Meet the Army Vet Who ‘Inspired’ Chris Farley’s ‘Matt Foley’ Character on SNL

Paul Hair

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From today at DVIDS:

. . . On Sunday, February 9th, 2020, the real Matt Foley, who inspired the SNL character, delivered a Catholic mass chaplain service to Soldiers at the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command headquarters during their Battle Assembly weekend in Arlington Heights, Illinois. . . .

“I came into the military at age 45 and had the gracious blessing of being invited to the 82nd Airborne (Division), jumping out of planes, and doing all those wonderful things,” said Foley. “I did one deployment with the 82nd in 2009-10 for 14 months. I came back to Fort Bragg and did another deployment with (U.S. Army Special Operations Command), another deployment with (Joint Special Operations Command) and then I moved up to Fort Campbell and did my last deployment in 2012 to 2013 with the 101st Air Airborne (Division).” . . .

Click over to DVIDS to read the entire story. And watch the below video to see Chris Farley perform as ‘Matt Foley’ on SNL.

Top Image: Father Matt Foley, fourth from the left, parish pastor for St. James Catholic Church, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, pauses for a photo with local Soldiers, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, during the unit’s battle assembly weekend training, February 9, 2020. U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. David Lietz.

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