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Happy Birthday To Bedford’s Cornelius Crane 'Chevy' Chase

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase turns 71 on Wednesday.
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase turns 71 on Wednesday. Photo Credit:

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Bedford’s Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase.

Chase, a longtime Bedford resident, turns 71 on Wednesday.

Chase, a comedian, Golden Globe Award-nominated film and television actor, and Emmy Award-winning writer, was born Oct. 8, 1943, in New York City.

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. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of "Saturday Night Live," where his "Weekend Update" skit soon became a staple of the show.

Chase is well-known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in four National Lampoon's "Vacation" films and for his roles in comedies, including "Foul Play" (1978), "Caddyshack" (1980), "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), "Fletch" (1985), "Spies Like Us" (1985), and "¡Three Amigos!" (1986). He has hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly had his own late-night talk show, "The Chevy Chase Show." In 2009, he became a regular cast member (Pierce Hawthorne) on the NBC comedy series "Community." Chase left the show in 2012, having already filmed most of the episodes in season 4.

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