Jim Belushi

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Jim Belushi
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James Belushi in 2007
Born James Adam Belushi
(1954-06-15) June 15, 1954 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Other names "The Belush", Zee Blues
Occupation Actor, comedian, musician
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Sloan (1998–present; 2 children)
Marjorie Bransfield (1990–92; divorced)
Sandra Davenport (1980–88; divorced; 1 child)
Relatives John Belushi (brother)
Website
jimbelushi.ws

James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to Jim, and is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi.

Early life[edit]

Belushi was born in Chicago. His mother, Agnes Demetri (Samaras), was the daughter of Albanian immigrants, and his father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë.[1][2] Jim was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: older brother John, his sister, Marian, and a younger brother, Billy.[3][4][5][6] After graduating from Wheaton Central High School, Jim Belushi attended the College of DuPage and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts.

Career[edit]

From 1977 to 1980, Belushi, like his older brother John Belushi, worked with the Chicago theater group The Second City. During this period, Belushi made his television debut in 1978's Who's Watching the Kids and also had a small part in Brian De Palma's The Fury. His first significant role was in Michael Mann's Thief (1981). After his elder brother John's death, from 1983 to 1985 he appeared on Saturday Night Live; he portrayed characters such as Hank Rippy from "Hello, Trudy!", and "That White Guy". Belushi also appeared in the film Trading Places as a drunk man in a gorilla suit during a New Year's Eve party. He made a guest appearance in Faerie Tale Theatre's third season episode Pinocchio, starring Paul Reubens as the titular puppet.

Belushi rose to greater prominence with his supporting roles in The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), About Last Night..., Salvador and Little Shop of Horrors (as Patrick Martin) (all 1986), which opened up opportunities for lead roles. He has starred in films including Real Men, The Principal, Red Heat, Homer and Eddie, K-9, Dimenticare Palermo, Taking Care of Business, Mr. Destiny, Only the Lonely, Curly Sue, Once Upon A Crime, Wild Palms, Royce, Race the Sun, Jingle All The Way, Separate Lives, Retroactive, Gang Related, Angel's Dance and Joe Somebody (2001). K-9 produced two sequels that were released straight to video, K-911, featuring Mac, Sonto & Reno as "Jerry Lee", K-9: P.I., featuring King as "Jerry Lee", and George Lopez as the building inspector in "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition".[7]

His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, The Pebble and the Penguin, Babes in Toyland, Gargoyles and Hey Arnold!, and the more recent Hoodwinked, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, and The Wild. He also lent his vocal talents for 9: The Last Resort (a PC game released in 1995), in which he portrayed "Salty", a coarse yet helpful character. In 1997, he portrayed the "Masked Mutant" in the Goosebumps PC video game, alongside Adam West as "The Galloping Gazelle". On January 4, 2001, Belushi appeared on the ER episode "Piece of Mind". The episode focused on both Dr. Mark Greene's life-or-death brain surgery in New York and Belushi's character, who had been in a car accident with his son in Chicago. Belushi's performance contributed to his re-emergence in the public eye, and the following year he was cast as the title role in ABC's According to Jim. His first animation voice-over was as a pimple on Krum's head in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters on Nickelodeon. That performance led him to be cast in the continuing role as Simon the Monster Hunter in that series, where he ad-libbed much of his own dialogue.

Belushi in House of Blues in Houston, 2008

In 2003, Belushi and Dan Aykroyd released the album Have Love, Will Travel, and participated in an accompanying tour. He also performs at various venues nationwide as Zee Blues in an updated version of The Blues Brothers. He released his first book, Real Men Don't Apologize, in May 2006. Recently, Belushi was a narrator of an NFL offensive linemen commercial. Belushi also introduced the starting lineups for the University of Illinois football team during ABC's telecast of the 2008 Rose Bowl.

Belushi started to take interest in his Albanian ancestry. During his visit to Tirana on November 11, 2008, he received the order Honor of the Nation from the President of Albania, H.E. Bamir Topi. On October 9, 2009, he received Albanian citizenship.[8][9][10] He appeared in MC Hammer's video "Too Legit to Quit" in 1991 (in the extended full-length version). He also hosted a celebration rally for the Chicago Cubs playoff series in Chicago prior to the 2008 World Series. Steve Dahl has dubbed him "The Funniest Living Belushi."

