The name “James Orenthal” strikes a familiar chord in the minds of several comedy lovers. James Belushi has not only worked on the sitcom ‘According to Jim’, he has been a frequent on quite a few renowned stages. Today, Jim (as he is fondly called) is not only a Hollywood star but he is a pride of his country Albania, in the same vein, the upcoming actor and humanitarian is proud of his heritage.
Date of Birth: June 15, 1954
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
The early 80’s were the period when his fame spread like wild fire During this time, Belushi was a cast on the infamous sketch comedy ‘Saturday Night Live’ and he worked his way into the hearts of his audience with his skilful impersonations. His time on SNL opened the door for him to several opportunities as an actor. He played a series of small roles in movies but is mostly welcomes as a funny man.
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You might have come across other Belushi’s in the media world and you wonder if they are in any way related, yes they are. Jim is just one of a family with comedic genes starting from his father, Adam Belushi. Read on to see more about his birth family, his siblings and which of them is into this humorous profession.
Adam Anastos Belushi (father)
Date of Birth: January 2, 1918
Date of Death: May 30, 1996 (aged 78)
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Adam was first and foremost a Chicago restaurant owner. At the age of 27, he got married then subsequently moved to Wheaton where his kids were raised. They lived there even after their cons left home for greener pastures until his wife’s illness started. Since Agnes passed away, Anastos has been in California with his son Jim.
Agnes Demetri Samaras (mother)
Date of Birth: March 23, 1922
Date of death: December 21, 1989 (aged 67)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Agnes died at the age of 64 after years of a failed battle with cancer. She is of Albanian descent lie her husband but was born in Ohio and lived there until she got married to Adam on May 5, 1946. Agnes worked at a pharmacy and was present in the childhood of her kids. After her fist son John became more successful, he bought a home for his parents and he brought them to California for a better life and she was there until the time of her death.
Marian Belushi (elder sister from same parents)
Marian is the only female Belushi child and like the rest of her siblings, she is a star in her own right. It has nothing to do with show biz but Marian is as happy as the rest of the Belushis. She is a psychic who works from her home in Addison and she says this is what she always wanted to do. It’s safe to say here that all the Belushi siblings are “living their dream”.
John Belushi (late elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: January 24, 1949
Date of Death: March 5, 1982 (aged 33)
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Just like his younger brother, John was known for his intense energy and boisterous attitude on stage. He died tragically from a fatal drug overdose but while he was alive, John was a big inspiration for the other funny Belushi. After Jim graduated from university, he decided to follow his brother’s footsteps and join the Second City comedy troupe. Unbeknownst to him, this one decision would be the force that’ll propel his career.
John was a successful comedian who helped establish the Saturday Night live show and was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. He was married to his high school sweetheart Judith Jacklin, Belushi had no child with his wife but just as he gave the whole world laughter, she got a he percentage of this too. He is one comedian that would forever remain on the lips of historians because of hoe horrific he was at his acts.
Billy Belushi (younger brother from same parents)
Billy is another of the Belushi kids with no interest whatsoever in show business. He lives in San Diego where he works as a heating and air conditioning specialist.