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Chris Farley was an American comedian and actor who made millions of people laugh with his lively comic acts

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 15, 1964
Died onDecember 18, 1997
NationalityAmerican
FamousDied Young, Saturday Night Live Cast, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
SiblingsBarbara, John, Kevin, Tom Jr.
Known asChris Farley
Universities
  • Marquette University
Cause of deathDrug Overdose
Birth PlaceMadison
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
FatherM
MotherMary Anne
Net Worth$5 million
Sun SignAquarius
Born inMadison
Died at Age33

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Who is Chris Farley?

The much adored comedian and actor, Chris Farley was born as Christopher Farley in a middle class American household. His love for comedy stemmed from his childhood desire to amuse his parents and siblings with his clumsy and idiotic antics. He is most well-known for the series of different characters he portrayed on the television show ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC. Farley had first been cast on ‘Saturday Night live’ in 1990 with fellow comedian Chris Rock. He performed an ensemble of roles on the show winning the hearts of millions as he went about his comic buffoon acts. He became a significant member of a group of comedians including Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade - a group lovingly nicknamed ‘Bad Boys of SNL’. His biggest influence was John Belushi, one of the original cast members of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ show. In order to leverage his success as an SNL star cast, he entered movies doing small roles at first. He acted in about ten movies and appeared in several television shows in cameo appearances before his untimely death at the age of 33. An on-screen comedian, Farley was also known to have played pranks in real life.

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Childhood & Early Life

Chris Farley was born to Irish-Americans Thomas Farley Sr. and Mary Anne. His father owned an oil company while his mother was a housewife.

He attended the Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart among other Catholic schools.

He enrolled at Marquette University and graduated with a degree in communications and theater in 1986.

Career

The first job he did after the completion of his college degree was at the Scotch Oil Company where he worked with his father.

His professional stage career started at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theatre’s Ark improvisation troupe where he performed comedies with the theatre’s group.

Eventually, he got an opportunity to perform at Chicago’s Second City Theatre as part of their touring group. His goofy performances soon ensured that he got promoted to the main stage.

During a stage performance, he caught the eye of Lorne Michaels, the producer of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ show, who decided to cast the young man for the 1990-91 season of the show.

He made his television debut along with Chris Rock in the 1990-91 season of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ where he collaborated with other actors like Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade. They appeared together quite often, earning the name ‘Bad Boys of SNL’.

In the sketch ‘The Chris Farley Show’ from ‘Saturday Night Live’, he portrayed a parody of himself wherein he conducted meaningless interviews of various celebrities, often asking highly irrelevant questions.

As a performer on the ‘Saturday Night live’, he had personified several real-life celebrities like Rudy Giuliani, Norman Schwarzkopf, Roger Ebert, and Hank Williams. His contract with NBC ended in 1995.

He made his film debut in 1992 with the comedy ‘Wayne’s World’ in which he played the role of a security guard. The film was based on a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch by the same name.

In 1993, he starred in ‘Coneheads’, which was also based upon ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches. The movie got mostly negative reviews and did not do well.

The sequel to ‘Wayne’s World’, titled ‘Wayne's World 2’ was released in 1993. Farley played the character of Milton in the movie which found moderate success.

He portrayed Officer Wilson in the comedy film ‘Airheads’ which was released in 1994. The movie revolved around the adventures of a band of loser musicians. The film gained a cult following even though it did not do well at the box office.

In 1995, he acted in Lorne Michaels’s ‘Tommy Boy’ along with his friend David Spade. Farley played an emotionally immature man who embarks on a journey towards knowledge and maturity.

He again appeared with David Spade in ‘Black Sheep’ (1996), a comedy film revolving around the silly antics of a politician’s brother. Farley’s real life brothers also played small roles in the movie.

His 1997 movie ‘Beverly Hills Ninja’ revolves around the life of a white orphan boy found by a group of ninjas and raised by them. It was the last film to be released during his life time.

He played his last lead role in ‘Almost Heroes’, a 1998 adventure comedy that was released months after his death.

Major Works

He is mainly known for the ensemble of roles he portrayed in NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ show from 1990 till 1995. He appeared in 100 episodes of the show, performing a variety of parodies in several hilarious sketches.

His 1995 movie ‘Tommy Boy’ is one of his better known movies. The movie opened at No.1 in the U.S. and went on to become a commercial success.

Awards & Achievements

He received the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo in 1996 for his movie ‘Tommy Boy’ which he shared with David Spade.

