The Chevrolet Suburban earns another badge of honor as it becomes the first inanimate object to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
While it seems the model has not made waves in the market since the release of its current generation, the Suburban is considered as one of the hardest-working “supporting actors” in Hollywood.
The vehicle made its motion-picture debut in 1952 and has since appeared in more than 1,750 films and television series. Since 1956, the Suburban has appeared in at least one TV series each year and at least one film each year since 1960.
Now, the model stamps its class as the first-ever automobile to be given an Award of Excellence star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Along with the Chevrolet Suburban, for which the star is exclusively labeled, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is also recognizing its corporate sibling, the Tahoe. On the engraved plaque below the star, the newer model (introduced in 1995) is also acknowledged for its role in celluloid history.
The star serves as a recognition of the vehicles’ versatility after having been depicted in movies and television series as a suburban family hauler, law enforcement vehicle, a presidential motorcade, or vehicle transporting bad guys thanks to the black exterior paint and tinted windows.
“When a convoy of black Suburbans appears on-screen, you know that’s not the time to leave your seat to buy popcorn,” said Hollywood picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, who is known for his works in several Avengers and The Fast and the Furious films.
The Suburban, initially introduced as the Suburban Carryall in 1935 and was formerly known as a GMC model, will be celebrating its 85th year anniversary in 2020. It is currently the longest-running nameplate in the automotive industry.
In other news, Chevrolet has confirmed that all-new versions of the Suburban and Tahoe are due to be unveiled in January.