This beloved American actor and comedian was a fan-favorite star in any of the shows, films, and stage productions that he was in. Chris Farley died when he was very young, but did he ever get married?
Chris Farley was never married, but he did date women like the Saturday Night Live comedy writer Erin Maroney and the actress and model Lorri Bagley. Farley is survived by his parents, his three brothers, and his sister.
Read on below to find out more about Farley’s closest relationships with other comedians and with his family.
Farley and Spade
Farley dated Erin Maroney, who became a writer for Saturday Night Live, as well as Lorri Bagley, who he met while filming his first big movie. While Farley wasn’t married, fellow comedian and friend of Farley David Spade described their relationship as that of an “old married couple.”
They became friends as soon as they met on Farleys’ first day of doing SNL, which was also when their bantering dynamic was born. “So we walked to work, [and he said], ‘There’s a McDonald’s here, too? There’s one in Wisconsin!’” Spade recalled Farley’s reaction to being in New York.
“He was like Wisconsin Dundee… When he’d go to the ATM, he’d only take out like $10 at a time. I was like, ‘Pick it up guy. I don’t want to go every six minutes!’”
“I just made fun of him. We always laughed. We were like an old married couple — except we slept in the same bed,” Spade joked in finishing his story.
Many fans have made a similar claim, taking to Twitter to post about how they wanted to marry Chris Farley. “I wish Chris Farley was still alive, I just know we’d be married by now,” one user said in this post.
While Spade may have been Farley’s closest friend, as they used their humorous dynamic in blockbuster comedy movies like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, they were also part of the larger friend group called the “Bad Boys of SNL,” along with Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, and a few others.
Farley and Spade were rumored to have had a falling out before Farley’s death in 1997 as Spade didn’t attend the funeral, but Spade corrected those rumors back in 2017 in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. “I think about him all the time,” Spade wrote, referring to Farley.
“We had such a good time for so long, and we were crammed together for so long, that we did have our squabbles. But I think people misunderstood me not going to that funeral. It was nothing about that… It was just too… emotional, and I wouldn’t be able to handle it,” Spade admitted.
A lot of the jokes they used in their movies together were little things they did to make each other laugh, and some would make it into their scripts. While working on SNL together, Spade remembered, “Farley would say, ‘Davey… turn around,’ and I said, ‘If this is Fat Guy in a Little Coat, I’m not turning around. It’s not funny anymore.’”
“And he would say, ‘No, I’ve got a whole new thing I’m doing.’ And then I’d turn around, and it would be him in my Levi jacket, and he would say, ‘Fat guy in a little coat! Don’t you give up on it!’”
The Farley Family
Watch the YouTube video below to see his friends and family remember Farley in the documentary film, I Am Chris Farley.