- After he saw Animal House, John Belushi became his idol.
- After college, and a stint working for his father in the family's oil company, joined the famed Second City comedy and improv troupe, where he first met SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels.
- Joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1990 after being discovered in a Chicago comedy club.
- Made his feature-film debut in 1992 as a security guard in Wayne's World.
- Did a memorable SNL-like impersonation of Newt Gingrich during a 1995 meeting of the House Republican Conference.
- Was originally cast to record the voice of the title role in the movie Shrek. His untimely death in 1997 forced producers to recast the role, which went to his SNL colleague Mike Myers.
- Was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 26, 2005.
- Tom Farley — Father
- Tom Farley — Brother
- Marianne Crosby — Mother
- John Farley — Brother
- Barbara Farley — Sister
- Kevin P. Farley — Brother
- Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (BA in Communications and Theatre, 1986)
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