Jim Belushi
Jim Belushi
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Born James Adam Belushi
(1954-06-15) June 15, 1954 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names James Belushi, "The Belush", Zee Blues
Education Southern Illinois University
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, musician
Years active 1977-present
Sandra Davenport (m. 1980; div. 1988)
Marjorie Bransfield (m. 1990; div. 1992)
Jennifer Sloan (m. 1998)
Children 3; including Robert Belushi
Relatives John Belushi (brother)
Billy Belushi (brother)
Marian Belushi Miles (sister)
Website jimbelushi.ws

James Adam Belushi (; born June 15, 1954) is an Albanian - American comic actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and musician.[1]

He is the younger brother of comic actor John Belushi and father of actor Robert Belushi. He played the role of Jim Orenthal on the sitcom According to Jim (2001-2009). His other television roles include Saturday Night Live (1983-1985), Wild Palms (1993), Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994-1997), Show Me a Hero (2015) and Twin Peaks (2017).

Belushi has appeared in films such as Thief (1981), Trading Places (1983), About Last Night (1986), Salvador (1986), Red Heat (1988), K-9 (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), Curly Sue (1991), Jingle All the Way (1996), Underdog (2007) and The Ghost Writer (2010).

Early life

Belushi was born in Chicago[1] to Adam Anastos Belushi, an Albanian from the city of Korçë, in Albania[2] and Agnes Demetri Samaras Belushi,[3] daughter of Albanians from Korçë.[4] He was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: older brother John, his older sister, Marian, and a younger brother, Billy.[3][5][6][7] After graduating from Wheaton Central High School, Jim Belushi attended the College of DuPage and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts.

Career

From 1977 to 1980, Belushi, like his older brother John Belushi, worked with the Chicago theater group The Second City. During this period, Belushi made his television debut in 1978's Who's Watching the Kids and also had a small part in Brian De Palma's The Fury. His first significant role was in Michael Mann's Thief (1981). After his elder brother John's death, from 1983 to 1985 he appeared on Saturday Night Live; he portrayed characters such as Hank Rippy from "Hello, Trudy!" and "That White Guy". Belushi also appeared in the film Trading Places as a drunk man in a gorilla suit during a New Year's Eve party. He made a guest appearance in Faerie Tale Theatre's third-season episode Pinocchio, starring Paul Reubens as the titular puppet.

Belushi rose to greater prominence with his supporting roles in The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), About Last Night..., Salvador and Little Shop of Horrors (as Patrick Martin) (all 1986), which opened up opportunities for lead roles. He has starred in films including Real Men, The Principal, Red Heat, Homer and Eddie, K-9, Dimenticare Palermo, Taking Care of Business, Mr. Destiny, Only the Lonely, Curly Sue, Once Upon A Crime, Wild Palms, Royce, Race the Sun, Jingle All The Way, Separate Lives, Retroactive, Gang Related, Angel's Dance and Joe Somebody (2001).

His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, The Pebble and the Penguin, Babes in Toy land, Gargoyles and Hey Arnold!, and the more recent Hoodwinked, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King and The Wild. He also lent his vocal talents for 9: The Last Resort (a PC game released in 1995), in which he portrayed "Salty", a coarse yet helpful character. In 1997, he portrayed the "Masked Mutant" in the Goosebumps PC video game, alongside Adam West as "The Galloping Gazelle". On January 4, 2001, Belushi appeared on the ER episode "Piece of Mind". The episode focused on both Dr. Mark Greene's life-or-death brain surgery in New York and Belushi's character, who had been in a car accident with his son in Chicago. Belushi's performance contributed to his re-emergence in the public eye, and the following year he was cast as the title role in ABC's According to Jim.[8] His first animation voice-over was as a pimple on Krum's head in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters on Nickelodeon. That performance led him to be cast in the continuing role as Simon the Monster Hunter in that series, where he ad-libbed much of his own dialogue.

