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David Chase was born on the 22nd August 1945, in Mount Vernon, New York State USA, and is a film and television producer, screenwriter and director best known to the world for creating the cult TV series “The Sopranos”, aired on HBO from 1999 until 2007. David has been an active member of the entertainment industry since the mid- 1970s.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Chase is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that David`s net worth is as high as $80 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

David Chase Net Worth $80 Million

David is of Italian ancestry, since his parents were Italian Americans who were form a working class group of families. David`s childhood was tough, as his parents were hard on him; his father was condescending towards David, while his mother was often nervous about little things, and was never satisfied with David. This led to David being depressed, and having panic attacks while in his teens, a problem he deals with even today, but managing to stay calm. Following high school matriculation, he enrolled at Wake Forest University, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but two years later he transferred to New York University, and also attended Stanford University`s School of Film.

His first credit in the entertainment industry came in 1971, as the writer of an episode of the TV series “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers”, while in 1972 he wrote the screenplay for the film “Grave of the Vampire”, which was based on his novel “The Still Life”. Through the 1970s he worked on such TV series as “The Magician” (1974), “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (1974-1975), and “The Rockford Files” (1976-1979), which certainly increased his net worth, but also launched him further into Hollywood. He wrote his first film – “Off the Minnesota Strip” – in 1980, which won him a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special. Two years later, his next film came out – “Moonlight”, which received positive reviews. In 1988 he created his first series on his own “Almost Grown”, which aired for 10 episodes before it was cancelled. Regardless, his net worth was rising.

The 1990s were quite productive for him, writing two “The Rockford Files”, films “Godfather Knows Best” and “Punishment and Crime”, both in 1996, while in 1999 his “The Sopranos” began airing. The show had 86 episodes in total, and was aired until 2007. For quite some time the show was David`s only engagement, however, after the end he returned to writing, and in 2012 out came his debut feature film “Not Fade Away”, on which he worked as a writer, director and producer as well, which increased his net worth by a large margin.

Currently, David is concentrated on developing a TV Mini-Series – “A Ribbon of Dreams”, which will be aired on HBO, however, the series is still in the process of writing.

Thanks to his skills, David has received several prestigious awards, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, four for “The Sopranos”, one for “The Rockford Files”. Furthermore, he received Writers Guild of America Award, also for “The Sopranos”, while he has four PGA Awards too, including the Lifetime Achievement award.

When it comes to his personal life, David has been married to his high school sweetheart Denise Kelly since 1968; the couple has one child together, actress Michele DeCesare.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 22, 1945
Birth place: Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Profession:Writer
Education:Stanford University, New York University, Wake Forest University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Denise Kelly
Children:Michele DeCesare
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Livia Soprano's frequently used line "Oh poor You" was something Chase's mother used to say.
2Based Tony Soprano's experience in psychotherapy for depression and anxiety on his own.
3Chase named the 'College" episode of _ "The Sopranos (1999)_ as his favorite because of its "self-contained nature". Co-stars James Gandolfini and Jamie-Lynn Sigler agreed it was perhaps their favorite episode as well.
4Has suffered from severe depression and panic attacks since his teens. His depression was so severe in his first year of college that he often slept for 18 hours a day.
5He originally wanted to be a professional musician.
6The character of Livia Soprano is based on his own mother, Norma.
7Attended Wake Forest University in the mid-'60s. A few of The Sopranos (1999) episodes included references to both Wake Forest's basketball team as well as its location, Winston-Salem, NC.
8Father of Michele DeCesare.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
The Sopranos (1999)$15,000,000 (Season 5)


