Christopher Crosby Farley was an American
actor and comedian, best known as one of the cast members
of the popular Saturday Night Live television series.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Farley got his start
with Chicago's Second City comedy group. Soon, Farley
was discovered by Lorne Michaels, producer of NBC's
Saturday Night Live. Michaels hired Farley to join
the cast and he immediately became one of the most
popular cast members during the 1991 to 1995 seasons.
Appearing on Saturday Night Live was a dream come
true for Farley, who idolized comedian and former cast
member, John Belushi. Some of his most memorable characters
were Matt Foley, Bennett Brauer, Barney (with Patrick
Swayze in the Chippendale sketch), Todd O'Connor (in
Bill Swerski's Superfans), Drinking Buddy (in Mike
Myers'Middle Aged Man skit) and himself in The Chris
Farley left the show in 1995 and made several movies
with fellow former SNL cast member David Spade. The
two starred in 1995's Tommy Boy and 1996's Black Sheep.
Farley also made appearances in other films, such as
Coneheads in 1993, Wayne's World 2 in 1993, Adam Sandler's
Billy Madison in 1995, Beverly Hills Ninja in 1997,
Almost Heroes with Matthew Perry in 1998, and Norm
MacDonald's Dirty Work in 1998.
Farley won widespread acclaim not only as a great
physical comedian but also as a fine comic actor. He
was especially praised for a moving scene in Tommy
Boy where he talked about his father.
Farley, who had struggled with obesity, alcohol,
and drug addiction for years, was found dead in his
Chicago apartment on December 18, 1997. An autopsy
revealed that Farley had died of an accidental overdose
of cocaine and heroin, with coronary arteriosclerosis
being a contributing factor.
It should also be mentioned that he was 33 years
old at his death, the same age John Belushi was when
he died 15 years before. David Spade, dealing with
a memory of another close friend dying, didn't come
to Farley's funeral.