James Belushi Movies and Career Information

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Jun 15, 1954
Chicago
Actor

James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for his title role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the American sitcom According to Jim. He is the younger brother of the late John Belushi. Jim Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Agnes (née Samaras), who was of Albanian descent, and Adam Belushi (1918-1996), an Albanian immigrant and restaurant operator who left his native village, Qyteza, in 1934 at the age of sixteen. 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".

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