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James Belushi

James Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, 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. The third of four children - his brother was John Belushi - he grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. A high school teacher, impressed by his improvisational skills while giving speeches, convinced him to to be in a school play. After that, he joined the school's drama club. Today, if asked why he got involved in acting, he will jokingly say, "Because of girls. In the drama club, there were about 20 girls and six guys. And the same thing with choir - more girls!". He attended the College of DuPage and Southern Illinois University, where he graduated with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts.In 1977, he joined Chicago's Second City improv troupe and remained for three years. In 1979, Garry Marshall saw Jim performing for Second City and arranged for him to come to Hollywood and co-star in the TV pilot Who's Watching the Kids (1978) for Paramount and, then, for a role in the series Working Stiffs (1979) (co-starring Michael Keaton). Later, in 1983, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (1975) for two years. Jim came to national attention in About Last Night... (1986), playing the role he originated in the Chicago Apollo Theatre's production of David Mamet's Obie-award winning play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago". He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer Sloan, their daughter Jamison and a son, Robert Belushi, from Belushi's first marriage.

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Jun 15, 1954 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Defenders 2010-09-22

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win.

Known For
Poster of According to Jim
The Defenders Nick Morelli 2010-09-22
George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Unknown 2002-01-13
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
According to Jim Jim / ... 2001-10-03
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Hey Arnold! Unknown 1996-10-07
KaBlam! Unknown 1996-10-07
Timon & Pumbaa Unknown 1995-09-08
Pinky and the Brain Unknown 1995-09-09
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Unknown 1994-01-01
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The Tick Unknown 1994
Life with Louie Unknown 1994-12-18
Gargoyles Unknown 1994-10-24
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Unknown 1994-10-29
Wild Palms Harry Wyckoff 1993-05-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Rugrats Unknown 1991-08-11
Faerie Tale Theatre Unknown 1982-09-11
Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11