Belushi in House of Blues in Houston, 2008

In 2003, Belushi and Dan Aykroyd released the album Have Love, Will Travel, and participated in an accompanying tour. He also performs at various venues nationwide as Zee Blues in an updated version of The Blues Brothers. He released his first book, Real Men Don't Apologize, in May 2006. Recently, Belushi was a narrator of an NFL offensive linemen commercial. Belushi also introduced the starting lineups for the University of Illinois football team during ABC's telecast of the 2008 Rose Bowl.

He appeared in MC Hammer's video "Too Legit to Quit" in 1991 (in the extended full-length version). He also hosted a celebration rally for the Chicago Cubs playoff series in Chicago prior to the 2008 World Series. Steve Dahl has dubbed him "The Funniest Living Belushi."

In 2010, Belushi was cast in a pilot for CBS called The Defenders a series about defense lawyers.[9] The one-hour series premiered on September 22, 2010.[10] In two episodes in 2011, Belushi was paired with Blues Brothers partner Dan Aykroyd.[11][12] On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS.[13] In 2011, he was cast as corrupt businessman Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, which opened on Broadway in late April.[14]

Personal life

Belushi has been married three times and has three children. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980, and the couple had a son, Robert James (also an actor, born October 23, 1980). Belushi was married to actress Marjorie Bransfield from 1990 to 1992. He has been married to Jennifer Sloan since May 2, 1998. The couple has a daughter, Jamison Bess (born July 28, 1999), and a son, Jared James (born February 8, 2002). Belushi is closely linked to his Albanian heritage and received honorary Albanian citizenship from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi.[15] Belushi is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.[16]

In 2011, Belushi announced that he suffered from gout, and became a spokesman for Savient Pharmaceuticals' educational campaign "Check Out Your Gout".[17][18] He has also appeared on the cover of and been interviewed by Cigar Aficionado magazine.[19]

