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I Am Chris Farley Documentary

Steve Porter / December 7, 2016

Live fast and die young, that is the mantra of a large number of people in the public eye. Over the years, we’ve lost a seemingly countless number of celebrities who embodied this concept. Car accidents took the lives of celebrities like Paul Walker, Princess Diana, James Dean, Ryan Dunn, and Jackson Pollock. Drugs and alcohol claimed the lives of Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, River Phoenix, Whitney Houston, and the man we’re here to talk about, The Beverly Hills Ninja himself, Chris Farley.

 

Christopher Crosby “Chris” Farley lost his battle with substance abuse on December 18th, 1997. Chris was an American actor and comedian that was known for his energetic and wild comedic style. He was a staple on stage with Chicago’s Second City Theater and spent 5 years (from 1990 to 1995) performing on Saturday Night Live alongside Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and more. While he enjoyed improv and sketch comedy, he also acted in a number of wildly successful films such as Wayne’s World, Coneheads, Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Dirty Work, and Almost Heroes, the last of which was his final starring role. Farley battled substance abuse for years and it ultimately ended up costing the man his life.

 

Some may not be aware that Farley was actually the original Shrek. He had recorded roughly 80-90% of his lines, but passed away just before the voice acting work was finished.

 

 

In the documentary titled, “I am Chris Farley,” we hear candid interviews from coworkers, family, and friends as they share their heartfelt remorse and sadness over the loss of the loveable, funny man. The film was released on the 27th of July, 2015, and can be purchased from iTunes or on VirgilFilms. Currently, the film is rated 7.5 out of 10 on IMDB from over 2,000 members. Give it a watch, we guarantee you’ll enjoy it. Wherever you ended up Mr. Farley, we hope you’ve found a van down by a river.