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Biography of John Belushi

John Belushi
John Belushi
Date of Birth: 24th January, 1949
Date of Death: 5th March, 1982 (Aged 33)
URL: http://www.belushi.com

From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.

John Adam Belushi was born in the United States to Adam Belushi, an Albanian immigrant who left his native village, Qyteze, in 1934 at the age of 15, with his wife Agnes, who was born in the United States to Albanian immigrants as the oldest of four children. He grew up outside of Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois, where he was a high school football player, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the College of DuPage near Chicago. Belushi's brother Jim Belushi is also a successful actor and comedian.

Belushi's first big break as a comedian occurred in 1971, when he joined The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks to his uncanny caricature of singer Joe Cocker's intense and jerky stage presence, he participated in National Lampoon's Lemmings stage show in 1972 (which also featured future Saturday Night Live performer Chevy Chase).

From 1973 to 1975 the National Lampoon aired the Radio Hour, a half-hour comedy program syndicated across the country on approximately 600 stations. When original director Michael O'Donoghue quit in 1974, Belushi took over the reins until the show was canceled. Other players on the show included future SNL regulars Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Chevy Chase. Belushi married Judy Jacklin, an associate producer of the Radio Hour. A number of comic segments first performed on the Radio Hour would be translated into SNL sketches in the show's early seasons.

Belushi achieved national fame with his work on Saturday Night Live, which he joined as one of the original cast members in 1975. Between seasons of the show, he made one of his best-known movies, Animal House.

As several Belushi biographies have noted, on John's 30th birthday (in 1979), he had the Number 1 film in the U.S. (Animal House), the The Blues Brothers album "Briefcase Full Of Blues" was the number 1 album in the U.S., and Saturday Night Live, on which John was a cast member, was the highest-rated late night television program, and one of the most highly-regarded television programs of the day. Being at the top of three different forms of public media (T.V., movies, and music), is considered to be one of Belushi's foremost feats, career-wise, and is one that is often overlooked in the wake of his drug exploits.

He left Saturday Night Live in 1979 to pursue a film career. Belushi would make four more movies in his career, and three of them, 1941, Neighbors, and most notably The Blues Brothers were made with former SNL alumni Dan Aykroyd.

At the time of his death, Belushi was pursuing several movie projects, including "Noble Rot," an adaptation of a script by former The Mary Tyler Moore Show writer/producer Jay Sandrich entitled "Sweet Deception." Belushi was working with former Saturday Night Live colleague Don Novello (known for his character Father Guido Sarducci) in the process of rewriting the script. In addition, Belushi was also considering the lead roles in "The Joy Of Sex," a comic adaptation of the Dr. Alex Comfort sex manual, as well as a part in a Louis Malle movie called "Moon Over Miami." These projects were abandoned in the wake of his death.

In addition, the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters was written (by Aykroyd) with Belushi in mind. The role wound up being played by Belushi's former SNL castmate Bill Murray.

Featured Movie Scenes

The Blues Brothers
John Belushi featured in many scenes in this movie.
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John Belushi appears on the following Blues Brothers Albums:

Briefcase Full of Blues (1978)
Briefcase Full of Blues (1978)

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