Chris Farley Biography: Chevy, David Spade And Others Remember His Demons

Posted: Updated:

Chris Farley's brother Tom has co-authored a book due out May 6, 2008 called "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts." The SNL star overdosed in December 1997. The book is excerpted in the May issue of Playboy, and the NY Post got a sneak peak at those excerpts.

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Chevy Chase recalled how he dressed down Farley while preparing for a reunion show: "Look, you're not John Belushi. And when you overdose or kill yourself, you will not have the same acclaim that John did . . . You'll be a blip in the New York Times obituaries page, and that'll be it. Is that what you want?" Farley's sidekick David Spade said he's still taking heat for failing to save Tommy Boy: "I got a lot of s - - - at the end about 'Why weren't you there for him?' But being that close, I dealt with it all the time. And in that situation, before the guy's dead, he's just kind of an a - -hole. Truth is, you get a junkie who's wasted all the time and moody and angry and trying to knock you around, you say, 'OK, you go do that, and I'll be over here.' "

According to The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts description on Amazon, the book:

Chris did not know moderation, either in his boundless generosity toward friends or in the reckless abandon of his drug and alcohol abuse. For ten years, Chris cycled in and out of rehabilitation centers, constantly fighting his insecurities and his fears. Despite three hard-fought years of sobriety, addiction would ultimately take his life at the tragically young age of thirty-three. Fame on SNL and three straight number-one box office hits gave way to a string of embarrassing public appearances, followed by a fatal overdose in December 1997.

Here is Chris Farley as remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues--the true story of a man who lived to make us laugh and died as a result. The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction, a father forced to bury a son, and a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.