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James Belushi




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.

James Belushi was born on June 15, 1954 in Chicago and raised in Wheaton, IL by a pharmacy employee mother and a restaurant owner father, both Albanian immigrants. Belushi was the third of four children, a brood which included older brother John. As a youth, Belushi was left unchecked by his busy parents and nurtured a rebellious streak, often getting in trouble with the local law for small crimes… read more


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