Chevy Chase Enters Rehab

Chevy Chase Enters Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 09/07/16

The 72-year-old comedic actor has reportedly battled substance use issues since the 1970s.

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Chevy Chase Enters Rehab

Chevy Chase is back in rehab, but his rep is insisting it’s a “tune-up” and not a serious issue.

A rep for the 72-year-old comedy veteran and Community actor told TMZ that Chase has checked into inpatient treatment at the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota for issues with alcohol. The rep said that Chase, who has two upcoming film projects The Christmas Apprentice and Dog Years, simply “wants to be the best that he can be.” 

The actor and comedian, born Cornelius Crane Chase, has had a few questionable alcohol-related incidents in recent years. During the Humane Society’s 60th anniversary celebration in November 2014, sources told the New York Post that he was “out of it” and “a trainwreck.” During his speech at the gala, Chase reportedly “rambled on and repeated himself ... No one could tell if it was an act.”

And in April 2012, TMZ got hold of an allegedly drunken voicemail Chase sent to Dan Harmon, the creator of the NBC comedy Community. Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne on the show, called Harmon a “goddamn asshole” and a “fat fuck” who won’t live past age 57. Harmon played the voicemail publicly during Harmontown, a monthly event he hosts at a Los Angeles comedy club.

The National Lampoon star's substance use issues have spanned decades. Chase reportedly began coping with his insecurities by using cocaine during his Saturday Night Live heyday. By the time he left the show in 1976, his cocaine use regularly exceeded two grams per day, according to an excerpt from Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live.

In 1986, he checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for a dependency on prescription painkillers, according to his Wikipedia page. His substance abuse allegedly stemmed from back pain associated with pratfalls that he took on Saturday Night Live and throughout his career.

Despite several stints in treatment, Chase has also low-balled his own substance use. He penned a “fun fact” piece for Esquire in September 2010 in which he explained that he “never shot things up or freebased. I was pretty low-level when it came to drug abuse. I checked myself into the Betty Ford Clinic after my nose started to hurt.”

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