Quotes

#Quote
1[on the final scene of The Sopranos (1999)] He [Tony Soprano] can never be sure that any enemy is completely gone. He always has to have eyes behind his head. He stood more of a chance of getting shot by a rival gang . . . than you or I do because he put himself in that situation. All I know is the end is coming for all of us. That's what I wanted people to believe. That life ends and death comes, but don't stop believing.
2Network television at that time was nothing but a world of certainties. The Sopranos (1999) was ambiguous to the point where, to this day, I'm not really sure whether it was a drama or a comedy. It can be both, but people like to reduce it to one or the other. I know there are the two masks, Comedy and Drama, hanging together, but that's not the way American audiences seem to break things down.
3[on James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano] His eyes are very expressive. There's something about him that's very caring, which you see in him no matter what he's doing. There's a sadness there. As cynical, bullying, vulgar and overbearing as he could be, there's still a little boy in there. He did a lot of mean things, and he enjoyed vengeance, but he didn't seem mean. Somewhere he believed that people are good. There were some roads he was not going to go down, because there was no coming back.
4[on having to eliminate certain characters during The Sopranos (1999) run] I'd call them into my office and tell them how grateful I was for all the work they'd done, and that this was very painful for the show but that the story had to be served. and this is where the story has taken us--rightly or wrongly--for myself and the other writers. And that the writers had thought about it a lot. We didn't do this easily or cheaply. We never fired anyone for dereliction of duty or for being difficult. It was a hard thing to do, but at the same time, I thought to myself, "Well, I'm writing about a guy who's the boss of a Mafia family, and he has to do these things, too".
5I was picturing Anne Bancroft as Livia, Tony's mother. We must have read 200 women or more. Then somebody suggested Nancy Marchand. She came up the stairs; she was very out of breath. She sat down and did it, and she was channeling--that character is based on my mother, her mannerisms--she was channeling it. She just got it. The other people were playing this Italian mama who was crazy. She was playing some person who's only hearing what's going on in her head--that was the key.
6[on the conception of The Sopranos (1999)] When I got over there, they asked, "Would you be interested in doing The Godfather (1972) for TV?" I said, "No, it's already been done". But then I started thinking about this idea that I'd had for a feature film, about a mobster in therapy. I told them about it, they sparked to it, and Fox bought it. When I wrote the pilot script for Fox, I had a feeling that this whole thing wasn't going to happen. I knew what network television is like, and this didn't have that feeling. Sure enough, they passed.
7It's a cold universe, and I don't mean that metaphorically. If you go out into space, it's cold. It's really cold and we don't know what's up there. We happen to be in this little pocket where there's a sun. What have we got except love and each other to guard against all that isolation and loneliness?
8I wrote many, many, many a script and they never got made. I could not get arrested, as they say. Nothing started to click movie-wise for me. All the scripts were either too dark or too this or that. Their appetite for me didn't get whetted until The Sopranos (1999), and once they see you are someone who can make a billion dollars, they let you do anything. That's all it comes down to.
9I guess Tony Soprano has his roots in film noir, but the American gangster picture goes back a lot further than that. But in those films there was a moral accounting. In The Sopranos (1999) there is not. I guess what's essential about it is you are still portraying a hero. In American film, the hero is always the smartest guy in the room, he's always got the answer or the plan. We don't make movies about stumble-bums and slackers or lost souls.
10[on a perceived change in the traditional view of men as heroes] There are people that will tell you the white American male is clinging to, and nostalgic for, his place at the top of the food chain. Maybe it isn't true anymore and that's what we're seeing.
11Network dramas have not been personal. I don't know very many writers who have been cops, doctors, judges, presidents, or any of that--and, yet, that's what everybody writes about: institutions. The courthouse, the schoolhouse, the precinct house, the White House. Even though it's a Mob show, The Sopranos (1999) is based on members of my family. It's about as personal as you can get.
12It wasn't something I was really dying to hear, because my response in my head was: I don't give a fuck - I hate television. But I wasn't used to being talked to that way. - on his reaction to Brad Grey's desire to sign him to a television deal.
13I felt I was out of step with everything. I remember seeing Pretty Woman (1990) on an airplane. Everybody was laughing their heads off. "Ho-ho-ho!" It wasn't funny to me, it wasn't dramatic--it wasn't anything. I thought, "Why don't I just open the door and jump out?"
14Network television is all talk. I think there should be visuals on a show, some sense of mystery to it, connections that don't add up. I think there should be dreams and music and dead air and stuff that goes nowhere. There should be, God forgive me, a little bit of poetry.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Lifetime Achievement Award in TelevisionPGA Awards
2008PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey
· Ilene S. Landress
· Terence Winter
· Matthew Weiner
· Henry Bronchtein
· Diane Frolov
· Andrew Schneider
· Martin Bruestle
· Gianna Maria Smart
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress (executive producer)
· Terence Winter (executive producer)
· Matthew Weiner (executive producer)
