Chevrolet's three-row SUV is the first vehicle to ever earn this prestigious award.
When you think of famous Hollywood movie cars, the Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt, the Pontiac Trans-Am in Smokey and the Bandit, or the DeLorean DMC-12 in Back to the Future will probably pop into your head. Chances are you won't think of the Chevrolet Suburban, which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary.
You may not realize it, but the Chevrolet Suburban is one of Hollywood's most prominent cars. And now the three-row SUV is finally getting the recognition it deserves, because the Chevrolet Suburban has become the first-ever vehicle to be awarded a prestigious 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 the 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."
Through its history, the Chevrolet Suburban's versatility has allowed it to play the role of the hero car, the villain car, and the family car in film and TV. "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 Chevrolet Suburban first appeared on the silver screen since 1952. Since then, the three-row SUV has starred in more than 1,750 films and television series, appeared in at least one television series every year since 1956, and at least one film every year since 1960. It's also appeared in more than 30 award-nominated films.
The Chevrolet Tahoe was also recognized for its role in Hollywood. Together, both SUVs have appeared in more than 2,500 films and television shows. Since the Tahoe debuted 25 years ago 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 role in Hollywood inspired the design of the all-new models that will be unveiled later this month.
"This is a great example of how life and art influence each other," said Kozub. "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."