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'Confess, Fletch' set to bring iconic franchise back to life, so where is OG star Chevy Chase now?

Chase portrayed Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher in 'Fletch' (1985) and its sequel 'Fletch Lives' (1989). Read on to know where the comedy icon and actor is now
UPDATED SEP 15, 2022
The promotional posters of 'The Fletch' movie franchise (L) and 'Confess, Fletch' (R) (IMDb)
The promotional posters of 'The Fletch' movie franchise (L) and 'Confess, Fletch' (R) (IMDb)

'Confess, Fletch' is an upcoming comedy directed by Greg Mottola, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Zev Borow. Based on Gregory Mcdonald's 1976 novel of the same name, the film stars Jon Hamm, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Roy Wood Jr, and John Slattery. It is scheduled to be released in a limited theatrical run and on premium video on demand on September 16, 2022, followed by a Showtime premiere on October 28, 2022. The film has received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise being given to Jon Hamm's comedic performance. It currently holds an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, based on the novel of the same name by mystery writer Gregory McDonald, will feature Jon Hamm in the role made famous by Saturday Night Live alum Chevy Chase in a beloved 1985 film 'Fletch' and its less-than-beloved 1989 sequel 'Fletch Lives'. 'Confess, Fletch' is the second novel in the 'Fletch' series. There are nine books featuring Fletch as the lead character. Veteran actor Chevy Chase played the character in the 1980s' movies. Read on to know what he is doing now!


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Who is Chevy Chase?

Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase, 78, is a comedian, actor, and writer. He became a key cast member in the first season of 'Saturday Night Live', where his recurring Weekend Update segment became a staple of the show. As both a performer and a writer, he earned three Primetime Emmy Awards out of five nominations.

Chase had his first leading film role in the comedy 'Foul Play' (1978), earning two Golden Globe Award nominations. He portrayed Clark W Griswold in five 'National Lampoon's Vacation' film series and Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher in 'Fletch' (1985) and its sequel 'Fletch Lives' (1989). He also appeared in 'Caddyshack' (1980), 'Modern Problems' (1981), 'Spies Like Us' (1985), 'Three Amigos' (1986), 'Man of the House' (1995), and 'Hot Tub Time Machine' (2010).

He has hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly had his own late-night talk show titled 'The Chevy Chase Show' (1993). He played the character Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC sitcom 'Community' from 2009 to 2014. However, are you wondering what is the multi-talented actor doing now? Don't worry we got you!

Where is Chevy Chase now? 

According to Deadline, Chevy Chase starred in a Netflix movie back in 2019 called 'The Last Laugh'. It also starred Andie MacDowell and Richard Dreyfuss. Emmy winner Chase, MacDowell, and Oscar winner Dreyfuss weave the tale of talent manager and widower Al Hart.

However, what is more, interesting is his personal life! Chase married Susan Hewitt in New York City on February 23, 1973. They divorced on February 1, 1976. His second marriage to Jacqueline Carlin was formalized on December 4, 1976, and ended in divorce on November 14, 1980. He married his third wife Jayni Luke in Pacific Palisades on June 19, 1982. He has three daughters with Luke. As of now, the couple resides in Bedford, New York.

Thought that is it? In 1986, Chase was admitted to the Betty Ford Center for treatment of a prescription painkiller addiction. His drug abuse began after he experienced ongoing back pain related to the pratfalls he took during his 'Saturday Night Live' appearances. In 2010, he said that his drug abuse had been at a "low level." He entered the Hazelden Clinic in September 2016 to receive alcoholism treatment.

According to Variety, in February 2021, Chase told CBS that he “doesn’t give a crap” about headlines and former co-stars painting him as problematic on set. Chase’s conduct has been described by co-stars as racist, misogynistic, and “horrific” over the years, but the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran and comedy icon does not seem to care.

Chase responded when asked if stories about him being a “jerk” are baseless, he said, “I guess you’d have to ask them, I don’t give a crap. I am who I am. And I like who I am. I don’t care. And it’s part of me that I don’t care. And I’ve thought about that a lot. And I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just don’t care.”

'Confess, Fletch' premieres on September 16, 2022.