Chris Farley was only 33 years old when he passed away after having a heart attack triggered by an overdose of cocaine and morphine. And while he hadn't even reached his prime as a comedic actor, he left behind an impressive body of work that still amuses me to this day. It's easy to forget that he's no longer with us -- but seeing him in those DirecTV commercials (ugh) recently with David Spade serves as a sad reminder of how some of our favorite performers are only with us for a short time.

Farley was perhaps best known for his five years on NBC's Saturday Night Live, where the heavyset actor with the gift for physical comedy created a series of classic characters including motivational speaker Matt Foley, and too many others to list.

Like many SNL performers, Farley set his sights on movie stardom. He first made the jump to the big screen with small roles in other SNL stars' films. He turns up in both Wayne's World movies, as well as Coneheads and Airheads, but it wasn't until his 1995 performance in Adam Sandler's Billy Madison that film audiences really started to appreciate Farley. In that film, he has a brief scene as a loud-mouthed bus driver who tries to convince Sandler that he's been intimate with teacher Miss Veronica Vaughn. It's classic Farley -- meaning there's lots of sweating, facial contortions, and screaming. In fact, the only thing missing is Farley crashing through a table or making some other broad physical comedy joke.
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