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"Basically, I only play one character; I just play him at different volumes."

Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 — December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor famous for starring on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1995. He, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider, were known as "the Bad Boys of SNL," known for bringing in a new era of raunchy, shocking humor to the show (which, at first, was refreshing, but soon plunged the show into Seasonal Rot in the mid-1990s and was one of the reasons why critics in the early to mid-1990s trashed SNL for being juvenile and sophomoric).

Some of his most famous sketches included "The Chris Farley Show", where he'd nervously interview the guest hosts and/or musical guests, the "Zagat's Guide" sketches in which he and Sandler played wife and husband respectively, the "Coffee Commercial" sketch in which he plays a short-tempered customer, and the "Chippendales" sketch in which he danced shirtless with guest host Patrick Swayze. His characters on SNL included Todd Connor of the Superfans, Bennett Brauer, one of the "Gap Girls" and, most notably, the homeless, clumsy motivational speaker Matt Foleynote . His celebrity impressions included Newt Gingrich, Meat Loaf, Roger Ebert, Hank Williams Jr., Tom Arnold, Lori Davis, John Madden, and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (notable because the first time he played Schwarzkopf was the last time Dennis Miller was a Weekend Update anchor).


Farley appeared in a number of movies, which included Wayne's World, Wayne's World 2 (as a different character), Coneheads, Airheads and Billy Madison. After he left SNL, he would star in such films as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep (1996), both of which starred him with Spade, Beverly Hills Ninja and Almost Heroes.

Sadly, he suffered from drug addictions and obesity throughout his career. He died tragically of a drug overdose in 1997 at age 33, eerily the same age and under similar circumstances as another SNL alum, John Belushi, who Farley was said to have idolized.

Farley's last film, Dirty Work, was released after his death, and also dedicated to him.

His brothers Tom, John, and Kevin continue to make cameo appearances in Happy Madison Productions films. A documentary featuring several of his castmates, family members and close friends, I Am Chris Farley, was released in 2015, while Adam Sandler released a tribute song for him, simply titled "Farley," in 2018.


Film credits:

You're gonna be tropin'... in... a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!:

  • Big Fun: Often played into his size for comedy. "Fat guy in a little coat...!"
  • Catchphrase:
    • His most famous one was Matt Foley's "I am 35 years old, I am thrice divorced, and I live in a VAN down by the RIVER!"
    • Another from "The Chris Farley Show": "That was awesome, man."
  • Corpsing: Farley was a master at causing his SNL castmates, especially his best friends David Spade and Adam Sandler, to crack up during sketches. He would frequently catch everyone off guard by changing his line deliveries or character actions during the live performance or crossing his eyes whenever he knew the cameras and audience couldn't see it.
  • Face Fault: One of Farley's specialties. In an interview, Norm Macdonald recalls how Chris Farley once demonstrated to other Saturday Night Live cast members how he could fall face-first onto the ground without involuntarily extending his arms to catch himself. None of the other cast members were able to mimic this feat.
  • Fan Disservice: His infamous "Chippendales" skit with Patrick Swayze. His fellow SNL cast members praised his confidence to appear shirtless on-camera looking the way he did.
  • Fat and Skinny: Chris Farley and David Spade were often praised for their great comedic chemistry with each other in their films and SNL skits. It was common for Chris Farley to play a clumsy, but lovable idiot while David Spade would play a snarky and sarcastic little man.
  • He Also Did: Starred in the music video for Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Soul To Squeeze" (off the soundtrack to Coneheads, which he also starred in) as a truck driver.