John Belushi
American actor, comedian
John Belushi
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.
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TELEVISION; A Comedic Springboard To Riff and Experiment
NYTimes - over 5 years
THE basement of the East Village bar Ella was packed on a recent, simmering Tuesday night. The 90 or so people in attendance stood watching the comedian Tim Heidecker sweat. ''Are you guys, um, into basketball?'' Mr. Heidecker stammered. ''Because I was thinking they should call the Knicks -- the New York Heat.'' Almost everyone got the joke --
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY'; A Bunch of Friends Who Want to Party Like It's 1979
NYTimes - over 5 years
A friendly, ramshackle comedy that is somewhat laugh-deficient, ''A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'' brings to mind ''Brave New World,'' Aldous Huxley's futuristic satire. The cheery maxim in Huxley's superficial paradise, which holds that ''everybody belongs to everyone else,'' is tested in ''A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'' and found to be true, sort of,
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A Special Blue Brothers Tribute Chevrolet Cruze Unveiled At Ace Cafe - carpages
Google News - over 5 years
The 'Cruzemobile' emulates the look of the 'Bluesmobile' as featured in the film famous for its soundtrack and starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. Chevrolet's own Cruze Brothers band also performed a live set at the Ace Cafe to a crowd of more than ... - -
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EDITORIAL: UA fraternities' storm response brings acclaim - Tuscaloosa News
Google News - over 5 years
The mere mention of fraternities, the sort that populate college campuses, can conjure up images straight out of “National Lampoon's Animal House” — toga parties, beer kegs, misguided road trips, John Belushi skulking across a sorority lawn
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THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Belushi memories James Sullivan's story about John Belushi was a wonderful read (“Serious tribute to a funny man,'' Arts & Entertainment, Aug. 14). It brought back many memories from the night the first “Saturday Night Live'' was on TV after my husband
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Five Things You Need To Know Today: August 15 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Scott Brown at the Grange, John Belushi at the Strand and the Harlem String Quartet at the Old Whaling Church. By Vanessa Czarnecki 1. Senator Scott Brown will lead a discussion on tourism and jobs at a Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce breakfast
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Martha's Vineyard festival honors Belushi - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
14 (UPI) -- Organizers of the inaugural Martha's Vineyard Comedy Festival have named the event's top prize after the late John Belushi. He was a regular summer visitor to the island. The John Belushi Larger Than Life Award is a tribute to Belushi's
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Serious tribute to a funny man - Boston Globe
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(Peter Simon for The Boston Globe) John Belushi performing at the Hot Tin Roof with the Stink Band in the club's first year, 1979, in Edgartown. By James Sullivan While golfing on Martha's Vineyard, John Belushi once hit a ball that conked a goose on
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Del Close Lives on at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Marathon - WNYC
Google News - over 5 years
Del Close, who taught long-form improvisation to John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd in the '70s in Chicago, passed away in 1999. But his memory lives on for 72 straight hours of improv
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Bluray Giveaway – John Belushi 2-Pack: Animal House and The Blues Brothers - TMR Zoo
Google News - over 5 years
To celebrate the July 26th Blu-ray release date of John Belushi's Animal House and The Blues Brothers, the Zoo is giving away ONE pair of the blu-rays, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment,
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VIDEO; Another Round For the Bad Boys
NYTimes - over 5 years
HOW profoundly has ''Animal House'' penetrated American culture since it was released 33 years ago, on July 28, 1978? Headline writers would be immeasurably impoverished without its title to play on, editorialists would have to think of other ways of describing Congressional dysfunction, and judges would need to come up with new ways of rebuking
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The List: This is your life, Robin Williams - Washington Times
Google News - over 5 years
He had gone sober after his friend and fellow comic John Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982. Scariest role — “One Hour Photo.” Mr. Williams plays Sy Parrish, a quiet and joyless photo clerk who dangerously fixates on a family in this grim and
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Music legend Steve Cropper to perform in Nantwich - ChesterChronicle.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
He has written and performed with legends including Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, and starred in The Blues Brothers movies alongside John Belushi and Dan Ayckroyd. His visit to Nantwich Civic Hall on Friday, August 26,
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The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers - Gapers Block
Google News - over 5 years
The Blues Brothers, the 80s iconic film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, is quintessentially Chicago--and for many, is one of the best action comedies ever. In Brad Henshaw's The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers, homage is paid to
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'Blues Brothers' tribute a lukewarm imitation - Chicago Daily Herald
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Even today, the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd-created likenesses of Jake and Elwood Blues live on in the marketing for the nationwide chain of House of Blues music clubs, while “The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers” is just now getting its ... -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Belushi
    THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 33
    Belushi was scheduled to present the first annual Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 1982 Academy Awards with Dan Aykroyd.
