Belushi in May 2007
James Allen Belushi
June 15, 1954
|Other names||James Belushi, "The Belush", Zee Blues|
|Alma mater||Southern Illinois University|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, singer, musician|
(m. 1980; div. 1988)
(m. 1990; div. 1992)
Jennifer Sloan (m. 1998)
|Children||4; including Robert Belushi|
|Relatives||John Belushi (brother)|
Billy Belushi (brother)
Marian Belushi Miles (sister)
James Allen Belushi (//; born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, singer and musician. He played the role of Jim on the sitcom According to Jim (2001–2009). His other television roles include Saturday Night Live (1983–1985), Wild Palms (1993), Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1997), Show Me a Hero (2015) and Twin Peaks (2017).
Belushi has appeared in films such as Thief (1981), Trading Places (1983), About Last Night (1986), Salvador (1986), The Principal (1987), Red Heat (1988), K-9 (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), Curly Sue (1991), Jingle All the Way (1996), Gang Related (1997), Underdog (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010) and Katie Says Goodbye (2019).
Belushi was born in Chicago, to Adam Anastos Belushi, an Albanian from Qytezë, Korçë, and Agnes Demetri (Samaras) Belushi, who was born in Ohio from Greek-Albanian immigrants from Korçë. He was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: older brother John, older sister Marian, and younger brother Billy. 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.
He is a distant cousin of Petros Samaris, assistant coach of Gleneagle, helping lead them to top BC Senior Boys ranking in basketball in January 2014, before being upset by Sardis in the 2nd round of that year's provincial tournament.
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, Race the Sun, Jingle All The Way, Separate Lives, Retroactive, Gang Related, Angel's Dance and Joe Somebody (2001).
His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, The Pebble and the Penguin, Babes in Toy land, Gargoyles and Hey Arnold!, and 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 Krumm'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.
In 2003, Belushi and Dan Aykroyd released the album Have Love, Will Travel, and participated in an accompanying tour. The concert was made available on video on demand by Bob Gold & Associates. 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. 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.
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. The one-hour series premiered on September 22, 2010. In two episodes in 2011, Belushi was paired with Blues Brothers partner Dan Aykroyd. On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS. In 2011, he was cast as corrupt businessman Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, which opened on Broadway in late April.
Belushi has been married three times. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980, and the couple had a son, Robert James (also an actor, born October 23, 1980), they divorced in 1988. Belushi was married to actress Marjorie Bransfield from 1990 to 1992. He married Jennifer Sloan on May 2, 1998, the couple have a daughter and a son. On March 5, 2018, Jennifer Sloan filed for divorce from Belushi. The two have since reconciled. Belushi is closely linked to his Albanian heritage and received honorary Albanian citizenship from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi. He is Eastern Orthodox Christian, visiting with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 2010. Belushi is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Fire.
He had a legal battle and publicized feud with his neighbor, actress Julie Newmar. She claimed their conflicts stemmed from Belushi's attempt to "build a second house in the back", which she claimed was illegal in their R-1 neighborhood, since there can be only one house per lot. In 2004, Belushi filed a $4 million lawsuit against Newmar, alleging "she has harassed and defamed him". He also claimed she destroyed his fence, which Newmar denied. They ended the feud in 2006 and Belushi invited Newmar to guest-star on According to Jim on an episode which satirized their conflict.
In 2011, Belushi announced that he suffered from gout, and became a spokesman for Savient Pharmaceuticals' educational campaign "Check Out Your Gout". He has also appeared on the cover of and been interviewed by Cigar Aficionado magazine.
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, who knows what he's doing. Besides, I'm from Chicago too."
Belushi built a holiday home in Eagle Point, Oregon in 2015 where he now grows cannabis. By 2018, the size of his Eagle Point property had been expanded from 13 acres (5.3 ha) to 93 acres (38 ha). He has been involved with fundraising for projects in Eagle Point and elsewhere in Southern Oregon, including the planned rebuilding of the Butte Creek Mill and the restoration of the Holly Theatre, in Medford. In 2018, he was still living in Los Angeles "most of the time", The Oregonian reported, and living in Oregon only part of the year. Per a 2018 article, Belushi indicated he planned on opening a pop-up cannabis dispensary in downtown Portland.
