35 Facts About John Belushi


John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician.


John Belushi was one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.


John Belushi developed a series of characters on the show that reached great success, including his performances as Henry Kissinger and Ludwig van Beethoven.


John Belushi pursued interests in music: with Aykroyd, Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Paul Shaffer, he founded The Blues Brothers, which led to the film of the same name.


John Belushi struggled with heavy drug abuse that threatened his comedy career; more than once, he was dismissed from SNL due to his behavior.


John Belushi was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.


John Adam Belushi was born to Agnes Demetri Belushi and Adam Anastos Belushi in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois.


John Belushi was Eastern Orthodox Christian, attending the Albanian Orthodox Church.


John Belushi was educated at Wheaton Central High School, where he met his future wife, Judith Jacklin.


In 1965 John Belushi formed a band, the Ravens, together with four fellow high-school students.


John Belushi acquired the iconic "College" crewneck, worn by his character in Animal House, at a print shop when visiting his brother Jim, who attended Southern Illinois University.


John Belushi started his own comedy troupe in Chicago, the West Compass Trio, with Tino Insana and Steve Beshekas.


At Second City, John Belushi met and began working with Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty and Brian Doyle-Murray.


In 1972 John Belushi was offered a role, together with Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest, in National Lampoon Lemmings, a parody of Woodstock, which played off-Broadway in 1972.


In Rolling Stones February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to that time, John Belushi received the top ranking.


In 1978 Belushi performed in the films Old Boyfriends, Goin' South, and National Lampoon's Animal House.


In 1979 John Belushi left SNL with Aykroyd to film The Blues Brothers, which conflicted with the shooting schedule of the show.


The only film John Belushi made without Aykroyd following his departure from SNL was the romantic comedy Continental Divide.


At the time of his death John Belushi was pursuing several movie projects, including an ABSCAM-related caper called Moon Over Miami, to be directed by Louis Malle; and a diamond-smuggling caper called Noble Rot with Jay Sandrich, based on a script he adapted and rewrote with former SNL writer Don Novello.


John Belushi wanted to star in a major marijuana movie to be called Kingpin.


John Belushi died shortly before the episode was to air, so the scene was cut and replaced by a segment with William Conrad.


John Belushi had managed to refrain from drug use for a brief period during the production of Continental Divide, but severely relapsed during the production of Neighbors.


Less than four months after the shoot ended, on March 4,1982, John Belushi visited the Los Angeles office of his long-time manager Bernie Brillstein and asked him for money.


Later that day, John Belushi returned and again asked for money while Brillstein was in a meeting with someone.


John Belushi's death was eventually investigated by forensic pathologist Michael Baden,.


At that moment, a hundred feet away, John Belushi lay naked and dead on the floor of his $200-a-day bungalow.


John Belushi's case was delayed by lawyers' negotiations for four years while she remained free, then she was convicted and incarcerated.


John Belushi was interred at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.


John Belushi was scheduled to present the first Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 1982 Academy Awards with Dan Aykroyd.


Chris Farley, who was heavily influenced by John Belushi, died in 1997 at age 33 due to a drug overdose, which has fueled many comparisons between John Belushi and Farley.


In 2004 John Belushi was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star located at 6355 Hollywood Boulevard.


In 2015 John Belushi was ranked by Rolling Stone as the greatest SNL cast member of all time.


John Belushi felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces written by women.


John Belushi complained to Michaels about Beatts and Rosie Shuster.


Judith claims that John Belushi was a "Women's Libber" and did not hate women.