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Jim Belushi
James Belushi in 2007
BornJames Adam Belushi
(1954-06-15) June 15, 1954 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceBrentwood, Los Angeles, California
NationalityUnited States and Albania[1]
Other names"The Belush", Zee Blues
OccupationActor, Comedian, Singer, Musician
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Sloan (1998–present; 2 children)
Marjorie Bransfield (1990–1992; divorced)
Sandra Davenport (1980–1988; divorced; 1 child)
ParentsAdam Belushi (father)
Agnes Belushi (mother)
RelativesJohn Belushi (brother)
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Jim Belushi
James Belushi in 2007
BornJames Adam Belushi
(1954-06-15) June 15, 1954 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceBrentwood, Los Angeles, California
NationalityUnited States and Albania[1]
Other names"The Belush", Zee Blues
OccupationActor, Comedian, Singer, Musician
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Sloan (1998–present; 2 children)
Marjorie Bransfield (1990–1992; divorced)
Sandra Davenport (1980–1988; divorced; 1 child)
ParentsAdam Belushi (father)
Agnes Belushi (mother)
RelativesJohn Belushi (brother)

James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to Jim, and is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi.

Early life[edit]

Belushi was born in Chicago. His mother, Agnes Demetri (Samaras), was the daughter of Albanian immigrants, and his father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë.[2][3] Jim was raised in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb, along with his three siblings: older brother John, his sister, Marian, and a younger brother, Billy.[4][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.


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). K-9 produced two sequels that were released straight to video, K-911, featuring Mac, Sonto & Reno as "Jerry Lee", K-9: P.I., featuring King as "Jerry Lee", and George Lopez as the building inspector in "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition".[8]

His voice work includes The Mighty Ducks, The Pebble and the Penguin, Babes in Toyland, 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. 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.

Belushi started to take interest in his Albanian ancestry. During his visit to Tirana on November 11, 2008, he received the order Honor of the Nation from the President of Albania, H.E. Bamir Topi. On October 9, 2009, he received Albanian citizenship.[9][10][11] 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.[12] The one-hour series premiered on September 22, 2010.[13] In two episodes in 2011, Belushi was paired with Blues Brothers partner Dan Aykroyd.[14][15] On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS.[16] In 2011, he was cast as corrupt businessman Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, which opened on Broadway in late April.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Belushi has been married three times and has three children. He married Sandra Davenport on May 17, 1980 and had a son, Robert James (also an actor, born October 23, 1981), with her before they divorced. He was married to Marjorie Bransfield from 1990 to 1992. He has been married to Jennifer Sloan since May 2, 1998, with whom he 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 recently received honorary Albanian citizenship from the President of Albania, Bamir Topi.[11] Belushi is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

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

In 2012, Belushi endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic President Barack Obama.[20]


