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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.

Departure Edit

Chase missed the second and third episodes of the second season, reportedly due to an injury sustained in the first episode. The injury was most likely a fabrication, as Chase could be clearly seen dancing at the end of the episode in which he was supposed to have been injured, which would have been impossible with a groin injury requiring hospitalization. His absences may have been, and in any event proved to be, an opportunity to see how the opening sketch and Weekend Update could function in his absence. He would return for another three episodes, before leaving for good.

Fight with Bill MurrayEdit

Chase is notorious for being difficult to others working on the show, an attribute that would eventually earn him a lifetime ban (see below). When he returned to host for the first time in season 3, his attitude immediately angered Bill Murray, who had been hired to replace him the previous year. Words between the two turned to blows immediately before the beginning of the episode; marks can be seen on Chase's face as he does the opening sketch.

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.

When Chase returned to host the February 15, 1997 episode, his behavior caused him to be the 12th person banned from the show. During dress rehearsal, after a week of dishing out abuse to several cast members, he slapped Cheri Oteri in the back of the head. While he swore it was meant as a joke, a furious Will Ferrell complained to Lorne Michaels, who decided that it was the final straw. Chase is the only cast member banned so far.

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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