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.
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!").
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.