Belushi was in Chicago, the son of Albanian immigrants, Adam Belushi and Agnes Belushi (born Samara ), born. He grew up in Wheaton (Illinois ). For a long time he stood in the shadow of his older brother John. It was only after his death in 1982 he was able to establish himself in the film business.
In high school, a teacher recognized Belushi's talent and persuaded him at a school play play along. Shortly thereafter, he joined the " Drama Club" at. He attended Wheaton College and Southern Illinois University, where he graduated with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts.
1977 Jim joined the " Chicago's Second City Troupe Improve " at. Two years later saw him Garry Marshall in a Second City - performance and wanted to bring him as his co-star for the TV pilot movie Who's Watching the Kid ( 1978) at Paramount Pictures and for the series " Working Stiffs " (1979) to Hollywood. 1983 Belushi made her first appearance in the legendary comedy show Saturday Night Live, which he left after two years.
His breakthrough came in 1986 with the film About Last Night. He had successes thereafter with films like Red Heat, My partner with the cold muzzle, Jumpin 'Jack Flash, Homer and Eddie, Mr. Destiny, Abraxas, and with a guest appearance as himself in Wag the Dog. From 2001 to 2009 Jim Belushi starred in the series to Jim on the side of Courtney Thorne - Smith. In the two following years he played alongside Jerry O'Connell co-starred in the series The Defenders, but which was canceled after one season on CBS in 2011.
In The Blues Brothers Band, he played on the side of Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman as Jake's blood brother Zee Blues Brother. He also has his own band, The Sacred Hearts, and theater plays. He appeared in the play Conversations with My Father by Herb Gardner.
In 2005 in America, his book "Real Men Do not Apologize", which became a national bestseller. On 11 November 2008 Belushi was awarded the Order of Honour of the nation of Albania. On 11 October 2009 it was announced that Belushi received the Albanian citizenship in Tirana.
Belushi standard synchronous voice is Joachim Tennstedt.
Belushi was married three times and has three children. On 17 May 1980 he married Sandra Davenport, with whom he has a son. A short time later, the two were divorced. After that, he was married from 1990 to 1992 with Marjorie Bransfield. Since 2 May 1998, he is married to Jennifer Sloan, with whom he has two children.
Belushi had always known to his Albanian descent and often travels to Albania.
, 2011, Belushi known to be suffering from gout.