John Belushi


John Belushi Famous memorial

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Mar 1982 (aged 33)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Chilmark, Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Headstone near cemetery entrance
Memorial ID 77 View Source

Actor. Comedian. Born John Adam Belushi in Chicago to Albanian immigrant parents. As a boy, his family moved to Wheaton, where John played on the high school football team and was homecoming king. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater where he co-founded an acting troupe. Belushi then auditioned for and won a spot with Chicago's famous Second City Comedy Club. In 1973 John moved to New York City and landed a role off-Broadway in National Lampoon's "Lemmings". The part led to a job as a writer for the syndicated National Lampoon's Radio Hour. In 1975 a new skit comedy program was being cast and John won a spot with an audition featuring his soon to be familiar Samurai character as a pool hustler. John formed a partnership with fellow cast mate Dan Aykroyd and together they introduced the Blues Brothers with a rendition of "Hey Bartender" in the spring of 1978 on SNL and followed it with the released of an album; "Briefcase Full of Blues". That same year saw the release of "National Lampoon's Animal House" and John became a huge star. John continued as a member of SNL until September of 1979. He and Aykroyd then threw themselves into the creation of "The Blues Brothers". Released in 1980, it set a record for the most cars crashed in one movie and sparked a renewed interest in the blues. John partnered with Aykroyd again in 1981's "Neighbors" and in a departure from his usual persona, played the romantic lead in the comedy "Continental Divide." Unfortunately, with his fame apparently came a cocaine addiction. John became known as a hard core party man. His last days were spent in West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont Hotel, with similar hard core users. Witnesses said that on March 5, 1982, John mainlined a cocktail of heroin and cocaine called a speed ball. The overdose lead to fatal respiratory failure and caused his death. On March 9th, Dan Aykroyd, in a black leather jacket and black jeans, led John's funeral procession on his motorcycle. A memorial service two days later, drew over 1,000 relatives and friends to the Cathedral of Saint John Divine, in New York City. As Aykroyd had once promised John, he played the Ventures "2000-pound Bee" at the memorial service.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Belushi (24 Jan 1949–5 Mar 1982), Find a Grave Memorial ID 77, citing Abel Hill Cemetery, Chilmark, Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .