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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 February 1964Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Date of Death 18 December 1997Chicago, Illinois, USA  (accidental opiate/cocaine intoxication and coronary atherosclerosis)
Birth NameChristopher Crosby Farley
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley 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. 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' weight 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 was released. He also makes cameo appearances in Dirty Work (1998)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jan Wilm (jancowilm@aol.com)

Trade Mark (5)

Incredible physicality despite his girth
Innovator of "anti-slapstick" comedy style; ie. man walks into doorframe, curses and screams in pain for long period of time.
Manic energy
Screaming many lines at the top of his lungs
Characters on SNL: Matt Foley, Todd O'Connor and Bennett Brauer

Trivia (24)

Interred at Resurrection Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Parents: Tom and Mary Anne Farley. Brother of John Farley and Kevin P. Farley.
Posed as Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill in April 1995 to help the House Republican leader celebrate his first 100 days.
Died from opiate and cocaine intoxication.
Graduated from Marquette University with a degree in communications.
Before his death, Farley maintained that, as a dramatic role, he wished to star in a film biography of silent comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
Chris was an alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic improvisation troupe. Fellow members include the Jon Favreau, Ian Gomez, Pat Finn, Tim Meadows, Rachel Dratch, Vince Vaughn, Mike Myers, Ossie Beck, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Adam McKay.
David Spade introduced a tribute to him on Saturday Night Live 25 (1999).
Had a year left on his contract with Saturday Night Live (1975) but was let go in the process of the show's rapid cast change during 1995.
In all his film vehicles, his brother Kevin P. Farley was used as an extra.
Credited for performing many of his own stunts.
Was originally cast as Shrek in Shrek (2001) and even recorded the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) performer, Mike Myers.
He was said to have idolized John Belushi. 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) 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.
Was the first choice for Jim Carrey's role in The Cable Guy (1996), but scheduling conflicts forced him to miss out on doing the film.
At the time of his death, he lived in the John Hancock building in Chicago. His next-door neighbor was TV and radio host Jerry Springer.
According to the medical examiner, at his death Farley was 5'8" and 296 lb.
In August, 2005, he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of the improv Olympic West theater, where he used to perform.
He was surprisingly athletic for his size, playing football in high school and rugby during college.
Was planning to do a third movie with David Spade at the time of his death.
Was good friends with Chris Rock. Was best friends with David Spade.
He was of seven eighths Irish and one eighth Scottish ancestry.
Release of the book, "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts" by his brother, Tom Farley Jr., with Tanner Colby.
Adam Sandler revealed in 2010 during an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) that him and Farley were fired from Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1995.
Farley only starred in 4 movies throughout his career: "Tommy Boy" (1995), "Black Sheep" (1996), "Beverly Hills Ninja" (1997), and "Almost Heroes" (1998). His other film appearances were merely supporting roles.

Personal Quotes (10)

Basically, I only play one character; I just play him at different volumes.
Everyone is treating it like a Hollywood story. In Madison, it's a neighborhood story.
People... need a time to laugh. It's up to us to bonk ourselves on the head and slip on a banana peel so the average guy can say, 'I may be bad, honey, but I'm not as much of an idiot as that guy on the screen.'
Once I thought that if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be all right. But I'm a human being like everyone else. I'm not exempt.
In the land of the skunks he who has half a nose is king.
The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer.
I was in the Pritikin Center in Santa Monica once, trying to lose 30 or 40 pounds in a month. I'd work... on a treadmill and with the weights, but it was driving me nuts. So I escaped. Tom Arnold picked me up and we went to Le Dome and had tons of desserts.
I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn't apply. But they do. It's still life on life's terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.
I have a tendency toward the pleasures of the flesh. It's a battle for me, as far as weight and things like that. But I'm curbing them because I want to continue to do comedy, and the two don't mix. So I try to fight those demons.
I want to live fast and die young.

Salary (3)

Tommy Boy (1995) $2,000,000
Black Sheep (1996) $6,000,000
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) $6,000,000

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