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John Belushi's mother, Agnes Demetri, was born in Ohio to Albanian immigrants; his father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian immigrant from Qytezë.   Born in Humboldt Park , a neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago , Belushi was raised in Wheaton , a suburb west of Chicago, along with his three siblings: younger brothers Billy and ...
John Belushi, Actor: Saturday Night Live. John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six. Though a young hellion in grade school, John ...
May 20, 2020 · Belushi spent his final week in the environs of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. By the time he checked in at the front desk of the Chateau Marmont on the night of February 28, 1982, Belushi was “a ...
Oct 08, 2019 · John Belushi was born on January 24, 1949, in Wheaton, Illinois. One of four children born to Albanian immigrants, he was good at getting laughs in high school.
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- March 5, 1982
Aug 19, 2020 · John Belushi was an actor and comedian that by all accounts was beloved by his co-stars in movies and on Saturday Night Live.But tragically, he died in 1982 at the age of 33. Ahead of the premiere ...
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John's memorial service two days later drew over 1000 relatives and friends to the Cathedral of Saint John Divine in New York. As he once promised John, Aykroyd played the Ventures "2000-pound Bee" at the service. Actor. Comedian. Born John Adam Belushi in Chicago to Albanian immigrant parents.
- John Belushi’s Rise as An Entertainer
- Belushi’s Drug Use
- The Days Leading Up to John Belushi’s Death
- How Did John Belushi Die?
- The Aftermath
John Belushi was born in Chicago on Jan. 24, 1949 and raised in nearby Wheaton, Illinois, the eldest son of an Albanian immigrant. He expressed an interest in comedy at an early age, starting his own comedy troupe and eventually being invited to join Second City in Chicago, one of the country’s best comedy theaters. It’s where he met Dan Aykroyd, a Canadian comedian who would soon join Belushi on SNL. In 1972, Belushi moved to New York City, where he worked the next three years on a variety of projects for National Lampoon. That’s where he met Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. In 1975 Belushi earned a spot as one of the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” on Lorne Michaels’ new late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. It’s SNLthat suddenly made Belushi — a 20-something funny guy from Chicago — a household name nationwide. The next few years included a whirlwind of film projects, including National Lampoon’s Animal House, which quickly became one of the highest-grossing comedie...
Stardom did come with a price, and Belushi began abusing cocaine and other drugs to cope with his insecurities and the long hours that came with working in film and television. His heavy reliance on drugs worsened during the filming of The Blues Brothers. “We had a budget in the movie for cocaine for night shoots,” Aykroyd told Vanity Fairin 2012. “John, he just loved what it did. It sort of brought him alive at night—that superpower feeling where you start to talk and converse and figure you can solve all the world’s problems.” Belushi’s drug abuse continued to spiral out of control as he became frustrated with the response to his next couple of films, Continental Divide and Neighbors.
The last few months of Belushi’s life were spent prowling the streets of Los Angeles in a haze of drugs. People reportedthat Belushi spent about $2,500 a week on his drug habit the last few months of his life. “The more money he made, the more coke he blew.” Judy, Belushi’s high school sweetheart and wife of six years, did not accompany him on his final West Coast trip, opting to stay in Manhattan instead. “He was abusing cocaine again, and that interfered with everything in our life,” she wrote. “We had everything going for us, and yet because of those damn drugs, everything just got out of control.” Harold Ramis, Belushi’s frequent comedy collaborator, visited his friend during this period and described him as “exhausted” and in a state of “total despair.” He went on to attribute Belushi’s sad emotional state to cocaine.
On Feb. 28, 1982, Belushi checked into Bungalow 3 at the Chateau Marmont, a luxury hotel overlooking the Sunset Strip. Little is known about his movements for the next couple of days. However, grand jury testimony by SNL writer Nelson Lyon shed light on Belushi’s last few hours. Lyon testified that on March 2, Belushi showed up at his home with Cathy Smith, a Canadian drug dealer he met on the set of SNL. According to Lyon, Smith injected both men with cocaine, a total of five times that day. He next saw Smith and Belushi on March 4 when they arrived at his home. Smith then injected Belushi with drugs at Lyon’s home three or four times. Later that evening, according to Lyon, the three of them met actor Robert De Niro at On the Rox, a an exclusive club for celebrities on the Sunset Strip. (According to historian Shawn Levy’s The Castle on Sunset, Belushi never made it to the club, apparently staying in his hotel room the whole night while De Niro tried to coax him out over the phone....
A few months after Belushi’s death, Smith admitted to being with Belushi the night of his death and administering the fatal speedball injection during a National Enquirerinterview. “I killed John Belushi,” she said. “I didn’t mean to, but I am responsible.” Smith was indicted on second-degree murder charges and 13 counts of administering cocaine and heroin by a Los Angeles grand jury in March 1983, serving 15 months in prison after a plea of no contest. After learning about John Belushi’s tragic death, learn about James Dean’s strange and brutal demise. Then, take a look at 11 of history’s most famous suicides.
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Sep 04, 2020 · A headline on the cover of The National Enquirer in June 1982 became the defining element of Cathy Smith’s life. “‘I Killed John Belushi,’” it read, alongside a large photograph of Mr ...
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Dec 14, 1979 · Directed by Steven Spielberg. With John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen. Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
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