Chevy Chase is one of the most honoured and beloved actors of his generation. He first came to prominence as a writer and performer with the original cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”. Throughout his illustrious career he’s garnered two Emmy awards, and a Golden Globe nomination, and has hosted the Oscars twice. Although there’s many to chose from we’ve whittled it down to the top 5 Chevy Chase performances.
National Lampoon’s Vacation Film Series
First on the list has to be Chase’s performances in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, in what is perhaps his most famous role, as Clark Griswold. Following the misadventures of the Griswold family holidays, which are continually plagued with disasters and embarrassing predicaments. The series is often referred to in popular culture, and readers of Total Film magazine voted the first film in the series as the 46th greatest comedy film of all time.
Chase is one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL), NBC’s late-night comedy television show. He introduced every show of the first season, except one, with the line “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!“. The show made Chase known for comedic falls and physical comedy. He received two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his comedy writing and live comic acting on the show.
Directed by Harold Ramis, Chase is reunited with SNL alumni Bill Murray. The film is about an exclusive golf course as it deals with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. It gained a large cult following and has been hailed as one of the funniest sports movies of all time, reaching 71 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time.
Three Amigos, is the 1986 American western comedy film, where Chevy Chase plays the role of Dusty Bottoms. Chase has said that the film is the most fun he’s ever had making a film. It also stars Steve Martin and Martin Short, along with Chase, as three out of work silent movie actors. They accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
One of Chase’s more recent roles saw him play Pierce Hawthorne in the US TV sitcom Community. Hawthorn is a moist towelette tycoon, known for making many sexist and racist statements. However, Chase controversially exited the show before the fourth season was finished filming, because of a feud with series creator Dan Harmon.