The amazing American comic star Chris Farley can’t easily be forgotten. Despite his demise, the legacy of the comedian has continued to live in the hearts of his fans and loved ones. He wasn’t just a comedian, Chris was also a prolific actor and voice actor; best known for his roles in films such as Beverly Hills Ninja, Tommy Boy, and Black Sheep.
Chris garnered wide popularity through his numerous stints in the NBC comedy show titled Saturday Night Live. The Hollywood big man lived a very complicated life which was cut short by his addiction to drugs. Read on, as we take you on a journey through his life, career, net worth, family and other facts below.
Brief Bio of Chris Farley
The highly energetic comic star was born as Christopher Crosby Farley on the 15th day of February 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. He was one of five children born to Thomas Farley Sr. and his wife Mary Farley. Growing up in Maple Bluff, Chris graduated from Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart. After that, he enrolled at the Marquette University where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in theatre and communications. While he was in the university, Chris discovered his talent in comedy.
Soon after he left the university, Chris Farley made his first stint in comedy at the Ark Improv Theatre situated in Madison as well as the Olympic Theatre at Chicago. Being part of the Second City Troupe, Chris featured regularly at the Chicago’s Second City Theatre for a while before he got a promotion to the Mainstage. 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 the Saturday Night Live alongside Chris Rock, David Spade, Adam Schneider, and Adam Sandler. The group was then regarded as the ‘Bad Boys of SNL.’ The comedian also made his acting debut when he starred as a security guard in the 1992 American comedy titled Wayne’s World. The film also starred popular actors such as Dana Carvey and Wayne Campbell. He went on to portray Ronnie the Mechanic in Coneheads. Farley also appeared in Airheads and Billy Madison.
Chris Farley got his breakthrough in 1995 when he portrayed the role of Thomas in the comedy film titled Tommy Boy alongside David Spade. Their impressive performance in the movie earned them an MTV Movie Awards for On-Screen Best Duo. He also starred in other movies such as Beverly Hills Ninja, Almost Heroes, and Dirty Work, among others.
His Net Worth
The talented actor had several unfinished projects before his death; nevertheless, he also achieved a lot. Chris featured in several films and recorded several awards in his name. He lived a lavish lifestyle with his net worth penned at $5 million. He earned his net worth from his comedy shows as well as his acting career and other endeavors.
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 situated in Madison. His mother, on the other hand, worked as a homemaker. His father passed on in 1999.
Just like Farley, his brothers Kevin and John are also successful in the entertainment biz. 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 he has equally appeared in other TV shows and movies including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rules of Engagement.
Contrariwise to his successful comedy career, Farley was not so successful in his love life. The comic star had numerous stints with so many ladies; nevertheless, 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. Also, Chris had a relationship with the American actress and writer named Karen Duff in 1993. However, there is no much information with regards to his relationship with Karen and Erin.
Death and Cause of Death
Chris Farley was well-known for his ability to make people laugh and forget their problems. While he was busy doing what he knows how to do best; the comedian also had his own personal problems to deal with at the same time. Chris became addicted to drugs and alcohol right from the inception of his career; he was reportedly suspended from the cast of the Saturday Night Live Show on several occasions. He also went into rehab many times yet it didn’t help his situation.
In 1997, the comic star started experiencing a decline in his health which raised several eyebrows on the part of his millions of fans. He further made his final guest appearance on the Saturday Night Live Show on the 25th of October 1997. Shortly after that, Chris was found dead at his apartment in Chicago by his brother Kevin Farley. He was said to have died following an overdose of cocaine and morphine. His funeral was held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Madison, Wisconsin and his body was laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery.
His Height and Weight
Chris was very tall and chubby; he also had an impeccable personality. He stood at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) and weighed 296 pounds at the time of his death. In addition to that, the comedian’s hair was light brown while his eyes were blue in color. His body measurements (chest-waist-biceps) are not available.