Chris Farley

Actor, Comedian, Oil company employee
Much like his idol, the late John Belushi, portly comedian Chris Farley hid his dangerous insecurity behind a faade of sophomoric humor. Comically gifted, Farley first made a name for himself in the early 1990s as a ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Hollywood Scandals 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Saturday Night Live 1991 - 1995, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Heroes 1998 (Movie)

Bartholomew Hunt (Actor)

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Beverly Hills Ninja 1997 (Movie)

Haru (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Sheep 1996 (Movie)

Mike Donnelly (Actor)

Tommy Boy 1995 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Milton (Actor)

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Physical Effects (1)

Beverly Hills Ninja 1997 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Biography

Much like his idol, the late John Belushi, portly comedian Chris Farley hid his dangerous insecurity behind a façade of sophomoric humor. Comically gifted, Farley first made a name for himself in the early 1990s as a corpulent clown on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where he established himself alongside compatriots David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider as the so-called "Bad Boys of SNL." On the eternal late-night sketch show, Farley created such larger-than-life characters as over-the-top motivational speaker Matt Foley, a Chicago "Da Bears" Superfan, a Chippendale's dancer, and himself as talk show host whose nervousness with guests often devolved into asking simple-minded questions. Outrageously uninhibited, Farley's willingness to stretch the boundaries of physical comedy left audiences both laughing and wincing at the same time. As with many popular "SNL" players, Farley segued to movies with cameos as a bouncer in "Wayne's World" (1992) and as Ronnie the Mechanic in "Coneheads" (1993). He made his feature debut in the financially successful comedy "Tommy Boy" (1995), though the critics maligned his next effort, "Black Sheep" (1996) - both of which co-starred his best friend off-screen, David Spade. Sadly, Farley's demons caught up with him, as he succumbed to a drug overdose in December 1997, leaving behind a vast chasm of unfulfilled promise and a legion of bereft fans and friends.

Relationships

John Farley Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 29, 1968

Tom Farley

Father
Owned oil company

Kevin Farley Actor

Brother
Born June 8, 1965

Mary Farley

Mother

Tom Farley

Brother

Barbara Farley

Sister

EDUCATION

Marquette University

Milwaukee , Wisconsin 1986
performed with the Ark Improvisational Theater while in college

also studied with improvisation teacher Del Close, who had worked with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray

Marquette University

Milwaukee , Wisconsin 1986
performed with the Ark Improvisational Theater while in college

Edgewood High School

Madison , Wisconsin
was on the wrestling and football teams

Milestones

2005

Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)

1998

Final film appearance, "Almost Heroes"

1996

Cast as a well-meaning but incompetent brother of a gubernatorial candidate (Tim Matheson) in "Black Sheep"

1995

First leading role in a feature, "Tommy Boy"

1993

Had a small but memorable role as Ronnie the Mechanic in "Coneheads" the movie

1992

Feature acting debut, a small role in the comedy, "Wayne's World"

1991

Earliest non "SNL" TV credit include an appearance on the comedy-variety tribute special, "A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan"

1990

Joined the cast of the long-running NBC variety show, "Saturday Night Live" (left show in 1995)

Was a founding member of a theater group, Animal Crackers

Joined the Second City National Touring Company after graduating from college; was brought to the Main Stage at Second City by acting/improv teacher Del Close

Raised in Madison, WI

Was performing at the Second City Theater in Chicago when he was invited to audition for Lorne Michaels, producer of "Saturday Night Live"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with TV and film production coordinator Chris Farley.

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"I remember going to see 'Animal House' with my dad and hearing him roar with laughter every time John Belushi came onscreen. I thought that was great, to have somebody make my dad laugh uncontrollably. I wanted to do that. I wanted to be like him."---Chris Farley, quoted in Fall 1994.

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