Yes, the Chevrolet Suburban is now a proud resident along Hollywood Boulevard, proudly boasting a coveted Star. This makes it more famous than the starless Taylor Swift, right?
With all due respect, the Suburban does have quite a staggering resume concerning film. Since 1952, the Suburban has appeared in over 1,750 movies and television series, including 30 award-nominated films. If you add the Tahoe, the total number grows to 2,500.
The Suburban is the first vehicle to ever be awarded the Award of Excellence Star. The more I think about it, the more I see why. Have you ever seen a chase scene WITHOUT an armada of blacked out Suburbans? They’re the choice of vehicle for all villainous cronies. This award is a precursor to the unveiling of the new Suburban and Tahoe later this month, and are said to reflect the roles they play in movies. Expect something beefy and ready to brawl.
So, the next time a soccer mom cuts you off in her speeding Suburban, just remember you are witnessing a cultural legend. You can thank Hollywood for that.
Foreword by Collin Morgan
Press release is below.
LOS ANGELES — Today, the Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle ever awarded an Award of Excellence star at Hollywood & Highland. Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and unveiled at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, the award recognizes Suburban for its 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.
“For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it’s impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends.”
During its acting career the Suburban evolved to become the ultimate character actor, able to play the hero, the villain, or the family alike.
“There’s really nothing else like the Chevrolet Suburban in this business, for two reasons,” said Dennis McCarthy, Hollywood picture car coordinator. “First, it’s one of the most versatile vehicles in the business, able to fit with any type of character. Second, it can help instantly give a scene added importance. When a convoy of black Suburbans appears on screen, you know that’s not the time to leave your seat to buy popcorn.”
The relationship between the Chevy Suburban and Hollywood began in 1952, when it first appeared on the silver screen. Since then, Suburban has starred in more than 1,750 films and television series. It has appeared in at least one television series every year since 1956, and at least one film every year since 1960. Suburban has also appeared in more than 30 award-nominated films.
The filmography is even more impressive when combined with the Chevy Tahoe. Together, Tahoe and Suburban have appeared in more than 2,500 films and television shows. Since the Tahoe was introduced in 1995, it has appeared in at least one film and television show every year.
According to Tim Kozub, design manager for Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, their on-screen persona also influenced the all-new Suburban and Tahoe, which will be unveiled later this month: “This is a great example of how life and art influence each other. The popularity of Suburban and Tahoe in film was first inspired by the real-life roles they played in the military, in law enforcement and family trips around the world. Today, their role in Hollywood inspired the design of the all-new models, as we integrated the sense of capability, action, and importance associated with Suburban and Tahoe on screen.”
For more information on the Tahoe and Suburban, please visit Chevrolet.com.