· Henry Bronchtein (co-executive producer)
· Diane Frolov (supervising producer)
· Andrew Schneider (supervising producer)
· Martin Bruestle (producer)
· Gianna Maria Smart (producer)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Mitchell Burgess
· Diane Frolov
· Robin Green
· Andrew Schneider
· Matthew Weiner
· Terence Winter
2005Special EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsThe Sopranos (1999)
2005PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey
· Mitchell Burgess
· Robin Green
· Ilene S. Landress
· Terence Winter
· Henry Bronchtein
· Matthew Weiner
· Martin Bruestle
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Robin Green (executive producer)
· Mitchell Burgess (executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress (executive producer)
· Terence Winter (executive producer)
· Henry Bronchtein (co-executive producer)
· Matthew Weiner (supervising producer)
· Martin Bruestle (producer)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Robin Green (writer)
· Mitchell Burgess (writer)
2003Award of ExcellenceBanff Television Festival
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Robin Green
· Mitchell Burgess
2000Silver FIPABiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingTV Series and SerialsThe Sopranos (1999)
2000DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - NightThe Sopranos (1999)· Alysse Bezahler (unit production manager plaque)
· Henry Bronchtein (first assistant director plaque)
· Kenneth G. Brown (second assistant director plaque)
2000PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic TelevisionThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· James Manos Jr.
1993PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of TelevisionI'll Fly Away (1991)· Ian Sander
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a SpecialOff the Minnesota Strip (1980)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Rockford Files (1974)· Meta Rosenberg (executive producer)
· Stephen J. Cannell (supervising producer)
· Chas. Floyd Johnson (producer)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - NightThe Sopranos (1999)
2008WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADramatic SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Diane Frolov
· Andrew Schneider
· Matthew Weiner
· Terence Winter
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Matthew Weiner (writer)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Episode of the YearThe Sopranos (1999)
2007PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey
· Ilene S. Landress
· Terence Winter
· Matthew Weiner
· Diane Frolov
· Andrew Schneider
· Henry Bronchtein
· Martin Bruestle
· Gianna Maria Smart
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress (executive producer)
· Terence Winter (executive producer)
· Henry Bronchtein (co-executive producer)
· Matthew Weiner (co-executive producer)
· Diane Frolov (supervising producer)
· Andrew Schneider (supervising producer)
· Martin Bruestle (producer)
· Gianna Maria Smart (producer)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Robin Green (executive producer)
· Mitchell Burgess (executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress (executive producer)
· Terence Winter (co-executive producer)
· Henry Bronchtein (producer)
· Martin Bruestle (producer)
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey
· Mitchell Burgess
· Robin Green
· Ilene S. Landress
· Terence Winter
2002WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Robin Green (executive producer)
· Mitchell Burgess (executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress (co-executive producer)
· Terence Winter (supervising producer)
· Martin Bruestle (producer)
· Henry Bronchtein (producer)
· Todd A. Kessler (producer)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Frank Renzulli (teleplay)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Robin Green (executive producer)
· Mitchell Burgess (executive producer)
· Frank Renzulli (co-executive producer)
· Ilene S. Landress
· Martin Bruestle
· Allen Coulter
· Todd A. Kessler
· Terence Winter
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Todd A. Kessler
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Robin Green (co-executive producer)
· Mitchell Burgess (co-executive producer)
· Frank Renzulli (supervising producer)
· Ilene S. Landress
· Allen Coulter
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesNorthern Exposure (1990)· Andrew Schneider (executive producer)
· Diane Frolov (executive producer)
· Michael Vittes (co-executive producer)
· Michael Fresco (supervising producer)
· Cheryl Bloch (supervising producer)
· Jeff Melvoin (supervising producer)
· Robin Green (supervising producer)
· Martin Bruestle (co-producer)
· Barbara Hall (consulting producer)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesI'll Fly Away (1991)· Joshua Brand (executive producer)
· John Falsey (executive producer)
· Ian Sander (executive producer)
· Barbara Hall (co-executive producer)
· John Forrest Niss (co-producer)
· Henry Bromell (co-producer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesI'll Fly Away (1991)· Joshua Brand (executive producer)
· John Falsey (executive producer)
· Barbara Hall (supervising producer)
· Ian Sander (producer)
· John Forrest Niss (co-producer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama SeriesI'll Fly Away (1991)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Rockford Files (1974)· Meta Rosenberg (executive producer)
· Stephen J. Cannell (supervising producer)
· Chas. Floyd Johnson (producer)
· Juanita Bartlett (producer)
1980WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaThe Rockford Files (1974)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Rockford Files (1974)· Meta Rosenberg (executive producer)
· Stephen J. Cannell (supervising producer)
· Chas. Floyd Johnson (producer)
· Juanita Bartlett (producer)
1978WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaThe Rockford Files (1974)
1977EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Television EpisodeThe Rockford Files (1974)


