Once upon a time, Chevy Chase was considered the funniest man in America. His work on Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon made him an Emmy-winning comedy icon. However, he’s now gained a new reputation and it’s a not a good one. Allegations of bad behavior constantly dog him, and reportedly his behind-the-scenes antics have made him a pariah more than once. What happened to cause such a downfall?
Chevy Chase was born as Cornelius Crane Chase – a faintly pompous-sounding name and rather funny in itself. Perhaps he was always destined for comedy. His family ties ensured he had plenty of options available to him once he grew up: the Chases were wealthy New Yorkers who could trace their ancestries back to the Mayflower.