Comedian Chevy Chase is now on the mend. The actor is currently at home recovering after spending nearly five weeks in the hospital.
Chase is getting plenty of rest and doesn’t plan to go anywhere, anytime soon. Both traveling and working on any projects are on the back burner for the actor while he recovers. Instead, the actor said he doesn’t plan to leave his home for some time. He doesn’t want to contract COVID-19 on top of his health problems.
“Not going anywhere,” Chase told People Magazine. “I used to go out and do anything. I’d do slapstick in front of 3,000 people. But at this moment I have no need to go out and meet COVID.”
So what has Chase been up to? The actor has been watching plenty of TV these days. In addition to watching the news, Chase has been streaming programs. But the actor doesn’t seem to have anything positive to say about the modern-day of television.
“I read. Turn on TV. Watch the news. All dreck. I see actors, comedians, producers, screenwriters working and, God bless them, but I don’t see anything great on television,” Chase said.
The actor said he landed in the hospital due to a heart issue. Doctors diagnosed Chase with alcohol cardiomyopathy in the past. The condition, which is alcohol-related, caused weakened muscles in the actor’s heart. After the diagnosis, Chase chose to stop drinking but the damage had been done.
Chevy Chase and His Career
Of course, Chase is no stranger to film or television himself. Chase first rose to prominence during the 1970s as one of the founding members of “Saturday Night Live.” After a season and a half, Chase decided to leave the show. He became the first cast member in the show’s history to leave.
Chase became popular for a string of successful comedies during the 1980s. Most notably, Chase starred in the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” franchise as everyman Clark Griswold. He also starred in “Caddyshack” and the “Fletch” franchise.
In his later career, Chase starred on four seasons of the underrated sitcom “Community” and appeared in the “Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise as well. During his career, Chase has garnered a reputation as difficult to work with. Notably, Chase feuded with “Community” creator Dan Harmon during the production for that show. He ultimately left that show before it finished its run and his character was killed off.
Chase last appeared in the film “The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee.”