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James Belushi

James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian and musician, the younger brother of late comedian John Belushi. He currently stars in the sitcom According to Jim.

Biography

Early life

Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Agnes B. (née Samaras), a first-generation Albanian American who worked as a cashier, and Adam Belushi, an Albanian immigrant and restaurant operator who left his native village, Qytezë, in 1934 at the age of fifteen. After graduating from Wheaton Central High School, Belushi attended the College of DuPage and graduated from Southern Illinois University 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 the 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 appears in the film Trading Places as a drunk man in a gorilla suit during a New Year's Eve party. Jim 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 Only the Lonely, 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 Once Upon A Crime 1987; Real Men (1987), The Principal (1987), Red Heat (1988), Homer and Eddie, Joe Somebody (1989) K-9 (1989) which starred a real life police dog from Kansas City, Missouri named Rondo (played as "Jerry Lee" and was later killed in police action in 1991) and produced two sequels that were released straight to video; K-911 (1999) starring Mac, Sonto & Reno as "Jerry Lee" and K-9: P.I. (2002) starring King as "Jerry Lee", Dimenticare Palermo (1989), Taking Care of Business (1990), Mr. Destiny (1990), Curly Sue (1991), Wild Palms (1993), Royce (1994), Race the Sun (1996), Retroactive (1997), Gang Related (1997), and Angel's Dance (1999).

His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, Babes in Toyland, Gargoyles, and Hey Arnold!, and the more recent Hoodwinked and The Wild. He also lended his vocal talents for 9: The Last Resort (a PC game released in 1995), in which he portrayed 'Salty' a coarse yet helpful character. 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 reemergence in the public eye, and the following year he was cast as the titular role in ABC's According to Jim. His first animation voice-over was as a pimple on Krum's head in "Ahhhh! 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 dialogue.

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 had his first book released, Real Men Don't Apologize, Real Women Don't Sass Back, 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.

Personal life

Belushi has been married 3 times and has three children. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980 and had a son, Robert (born 1981), with her.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Thief Barry
1983 Trading Places Harvey
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe Morris
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Patrick
1986 Salvador Doctor Rock
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Various - Cab Driver, Police officer, Repair Man
1986 About Last Night Bernie Litgo
1987 The Principal Rick Latimer
1987 Real Men Nick Pirandello
1988 Red Heat Det. Sgt. Art Ridzic (Ridžić)
1989 K-9 Detective Michael Dooley
1990 Taking Care of Business Jimmy Dworski
1990 Mr. Destiny Larry Joseph Burrows
1991 Curly Sue Bill Dancer
1991 Diary of a Hitman Shandy
1992 Traces of Red Jack Dobson
1992 Once Upon A Crime Neil
1993 Wild Palms (mini-series) Harry Wyckoff
1993 Last Action Hero Himself
1994 Royce Shane Royce
1995 Sahara Sergeant, Joe Gunn
1995 Canadian Bacon Reporter, Charles Jackal
1995 Gargoyles Fang Voice Actor
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Rocko Voice Actor
1996 Jingle All the Way Mall Santa
1996 Race the Sun Frank Machi
1997 Gang Related Frank Divinci Alongside Tupac Shakur
1997 Retroactive Frank Time travel
1999 Angel's Dance Stevie Rosellini
1999 Made Men Bill "The Mouth" Manucci
1999 K-911 Detective Michael Dooley
2001 Joe Somebody Chuck Scarett
2002 Snow Dogs Demon Voice Actor
2002 Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Farmer (English voice)
2002 K-9: P.I Detective Michael Dooley
2005 My Neighbors the Yamadas Takashi Yamada Voice Actor
2006 Hoodwinked Woodsman Voice Actor
2006 The Wild Benny Voice Actor
2007 Underdog Dan Unger (Father)
2008 Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Goblin Voice Actor

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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