1. Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase 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.
2. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live, where his recurring Weekend Update skit soon became a staple of the show.
3. He has hosted the Academy Awards twice and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show.
4. In 2009, he became a regular cast member on the NBC comedy series Community.
5. Chase left the show in 2012, having already filmed most of the episodes in season 4.
6. Chase was born in Lower Manhattan, New York City and was raised in Woodstock, New York. His father, Edward Tinsley “Ned” Chase, was a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer.
7. His maternal grandmother, Cathalene , was an opera singer who performed several times at Carnegie Hall. 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.
8. As a descendant of the Scottish Clan Douglas, the name “Chevy” seemed appropriate to her.
9. Chase is a fourteenth-generation New Yorker, and was listed in the Social Register at an early age.
10. He then attended Haverford College during the 1962–63 term, where he was noted for slapstick comedy and an absurd sense of physical humor .
11. During a 2009 interview on The Today Show, he ostensibly verified the oft-publicized urban legend that he was expelled for harboring a cow in his fourth floor room, 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.
12. Chase did not enter medical school, which meant he would be subject to the military draft.
13. Chase was not drafted; when he 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”.