroyd directed and starred in the film, and also wrote the screenplay with his brother Peter. Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Demi Moore round out the main cast, while Taylor Negron, Raymond J. Barry, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bertila Damas, and Valri Bromfeld provide supporting roles. Daniel Baldwin and the band Digital Underground (including Shock G and, in his film debut, a then unknown young Tupac Shakur) have cameo roles. Although the film did poorly when it was released, it has acquired a cult following in the following years.
The film begins in New York City and then moves to an obscure coal-field-turned hamlet in New Jersey dubbed "Valkenvania" (which is a play on the small ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania), where the protagonist is held in court for the flimsy charge of failing to properly observe a stop sign (see below).
The only award that the film received was a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for Dan Aykroyd as...,
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, Warner Bros.) is a film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and produced by Warner Bros. It is the third installment in the National Lampoon Vacation series of movies.It stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Griswold, Johnny Galecki as Rusty Griswold and a young Juliette Lewis as Audrey Griswold. Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn reprise their roles as, respectively, "Cousin Eddie" and "Cousin Catherine," from the first National Lampoon's Vacation film. Other supporting roles are played by Brian Doyle-Murray (who also appeared in the original Vacation film, although in a different and smaller role), E. G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, Nicholas Guest, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William Hickey, Mae Questel, Cody Burger, Ellen Hamilton Latzen and Sam McMurray.As head of his family, Clark W. Griswold attempts to follow American family Christmas traditions with elaborate Christmas lights and decorations on the...,
Fletch Lives is a 1989 comedy film starring Chevy Chase. It was directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Leon Capetanos based on the character created by Gregory Mcdonald. Fletch Lives was released by Universal Pictures. It is a sequel to the 1985 Fletch.Chevy Chase once again plays the reporter Irwin Fletch Fletcher, who learns that he has inherited a mansion in Louisiana. Once arriving, Fletch's Aunt's lawyer is murdered, leaving Fletch to unravel the mystery.In order to catch the real killers and clear his name, Fletch dons a series of disguises and infiltrates the congregation of television evangelist Jimmy Lee Farnsworth who wants to gain control of Fletch's land in order to build a Christian theme park.Fletch Lives was filmed in Louisiana....
Caddyshack II is a 1988 sequel to the 1980 cult classic golf comedy film Caddyshack.The film stars Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Chevy Chase, Jonathan Silverman and Jessica Lundy.
Interestingly, the original Caddyshack was rated R, but the sequel was PG.
Kate Hartounian (Jessica Lundy) and her father, Jack (Jackie Mason), apply for membership at Bushwood, the club from the first movie. When the current members meet Jack, who builds low-income housing, his application to join is rejected. In retaliation, Jack buys the rights to Bushwood and turns it into an amusement park.
The movie made USD $11 million compared to the original's USD $39 million gross at the box office.
Cast reception was negative. Chevy Chase, who reprises the role of Ty Webb, was rumored to have murmured to the film's director Allan Arkush during post-production, "Call me when you've dubbed the laugh-track," before walking away in disgust. Arkush, who also directed Rock 'n' Roll High School...,
Funny Farm is a 1988 film directed by George Roy Hill, starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne.
Chase plays a New York sports writer who moves with his wife to the seemingly charming town of Redbud, so he can write a novel. They do not get along well with the residents, and marital troubles arise. They soon decide to split, and pay the town's residents to appear normal and friendly in the presence of prospective home buyers visiting the area. Ultimately, they decide to stay together and stay in Redbud, much to the chagrin of the town locals.
¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 comedy western film, produced by George Folsey, Jr., and Lorne Michaels. John Landis directed for HBO Films. Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short star. The movie was written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, and Randy Newman. Randy Newman contributed several original songs, including "The Ballad of the Three Amigos" and "My Little Buttercup", while the musical score was composed by Elmer Bernstein.
Three prissy silent film actors in 1916 are fired after they demand a higher salary for their popular "Three Amigos" western films. The same day they receive a plea for the Three Amigos to come to the Mexican village of Santo Poco to defend it from a bandit named El Guapo (Alfonso Arau). Mistaking the plea for an acting job, the actors steal their costumes and travel to Santo Poco. The villagers give the actors a hero's welcome, believing them to be real gunfighters. After a nearly fatal confrontation with El Guapo, the actors realize that the bandits are real...,
Spies Like Us is the name of a 1985 comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. The movie presents the comic adventures of two novice intelligence agents sent to the Soviet Union, ostensibly to infiltrate Soviet ICBM technology.
Dan Aykroyd plays Austin Millbarge, a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for the Pentagon, who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Chase is Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking pencil pusher who takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume is openly attempting to cheat.
Needing expendable agents to act as decoys to draw attention away from a more advanced team, the unnamed intelligence agency decides to enlist the two and promote them to the ranks of GLG20, Foreign Service Operatives, and put them through minimal training, then send them on an undefined mission into Soviet Central Asia. Meanwhile, professional...,
Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about a wisecracking investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase, at the height of his popularity), who writes under the name of Jane Doe. The film was based on the popular Gregory Mcdonald novels and the screenplay was written by Andrew Bergman. The film was directed by Michael Ritchie and released by Universal Pictures in 1985. The theme song, "Bit by Bit" was sung by Stephanie Mills with music by Beverly Hills Cop composer Harold Faltermeyer. It was one of three films Chevy Chase starred in that year, alongside Spies Like Us and National Lampoon's European Vacation, which together garnered over $155 million at the box office.
The film has since developed a cult following and was followed by a 1989 sequel, Fletch Lives, which didn't perform as well at the box office. A prequel, Fletch Won (which will not star Chevy Chase), is currently in pre-production, with filming set to begin in April 2007.
The film opens with one of Fletch's many,...
