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 Jim Belushi Biography

Jim Belushi has been a favorite of film, television, and stage audiences for more than 30 years, one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band.

A proud Chicagoan, Belushi graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in speech, education, and theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago's famed Second City from 1976 to 1980. In 1979 he left for Hollywood, when writer-producer Garry Marshall cast him in the Paramount Television series Who's Watching the Kids and later in Working Stiffs with Michael Keaton.

Currently starring on CBS' hit one-hour drama The Defenders, Belushi plays a colorful defense attorney in Las Vegas who will do anything to win for his clients. The show co-stars Jerry O'Connell, and has earned solid ratings and reviews. Starting February 4th, The Defenders airs on Friday nights at 8:00pm on CBS. And coming up on the horizon, from April to July of 2011, you can see Belushi star in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" on Broadway. This revival, directed by Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes, was first staged in 1948, and was later made into a film starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford.

Belushi is no freshman to television. In 1983 he wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. Among his other television credits as an actor are the Oliver Stone/ABC miniseries Wild Palms, the movie Sahara for Showtime, and the critically acclaimed series Beggars and Choosers. Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy According to Jim, in which he played the husband in a marriage that actually works, and the father of five young children. He also served as executive producer, music composer, and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007.

Belushi's first film was Michael Mann's Thief in which he played James Caan's partner in crime, but it was his work in Edward Zwick's About Last Night with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore that brought Belushi his first serious attention as a film star. In the 1986 feature, he reprised the role that he had played on stage in David Mamet's Obie Award-winning "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," from which the film was adapted. His feature credits since then show an extraordinary range: He was James Woods' spacey DJ buddy, "Dr. Rock," in Oliver Stone's Salvador; the mentally handicapped dishwasher befriended by Whoopi Goldberg in the Andrei Konchalovsky film Homer and Eddie; and the defiant high school principal standing up to drug dealers in The Principal. Most recently, Belushi traveled to Berlin to shoot the part of a hard-talking publisher in Roman Polanski's The Ghost.

In 2000, Belushi co-starred in MGM's Return to Me, directed by Bonnie Hunt and starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, and he received rave reviews for his work with Gregory Hines in Showtime's Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Other starring roles include Joe Somebody; the K-9 franchise for Universal Studios; Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger; John Hughes' Curly Sue; Taking Care of Business; Once Upon a Crime; Mr. Destiny; Only the Lonely; The Man with One Red Shoe; Real Men; Jumpin' Jack Flash; Jingle All the Way; Retroactive; and Gang Related with Tupac Shakur. Belushi was recently cast in the Disney live-action feature film version of the cartoon Underdog. Additionally, he voices the Squirrel in the animated feature The Wild, and the Woodsman in the animated feature Hoodwinked. He has leant his voice to hundreds of animated television shows from The Mighty Ducks to The Tick and AAAHH! Real Monsters; Scooby Doo to Superman. You will also see him in the upcoming independent features The Secret Lives of Dorks and Cougars, Inc.

Belushi has also stayed close to his stage background, starring on Broadway in Herb Gardner's acclaimed "Conversations with My Father" at the Royal Theatre, and for Joseph Papp as the "Pirate King" in "Pirates of Penzance." He starred off-Broadway in "True West" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of John Guare's "Moon Over Miami," and in Richard Nelson's "Baal" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Besides acting, Belushi loves music. His band, The Sacred Hearts, is the Official House Band for the House of Blues chain. They are a rhythm and blues band who have been together for 14 years, performing 40 nights a year at clubs, casinos, and corporate events all over the country. With his harmonica in hand, Belushi and the band have entertained President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Senators, and other politicians. Big Men Big Music is a project that Belushi started with his friend, Dan Aykroyd, after spending ten years together performing as The Blues Brothers. In September 2005, they opened for the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field in Chicago, and performed at the SARS benefit in Toronto for over 400,000 people, which the Rolling Stones also headlined. Their CD, Have Love, Will Travel, was number one on the blues chart. Belushi currently has five CDs out: Blues Brothers Live from Chicago, The Sacred Hearts' 36 x 22 x 36, The Big Men Big Music CD, Have Love Will Travel, and the recently-released According to Jim soundtrack.

Belushi has also added authorship to his repertoire as he released his first book in May of 2006, entitled Real Men: According to Jim. In it, Belushi explains how to do just about everything – from picking up women and choosing your friends, to sticking up for yourself and how not to apologize.

A dedicated husband and father, Belushi has little time outside career and family. In his spare time he participates in many charities, and has made a major commitment as founder and member of the board of the John Belushi Scholarship Fund, which supports the College of Du Page, and the Chicago Academy of the Arts for students pursuing performance and visual arts education.

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    Booking fees for Jim Belushi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Belushi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jim Belushi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Belushi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Belushi for your next private or corporate function.
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Jim Belushi Biography

Jim Belushi has been a favorite of film, television, and stage audiences for more than 30 years, one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band.

A proud Chicagoan, Belushi graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in speech, education, and theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago's famed Second City from 1976 to 1980. In 1979 he left for Hollywood, when writer-producer Garry Marshall cast him in the Paramount Television series Who's Watching the Kids and later in Working Stiffs with Michael Keaton.

