|Birth Name:||Christopher Crosby Farley|
|Birth Date:||February 15, 1964|
|Birth Place:||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Death Place:||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Active:||1990 - 1997|
Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley (February 15, 1964 — December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor. He was a member at Chicago's Second City Theatre and later went on to the cast of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He starred in a string of successful comedic films in the 1990s before his death of a drug overdose in late 1997.
Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His family consists of three brothers (Tom Farley, Jr., actors Kevin and John), his sister, Barbara, and his parents, Mary Anne, a homemaker, and Thomas, Sr., who owned a paving company.  . According to Joel Murray, a fellow Second City cast member Chris, who was from an Irish Catholic family, would "always make it to Mass".
Farley graduated from Edgewood High School where he played football. He also attended La Lumiere School, in Indiana, for one semester in his junior year, after a brief suspension for misbehavior. He then went on to graduate from Marquette University, in 1986, with a concentration in communications and theater. Many of his summers were spent as a camper and as a counselor at Red Arrow Camp, outside of Minocqua, Wisconsin. After Marquette, he worked with his father at the Scotch Oil Company, in Madison. Farley got his start in professional comedy at the Ark Improv Theatre, in Madison, and at the Improv Olympic theater, in Chicago. He then went on to perform at Chicago's Second City Theatre. He was initially part of Second City's touring group, but was eventually promoted to their main stage. While working at Second City, he was discovered by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.
Along with Chris Rock, Farley was one of two new SNL (Saturday Night Live) cast members announced in the spring of 1990.  On the show, Farley frequently collaborated with fellow cast members David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Rob Schneider, among others. This group came to be known as the "Bad Boys of SNL." Popular characters performed by Farley included himself on "The Chris Farley Show" (a talk show in which Farley would often "interview" the guest, get very nervous and ask very simple-minded or irrelevant questions such as what their favorite sock brand was), an over-the-top motivational speaker named "Matt Foley" (who constantly reminded other characters that he lived in "a van down by the river"), Todd O'Connor of Bill Swerski's Superfans (a group of stereotypical Chicagoans who constantly yell out "da Bears!") , a Chippendale's dancer (in a famous skit that paired him with guest host Patrick Swayze) , one of the "Gap Girls" (who hung out together at a local mall), a stereotypical lunch lady (to the theme of Lunchlady Land performed by Adam Sandler) and Bennett Brauer (a Weekend Update commentator who would often divulge his personal and hygienic problems via air quotes). Some of these characters were brought to SNL from his days at Second City. Farley also performed impersonations of Tom Arnold (who gave the eulogy at his funeral), Andrew Giuliani, Jerry Garcia, Meat Loaf, Norman Schwarzkopf, Dom DeLuise, Roger Ebert, Carnie Wilson, Newt Gingrich, and Rush Limbaugh.
Off-screen, Farley was well-known for his pranks in the offices of Saturday Night Live. A March 13, 1995, New York magazine article references Farley and Adam Sandler making late-night prank phone calls from the SNL offices in Rockefeller Center, with Sandler speaking in an old woman's voice and Farley then farting into the phone, as well as Farley mooning cars from a limousine.  Live From New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live also mentions an incident where Farley defecated out an open window onto the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, many stories below.
Farley started his film career making cameo appearances in several comedy films, including Wayne's World in 1992, Coneheads in 1993, Wayne's World 2 in 1993, Airheads in 1994 and Adam Sandler's Billy Madison in 1995.
After Farley and most of his fellow cast members were released from their contracts at Saturday Night Live following the 1994-1995 season, Farley focused on his film career. His first two major films co-starred fellow SNL cast member and close friend David Spade. Together, the duo made the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep in consecutive years 1995 and 1996. These two films were a success at the domestic box office, earning around $32 million each and gaining a large cult following on home video.  These films established Farley as a relatively bankable star and he was given the sole leading role in 1997's Beverly Hills Ninja, which finished in first place at the box office on its opening weekend. However, drug and alcohol problems began interfering with his work and production of his final film, Almost Heroes, was held up several times so Farley could attend rehab. After his sudden death in December 1997, his last completed films, Almost Heroes and Dirty Work, were released posthumously, and paid tribute to him.
