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 Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
Adam Belushi — Father
Jim Belushi — Brother
Judith Belushi-Pisano — Wife
Agnes Belushi — Mother
William Belushi — Brother
Marian Belushi-Miles — Sister
Attended University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States; attended College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States