In 2010, Belushi was cast in a pilot for CBS called The Defenders a series about defense lawyers.[11] The one-hour series premiered on September 22, 2010.[12] In two episodes in 2011, Belushi was paired with Blues Brothers partner Dan Aykroyd.[13][14] On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS.[15] In 2011, he was cast as corrupt businessman Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, which opened on Broadway in late April.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Belushi has been married three times and has three children. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980 and had a son, Robert James (also an actor, born October 23, 1981), with her before they divorced. He was married to Marjorie Bransfield from 1990 to 1992. He has been married to Jennifer Sloan since May 2, 1998, with whom he has a daughter, Jamison Bess (born July 28, 1999), and a son, Jared James (born February 8, 2002). Belushi is closely linked to his Albanian heritage and recently received honorary Albanian citizenship from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi.[10] Belushi is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

In 2011, Belushi announced that he suffered from gout, and became a spokesman for Savient Pharmaceuticals' educational campaign "Check Out Your Gout".[17] He has also appeared on the cover of and been interviewed by Cigar Aficionado magazine.[18]

Though he's a registered Republican, Belushi endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic President Barack Obama; in 2012. On a Fox News interview, he explained,"When you talk to the President in private, he's a cool guy, that knows what he's doing. Besides, I'm from Chicago too." [19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 The Fury Beach Bum Uncredited, Film debut
1979 Working Stiffs Ernie O'Rourke 9 episodes
1981 Thief Barry
1983 Trading Places Harvey
1983–1985 Saturday Night Live Various 33 episodes
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe Morris
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Patrick Martin Cameo Appearance
1986 Salvador Doctor Rock
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Cab driver, police officer, Sperry repair man
1986 About Last Night... Bernie Litgo
1987 The Principal Rick Latimer
1987 Real Men Nick Pirandello
1988 Red Heat Det. Sgt. Arthur Ridzik
1989 K-9 Detective Michael Dooley
1989 Homer and Eddie Homer Lanza
1989 Who's Harry Crumb? Man on Bus uncredited
1990 Taking Care of Business Jimmy Dworski
1990 Mr. Destiny Larry Joseph Burrows
1990 Masters of Menace Gypsy
1990 Dimenticare Palermo Carmine Bonavia
1990 Wedding Band Reverend
1991 Curly Sue Bill Dancer
1991 Diary of a Hitman Shandy
1991 Only the Lonely Salvatore Buonarte
1991 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe Principal Latimer
1992 Traces of Red Jack Dobson
1992 Once Upon a Crime Neil
1993 Wild Palms Harry Wyckoff (mini-series)
1993 Last Action Hero Himself
1994 Royce Shane Royce Television
1994 Parallel Lives Television
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Simon the Monster Hunter 8 Episodes
1995 Sahara Sergeant Joe Gunn Television
1995 Canadian Bacon Charles Jackal
1995 Separate Lives Tom Beckwith
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Rocko Voice
1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio Tuerto
1995 Irving Gay Vampire #2
1995–1996 Gargoyles Fang 3 episodes
1996 Jingle All the Way Mall Santa
1996 Race the Sun Frank Machi
1996 Gold in the Streets Mario
1996 Pinky and the Brain Additional voices 3 episodes
1996 Mighty Ducks Phil Palmfeather 3 episodes
1996 9: The Last Resort Salty Voice
1996–1999 Hey Arnold! Coach Jack Wittenberg 4 episodes
1997 Gang Related Frank Divinci
1997 Retroactive Frank Lloyd
1997 Living in Peril Harrison/Oliver
1997 Disney's Bad Baby Dad Voice
1997 Wag the Dog Himself (as Jim Belushi)
1997 Total Security Steve Wegman 13 episodes
1998 Overnight Delivery Overnight Delivery Boss scenes deleted
1999 Angel's Dance Stevie 'The Rose' Rosellini
1999 Made Men Bill "The Mouth" Manucci
1999 K-911 Detective Michael Dooley Video
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Takashi voice: English version
1999 The Florentine Billy Belasco
2000 Return to Me Joe Dayton
2000 Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Pat Laughlin
2001 Joe Somebody Chuck Scarett
2001 ER Dan Harris 1 episode
2001–2009 According to Jim James "Jim" Orenthal 182 episodes
2002 Snow Dogs Demon Voice (small role)
2002 Pinocchio The Farmer (English voice)
2002 One Way Out Harry Wooltz
2002 K-9: P.I. Detective Michael Dooley
2003 Easy Six Elvis
2004 DysEnchanted Doctor (The Shrink)
2004 Less Than Perfect Eddie Smirkoff
2005 Hoodwinked! Kirk the woodsman Voice
2006 Casper's Scare School Alder Voice
2006 The Wild Benny Voice
2006 Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly[20] Tugger Voice
2007 Underdog Dan Unger (Father)
2007 Once Upon a Christmas Village Santa Claus Voice
2008 Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Goblin Voice
2008 Snow Buddies Saint Bernie Voice
2010 The Ghost Writer John Maddox
2010 The Defenders Nick Morelli Television
2011 Cougars, Inc. Dan Fox
2011 New Year's Eve Building Super
2012 The Secret Lives of Dorks Bronko
2012 Thunderstruck Coach Amross
2012 Doc McStuffins Glo-Bo Voice, 6 episodes
2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Lion Voice
2014 Home Sweet Hell Les
2015 The Whole Truth[21] Filming
2015 Undrafted Jim Post-production
2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Triceraton #3 Voice, Episode: "Countdown to Extinction"