Farley had recorded vocals for the title character in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek, but his death necessitated that the role be recast. He was replaced by his former SNL castmate Mike Myers. At the time of his death, Farley had also been in talks to co-star with Vince Vaughn in the film The Gelfin and also to star in a biopic film about Fatty Arbuckle. 
In early 1997, a decline in Farley's health was frequently noted in the press. Following his guest appearance on SNL for the last time on October 25, 1997, his hoarse voice and apparent perspiration were the subject of public scrutiny.  In the years before his death, Farley had attempted to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse on seventeen separate occasions, as well as numerous visits to weight reduction treatment centers.
On December 18, 1997, his younger brother John found Farley dead in his apartment on the sixtieth floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago.  An autopsy later revealed that Farley had overdosed on a combination of cocaine and heroin (a speedball)  with advanced atherosclerosis (a severe narrowing of his coronary arteries) cited as a "significant contributing factor" in his death. Farley's death was similar to the death of John Belushi, a comedian and actor who, like Farley, starred in Saturday Night Live. Both died at age 33 of a drug overdose.
At the time of his death, it was reported that there were no illegal drugs found in the apartment, only prescription pain killers.In the 2008 official biography,The Chris Farley Show: A Biography In Three Acts, it stated that there were actually several bags of cocaine found in the apartment.
Farley's funeral was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 23, 1997. He was buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, also located in Madison, Wisconsin. Over five hundred people attended his funeral, and many of these were actors who worked with Farley in the past such as Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, George Wendt, Norm Macdonald, Rob Schneider, Aiden Clark, Chris Rock, Tom Arnold, and his wife. Notably absent was former SNL castmate and frequent film co-star David Spade. Spade was later quoted as saying that he did not attend Farley's funeral because he "could not be in a room where Chris was in a box." However, Spade did appear on the special 25th Anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live to call for a moment of remembrance for Farley.
On August 26, 2005, he was awarded the 2,289th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of Improv Olympic West. In Adam Sandler's 2000 film Little Nicky, Little Nicky's mother, an angel played by Reese Witherspoon, is mentioned at the end of the film to be dating her new fitness instructor in Heaven, who turns out to be Chris Farley.
In his book Gasping for Airtime, former castmember Jay Mohr recalled a surreal moment involving Farley and fellow castmember Phil Hartman. In the SNL cast's goodbye song-and-dance performance to Hartman, the final scene featured Farley (in his Matt Foley costume) and Hartman embracing each other as the latter sang "Goodbye" to the camera. They died within five months of each other. This can be seen on the "Best of Chris Farley" SNL special.
|1990-1995||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||TV, 100 episodes|
|rowspan=2||1992||Wayne's World||Security guard|
|The Jackie Thomas Show||Chris Thomas||TV, 1 episode|
|rowspan=3||1993||Roseanne||Man in Clothing Store||TV, 1 episode|
|Coneheads||Ronnie the Mechanic|
|Wayne's World 2||Milton|
|rowspan=2||1994||Tom||Chris||TV, 1 episode|
|rowspan=2||1995||Billy Madison||Bus Driver||Uncredited|
|Tommy Boy||Thomas "Tommy" Callahan III|
|1996||Black Sheep||Mike Donnelly|
|rowspan=2||1997||All That||The Chicago Ketchup Chef||TV, 1 episode|
|Beverly Hills Ninja||Haru|
|rowspan=2||1998||Almost Heroes||Bartholomew Hunt||Released posthumously|
|Dirty Work||Jimmy||Uncredited, released posthumously|
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series|
|rowspan=2||1996||Nominated||rowspan=3||MTV Movie Awards||Best Comedic Performance||Black Sheep|
|Won||Best On-Screen Duo||Tommy Boy (Shared with David Spade)|
|1997||Nominated||Best Comedic Performance||Beverly Hills Ninja|