Christopher Crosby Farley was born on the 15th February 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin USA of Irish and Scottish ancestry, and passed away from cocaine intoxication on the 18th December 1997 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 33. He was best known as an American actor and comedian who appeared on the Saturday Night Live show, and in films such as “Tommy Boy” and “Beverly Hills Ninja”. He was also recognized as a stunt performer. Her career was active from 1975 to 1997.
Have you ever wondered how rich Chris Farley was? It is estimated that the overall size of Chris Farley’s net worth was $5 million, earned through his successful career as a comedian and actor.
Chris Farley Net Worth $5 Million
Chris Farley was the middle child of five – his father Thomas and mother Mary Anne owned an oil company. His brothers are actors – John Farley and Kevin P. Farley. After attending the Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, he studied Communications and Theatre at the Marquette University, from which he graduated with a BA degree. His first earnings came from his work in the family’s oil company. Side by side with working there, he became a member of the Ark Improve theater group, and performed live with them. Soon he moved to Chicago, where he joined the Improv Olympic Theater. Step by step he developed his acting skills and became a member of the cast of the Second City Theater, where he was discovered in 1990 by Lorne Michaels, the producer of the TV show entitled “Saturday Night Live”. Chris Immediately joined the “SNL” cast together with Chris Rock, and in the future years, Farley, Rock and other stars including David Spade and Rob Schneider formed a sketch group called “The Bad Boys Of SNL”, which contributed steadily to his net worth.
Side by side with working on “SNL”, Chris` acting career began to develop, as he was featured in numerous TV series and films. In 1992, Farley appeared in the film “Wayne`s World”, which featured Mike Myers in the lead role, and the same year he was cast in an episode of “The Jackie Thomas Show”. 1993 was also quite beneficial for him, as he appeared in films “Wayne`s World 2” as Milton, and “Coneheads”, increasing his net worth.
To speak further of his activities in the entertainment industry apart from the “SNL”, in 1994, Chris was featured in the film “Airheads”, assuming the role of Officer Wilson. The next year, Chris earned his first lead role in the film “Tommy Boy”, portraying Tommy, a dimwitted and immature heir of an auto parts company, and in 1996 he was cast in the film “Black Sheep”, as Mike Donnelly. His net worth was rising.
Then in 1997, Chris appeared as Haru in the film “Beverly Hills` Ninja”, which would become his most recognized role in his shortlived career. Before his death, his net worth increased a bit more, as he earned roles in the films “Almost Heroes” (1998), and “Dirty Work” (1998), which was his last film.
During his career, Chris won the Best On-Screen Duo award with his friend and colleague David Spade, for their work in the film “Tommy Boy”, and he was rewarded posthumously with a Star on the Hollywood Boulevard in 2005.
Regarding his personal life little was known in the media about Chris Farley. Obviously, he was one devoted actor and comedian, who unfortunately fell under the influence of drugs, which complicated a heart disease.
Chris Farley passed away on December 18, 1997, two months away from what would have been his 34th birthday on February 15, 1998.
As told by comedian Norm MacDonald in an interview on the Howard Stern radio show, Farley named his SNL character Matt Foley after a priest named Matt Foley back home where, Norm said he learned at Farley's funeral, Farley lead a secret life helping in the soup kitchen and other things for the church.
He was originally meant to play Kevin James' role in Grown Ups (2010), as the script was originally written in the early 1990s.
Dav Pilkey, author of the children's book series Captain Underpants, had wanted Farley to play the title role in a potential television series based on the books, but discarded the idea after Farley's death.
Farley had also been in talks for the lead in an adaptation of the novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Farley even expressed interest in portraying Atuk in an adaptation of the novel The Incomparable Atuk. Both of these shelved projects, along with a Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle biopic, have been alleged to be cursed as Farley, John Belushi, and John Candy were each attached to all three roles, and all three died before any of the films entered production.
He was so disappointed in Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) that he cried on his agent's shoulder after the first screening. He told his agent that he never wanted to do such a film again. Farley's stance was justified as it arguably attributed to the exploitation of his manic, physical humor by dumbing it down and playing it out to an almost tiring and foolish degree.
At the time of his death, Farley had also been in talks to co star with Vince Vaughn in the film The Gelfin, which was never made.
Off-screen, Farley was well known for his pranks in the offices of Saturday Night Live (1975). This would refer to Farley and Adam Sandler making late-night prank phone calls from the SNL offices in Rockefeller Center, with Sandler speaking in an old woman's voice and Farley farting into the phone and mooning cars from a limousine. He was also known to frequently get naked and do various stunts for laughs. Chris Rock once claimed that he probably saw Farley's private parts more than Farley's girlfriend did.
He was planning on starring in a biopic about Hermann Goering.
He was slated for a voice role in Dinosaur (2000) as a young male brachiosaurus named Sorbus who, despite his gigantic nature, was frightened of heights. After his death, the character was rewritten as Baylene, an elderly female Brachiosaurus played by stage actress Joan Plowright.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 26, 2005. The star is located in front of the improve Olympic West theater, where he used to perform.
He was of seven-eighths Irish and one-eighth Scottish ancestry.
Was planning to do a third movie with David Spade at the time of his death.
He was surprisingly athletic for his size, playing football in high school and rugby during college.
In August, 2005, he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of the improv Olympic West theater, where he used to perform.
According to the medical examiner, at his death Farley was 5'8" and 296 lb.
At the time of his death, he lived in the John Hancock building in Chicago. His next-door neighbor was TV and radio host Jerry Springer.
Was the first choice for Jim Carrey's role in The Cable Guy (1996), but scheduling conflicts forced him to miss out on doing the film.
He was said to have idolized John Belushi. His life story bears a striking similarity to that of Belushi: both Farley and Belushi were regulars at The Second City in Chicago, both then went on to become cast members on Saturday Night Live (1975) and then later do feature films, both had obesity problems, both had a reputation for having an out-of-control lifestyle, and both died from drug overdoses at the age of thirty-three.
Was originally cast as Shrek in Shrek (2001) and even recorded the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) performer, Mike Myers.
Credited for performing many of his own stunts.
In all his film vehicles, his brother Kevin P. Farley was used as an extra.
Had a year left on his contract with Saturday Night Live (1975) but was let go in the process of the show's rapid cast change during 1995.
Blonde hair, usually styled in a messy or uneven way.
Characters on SNL: Matt Foley, Todd O'Connor and Bennett Brauer
Screaming many lines at the top of his lungs
Innovator of "anti-slapstick" comedy style; ie. man walks into doorframe, curses and screams in pain for long period of time.
Incredible physicality despite his girth
I want to live fast and die young.
I have a tendency toward the pleasures of the flesh. It's a battle for me, as far as weight and things like that. But I'm curbing them because I want to continue to do comedy, and the two don't mix. So I try to fight those demons.
I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn't apply. But they do. It's still life on life's terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.
I was in the Pritikin Center in Santa Monica once, trying to lose 30 or 40 pounds in a month. I'd work... on a treadmill and with the weights, but it was driving me nuts. So I escaped. Tom Arnold picked me up and we went to Le Dome and had tons of desserts.
The point is, how do you know the Guarantee Fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer.
In the land of the skunks he who has half a nose is king.
Once I thought that if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be all right. But I'm a human being like everyone else. I'm not exempt.
People... need a time to laugh. It's up to us to bonk ourselves on the head and slip on a banana peel so the average guy can say, 'I may be bad, honey, but I'm not as much of an idiot as that guy on the screen.'
Everyone is treating it like a Hollywood story. In Madison, it's a neighborhood story.
Basically, I only play one character; I just play him at different volumes.