National Lampoon's European Vacation is a 1985 comedy film, second in the Vacation series, directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Dana Hill and Jason Lively replace Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall as Griswold children Audrey and Rusty. After Anthony Michael Hall declined to reprise his role (he decided to star in Weird Science instead), producers decided to recast both children.
This was the only Vacation movie that did not feature Randy Quaid's "Cousin Eddie" character. In the opening "Pig in a Poke" sequence, the family's name is shown as "Griswald", though in every other instance and film it is spelled "Griswold".
The film's plot is another family misadventure, full of over-the-top slapstick. Chase and D'Angelo again portray the married couple Clark and Ellen Griswold, living in suburban Chicago with two children, Rusty and Audrey. The family competes in a game show called "Pig in a Poke" (based on Family Feud, but with the families wearing...
National Lampoon's Vacation is a 1983 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid and Imogene Coca.
The screenplay, written by John Hughes, is reportedly about his own family's ill-fated trip to the fictional Walley World (originally planned to be Disneyland) when he was a boy, written in short-story form for National Lampoon magazine. The story was originally titled, "Vacation '58", and was set in 1958 rather than 1983, the year of the film. The success of the movie helped launch his screenwriting career.
The film was a significant box office hit, earning over $61 million in the United States with an estimated budget of $15 million. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted National Lampoon's Vacation the 46th greatest comedy film of all time. It is widely considered to be the best film in National Lampoon's series of Vacation films. It continues to be a popular film and...
Modern Problems is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Ken Shapiro and starring Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville and Dabney Coleman. The film grossed $26,154,211 in the United States. A DVD release of the film was issued in 2005.
"Max Fiddler" (Chevy Chase) is an air traffic controller whose life is slowly going down the drain. His girlfriend, Darcy (Patti D'Arbanville), has just left him because of his jealousy. Now, everywhere he goes he seems to run into her with another man, driving him nuts. One night while he's driving home from work, a truck spills nuclear waste onto his car and through his open sunroof, covering him with glowing green goo. The next day, he notices that he is has developed telekinetic powers.
He is asked to spend the weekend at the house of a paraplegic friend (Brian Doyle Murray), who has also invited some other friends, including Max's ex-wife (Mary Kay Place) as well as his ex-girlfriend, plus self-confidence author and womanizer Mark Winslow (...
Under the Rainbow is a 1981 comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eve Arden, Billy Barty, and Mako.
The plot is loosely based on the gathering of little people in a Hollywood hotel, to audition for roles as munchkins in the movie The Wizard of Oz. The movie also has nobility, assassins, spies, and tourists.
The movie was nominated for Razzie Awards for Worst Musical Score and Worst Supporting Actor (Billy Barty). It received extremely negative reviews.
The film marked the first acting role of dwarf actor Phil Fondacaro, as well as his brother Sal.
Caddyshack is a 1980U.S.comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe and Bill Murray. Doyle-Murray also has a supporting role.
The film was Ramis' first feature and was a major boost to Rodney Dangerfield's film career; he was previously known mostly for his stand-up comedy. Grossing almost $40 million in the U.S. alone (16th highest of the year), it was the first of a series of similar comedies. A sequel, Caddyshack II, followed in 1988, although it wasn't nearly as successful or as well-received.
In 2000, Caddyshack was placed at number 71 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American films. Many outside critics were upset by this low ranking. In 2005, a line from the movie was chosen by AFI for their list of the top 100 movie quotes from U.S. films. This film is also second on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".Set primarily on the golf course...,
Oh Heavenly Dog is a 1980 comedy film, written by Rod Browning. The film stars the dog Benji, Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, and Omar Sharif. The film was directed by Joe Camp, and released by 20th Century Fox.
Chevy Chase plays a private investigator who is called to a job and is killed upon finding a dead woman. The afterlife has not decided if he is destined for Heaven or Hell, so he is given the chance to return to Earth as a dog, in order to solve the case and earn his way to Heaven.
Foul Play is a 1978 film by Colin Higgins starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. They are supported by Burgess Meredith, Brian Dennehy, Billy Barty and Dudley Moore in one of his first American feature film appearances. The movie, which aimed for romantic comedy mixed with Hitchcockian thriller elements, turned out to be a successful vehicle for both Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. It was nominated for an Oscar.
The film opens with a knife attack upon the Archbishop of San Francisco (Eugene Roche), perpitrated by a man identical to the Archbishop in looks and dress.
We are then introduced to Gloria Mundy (Goldie Hawn), who is recovering from a recent divorce. She decides to pick up an attractive man (Bruce Solomon) whose car has broken down and the two agree to go to the movies in the evening. As the man leaves the car, he is chased by two men getting out of a limousine, one of them an albino. Later at the cinema, the hitchhiker warns Gloria to "beware of the dwarf" and dies from a gun...,
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talk page.Tunnel Vision is 1976 comedy film starring a Chevy Chase, John Candy, Howard Hessman, Joe Flaherty, Laraine Newman, Betty Thomas, Phil Proctor, Al Franken, Ron Silver, Tom Davis. it was directed by Neal Israel and Bradley R. Swirnoff and produced by Joe Roth.
The plot of the movie revolves around the creators of a new television channel called "Tunnel Vision", which is notably free of censorship, who are under Senate investigation led by a Senator Howard Hessman who wishes to shut down the channel due to its widespread negative effects on the population of the United States. The movie consists of commercials, shorts, and trailers for fictional movies that are usually not connected to one another.
Walk... Don't Walk was a 1968 short film by Rich Allen. It starred Chevy Chase as a pedestrian about to cross the street, when the walk/don't walk light starts changing just before he begins to cross, as if it were playing a practical joke on him. The film lasted for 5 minutes. ...,
Chevy Chase was born in New York, New York, United States