Currently starring on CBS' hit one-hour drama The Defenders, Belushi plays a colorful defense attorney in Las Vegas who will do anything to win for his clients. The show co-stars Jerry O'Connell, and has earned solid ratings and reviews. Starting February 4th, The Defenders airs on Friday nights at 8:00pm on CBS. And coming up on the horizon, from April to July of 2011, you can see Belushi star in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" on Broadway. This revival, directed by Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes, was first staged in 1948, and was later made into a film starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford.

Belushi is no freshman to television. In 1983 he wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. Among his other television credits as an actor are the Oliver Stone/ABC miniseries Wild Palms, the movie Sahara for Showtime, and the critically acclaimed series Beggars and Choosers. Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy According to Jim, in which he played the husband in a marriage that actually works, and the father of five young children. He also served as executive producer, music composer, and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007.

Belushi's first film was Michael Mann's Thief in which he played James Caan's partner in crime, but it was his work in Edward Zwick's About Last Night with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore that brought Belushi his first serious attention as a film star. In the 1986 feature, he reprised the role that he had played on stage in David Mamet's Obie Award-winning "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," from which the film was adapted. His feature credits since then show an extraordinary range: He was James Woods' spacey DJ buddy, "Dr. Rock," in Oliver Stone's Salvador; the mentally handicapped dishwasher befriended by Whoopi Goldberg in the Andrei Konchalovsky film Homer and Eddie; and the defiant high school principal standing up to drug dealers in The Principal. Most recently, Belushi traveled to Berlin to shoot the part of a hard-talking publisher in Roman Polanski's The Ghost.

In 2000, Belushi co-starred in MGM's Return to Me, directed by Bonnie Hunt and starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, and he received rave reviews for his work with Gregory Hines in Showtime's Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Other starring roles include Joe Somebody; the K-9 franchise for Universal Studios; Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger; John Hughes' Curly Sue; Taking Care of Business; Once Upon a Crime; Mr. Destiny; Only the Lonely; The Man with One Red Shoe; Real Men; Jumpin' Jack Flash; Jingle All the Way; Retroactive; and Gang Related with Tupac Shakur. Belushi was recently cast in the Disney live-action feature film version of the cartoon Underdog. Additionally, he voices the Squirrel in the animated feature The Wild, and the Woodsman in the animated feature Hoodwinked. He has leant his voice to hundreds of animated television shows from The Mighty Ducks to The Tick and AAAHH! Real Monsters; Scooby Doo to Superman. You will also see him in the upcoming independent features The Secret Lives of Dorks and Cougars, Inc.

Belushi has also stayed close to his stage background, starring on Broadway in Herb Gardner's acclaimed "Conversations with My Father" at the Royal Theatre, and for Joseph Papp as the "Pirate King" in "Pirates of Penzance." He starred off-Broadway in "True West" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of John Guare's "Moon Over Miami," and in Richard Nelson's "Baal" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Besides acting, Belushi loves music. His band, The Sacred Hearts, is the Official House Band for the House of Blues chain. They are a rhythm and blues band who have been together for 14 years, performing 40 nights a year at clubs, casinos, and corporate events all over the country. With his harmonica in hand, Belushi and the band have entertained President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Senators, and other politicians. Big Men Big Music is a project that Belushi started with his friend, Dan Aykroyd, after spending ten years together performing as The Blues Brothers. In September 2005, they opened for the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field in Chicago, and performed at the SARS benefit in Toronto for over 400,000 people, which the Rolling Stones also headlined. Their CD, Have Love, Will Travel, was number one on the blues chart. Belushi currently has five CDs out: Blues Brothers Live from Chicago, The Sacred Hearts' 36 x 22 x 36, The Big Men Big Music CD, Have Love Will Travel, and the recently-released According to Jim soundtrack.

Belushi has also added authorship to his repertoire as he released his first book in May of 2006, entitled Real Men: According to Jim. In it, Belushi explains how to do just about everything – from picking up women and choosing your friends, to sticking up for yourself and how not to apologize.

A dedicated husband and father, Belushi has little time outside career and family. In his spare time he participates in many charities, and has made a major commitment as founder and member of the board of the John Belushi Scholarship Fund, which supports the College of Du Page, and the Chicago Academy of the Arts for students pursuing performance and visual arts education.

Jim Belushi Videos

  • Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy - YouTube

Jim Belushi Books

Jim Belushi Speaking Topics

  • Sensitive Real Men and the Women Who Love Them

  • Big Men, Big Music

FAQs on booking Jim Belushi

  • How to book Jim Belushi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Belushi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Belushi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Belushi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Belushi?

    Booking fees for Jim Belushi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Belushi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jim Belushi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Belushi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Belushi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Belushi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Belushi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jim Belushi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Belushi for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Jim Belushi generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfuss, Joe Pantoliano, Lily Tomlin and Jay Leno. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Belushi for an upcoming event.

Jim Belushi Speaker Videos

  • Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy - YouTube

Jim Belushi Speaking Topics

  • Sensitive Real Men and the Women Who Love Them

  • Big Men, Big Music

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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