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Chris Farley Biography

Birth Name:
Christopher Crosby Farley
Birth Place:
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • 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