John Belushi

Actor, Comedian
By the young age of 33, actor John Belushi had found fame and fortune as the comedic Samurai of screens both big and small, as well as a rhythm & blues showman of music hall stages and best selling records. A relatively ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Richard Pryor Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

Ernie Souchak (Actor)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

Earl Keese (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

"Joliet" Jake Blues (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Wild Bill Kelso (Actor)

Old Boyfriends 1979 (Movie)

Eric Katz (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

John Blutarsky-- (Actor)

The Richard Pryor Special? 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beach Boys Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

La Honte de la jungle 1974 (Movie)

of Craig Baker--the Perfect Master (Voice)

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

By the young age of 33, actor John Belushi had found fame and fortune as the comedic Samurai of screens both big and small, as well as a rhythm & blues showman of music hall stages and best selling records. A relatively small man of robust proportions and a mastery of eye-brow raising deadpan, Belushi translated his size into agility and laughs, which brought great creative success, but ultimately, fatal personal excess. In the seminal pop culture staples, television's legendary sketch show "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and the big screen comedy classics, "Animal House" (1979) and "The Blues Brothers" (1980), the actor found an ideal outlet for a persona that loomed so large, he seemed invincible. But in the end, like many troubled comics with appetites for destruction, a speedball felled the portly force of nature on March 5, 1982, stunning the world and serving as a wake-up call to all of Hollywood.

Relationships

Adam Belushi

Father
Moved to U.S. at age 16 from Albania

James Belushi Actor

Brother
Born June 15, 1954

Agnes Belushi

Mother

Marian Belushi

Sister

Billy Belushi

Brother

Judy Belushi Herself

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1976 until his death March 5, 1982

EDUCATION

College of DuPage

Wheaton , Illinois
juinor college; attended for two years

University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

Wisconsin
dropped out

Wheaton Central High School

Wheaton , Illinois 1967
co-captain of the football team; appeared in the high school variety show; elected homecoming king his senior year

Milestones

1982

On March 5, 1982, John Belushi was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 33; the cause of death was a lethal injection of cocaine and heroin

1981

Co-starred with Dan Aykroyd in the movie "Neighbors," with John playing a straight-arrow family man whose life is turned upside down when a wild family man (Aykroyd) moves in next door

1981

Appeared in "Continental Divide," playing a hard-nosed Chicago newspaperman who finds romance in Colorado

1980

Received top billing in John Landis' "The Blues Brothers," co-starred with Dan Aykroyd

1979

Along with fellow SNL regular Dan Aykroyd quit the series to pursue movie projects

1978

Cast by director John Landis in "National Lampoon's Animal House"; appeared in the minor role as the notorious, beer-swilling Bluto; despite appearing in only a dozen scenes the performance stole the movie

1978

Appeared in the movie "Goin' South," which starred and was directed by Jack Nicholson

1975

Received first acclaim as original, regular cast member of "Saturday Night Live"

1975

First film credit as voice of the Perfect Master for French animated feature "La honte de la jungle/Jungle Burger"

1973

Hired as a writer for the syndicated National Lampoon's Radio Hour, which later became the National Lampoon Show in 1975

1972

Joined the cast of National Lampoon's Lemmings, an off-Broadway rock musical revue

1970

Joined Chicago's Second City improvisation troupe

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