Back in the 1990s, Chris Farley was huge (pun non-intended). His crazy, loud, electrifying comedy style was first seen and heard clearly in Chicago’s Second City Theatre towards the end of the 1980s, only to formally advance to their main stage (that is, making him a principal attraction to the theater) in 1989.
However, his significant breakthrough came in 1990, when he was cast as one of the new members of Saturday Night Live and other comedians as Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, who were also on their way to stardom.
Everything seemed to be going wonderfully for Chris Farley, with a budding film career that saw him in movie successes such as Wayne’s World (1992), Airheads (1994), and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), but his private life was far from excellent.
Keep reading as we review ten facts about the sad last days of Chris Farley, who wouldn’t live to see 1998.
10 A Lifetime Of Addiction
When in the inauguration of Planet Hollywood Indianapolis in July of 1997, a friend of Chris told him to take it easier on himself, Farley replied: “I want to live fast and die young,” and all his friends knew that he meant it.
Farley, thirty-three at the time, had been abusing drugs, booze, and food since his early years in comedy, and already during his time in SNL, he would often come to the set too drunk or too drugged to participate and had to be frequently replaced. By late 1996 and early 1997, it was beginning to show.
9 Chris Farley, Devoted Catholic
He hadn’t always been like this, as his Second City Theatre co-star would remember that he attended Mass faithfully in those days as a devout Irish Catholic.
Farley, already overweight and already abusing substances would still have some control over himself in those days.
And though there indeed wasn’t any supernatural intervention (as going to Mass doesn’t cure addictions, at least for the great majority of people), religion was a grounding force in his life, one that started to disappear when he moved to New York, to begin his work with SNL.