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John Belushi

Belushi in 1967
Born John Adam Belushi
January 24, 1949(1949-01-24)
Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 5, 1982(1982-03-05) (aged 33)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Accidental overdose
Residence West Hollywood
Nationality American
Occupation comedian, musician, actor
Years active 1973–1982
Influenced Chris Farley, Artie Lange
Home town Chicago, Illinois
Spouse Judy Belushi (1976–1982)
Parents Adam Belushi
Agnes Belushi
Relatives James Belushi (brother)

John Belushi (January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982) was an American actor in movies and television shows.

Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was the daughter of Albanian immigrants; his father was an immigrant from Albania. His brother is James Belushi, who is also an actor.

John was co-captain of the football team in high school as well as homecoming king in his senior year. In school he was already active in acting, but wanted to become a baseball-coach. His drama-teacher pursued him to become a professional actor.

He appeared mainly in TV shows, and was one of the founders of Saturday Night Live. His Blues Brothers act with Dan Aykroyd was famous, long before The Blues Brothers movie (1980).

Unfortunately Belushi became a drug addict. He used both heroin and cocaine, and a lot of both. When The Blues Brothers was made, he spent about $40,000 to $70,000 a week on drugs.[source?]

John Belushi died in 1982 from a drug overdose injected by Cathy Smith. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


SNL characters and impersonations

Recurring characters
  • Samurai Futaba
  • Captain Ned, one of Miles Cowperthwaite's cronies
  • Jacob Papageorge alias 'Joliet' Jake Blues, from the Blues Brothers
  • Jeff Widette, from the Widettes
  • Kevin (from The Mall sketches)
  • Kuldorth (from The Coneheads)
  • Larry Farber (one half of the Farber couple [the wife, Bobbi, was played by Gilda Radner])
  • Lowell Brock, from the H&L Brock commercials
  • Matt Cooper, from the Land Shark sketches
  • Pete, from the Olympia Cafe
  • Steve Beshekas (who was in real life a good friend of Belushi's since community college)
  • Frank Leary, one of St. Mickey's Knights of Columbus
Celebrity impersonations

Other websites

John Belushi on IMDb