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Also Known As: Jim Belushi, James Adam Belushi Died:
Born: June 15, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, musician, comedian

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Early in his career, Jim Belushi channeled his gifts for performing into drama. With his start on the Second City stages, the Chicago-based actor sustained a lengthy career with a burly charm that translated across comedy and drama and a voice that boomed unmistakably over animation. His considerable skills were measured against the talents of his iconic big brother, John, but following years of frustration, it was as the titular dad of television's "According to Jim" (2001- ), that Belushi opted to embrace his flaws in a role that, more than any other, fully reflected his true persona.

Early in his career, Jim Belushi channeled his gifts for performing into drama. With his start on the Second City stages, the Chicago-based actor sustained a lengthy career with a burly charm that translated across comedy and drama and a voice that boomed unmistakably over animation. His considerable skills were measured against the talents of his iconic big brother, John, but following years of frustration, it was as the titular dad of television's "According to Jim" (2001- ), that Belushi opted to embrace his flaws in a role that, more than any other, fully reflected his true persona.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Whole Truth, The (2015)
2.
 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
4.
 North of Hell (2014)
5.
 Thunderstruck (2012)
6.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
7.
 Cougars, Inc. (2011)
8.
9.
 Snow Buddies (2008)
10.
 Underdog (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1977:
Resident member of Chicago's "Second City" theatre troupe
1978:
Made TV series debut as Burt Gunkel on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Who's Watching the Kids?"
1979:
Performed in David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" at Chicago's Apollo Theater Center
1979:
Co-starred as Ernie O'Rourke on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Working Stiffs"
1981:
Made Broadway debut as the Pirate King in "The Pirates of Penzance"
1981:
First significant role, Michael Mann's "Thief"
1983:
Was a regular cast member on the NBC's sketch comedy, "Saturday Night Live"; joined the show after his brother John's death
1983:
Had a small role in "Trading Places," as a drunk man in a gorilla suit during a New Year's Eve party
1984:
Appeared in the Sam Shepard's Off-Broadway play, "True West"
1986:
Co-wrote and starred in his first cable TV comedy special, "Jim Belushi - Birthday Boy" (Cinemax)
1986:
Recreated his role in "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" for the feature film adaptation, "About Last Night"
1986:
Co-screenwriting debut, "Number One With a Bullet"
1987:
First leading role in a feature film, "The Principal"
1989:
Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the comedy, "Red Heat"
1990:
Played the lead role in the comedy, "Mr. Destiny"
1991:
Played a con-man who teams with a child in the John Hughes-directed, "Curly Sue"
1992:
Co-starred in the ensemble comedy, "Once Upon A Crime"
1993:
Replaced Judd Hirsch in the popular Broadway drama, "Conversations with My Father"
1993:
Played the role of Harry Wyckoff in the ABC miniseries, "Wild Palms"
1996:
Had a small role as a mall santa in the holiday comedy, "Jingle All the Way," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
1997:
Starred in the ABC series, "Total Security"
2000:
Co-starred with Gregory Hines in the Showtime original movie, "Who Killed Atlanta's Children?"
2001:
Played a martial arts instructor in the comedy, "Joe Somebody"
2001:
Played the lead role in the ABC sitcom, "According to Jim"
2003:
With Dan Aykroyd released the album, <i>Have Love, Will Travel</i>, and participated in an accompanying tour
2005:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Hoodwinked!"
2006:
Penned first book, <i>Real Men Don't Apologize, Real Women Don't Sass Back</i>
2007:
Cast in the live-action version of the classic cartoon, "Underdog"
2010:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2010:
Cast as Las Vegas defense attorney Nick Morelli on the CBS drama "The Defenders"
2011:
Made Broadway debut in a revival of Garson Kanin's classic comedy "Born Yesterday"
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Education

Wheaton Central High School: Wheaton , Illinois -
College of DuPage: Glen Ellyn , Illinois -
Southern Illinois University: Carbondale , Illinois -
Southern Illinois University: Carbondale , Illinois -

Notes

Belushi is part of a blues band called the Sacred Hearts.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Marjorie Bransfield. Actor. Married c. 1990; separated in 1992; divorced; born c. 1963; second wife.
wife:
Jennifer Sloan. Salesclerk. Together since c. 1993; married on May 2, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Adam Belushi. Restaurateur. Moved to the states at age 16 from Albania.
mother:
Agnes Belushi.
brother:
John Belushi. Actor, comedian. Star of TV's latenight comedy-variety series, "Saturday Night Live" and several motion pictures; born January 24, 1949; died March 5, 1982.
son:
Robert Belushi. Born c. 1980; mother Belushi's first wife.
daughter:
Jamison Bess Belushi. Born on July 28, 1999; mother, Jennifer Sloan.
son:
Jared James Belushi. Born on February 8, 2002.
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