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About Chris

Christopher Crosby Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin on February 15, 1964. He attended Madison's Edgewood High School and graduated from Marquette University in 1986 with a degree in communications and theatre.

Chris' earliest performances were with the Ark Improv Theatre and Improv Olympic Theatre in Madison. In the late '80s, he began performing with Chicago's Second City Theatre improvisational comedy troupe, developing his exuberant characterizations and comedic physical style. It was there that Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live, first saw him.

Chris joined Saturday Night Live in 1990, becoming an integral part of a cast that included Al Franken, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and David Spade. Chris played outrageous characters with big hearts. Among his best known were motivational speaker Matt Foley; Chris Farley, host of "The Chris Farley Show;" an auditioning Chippendales dancer, one of the "GAP girls, and an overzealous Chicago Bears football fan ("Da Bears!").


Chris left Saturday Night Live in 1995 to devote more time to his film career. His movies included small roles in Wayne's World, Coneheads, Airheads, Billy Madison, and Wayne's World 2. He starred in Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and Beverly Hills Ninja. His final film was Almost Heroes.

Chris Farley died on December 18, 1997 at the age of 33.