Belushi endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. On a Fox News interview, he explained "When you talk to the President in private, he's a cool guy, who knows what he's doing. Besides, I'm from Chicago too." [20]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Fury Beach Bum Uncredited
1981 Thief Barry
1983 Trading Places Harvey
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe Morris
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Patrick Martin Cameo
1986 Salvador Doctor Rock
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Sperry Repair Man
1986 About Last Night... Bernie Litgo
1987 The Principal Principal Rick Latimer
1987 Real Men Nick Pirandello
1988 Red Heat Det. Sgt. Arthur Ridzik
1989 K-9 Detective Michael Dooley
1989 Wedding Band Reverend
1989 Homer and Eddie Homer Lanza
1989 Who's Harry Crumb? Man on Bus Uncredited cameo
1990 Taking Care of Business Jimmy Dworski
1990 Mr. Destiny Larry Joseph Burrows
1990 Masters of Menace Gypsy
1990 Dimenticare Palermo Carmine Bonavia
1990 Wedding Band Reverend
1991 Curly Sue Bill Dancer
1991 Diary of a Hitman Shandy
1991 Only the Lonely Salvatore Buonarte
1991 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe Principal Rick Latimer
1992 Traces of Red Jack Dobson
1992 Once Upon a Crime Neil
1993 Last Action Hero Himself Cameo
1995 Canadian Bacon Charles Jackal
1995 Separate Lives Tom Beckwith
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Rocko Voice
1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio Tuerto
1995 Irving Gay Vampire #2 Cameo
1996 Jingle All the Way Mall Santa
1996 Race the Sun Frank Machi
1996 Gold in the Streets Mario
1997 Gang Related Frank Divinci
1997 Retroactive Frank Lloyd
1997 Living in Peril Harrison/Oliver
1997 Disney's Bad Baby Dad Voice
1997 Wag the Dog Himself
1997 Babes in Toyland Gonzargo Voice
1998 Overnight Delivery Overnight Delivery Boss Scenes deleted
1999 Angel's Dance Stevie 'The Rose' Rosellini
1999 Made Men Bill "The Mouth" Manucci
1999 K-911 Detective Michael Dooley Direct-to-DVD
1999 The Florentine Billy Belasco
1999 The Nuttiest Nutcracker Reginald the Mouse King Voice
Direct-to-DVD
2000 Return to Me Joe Dayton
2001 Joe Somebody Chuck Scarett
2002 Snow Dogs Demon Voice cameo
2002 Pinocchio The Farmer English Dub
2002 One Way Out Harry Wooltz
2002 K-9: P.I. Detective Michael Dooley Direct-to-DVD
2003 Easy Six Elvis
2004 DysEnchanted Doctor (The Shrink)
2005 Hoodwinked! Kirk the Woodsman Voice
2005 My Neighbors the Yamadas Takashi English Dub
2006 The Wild Benny Voice
2006 Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly Tugger Voice[21]
2007 Underdog Dan Unger
2007 Once Upon a Christmas Village Santa Claus Voice
Short film
2007 Farce of the Penguins "They're all Bitches" Penguin Voice
Direct-to-DVD
2008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King Glob Voice
Direct-to-DVD
2008 Snow Buddies Saint Bernie Voice
Direct-to-DVD
2010 The Ghost Writer John Maddox
2011 Cougars, Inc. Dan Fox
2011 New Year's Eve Building Super
2012 The Secret Lives of Dorks Bronko
2012 Thunderstruck Coach Amross
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Lion Voice
2015 Home Sweet Hell Les
2016 Undrafted Jim
2016 The Whole Truth Boone Lassiter
2016 The Hollow Point Diaz
2016 Katie Says Goodbye Bear
2017 Wonder Wheel Humpty Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978-1979 Who's Watching the Kids? Bert Gunkel 11 episodes
1979 Working Stiffs Ernie O'Rourke 9 episodes
1981 Stories from My Childhood Peter the Repeater Bird (voice) Episode: "Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet"
1982 Laverne & Shirley Wheezer Episode: "Of Mice and Men"
1983-1985 Saturday Night Live Various 33 episodes; also writer
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Mario Episode: "Pinocchio"
1984 The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade Saint Valentine Television film
1986 The Birthday Boy Bob Television film
1993 Wild Palms Harry Wyckoff 5 episodes
1993 The Building Billy Shoe Episode: "Yakkity Yak Don't Talk"
1994 Royce Shane Royce Television film
1994 Parallel Lives Nick Dimas Television film
1994-1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Simon the Monster Hunter (voice) 8 episodes
1995 Sahara Sergeant Joe Gunn Television film
1995 Santo Bugito Santo Bugito (voice) Episode: "Load 'O Bees"
1995 Duckman Saul Monella / Police Officer (voice) Episode: "America the Beautiful"
1995 Pinky and the Brain Additional characters (voice) 3 episodes
1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (voice) Episode: "Wet Paint/News Blues/Copy Cat"
1995-1996 Gargoyles Fang (voice) 3 episodes
1996 Timon & Pumbaa Male Warthog (voice) Episode: "Home Is Where the Hog Is"
1996 The Tick Mr. Fleener (voice) Episode: "The Tick vs. Education"
1996 KaBlam! Louie the chameleon (voice) Episode: "Built for Speed"
1996-1997 Mighty Ducks Phil Palmfeather (voice) 23 episodes
1996-1999 Hey Arnold! Coach Jack Wittenberg (voice) 4 episodes
1997 Total Security Steve Wegman 13 episodes
1997 Dog's Best Friend Skippy (voice) Television film
1997 Cow and Chicken Butch (voice) Episode: "School Bully/Time Machine"
1997 Life with Louie Jack (voice) Episode: "The Making of a President"
1997 The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series Jake (voice) 8 episodes
1997-1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1998 Hercules Nestor (voice) 2 episodes
1999 Justice Frank Spello Television film
1999 Hooves of Fire Santa Claus / Tapir (voices) Television special
2000 Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Pat Laughlin Television film
2000-2001 Beggars and Choosers Freddy Falco 4 episodes
2001 ER Dan Harris Episode: "Piece of Mind"
2001-2009 According to Jim James "Jim" Orenthal 182 episodes; also executive producer
2002 Rugrats Santa Claus (voice) Episode: "Babies in Toyland Part 1"
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Asa Buckwald (voice) Episode: "Scooby-Doo Christmas"
2002, 2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Coach Gruber (voice) 2 episodes
2003 Ozzy & Drix Captain Quinine (voice) Episode: "The Conqueror Worm"
2003 I'm with Her Leslie Buren Episode: "The Second Date"
2004 Less than Perfect Eddie Smirkoff Episode: "Arctic Nights"
2005 George Lopez The Inspector Episode: "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition"
2005 Fatherhood Officer (voice) Episode: "Truth or Scare"
2006 Casper's Scare School Alder (voice) Television film
2009 Handy Manny Sal (voice) Episode: "Francisco Comes to Town/Broken Drawbridge"
2010-2011 The Defenders Nick Morelli 18 episodes
2012 Doc McStuffins Glo-Bo (voice) 6 episodes
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings Mr. Cross (voice) Television film
2015 Show Me a Hero Angelo R. Martinelli 3 episodes
2015 Building Belushi Himself 6 episodes
2015 Urban Cowboy Marshall Stoval Pilot
2015-2016 TripTank Guy / Dad (voices) 2 episodes
2015-2016 Good Girls Revolt William "Wick" McFadden 6 episodes
2016 The 7D Coach Coachy (voice) Episode: "Giggleberries/Jollyball Anyone?"
2017 Twin Peaks Bradley Mitchum 6 episodes
2017 Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Coach Wittenberg (voice) Television film[22]