Characters on Saturday Night Live[edit]

  • Hank Rippy (Hello, Trudy!)
  • Man on the Street Jesse Donnelly
  • That White Guy, a stereotypical Caucasian man who can rap

Celebrity impersonations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jimbelushi.ws/biography.htm
  2. ^ http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/a/h/Denny-Mahoney/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0540.html
  3. ^ "Saturday Night Live Bio". NBC. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "John Belushi Biography (1949–1982)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broyard, Anatole (June 2, 1984). "Close-Up of John Belushi". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Dunham, Chris (July 12, 2009). "Before They Were Belushis (or Blues Brothers)". Genealogywise.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jim Belushi, Poster Child for the Desperately Seeking A Hit Foundation, Isn't The Only Actor Stuck in a Box-office Drought.". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ Presidenti Topi i dorëzon aktorit të mirënjohur holliudian, Xhejms Belushi, dekretin për marrjen e nënshtetësisë shqiptare., Presidency of Albania, 2009-10-09
  9. ^ DEKRET PËR DHËNIE TE SHTETËSISË SHQIPTARE NR. 6274., Presidency of Albania
  10. ^ a b "Xhejms Belushi merr shtetësinë shqiptare" [James Belushi gets Albanian citizenship]. Shekulli (in Albanian) (Tirana). October 10, 2009. Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Jim Belushi eyes CBS' 'Defenders'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ "'The Defenders' stars Jerry O'Connell, Jim Belushi chat with CBS 6". WRGB. September 16, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ "TV Highlights: Dan Aykroyd on 'The Defenders'; Dina Lohan on '20/20'; 'Gold Rush: Alaska' finale". The Washington Post. February 18, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Defenders Cancelled by CBS; $#*! My Dad Says Cancelled by CBS; Mad Love Cancelled by CBS – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. May 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  16. ^ "Born Yesterday, Starring Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda, Sets Dates at Broadway's Cort Theatre". Broadway.com. 
  17. ^ "Savient Pharmaceuticals and Jim Belushi Launch 'Check Out Your Gout' Educational Campaign" (Press release). Savient Pharmaceuticals. November 7, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rhodes, Joe (March 1, 1994). "Jim Belushi's Big Year". Cigar Aficionado.
  19. ^ "Obama Courts Campaign Donors on West Coast". Huffington Post. February 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ Tugger
  21. ^ "Jim Belushi Joins The Cast of Courtney Hunt's Courtroom Drama "THE WHOLE TRUTH"". The Movie Network. July 10, 2014. 

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