James Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago. The third of four children - his brother was John Belushi - he grew up in Wheaton, Illinois.
A high school teacher, impressed by his improvisational skills while giving speeches, convinced him to to be in a school play. After that he joined the school's drama club. Today if asked why he got involved in acting, he will jokingly say, "Because of girls. In the drama club, there were about 20 girls and six guys. And the same thing with choir - more girls!". He attended the College of Dupage and Southern Illinois University, where he graduated with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts.
In 1977 he joined Chicago's Second City improv troupe and remained for three years. In 1979 Garry Marshall saw Jim performing for Second City and arranged for him to come to Hollywood and co-star in the TV pilot "Who's Watching the Kids" (1978) for Paramount, and then for a role in the series "Working Stiffs" (1979) (co-starring Michael Keaton). Later, in 1983, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) for two years. Jim came to national attention in About Last Night... (1986), playing the role he originated in the Chicago Apollo Theatre's production of David Mamet's Obie-award winning play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago". He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer, their daughter Jamison and a son, Robert, from Belushi's first marriage.
Blue Man Group, Jim Belushi highlight Lied Center season
Lincoln Journal Star
Big-name artists for the season include actor Jim Belushi with the the Chicago Board of Comedy (Nov. 15); banjo great Bela Fleck, performing with Abigail Washburn and the Del McCoury Band (Feb. 13); Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen (March 21); and ...
Meyer Theatre's new season features Belushi, Boone, Temptations
Green Bay Press Gazette
Debby Boone for “Swing This'': 8 p.m. Oct. 18. The singer famous for the hit “You Light Up My Life'' (and the daughter of singer Pat Boone) sings swing tunes. » Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy: 8 p.m. Nov. 7. The “According to Jim'' and Blues ...
“Game of Thrones”: Angry Birds
I'm loving these two – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have a spinoff that's basically Curly Sue but instead of Jim Belushi it's a fat dude with a deformed face and a brother who was way more famous than him? Hound also tosses in a “F*ck Joffrey, f*ck the ...
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