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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 & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers 'Joliet' Jake Blues
(1980)
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live Various / Himself / Samurai Futaba / Larry Farber / Bee / Fred Silverman / Henry Kissinger / Joe Cocker / Steve Bushakis / Pete / Jake Blues / Kuldroth / Lowell Brock / Waiter / Adolfo / Al Hirt / Alan / Anthony Q / Bert Lance / Bodyguard / Bud Anderson / Bugs / Caller / Captain Kirk / Captain Ned / Carl / Cesar Romero / Charlie Morgan / Dennis Timplitt / Dino De Laurentiis / Don Vito Corleone / Dr. Haskell Lack / Ed Ames / Eleanor of Gaunt / Elizabeth Taylor / Elvis Presley / Franklin Roosevelt / Fredrick Leeuwenhoek / George Wallace / Grave robber / Guest / Hermann Goering / Husband / Jawaharlal Nehru / Jeff Widette / Joe / Joe Mel, Jr / John The Tanner / Joliet Jake Blues / Jovan Shegula / Judah / Judge / Kevin / Killer Bee / King / Leonid Brezhnev / Lopez / Lou Grant / Lt. Testosterone / Ludwig von Beethoven / Marlon Brando / Martin Gresner / Matt Cooper / Matt Hooper / Member / Michael Mykonos / Morton Kamen / Mr. Bernstein / Mr. Klein / Mr. Kromer / Mr. Williams / Napoleon / Pablo / Patient / Paul Rutherford / Paul Sunberg / Richard Daley / Rico / Roach / Robert Blake / Roy Orbison / Rudy Schutz / Sam Peckinpah / Sanjay Gandhi / Scott Shuman / Sheila Ellington / Slezeball / Socrates / Spokesperson / Steve Parrish / Student / Sun Myung Moon / The Beaver / Tip O'Neil / Tom Burke / Tony Delightful / Truman Capote / Uncle Krabosh / Vasiliy Alekseyev / Visitor / Vito Corleone / White Scottie / William Shatner / Windowpane Watson / actor / announcer / contestant / cowboy / judge / victim
(1975-1981)
Animal House
Animal House John Blutarsky
(1978)
1941
1941 Capt. Wild Bill Kelso
(1979)

Filmography

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 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 The Rutles: 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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Other Works:

Appears on National Lampoon's "Missing White House Tapes" LP released by Banana Records (a leisure service of National Lampoon) in 1973\74. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Blues Brothers | Jake | Kevin Scott

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

While co-hosting an episode of Siskel & Ebert (1986) with Richard Roeper, longtime friend and collaborator Harold Ramis revealed that it was Belushi's longtime ambition to play Ludwig van Beethoven in a feature film. See more »

Trademark:

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 »

Nickname:

America's Guest

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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