The comedian, actor and writer rose to fame in 1975 as a member of Saturday Night Live’s original cast, where he quickly broke out on the strength of performances such as his impression of President Gerald Ford and his post as the first anchor of “Weekend Update.” He shared an Emmy award with the writing staff and won a second as a solo performer after the first season. (He was nominated in the same categories a year later, and also won another Emmy for co-writing The Paul Simon Special in 1977.)
After Saturday Night Live, Chase starred opposite Goldie Hawn in 1978’s Foul Play, for which he received two Golden Globe nominations. He became a movie star two years later with Caddyshack. That same year he reunited with Hawn for Neil Simon’s Seems Like Old Times. Chase later starred as hapless head of household Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation and the hit comedy franchise’s three sequel features. His other classic comedy screen credits include Fletch, Spies Like Us and Three Amigos.
Chase, who was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1993, returned to series television in 2009 on NBC’s cult comedy Community, where he starred for four seasons and won a TV Guide Award with the rest of the ensemble cast. Recently he was featured in MGM’s Hot Tub Time Machine and will reprise his role as the mysterious and powerful hot tub repairman in the sequel this Christmas. In January it was announced that Chase was developing an ABC comedy for the 2015-16 season with his Vacation co-star Beverly D’Angelo.
At APA, Chase will be repped by Barry McPherson, Bradie Steinlauf and Paul Santana. He continues to be managed by Erik Kritzer of Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.