The amazing American comic star Chris Farley is not so easy to forget. Despite his passing, the comedian’s legacy lives on in the hearts of his fans and loved ones. Not only was he a comedian, but Chris was also a prolific actor and dubbing artist; best known for his roles in films like “Beverly Hills Ninja”, “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep”.
Chris gained great popularity through his numerous appearances on the NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live. The great Hollywood man lived a very complicated life, which was shortened by his drug addiction. Read on as we take you on a journey through his life, career, fortune, family, and other facts.
Brief Bio of Chris Farley
The high-energy comic star was born as Christopher Crosby Farley on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. He was one of five children of Thomas Farley Sr. and his wife Mary Farley. Chris grew up in Maple Bluff and graduated from Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart. He then enrolled at Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and communication. While studying at the university, Chris discovered his talent in comedy.
Soon after leaving university, Chris Farley made his first comedy appearances at the Ark Improv Theatre in Madison and the Olympic Theatre in Chicago. As part of the Second City Troupe, Chris Farley performed regularly for a while at the Second City Theatre in Chicago before being promoted to the main stage. In 1989 he was a cast member of comedy shows, including Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama, and The Gods Must Be Crazy, among others.
In 1990 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live alongside Chris Rock, David Spade, Adam Schneider, and Adam Sandler. The comedian also debuted as an actor when he appeared as a security guard in the American comedy Wayne’s World in 1992. The film also featured well-known actors such as Dana Carvey and Wayne Campbell. He then played Ronnie the Mechanic in Coneheads. Farley also appeared in Airheads and Billy Madison.
His breakthrough came in 1995 when he played the role of Thomas in the comedy Tommy Boy alongside David Spade. Their impressive performance in the film earned them an MTV Movie Award for Best Duo on Screen. He has also starred in other films, including Beverly Hills Ninja, Almost Heroes, and Dirty Work.
His Net Worth
The talented actor had several unfinished projects before his death; nevertheless, he also achieved a lot. Chris starred in several films and recorded several awards on his behalf. He lived a wasteful lifestyle and had a fortune of $5 million. He earned his fortune through his comedy shows, acting career, and other ventures.
Family: Brother and Girlfriend
The comic star came from a middle-class American family, his father John owned an oil company called Scotch Oil Company based in Madison. His mother, however, worked as a housewife. His father died in 1999.
Just like Farley, his brothers Kevin and John are also successful in the entertainment business. John established himself as an actor cum comedian, while Kevin is a well-known dancer, singer, comedian, and production designer. Kevin starred in the Saturday Night Live Show and has also appeared in other television shows and films, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rules of Engagement.
In contrast to his successful comedy career, Farley was not as successful in his love life. The comedy star had numerous appearances with so many ladies, yet he was never married. One of his numerous girlfriends was Erin Maroney, who was Lorne Michael’s assistant. She later became one of the writers for the Saturday Night Live show. Chris also had a relationship with the American actress and writer Karen Duff in 1993. However, there is not much information about his relationship with Karen and Erin.
Death and Cause of Death
Chris Farley was known for his ability to make people laugh and forget their problems. While he was busy doing what he did best, the comedian was also struggling with his own personal problems. Chris became addicted to drugs and alcohol from the beginning of his career; he was reportedly suspended from the Saturday Night Live Show cast several times. He also went to rehab many times, but this did not help his situation.
In 1997, the comic star began to experience a deterioration in his health, which raised several eyebrows among his millions of fans. His last guest appearance was at the Saturday Night Live Show on October 25, 1997, shortly after which Chris was found dead in his Chicago apartment by his brother Kevin Farley. He is said to have died of an overdose of cocaine and morphine. His funeral was held at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Peace in Madison, Wisconsin, and his body was buried in the Cemetery of Resurrection.
His Height and Weight
Chris was very tall and chubby; he also had an impeccable personality. He stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 296 pounds at the time of his death. In addition, the comedian’s hair was light brown while his eyes were blue. His body measurements (chest, waist, biceps) are not available.