He was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

Personal Life & Legacy

He led a very wild and undisciplined life. He regularly hired prostitutes and was notorious for his gluttony and heavy drinking problems. He also had a history of drug abuse.

He died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.

Trivia

Both he and his idol John Belushi died under eerily similar circumstances – an overdose of drugs at the age of 33.

Two of his brothers are also actors.

He had been in rehab many times due to his heavy drinking problems.

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Chris Farley awards

YearNameAward

MTV Movie & TV Awards

1996Best On-Screen DuoTommy Boy (1995)

Chris Farley biography timelines

  • // 15th Feb 1964
    Chris Farley was born to Irish-Americans Thomas Farley Sr. and Mary Anne. His father owned an oil company while his mother was a housewife.
  • // 1986
    He enrolled at Marquette University and graduated with a degree in communications and theater in 1986.
  • // 1990
    During a stage performance, he caught the eye of Lorne Michaels, the producer of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ show, who decided to cast the young man for the 1990-91 season of the show.
  • // 1990
    He made his television debut along with Chris Rock in the 1990-91 season of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ where he collaborated with other actors like Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade. They appeared together quite often, earning the name ‘Bad Boys of SNL’.
  • // 1990 To 1995
    He is mainly known for the ensemble of roles he portrayed in NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ show from 1990 till 1995. He appeared in 100 episodes of the show, performing a variety of parodies in several hilarious sketches.
  • // 1992
    He made his film debut in 1992 with the comedy ‘Wayne’s World’ in which he played the role of a security guard. The film was based on a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch by the same name.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he starred in ‘Coneheads’, which was also based upon ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches. The movie got mostly negative reviews and did not do well.
  • // 1993
    The sequel to ‘Wayne’s World’, titled ‘Wayne's World 2’ was released in 1993. Farley played the character of Milton in the movie which found moderate success.
  • // 1994
    He portrayed Officer Wilson in the comedy film ‘Airheads’ which was released in 1994. The movie revolved around the adventures of a band of loser musicians. The film gained a cult following even though it did not do well at the box office.
  • // 1995
    As a performer on the ‘Saturday Night live’, he had personified several real-life celebrities like Rudy Giuliani, Norman Schwarzkopf, Roger Ebert, and Hank Williams. His contract with NBC ended in 1995.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he acted in Lorne Michaels’s ‘Tommy Boy’ along with his friend David Spade. Farley played an emotionally immature man who embarks on a journey towards knowledge and maturity.
  • // 1995
    His 1995 movie ‘Tommy Boy’ is one of his better known movies. The movie opened at No.1 in the U.S. and went on to become a commercial success.
  • // 1996
    He again appeared with David Spade in ‘Black Sheep’ (1996), a comedy film revolving around the silly antics of a politician’s brother. Farley’s real life brothers also played small roles in the movie.
  • // 1996
    He received the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo in 1996 for his movie ‘Tommy Boy’ which he shared with David Spade.
  • // 1997
    His 1997 movie ‘Beverly Hills Ninja’ revolves around the life of a white orphan boy found by a group of ninjas and raised by them. It was the last film to be released during his life time.
  • // 1997
    He died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.
  • // 1998
    He played his last lead role in ‘Almost Heroes’, a 1998 adventure comedy that was released months after his death.
  • // 2005
    He was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

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Chris Farley's FAQ

  • What is Chris Farley birthday?

    Chris Farley was born at 1964-02-15

  • When was Chris Farley died?

    Chris Farley was died at 1997-12-18

  • Where was Chris Farley died?

    Chris Farley was died in Chicago

  • Which age was Chris Farley died?

    Chris Farley was died at age 33

  • Where is Chris Farley's birth place?

    Chris Farley was born in Madison

  • What is Chris Farley nationalities?

    Chris Farley's nationalities is American

  • Who is Chris Farley siblings?

    Chris Farley's siblings is Barbara, John, Kevin, Tom Jr.

  • What was Chris Farley universities?

    Chris Farley studied at Marquette University

  • What is Chris Farley's cause of dead?

    Chris Farley dead because of Drug Overdose

  • What is Chris Farley's religion?

    Chris Farley's religion is Roman Catholic

  • Who is Chris Farley's father?

    Chris Farley's father is M

  • Who is Chris Farley's mother?

    Chris Farley's mother is Mary Anne

  • What is Chris Farley's sun sign?

    Chris Farley is Aquarius