As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so blaze that I fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget my work is to cheer people, make them happy, make them laugh, make them forget, at least for a moment the unpleasantness in their lives. Never let me acquire success to the point that I discontinue calling on My Creator in the hour of need, acknowledging and thanking Him in the hour of plenty, and in my final moment, may I hear you whisper, "When you made my people smile, you made Me smile!"
A Clown's Prayer
How appropriate these words are to the life of one of the funniest men in comedic history. As written by Chris Farley's brother in the biography of Chris called "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts says of Chris "No one dominated a stage the way Chris Farley did. For him, comedy was not a routine; it was a way of life. He could not enter a room unnoticed or let a conversation go without making someone laugh."
Christopher Crosby Farley grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He was raised in a traditional Roman Catholic family. Chris and his four siblings attended Catholic schools and Chris rarely missed church. During his childhood years, he spent his summers as a camp counselor.
Following high school, Chris enrolled in communications and theater at Marquette University and following its completion in 1986, Chris joined his father in the Scotch Oil Company in Madison. He soon got his start in professional comedy in the Ark Improv Theatre in Madison. He soon moved to Chicago and performed at the Improv Theatre and joined the Second City Theatre as a member of the touring group until he was promoted to the main stage.
|Chris as Matt Foley (motivational speaker)|
|Chris' prayer card|
Farley was also known for his gags offscreen that included prank phone calls, passing gas during phone calls, and mooning cars from limousines. Adam Sandler supposedly reported that Farley and Sandler actually lost their job from the show in 1995.
Chris also had a successful film career. He and his SNL colleague David Spade appeared in "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep" Farley also had major roles in "Wayne's World" "Coneheads" and "Airheads" He was also the featured star in "Beverly Hills Ninja." Unfortunately, during his movie career, drugs and alcohol became a part of Chris' life. While filming "Almost Heroes" the film was halted numerous times because of drugs and rehabs. Almost Heroes and Dirty Work were both released posthumously.
Chris was the original voice of the title character for the animated film "Shrek"
In Chris' final years, he dealt with many medical and addictive problems that included obesity, drug abuse, and coronary atherosclerosis.
|Program from Santa Monica|
|Back of program|
A memorial mass was held on January 12, 1998 (program pictured) in the St. Monica Church in Santa Monica, California. His eulogy was given by his friend, fellow actor Tom Arnold (Roseanne's former husband). A Clown's Prayer was printed on the back of the program.
Chris was laid to rest in a mausoleum in the Resurrection Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Chris was posthumously awarded the 2289th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
|Chris' resting place|