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Chevy Chase
Date of Birth: October 8, 1943
Years on SNL: As Cast Member:
1975-1977
As Host:
February 18, 1978
February 9, 1980
September 25, 1982
November 16, 1985
December 6, 1986
January 18, 1992
October 7, 1995
February 15, 1997
Cameos:
November 13, 1976
November 20, 1976
November 27, 1976
April 16, 1977
May 14, 1977
May 21, 1977
April 11, 1981
March 17, 1990
December 7, 1996
October 25, 1997
February 20, 1999
October 6, 2001
October 6, 2007
March 9, 2013
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was a member of the original cast of SNL, back then known as The Not Ready For Primetime Players. Chevy was groomed for stardom, being the first anchor of Weekend Update. Chevy left SNL the earliest of all the castmembers, little over one year after SNL's premiere in 1975. He is the first cast member to ever be banned from SNL.

Injury Edit

On September 18, 1976, during the Ford-Carter debate sketch Debate '76, Chase tumbled off his podium. Because it wasn't padded, he injured his groin. Dan Aykroyd, playing Jimmy Carter at the time, tried to help him but he, too, fell. The next two episodes, Chase appeared by phone, and by picture of him calling in at the hospital, with captions saying "VOICE OF CHEVY CHASE." He returned on October 16, 1976 via wheelchair. Cast member John Belushi then proceeded to flip Chase's wheelchair forward.

Ban Edit

Chase returned eight times over the years to host the show, but was notorious for his highly verbally abusive treatment of the cast and crew over the years. In 1985, for example, he suggested a sketch where openly gay cast member Terry Sweeney had AIDS, and the sketch showed viewers how much weight he lost every week. This behavior had him the 12th person banned from hosting ever again in February 1997. He is also the first and only castmember banned so far. (Unlike most banned guests, his behavior was not indiscriminate: Will Ferrell and Tim Meadows would later state that Chase was never in any way unpleasant to them personally, while at the same time confirming that the horror stories told by others were absolutely true.)

It should be noted that while Chase was banned from hosting the show in 1997, he has appeared a few times since:

  • on the 25th anniversary special in 1999
  • he was interviewed for the 2005 special Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live
  • he cameoed in four episodes (one hosted by Bill Murray in 1999, one hosted by Seann William Scott in 2001, he did a segment of Weekend Update in 2007, hosted by Seth Rogen, and appeared twice on March 9, 2013: once in the introduction, alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short, and again towards the end of the episode, during the reunion of the Three Amigos; the show's host was Justin Timberlake).

He was also interviewed on the 101 most Infamous SNL moments on E!.

Impressions/Characters Edit

Impressions Edit

Characters Edit

SNL Career Edit

Preceded by:
None- original
Weekend Update Anchor
(October 11, 1975 - October 30, 1976)
Followed by:
Jane Curtin
Preceded by:
Mark King, Bill Murray, Charles Rocket as Saturday Night NewsLine anchors
Weekend Update Anchor (one episode)
(April 11, 1981 - April 11, 1981)
Followed by:
'Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross as SNL Newsbreak anchors

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