Above, Chris Farley in blue and white jacket and green tie.
Chris Farley - Comedian/actor; was born Christopher Crosby Farley on February 15, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin. Best known for being a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Life (between 1990 and 1995) and for the movies, Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
Growing up in Maple Bluff (a village on the east side of Madison on the shore of Lake Mendota) in a Roman Catholic family of Irish and Scottish descent, Farley attended Catholic schools in his hometown, including Edgewood High School. Many of his summers were spent as a camper and counselor at Red Arrow Camp, near Minocqua, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University (a private, coeducational Catholic university located in Milwaukee.) in 1986, with a concentration in communications and theater. At Marquette, he played rugby and discovered a love for comedy.
After college, he worked with his father, Tom Farley, 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 performed at Chicago's Second City Theatre, initially as part of Second City's touring group.
Along with Chris Rock, Farley was one of two new Saturday Night Live cast members announced in the spring of 1990. On SNL, Farley frequently collaborated with fellow cast members Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, among others. This group came to be known as the "Bad Boys of SNL."
During his time on SNL, Farley appeared in the comedy films Wayne's World, Coneheads, Airheads, and uncredited in Billy Madison. He also appeared in the Red Hot Chili Peppers music video for "Soul to Squeeze", which was a song featured on the Coneheads soundtrack.
After Farley and most of his fellow cast members were released from their contracts at Saturday Night Live following the 1994–1995 season, Farley began focusing on his film career. His first two major films co starred his fellow SNL colleague and close friend David Spade. Together, the duo made the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
Farley had a tragic, early death at the age of 33 in 1997.
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Above: Chris Farley as motivational speaker, Matt Foley: Van Down By The River - SNL
Above: Best of Chris Farley (Tommy Boy and Black Sheep)
Above: Chris Farley on the Conan Show (October 18, 1993) with Elisabeth Shue, Cracker.
Above: Top 10 Chris Farley Moments.
Above: Chris Farley brings the LOVE - PT.1