John Belushi

Actor + Comedian
Born Jan 24, 1949

John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known as one of the original cast members of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and as the co-star and co-creator of the hugely successful motion picture The Blues Brothers. He was the older brother of James "Jim" Belushi. He was known for his brash, energetic style and raunchy humor. During his career he had a close personal and artistic partnership with fellow SNL comedian and author, Dan Aykroyd.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on January 24, 1949.


1971 22 Years Old After starting his own comedy troupe in Chicago, The West Compass Trio (named after the improvisational cabaret revue Compass Players active from 1955-1958 in Chicago), with Tino Insana and Steve Beshekas, in 1971 Belushi was asked to join the cast of The Second City. … Read More
1972 23 Years Old He was subsequently cast with Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest in National Lampoon Lemmings, a parody of Woodstock, which played Off-Broadway in 1972.
1973 24 Years Old In 1973, Belushi and Judith Jacklin moved together to New York where Belushi worked for National Lampoon magazine's The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a half-hour syndicated comedy program where he was a writer, director and actor.
1974 25 Years Old During a trip to Toronto to check the local Second City cast in 1974, he met Dan Aykroyd.
1975 26 Years Old Belushi became an original cast member of the new television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1975. … Read More
1976 27 Years Old Jacklin became an associate producer for the show, and she and Belushi were married on December 31, 1976.
1978 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, he made the films Old Boyfriends (directed by Joan Tewkesbury), Goin' South (directed by Jack Nicholson) and Animal House (directed by John Landis). … Read More


1979 30 Years Old In 1979 Belushi left Saturday Night Live, with Aykroyd, to pursue a film career. … Read More
1980 31 Years Old In 1980, Belushi had become a fan and advocate of the punk rock band Fear after seeing them perform in several after-hours New York City bars, and brought them to Cherokee Studios to record songs for the soundtrack of Neighbors. … Read More
On March 5, 1982, after showing up at his hotel for a scheduled workout, his trainer Bill Wallace found Belushi dead in his room, Bungalow 3 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. … Read More
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