Actor Jim Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 15, 1954. He is the third of four children and followed his successful brother, John, into the acting field. Belushi has had many accomplishments and has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Furthermore, he commands top dollar for each of his television episodes earning up to $300,000 per episode.
Jim Belushi attended the College of DuPage and later Southern Illinois University. He graduated with a degree in both Theater Arts and Speech, which has served him well with voiceover work on shows such as “Hoodwinked!,” “Snow Buddies” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
Early in 1977, Belushi joined the Second City improv troupe in Chicago where he worked for three years. When the famous director Garry Marshall saw him performing with the improv, he arranged for Belushi to co-star in the 1978 TV pilot “Who’s Watching the Kids.” Later, Belushi was offered a part in the 1979 series “Working Stiffs” with Michael Keaton. In 1979, he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play honoring his performance for “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.”
Jim Belushi literally followed his brother’s footsteps when he joined “Saturday Night Live” for a two year run. Later, when he was given a supporting role in the movie “About Last Night…,” he received critical acclaim and became known nationally. In 1986, he received a role in the cult classic “Little Shop of Horrors” and began acquiring lead roles in movies such as “Taking Care of Business,” “Curly Sue” and “Race the Sun.”
Belushi’s popular sitcom “According to Jim,” in which Jim played the starring role, was on the air for 182 episodes from 2001 to 2009. His next acting job was portraying a lawyer in “The Defenders” during 2010 with actor Jerry O’Connell.
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The actor married Jennifer Sloan in 1998 and the couple has a home in Los Angeles. He has two children, a daughter with Sloan and a son from his first marriage. Belushi is also an accomplished musician and performs with the Sacred Hearts Blues Band.
When he was in the beginning stages of his career, he was offered a role for a sitcom based upon his brother’s famous movie “Animal House.” He refused the role because he wanted to keep his career independent from his brother’s career. Belushi has always been a loyal supporter of the Chicago Bears and even entered the writing world when he penned a book in 2006 titled “Real Men Don’t Apologize.”
In 2004, the actor was responsible for filing a famous, or maybe infamous, lawsuit against the legendary actress Julie Newmar, which accused her of harassing him in an attempt to force Belushi to leave their shared street. A few years later, the two made the announcement that they had worked through their problems out-of-court, and Newmar even appeared on an episode of “According to Jim” where she played his annoying neighbor.
Jim Belushi is a quality actor with a wide range of abilities whose talents appeal to an extensive range of audiences. He has performed successfully in television, movies and on stage. Belushi is sure to be entertaining viewers for years to come.