33 (passed away Dec. 18th, 1997)
Feb. 15th, 1964
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Chris Farley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1998 - Almost Heroes
1998 - Dirty Work
1997 - Beverly Hills Ninja
1996 - Black Sheep
1995 - Billy Madison
1995 - Tommy Boy
1994 - Airheads
1993 - Coneheads
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - Wayne's World
Guest TV Roles
The Chicago Ketchup Chef
Man in Clothing Store
Christopher Crosby Farley, who was born on February 15, 1964, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He studied theatre and communications on Marquette University. After finishing University Chris was in the cast of the Second City Theatre, where he was discovered by the producer of the great comedy-show "Saturday Night Live" (1975), Lorne Michaels. Chris worked on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) for five years during which he appeared in movies like Wayne's World (1992), Coneheads (1993), Billy Madison (1995) and finally Tommy Boy (1995), with his comic partner and SNL cast member David Spade. The duo later made one more movie called Black Sheep (1996). From that time on, Chris was one of the big comedy stars, and his fame was growing and growing.
After some more time, he made another "lone" movie, Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), which featured former SNL member Chris Rock (I). Farley was made even more famous, but with his growing fame, his problems grew bigger as well; he didn't want to be the "fat guy who falls down" any longer. Chris had several other problems, too, with alcohol and drug dependency. On December 18th, 1997, he died from a heroin (opiate) and cocaine overdose in his apartment in Chicago, where his body was found by his brother John the next day. Chris' weigh of 296 pounds was a contributing factor to his death, but according to his autopsy the alcohol, marijuana and Prozac that was also found in his body, were not. Less than two months prior to Farley's death, he had appeared alongside Chevy Chase on what would be Farley's only SNL show as host. Not unlike his idol John Belushi, he was credited for one more appearance after having left SNL and died at age 33. His death cause was also the same. In the year after Chris' departing, the movie Almost Heroes (1998), where he plays the leading role alongside Matthew Perry (I) was released. He also makes cameo appearances in Dirty Work (1998)
- 'David Spade' (qv) introduced a tribute to him on _Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (1999) (TV)_ (qv).
- According to the medical examiner, at his death Farley was 5'8" and 296 lb.
- Had a year left on his contract with _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) but was let go in the process of the show's rapid cast change during 1995.
- Chris was an alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic improvisation troupe. Fellow members include the 'Jon Favreau' (qv), 'Ian Gomez' (qv), 'Pat Finn (II)' (qv), 'Tim Meadows' (qv), 'Rachel Dratch' (qv), 'Vince Vaughn' (qv), 'Mike Myers (I)' (qv), 'Ossie Beck' (qv), 'Tina Fey' (qv), 'Amy Poehler' (qv) and 'Adam McKay' (qv).
- He was said to have idolized 'John Belushi' (qv). His life story bears a striking similarity to that of Belushi: both Farley and Belushi were regulars at The Second City in Chicago, both then went on to become cast members on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) and then later do feature films, both had obesity problems, both had a reputation for having an out-of-control lifestyle, and both died from drug overdoses at the age of thirty-three.
- Before his death, Farley maintained that, as a dramatic role, he wished to star in a film biography of silent comedian 'Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle' (qv).
- Grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Parents: Tom and Mary Anne Farley. Brother of 'John Farley (I)' (qv) and 'Kevin P. Farley' (qv).
- Interred at Resurrection Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.