Video games

Year Title Voice role
1996 9: The Last Resort Salty
1998 Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant The Masked Mutant

Characters on Saturday Night Live

  • Hank Rippy (Hello, Trudy!)
  • Man on the Street Jesse Donnelly
  • That White Guy, a stereotypical Caucasian man who can rap

Celebrity impersonations

References

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  2. ^ "Denny-Mahoney - User Trees - Genealogy.com". www.genealogy.com. Retrieved 2017. 
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  4. ^ "Denny-Mahoney - User Trees - Genealogy.com". www.genealogy.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "Saturday Night Live Bio". NBC. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ "John Belushi Biography (1949-1982)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ Broyard, Anatole (June 2, 1984). "Close-Up of John Belushi". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Jim Belushi stars as suburban father in According to Jim". Biography.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Jim Belushi eyes CBS' 'Defenders'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ "'The Defenders' stars Jerry O'Connell, Jim Belushi chat with CBS 6". WRGB. September 16, 2010. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2010. 
  12. ^ "TV Highlights: Dan Aykroyd on 'The Defenders'; Dina Lohan on '20/20'; 'Gold Rush: Alaska' finale". The Washington Post. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Defenders Cancelled by CBS; $#*! My Dad Says Cancelled by CBS; Mad Love Cancelled by CBS - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. May 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ "Born Yesterday, Starring Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda, Sets Dates at Broadway's Cort Theatre". Broadway.com. 
  15. ^ "Xhejms Belushi merr shtetësinë shqiptare" [James Belushi gets Albanian citizenship]. Shekulli (in Albanian). Tirana. October 10, 2009. Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved 2011. 
  16. ^ "Jim Belushi loves his teams--and his haters". RedEye Chicago. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ "Savient Pharmaceuticals and Jim Belushi Launch 'Check Out Your Gout' Educational Campaign" (Press release). Savient Pharmaceuticals. November 7, 2011. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ Dougherty, Christopher (December 6, 2012). "'King of comedy' Jim Belushi speaks out about gout". FoxNews.com. Fox News Network, LLC. Retrieved 2016. Belushi found relief from his gout by taking the medicine allopurinol, which eliminated his high levels of uric acid. However, for people suffering from RCG, conventional treatment such as this may be ineffective. Belushi has partnered with the website http://checkoutyourgout.com/ in hopes of sending a message to gout sufferers that they don't have to live in pain. 
  19. ^ Rhodes, Joe (March 1, 1994). "Jim Belushi's Big Year". Cigar Aficionado.
  20. ^ "Obama Courts Campaign Donors on West Coast". Huffington Post. February 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tugger". tuggerjeep.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! movie gets title; 19 original voice actors returning Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved June 13, 2016

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