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A Tribute to Comedians Past

Chris Farley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Source: bsoist hide caption

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John Belushi, Chris Farley, and John Candy. All Second City vets. All on the SNL stage at one point or another. And all died earlier than their time — drugs, drugs, and heart disease, respectively. But, in a way, they live on in the comedy they left behind.

In a new biography about Chris Farley called, The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts, his brother Tom put it this way:

For every hilarious thing he did on camera, there were twenty things he did off-screen that just blew it away. He lived to make others laugh, and he was fearless about it. In the years since Chris passed away, there have been countless times when Chris's buddies would find themselves huddled together, sharing these crazy stories.

What do you miss most about these comedic actors? And what was your favorite skit or movie they did?