Fast Facts

  • Met future wife Judy Jacklin at a Little League baseball game when they were teenagers. Their first dinner date was at one of his father's restaurants.
  • Attended the same high school as the Washington Post's Bob Woodward. They both won eighth-grade medals for citizenship and played on the football team. (Woodward later wrote the grim Belushi biography Wired.)
  • Inspired to take up acting and comedy after listening to Bob Newhart comedy records in high school.
  • Joined Chicago's Second City improv troupe in 1971.
  • Appeared in an off-Broadway production of National Lampoon's Lemmings in 1973 alongside future Saturday Night Live cast members Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest.
  • On his 30th birthday in 1979, had the number one movie (National Lampoon's Animal House), the number one album (the Blues Brothers' Briefcase Full of Blues) and the highest rated late-night program (SNL).
  • Based his role as a newspaper columnist in Continental Divide (1981) on Mike Royko, who was a friend of his father's.
  • At his funeral in Martha's Vineyard, James Taylor sang "That Lonesome Road."
  • Actors who have portrayed Belushi on-screen include Michael Chiklis, Eric Siegel and Tyler Labine.


  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee


  • Marian Belushi-Miles — Sister
  • William Belushi — Brother
  • Adam Belushi — Father
  • Jim Belushi — Brother
  • Agnes Belushi — Mother
  • Judith Belushi-Pisano — Wife


  • Attended University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Whitewater, WI; attended College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

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  • Birth Name: John Adam Belushi
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Died: March 5, 1982
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer

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