|1978||The Fury||Beach Bum||Uncredited|
|1985||The Man with One Red Shoe||Morris|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Patrick Martin||Cameo|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||Sperry Repair Man|
|1986||About Last Night...||Bernie Litgo|
|1987||The Principal||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 cameo|
|1990||Taking Care of Business||Jimmy Dworski|
|1990||Mr. Destiny||Larry Joseph Burrows|
|1990||Masters of Menace||Gypsy|
|1990||Dimenticare Palermo||Carmine Bonavia|
|1991||Curly Sue||Bill Dancer|
|1991||Diary of a Hitman||Shandy|
|1991||Only the Lonely||Salvatore Buonarte|
|1991||Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe||Principal Rick Latimer|
|1992||Traces of Red||Jack Dobson|
|1992||Once Upon a Crime||Neil|
|1993||Last Action Hero||Himself||Cameo|
|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||Cameo|
|1996||Jingle All the Way||Mall Santa|
|1996||Race the Sun||Frank Machi|
|1996||Gold in the Streets||Mario|
|1997||Gang Related||Franklin "Frank" Divinci|
|1997||Living in Peril||Harrison/Oliver|
|1997||Disney's Bad Baby||Dad (voice)|
|1997||Wag the Dog||Himself|
|1997||Babes in Toyland||Gonzargo (voice)|
|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||Direct-to-DVD|
|1999||The Florentine||Billy Belasco|
|1999||The Nuttiest Nutcracker||Reginald the Mouse King (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2000||Return to Me||Joe Dayton|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Chuck Scarett|
|2002||Snow Dogs||Demon (voice)||Cameo|
|2002||Pinocchio||The Farmer (voice)||English Dub|
|2002||One Way Out||Harry Wooltz|
|2002||K-9: P.I.||Detective Michael Dooley||Direct-to-DVD|
|2004||DysEnchanted||Doctor (The Shrink)|
|2005||My Neighbors the Yamadas||Takashi (voice)||English Dub|
|2006||The Wild||Benny (voice)|
|2006||Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly||Tugger (voice)|||
|2007||Once Upon a Christmas Village||Santa Claus (voice)||Short film|
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||"They're all Bitches" Penguin (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2008||Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King||Glob (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2008||Snow Buddies||Saint Bernie (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2010||The Ghost Writer||John Maddox|
|2011||Cougars, Inc.||Dan Fox|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Building Super|
|2012||The Secret Lives of Dorks||Bronko|
|2013||Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||Lion (voice)|
|2015||Home Sweet Hell||Les|
|2016||The Whole Truth||Boone Lassiter|
|2016||The Hollow Point||Diaz|
|2016||Katie Says Goodbye||Bear|
|2017||A Change of Heart||Hank|
|1978–1979||Who's Watching the Kids?||Bert Gunkel||11 episodes|
|1979||Working Stiffs||Ernie O'Rourke||9 episodes|
|1981||Stories from My Childhood||Peter the Repeater Bird (voice)||Episode: "Alice and The Mystery of the Third Planet"|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Wheezer||Episode: "Of Mice and Men"|
|1983–1985||Saturday Night Live||Various||33 episodes; also writer|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre||Mario||Episode: "Pinocchio"|
|1984||The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade||Saint Valentine||Television film|
|1986||The Birthday Boy||Bob||Television film|
|1993||Wild Palms||Harry Wyckoff||5 episodes|
|1993||The Building||Billy Shoe||Episode: "Yakkity Yak Don't Talk"|
|1994||Royce||Shane Royce||Television film|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Nick Dimas||Television film|
|1994–1997||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Simon the Monster Hunter (voice)||8 episodes|
|1995||Sahara||Sergeant Joe Gunn||Television film|
|1995||Santo Bugito||Santo Bugito (voice)||Episode: "Load 'O Bees"|
|1995||Duckman||Saul Monella / Police Officer (voice)||Episode: "America the Beautiful"|
|1995||Pinky and the Brain||Additional characters (voice)||3 episodes|
|1995||The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat||(voice)||Episode: "Wet Paint/News Blues/Copy Cat"|
|1995–1996||Gargoyles||Fang (voice)||3 episodes|
|1996||Timon & Pumbaa||Male Warthog (voice)||Episode: "Home Is Where the Hog Is"|
|1996||The Tick||Mr. Fleener (voice)||Episode: "The Tick vs. Education"|
|1996||KaBlam!||Louie the chameleon (voice)||Episode: "Built for Speed"|
|1996–1997||Mighty Ducks||Phil Palmfeather (voice)||23 episodes|
|1996–1999||Hey Arnold!||Coach Jack Wittenberg (voice)||4 episodes|
|1997||Total Security||Steve Wegman||13 episodes|
