Belushi in 1982
|Born||James Adam Belushi
June 15, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Brentwood, Los Angeles, California|
|Other names||James Belushi, "The Belush", Zee Blues|
|Education||Southern Illinois University Carbondale|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, musician|
|Spouse(s)||Sandra Davenport (m. 1980; div. 1988)
Marjorie Bransfield (m. 1990; div. 1992)
Jennifer Sloan (m. 1993)
|Children||3; including Robert Belushi|
|Relatives||John Belushi (brother)|
James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian-American actor, voice actor, comedian and musician. He is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi and father of actor Robert Belushi, best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to Jim (2001–2009).
Belushi has also been a prominent figure in cinema, performing in films such as Thief (1981), Little Shop of Horrors (1986),Trading Places (1983), Salvador (1986), Red Heat (1988), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), Last Action Hero (1993), Jingle All the Way (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Return to Me (2000), The Wild (2006), Underdog (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010), Home Sweet Hell (2015), and The Whole Truth (2016).
Belushi was born in Chicago to Adam Anastos Belushi and Agnes Demetri Samaras Belushi, both ethnic Albanians from the city of Korçë in Northern Epirus that today is part of Albania. He was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: older brother John, his older sister, Marian, and a 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.
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).
His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, The Pebble and the Penguin, Babes in Toy land, 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.
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. 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.
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Belushi has been married three times and has three children. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980, and the couple had a son, Robert James (also an actor, born October 23, 1980). Belushi was married to actress Marjorie Bransfield from 1990 to 1992. He has been married to Jennifer Sloan since May 2, 1998. The couple 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 received honorary Albanian citizenship from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi. Belushi is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls 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". 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, that knows what he's doing. Besides, I'm from Chicago too."
|1978||The Fury||Beach Bum||Uncredited|
|1979||Working Stiffs||Ernie O'Rourke||9 episodes|
|1983–85||Saturday Night Live||Various||33 episodes; also writer|
|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||Wild Palms||Harry Wyckoff||5 episodes|
|1993||Last Action Hero||Himself||Cameo|
|1994||Royce||Shane Royce||Television film|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Television film|
|1994–97||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Simon the Monster Hunter||Voice role, 8 episodes|
|1995||Sahara||Sergeant Joe Gunn||Television film|
|1995||Canadian Bacon||Charles Jackal|
|1995||Separate Lives||Tom Beckwith|
|1995||The Pebble and the Penguin||Rocko||Voice role|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Tuerto|
|1995||Irving||Gay Vampire #2||Cameo|
|1995–96||Gargoyles||Fang||Voice role, 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 characters||Voice role, 3 episodes|
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks||Phil Palmfeather||Voice role, 23 episodes|
|1996||9: The Last Resort||Salty||Voice role|
|1996–99||Hey Arnold!||Coach Jack Wittenberg||Voice role, 4 episodes|
|1997||Gang Related||Frank Divinci|
|1997||Living in Peril||Harrison/Oliver|
|1997||Disney's Bad Baby||Dad||Voice role|
|1997||Wag the Dog||Himself (as Jim Belushi)|
|1997||Total Security||Steve Wegman||13 episodes|
|1997||Babes in Toyland (1997 film)||Gonzargo|
|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|
|1999||My Neighbors the Yamadas||Takashi||English dub|
|1999||The Florentine||Billy Belasco|
|1999||The Nuttiest Nutcracker||Reginald the Mouse King||Voice role|
|2000||Return to Me||Joe Dayton|
|2000||Who Killed Atlanta's Children?||Pat Laughlin|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Chuck Scarett|
|2001||ER||Dan Harris||Episode: "Piece of Mind"|
|2001–09||According to Jim||James "Jim" Orenthal||182 episodes; also Executive producer|
|2002||Snow Dogs||Demon||Voice cameo|
|2002||Pinocchio||The Farmer||English voice role|
|2002||One Way Out||Harry Wooltz|
|2002||K-9: P.I.||Detective Michael Dooley|
|2002||The Powerpuff Girls||Santa Claus||Voice role, 1 episode|
|2003||Ozzy & Drix||Captain Quinine||Voice role, episode: "The Conqueror Worm"|
|2004||DysEnchanted||Doctor (The Shrink)|
|2004||Less Than Perfect||Eddie Smirkoff|
|2005||Hoodwinked!||Kirk the Woodsman||Voice role|
|2006||Casper's Scare School||Alder||Voice role|
|2006||The Wild||Benny||Voice role|
|2006||Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly||Tugger||Voice role|
|2007||Once Upon a Christmas Village||Santa Claus||Voice role|
|2008||Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King||Glob||Voice role|
|2008||Snow Buddies||Saint Bernie||Voice role|
|2010||The Ghost Writer||John Maddox|
|2010||The Defenders||Nick Morelli||18 episodes|
|2011||Cougars, Inc.||Dan Fox|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Building Super|
|2012||The Secret Lives of Dorks||Bronko|
|2012||Doc McStuffins||Glo-Bo||Voice role, 6 episodes|
|2014||Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||Lion||Voice role|
|2014||Home Sweet Hell||Les|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Angelo R. Martinelli||3 episodes|
|2015||Building Belushi||Himself||6 episodes|
|2016||The Whole Truth||Boone Lassiter|
|2016||The Hollow Point||Diaz|
|2017||Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie||Coach Wittenberg||Voice role|
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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- Presidenti Topi i dorëzon aktorit të mirënjohur holliudian, Xhejms Belushi, dekretin për marrjen e nënshtetësisë shqiptare., Presidency of Albania, 2009-10-09
- DEKRET PËR DHËNIE TE SHTETËSISË SHQIPTARE NR. 6274., Presidency of Albania
- "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.
- Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Jim Belushi eyes CBS' 'Defenders'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
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- "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.
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- "Born Yesterday, Starring Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda, Sets Dates at Broadway's Cort Theatre". Broadway.com.
- "Jim Belushi loves his teams—and his haters". RedEye Chicago. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- "Savient Pharmaceuticals and Jim Belushi Launch 'Check Out Your Gout' Educational Campaign" (Press release). Savient Pharmaceuticals. November 7, 2011.
- Dougherty, Christopher (December 6, 2012). "'King of comedy' Jim Belushi speaks out about gout". FoxNews.com. Fox News Network, LLC. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
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.
- Rhodes, Joe (March 1, 1994). "Jim Belushi's Big Year". Cigar Aficionado.
- "Obama Courts Campaign Donors on West Coast". Huffington Post. February 16, 2012.
- Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! movie gets title; 19 original voice actors returning Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved June 13, 2016
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