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John Belushi (1949–1982)

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six. Though a young hellion in grade school, John ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 1981 Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (TV Movie)
Zhelezna Postruk
 1981 Continental Divide
Ernie Souchak
 1975-1979 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Various / Samurai Futaba / Himself / ...
- Maureen Stapleton/Linda Ronstadt/Phoebe Snow (1979) ... Caller / Roach / Himself / ...
- Michael Palin/James Taylor (1979) ... Fred Silverman / Captain Ned / Pablo
- Milton Berle/Ornette Coleman (1979) ... Various
- Margot Kidder/The Chieftains (1979) ... Various
 1979 Old Boyfriends
Eric Katz
 1978 All You Need Is Cash (TV Movie)
Ron Decline, The most feared promoter in the world
 1976 The Beach Boys: It's OK (TV Movie)
Cop #2
 1975 Shame of the Jungle
Craig Baker (English version, voice)
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His final filmed performance was a comedic death scene for the comedy series Police Squad! (1982). When he died soon after filming it, the producers chose not to air the sequence out of respect. Before "Police Squad!" was released on DVD, a search was made for that footage so it could be put on the DVD as an extra, but it could... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jake | Kevin Scott


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Some comedians love their characters. I don't fall in love with mine. In fact, I get tired of them very fast. You have to be willing to throw it all away. See more »


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 61-62. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »


On Saturday Night Live, he often did a running act on the Weekend Update section where he would give an editorial speech that starts calmly, but increases in emotional intensity until the end he is screaming and flailing around like a maniac. See more »


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