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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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Back in Chicago, all we cared about was rock 'n' roll and staying out of the army. See more »


Made a "Guest Star Appearance" on an episode of the television series Police Squad! (1982) which showed him underwater wearing cement shoes. He died shortly before the episode aired, so the scene was cut and replaced by a segment with William Conrad. After the success of the Naked Gun movies in the early 1990s, ABC-TV re-aired episodes of "Police Squad!" and hoped to re-edit the Belushi scene ... See more »


Often played comically intense, volatile, even sometimes sloppy man-child characters. See more »


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