1978The FuryBeach BumUncredited, Film debut
1979Working StiffsErnie O'Rourke9 episodes
1983Trading PlacesHarvey
1983–1985Saturday Night LiveVarious33 episodes
1985The Man with One Red ShoeMorris
1986Little Shop of HorrorsPatrick MartinCameo Appearance
SalvadorDoctor Rock
Jumpin' Jack FlashCab driver, police officer, Sperry repair man
About Last Night...Bernie Litgo
1987The PrincipalRick Latimer
Real MenNick Pirandello
1988Red HeatDet. Sgt. Arthur Ridzik
1989K-9Detective Michael Dooley
Homer and EddieHomer Lanza
Who's Harry Crumb?Man on Busuncredited
1990Taking Care of BusinessJimmy Dworski
Mr. DestinyLarry Joseph Burrows
Masters of MenaceGypsy
Dimenticare PalermoCarmine Bonavia
Wedding BandReverend
1991Curly SueBill Dancer
Diary of a HitmanShandy
Only the LonelySalvatore Buonarte
Abraxas, Guardian of the UniversePrincipal Latimer
1992Traces of RedJack Dobson
Once Upon a CrimeNeil
1993Wild PalmsHarry Wyckoff(mini-series)
Last Action HeroHimself
1994RoyceShane RoyceTelevision
Parallel LivesTelevision
Aaahh!!! Real MonstersSimon the Monster Hunter8 Episodes
1995SaharaSergeant Joe GunnTelevision
Canadian BaconCharles Jackal
Separate LivesTom Beckwith
GargoylesFang3 episodes, 1995–1996
The Pebble and the PenguinRockoVoice
Destiny Turns on the RadioTuerto
IrvingGay Vampire #2
1996Jingle All the WayMall Santa
Race the SunFrank Machi
Gold in the StreetsMario
Pinky and the BrainAdditional voices3 episodes
Mighty DucksPhil Palmfeather3 episodes
Hey Arnold!Coach Jack Wittenberg4 episodes, 1996–1999
9: The Last ResortSaltyVoice
1997Gang RelatedFrank DivinciAlongside Tupac Shakur
RetroactiveFrank LloydTime travel
Living in PerilHarrison/Oliver
Disney's Bad BabyDadVoice
Wag the DogHimself (as Jim Belushi)
Total SecuritySteve Wegman13 episodes
1998Overnight DeliveryOvernight Delivery Bossscenes deleted
1999Angel's DanceStevie 'The Rose' Rosellini
Made MenBill "The Mouth" Manucci
K-911Detective Michael DooleyVideo
My Neighbors the YamadasTakashivoice: English version
The FlorentineBilly Belasco
2000Return to MeJoe Dayton
Who Killed Atlanta's Children?Pat Laughlin
2001Joe SomebodyChuck Scarett
According to JimJames "Jim" Orenthal182 episodes, 2001–2009
ERDan Harris1 episode
2002Snow DogsDemonVoice (small role)
PinocchioThe Farmer(English voice)
One Way OutHarry Wooltz
K-9: P.I.Detective Michael Dooley
2003Easy SixElvis
2004DysEnchantedDoctor (The Shrink)
Less Than PerfectEddie Smirkoff
2005Hoodwinked!Kirk the woodsmanVoice
2006Casper's Scare SchoolAlderVoice
The WildBennyVoice
Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly[21]TuggerVoice
2007UnderdogDan Unger (Father)
Once Upon a Christmas VillageSanta ClausVoice
2008Scooby-Doo and the Goblin KingGoblinVoice
Snow BuddiesSaint BernieVoice
2010The Ghost WriterJohn Maddox
The DefendersNick MorelliTelevision
2011Cougars, Inc.Dan Fox
New Year's EveBuilding Super
2012The Secret Lives of DorksBronko
ThunderstruckCoach Amross
Doc McStuffinsGlo-BoVoice, 6 episodes
2014Legends of Oz: Dorothy's ReturnLionVoice
North of HellLes
2015The Whole Truth[22]Filming

Characters on Saturday Night Live[edit]

Celebrity impersonations[edit]


  1. ^ In Albania, Jim Belushi picks up citizenship and an ad gig
  2. ^ http://www.jimbelushi.ws/biography.htm
  3. ^ http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/a/h/Denny-Mahoney/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0540.html
  4. ^ "Saturday Night Live Bio". NBC. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "John Belushi Biography (1949–1982)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broyard, Anatole (June 2, 1984). "Close-Up Of John Belushi". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Dunham, Chris (July 12, 2009). "Before They Were Belushis (or Blues Brothers)". Genealogywise.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jim Belushi, Poster Child For The Desperately Seeking A Hit Foundation, Isn't The Only Actor Stuck In A Box-office Drought.". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ Presidenti Topi i dorëzon aktorit të mirënjohur holliudian, Xhejms Belushi, dekretin për marrjen e nënshtetësisë shqiptare., Presidency of Albania, 2009-10-09
  10. ^ DEKRET PËR DHËNIE TE SHTETËSISË SHQIPTARE NR. 6274., Presidency of Albania
  11. ^ a b "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 January 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Jim Belushi eyes CBS' 'Defenders'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ "'The Defenders' stars Jerry O'Connell, Jim Belushi chat with CBS 6". WRGB. September 16, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  15. ^ "TV Highlights: Dan Aykroyd on 'The Defenders'; Dina Lohan on '20/20'; 'Gold Rush: Alaska' finale". The Washington Post. February 18, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Defenders Cancelled by CBS; $#*! My Dad Says Cancelled by CBS; Mad Love Cancelled by CBS - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  17. ^ "Born Yesterday, Starring Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda, Sets Dates at Broadway's Cort Theatre". Broadway.com. 
  18. ^ "Savient Pharmaceuticals and Jim Belushi Launch 'Check Out Your Gout' Educational Campaign" (Press release). Savient Pharmaceuticals. November 7, 2011. 
  19. ^ Rhodes, Joe (March 1, 1994). "Jim Belushi's Big Year". Cigar Aficionado.
  20. ^ "Obama Courts Campaign Donors On West Coast". Huffington Post. 2012-02-16. 
  21. ^ Tugger
  22. ^ "Jim Belushi Joins The Cast Of Courtney Hunt's Courtroom Drama "THE WHOLE TRUTH"". The Movie Network. 10 July 2014. 

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