    More Details Hide Details Aykroyd presented the award alone, and stated from the lectern: "My partner would have loved to have been here tonight to present this award, since he was a bit of a Visual Effect himself." In 2015, Belushi was ranked by Rolling Stone as the greatest SNL cast member of all time. On May 23, 2016, cable network Showtime announced that a documentary directed by filmmaker R.J. Cutler and produced by British documentary producer John Battsek is in pre-production and will begin filming in fall 2016.
    Two months later, Smith admitted in an interview with the National Enquirer that she had been with Belushi the night of his death and had given him the fatal speedball shot. After the appearance of the article "I Killed Belushi" in the Enquirer edition of June 29, 1982, the case was reopened.
    More Details Hide Details Smith was extradited from Toronto, Ontario, arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A plea bargain reduced the charge to involuntary manslaughter, and she served 15 months in prison. Belushi's wife arranged for a traditional Orthodox Christian funeral which was conducted by an Albanian Orthodox priest. He has been interred twice at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. A tombstone marking the original burial location has a skull and crossbones, that reads, "I may be gone but Rock and Roll lives on." He is also remembered on the Belushi family stone marking his mother's grave at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. This stone reads, "He gave us laughter." Belushi's life is detailed in the 1984 biography Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi by Bob Woodward and 1990's Samurai Widow by his wife Judith. Wired was later adapted into a feature film in which Belushi was played by Michael Chiklis.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was 33 years old. The cause of death was combined drug intoxication involving cocaine and heroin, a drug combination also known as a speedball. In the early morning hours on the day of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, including Catherine Evelyn Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Michael Baden, among others, and, while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a drug-related accident.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Blues Brother band member and sax player Tom Scott, along with producing partner and Cherokee owner Bruce Robb, initially helped with the session but later pulled out due to conflicts with Belushi. At the time of his death, Belushi was pursuing several movie projects, including Moon Over Miami with Louis Malle, National Lampoon's The Joy of Sex and Noble Rot, a script that had been adapted and rewritten by himself and former Saturday Night Live writer Don Novello in the weeks leading up to his death. He was also scheduled to work with Aykroyd on Ghostbusters and Spies Like Us. Belushi also made a "Guest Star Appearance" on an episode of the television series Police Squad! (1982), which showed him underwater wearing cement shoes. He died shortly before the episode aired, so the scene was cut and replaced by a segment with William Conrad.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 30
    In 1979 Belushi left Saturday Night Live, with Aykroyd, to pursue a film career.
    More Details Hide Details In Rolling Stone Magazines February, 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Belushi received the top ranking. "Belushi was the 'live' in Saturday Night Live," they wrote, "the one who made the show happen on the edge... Nobody embodied the highs and lows of SNL like Belushi." Aykroyd and Belushi made three movies together, 1941 (directed by Steven Spielberg), Neighbors (directed by John Avildsen), and most notably The Blues Brothers (directed by John Landis). Released in the United States on June 20, 1980, The Blues Brothers received generally positive reviews. It earned just under $5 million in its opening weekend and went on to gross $115.2 million in theaters worldwide before its release on home video. The Blues Brothers band toured to promote the film, which led to a third album (and second live album), Made in America, recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in 1980. The track "Who's Making Love" peaked at No 39.
  • 1978
    Age 29
    In 1978 The Blues Brothers released their debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues, with Atlantic Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. Two singles were released, "Rubber Biscuit", which reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Soul Man", which reached number 14.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Upon its initial release, Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the year's best. Filmed for $2.8 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time, garnering an estimated gross of more than $141 million in the form of theatrical rentals and home video, not including merchandising. Animal House was also largely responsible for defining and launching the gross-out genre of films, which became one of Hollywood's staples. Following the success of The Blues Brothers on the show, Belushi and Aykroyd, with the help of pianist-arranger Paul Shaffer, started assembling a collection of studio talents to form a proper band. These included SNL band members, saxophonist "Blue" Lou Marini and trombonist-saxophonist Tom Malone, who had previously played in Blood, Sweat & Tears. At Shaffer's suggestion, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, the powerhouse combo from Booker T and the M.G.'s and subsequently almost every hit out of Memphis's Stax Records during the 1960s, were signed as well.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    Jacklin became an associate producer for the show, and she and Belushi were married on December 31, 1976.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    Belushi became an original cast member of the new television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details His characters at SNL included belligerent Samurai Futaba. With Aykroyd, Belushi created the characters Jake and Elwood Blues, also known as The Blues Brothers. During his tenure at SNL, Belushi was heavily using drugs and alcohol, which affected his performance and caused SNL to fire him (and promptly re-hire him) a number of times.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    During a trip to Toronto to check the local Second City cast in 1974, he met Dan Aykroyd.
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  • 1973
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    He was subsequently cast with Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest in National Lampoon Lemmings, a parody of Woodstock, which played Off-Broadway in 1972.
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  • 1971
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At Second City, he met and began working with Harold Ramis.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born on January 24, 1949.
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