Filmography

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Not Fade Away2012producer
The Sopranos1999-2007TV Series executive producer - 86 episodes
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime1996TV Movie supervising producer
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play1996TV Movie supervising producer
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best1996TV Movie supervising producer
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits...1996TV Movie supervising producer
Northern Exposure1993-1995TV Series executive producer - 47 episodes
The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise1995TV Movie supervising producer
The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A.1994TV Movie supervising producer
I'll Fly Away1992-1993TV Series executive producer - 24 episodes
Almost Grown1988-1989TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Moonlight1982TV Movie executive producer
Palms Precinct1982TV Movie executive producer
Off the Minnesota Strip1980TV Movie producer
The Rockford FilesTV Series producer - 62 episodes, 1976 - 1979 supervising producer - 5 episodes, 1977 - 1979

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Not Fade Away2012written by
The SopranosTV Series created by - 86 episodes, 1999 - 2007 written by - 24 episodes, 1999 - 2007 story by - 6 episodes, 2001 - 2002 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2002
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime1996TV Movie written by
The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best1996TV Movie written by
Northern Exposure1994TV Series story by - 1 episode
I'll Fly Away1991-1992TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Almost Grown1988-1989TV Series created by - 13 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Moonlight1982TV Movie
Palms Precinct1982TV Movie
Off the Minnesota Strip1980TV Movie
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1980TV Series story - 1 episode
The Rockford FilesTV Series written by - 18 episodes, 1976 - 1979 teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1978 story by - 1 episode, 1978
SwitchTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1976 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1976
Kolchak: The Night StalkerTV Series teleplay - 6 episodes, 1974 - 1975 written by - 2 episodes, 1974 - 1975
The MagicianTV Series staff writer - 7 episodes, 1974 written by - 1 episode, 1974
Grave of the Vampire1972novel "The Still Life" - uncredited / screenplay
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1971TV Series teleplay - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rockford Files1979TV Series creative consultant - 1 episode
Switch1975-1976TV Series story consultant - 24 episodes
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974-1975TV Series story consultant - 20 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Fly Away1992TV Series 2 episodes
Almost Grown1988TV Series 1 episode
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV Series 1 episode
Not Fade Away2012
The Sopranos1999-2007TV Series 2 episodes
The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime1996TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sopranos2000-2006TV SeriesAirline Passenger / Man / Italian Man

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Not Fade Away2012writer: "Surgical Supply"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Act of Killing2012Documentary special thanks
Mad Men2007TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentary special thanks
Expiration2003special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 1st Annual West Essex High School Film Festival2014TV MovieHimself - Keynote Speaker
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Basement Tapes2013Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose2001-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Creator, The Sopranos
Godfather World2008Video shortHimself
The Godfather vs. The Godfather Part II2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't2008Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series
Media City2007TV SeriesHimself
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Music of 'The Sopranos'2007TV Short documentaryHimself
HBO: The Making of 'The Sopranos: Road to Respect'2006TV MovieHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2006TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Drama Series
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Co-Winner: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Casting Calls2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sopranos: Family Business2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series / Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series & Outstanding Drama Series
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Drama Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El último golpe de Tony Soprano2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself

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