|1997||Dog's Best Friend||Skippy (voice)||Television film|
|1997||Cow and Chicken||Butch (voice)||Episode: "School Bully/Time Machine"|
|1997||Life with Louie||Jack (voice)||Episode: "The Making of a President"|
|1997||The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series||Jake (voice)||8 episodes|
|1997–1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|1998||Hercules||Nestor (voice)||2 episodes|
|1999||Justice||Frank Spello||Television film|
|1999||Hooves of Fire||Santa Claus / Tapir (voices)||Television special|
|2000||Who Killed Atlanta's Children?||Pat Laughlin||Television film|
|2000–2001||Beggars and Choosers||Freddy Falco||4 episodes|
|2001||ER||Dan Harris||Episode: "Piece of Mind"|
|2001–2009||According to Jim||James "Jim" Orenthal||182 episodes; also executive producer|
|2002||Rugrats||Santa Claus (voice)||Episode: "Babies in Toyland Part 1"|
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Asa Buckwald (voice)||Episode: "Scooby-Doo Christmas"|
|2002, 2006||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Coach Gruber (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003||Ozzy & Drix||Captain Quinine (voice)||Episode: "The Conqueror Worm"|
|2003||I'm with Her||Leslie Buren||Episode: "The Second Date"|
|2004||Less than Perfect||Eddie Smirkoff||Episode: "Arctic Nights"|
|2005||George Lopez||The Inspector||Episode: "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition"|
|2005||Fatherhood||Officer (voice)||Episode: "Truth or Scare"|
|2006||Casper's Scare School||Alder (voice)||Television film|
|2009||Handy Manny||Sal (voice)||Episode: "Francisco Comes to Town/Broken Drawbridge"|
|2010–2011||The Defenders||Nick Morelli||18 episodes|
|2012||Doc McStuffins||Glo-Bo (voice)||6 episodes|
|2014||Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings||Mr. Cross (voice)||Television film|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Angelo R. Martinelli||3 episodes|
|2015||Building Belushi||Himself||6 episodes|
|2015||Urban Cowboy||Marshall Stoval||Pilot|
|2015–2016||TripTank||Guy / Dad (voices)||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Good Girls Revolt||William "Wick" McFadden||6 episodes|
|2016||The 7D||Coach Coachy (voice)||Episode: "Giggleberries/Jollyball Anyone?"|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Bradley Mitchum||6 episodes|
|2017||Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie||Coach Wittenberg (voice)||Television film|
|1996||9: The Last Resort||Salty|
|1998||Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant||The Masked Mutant|
Characters on Saturday Night Live
- Hank Rippy (Hello, Trudy!)
- Man on the Street Jesse Donnelly
- That White Guy, a stereotypical Caucasian man who can rap
- Rosemary Clooney
- Joe Cocker
- Joan Collins
- Bob Guccione
- Hulk Hogan
- Pope John Paul II
- Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo
- Josef Mengele
- Willie Nelson
- Thomas Noguchi
- Michael Reagan
- Babe Ruth
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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- E. W. Jr. Smith (2010). Athletes Once: 100 Famous People Who Were Once Notable Athletes. Fireship Press. p. 195. ISBN 1611791405.
...son of Agnes, a first generation Albanian-American, and Adam, an Albanian immigrant and restaurant operator who left his native village, Qyteze, in 1934.
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- "Jim Belushi's Wife Files for Divorce After Almost 20 Years of Marriage". March 5, 2018.
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- $4 million
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Belushi found relief from his gout by taking the medicine allopurinol, which eliminated his high levels of uric acid. However, for people suffering from RCG, conventional treatment such as this may be ineffective. Belushi has partnered with the website http://checkoutyourgout.com/ in hopes of sending a message to gout sufferers that they don’t have to live in pain.
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- "Obama Courts Campaign Donors on West Coast". Huffington Post. February 16, 2012.
- Belushi's cabin on the Rogue | Mail Tribune Retrieved 2018-11-28.
- Belushi's cannabis crush | Mail Tribune Retrieved 2018-11-28.
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- "Tugger". tuggerjeep.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! movie gets title; 19 original voice actors returning Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved June 13, 2016
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