LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN
JAMES "JIM" BELUSHI has mesmerized Hollywood with his
personable charisma not only as an incredibly successful comic actor, getting
his start at The Second City and "Saturday Night Live," but also as an
accomplished dramatic actor and musician.
Most recently, Jim starred on Broadway in the revival of Born Yesterday directed
by the Tony Award-winning Doug Hughes.
In 2011, Belushi starred in the CBS legal dramedy "The Defenders," where he
played a Las Vegas defense attorney opposite Jerry O'Connell and earned great
Belushi starred in, directed, and was the executive producer of ABC's hit comedy
"According to Jim." The show co-starred Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kimberly
Williams-Paisley and Larry Joe Campbell and ran for eight seasons from
Belushi's work in Edward Zwick's ABOUT LAST NIGHT with Rob Lowe and Demi
Moore was the installation that brought Belushi his first serious attention as a
film star in 1986. In the film, Belushi reprised the role he had played on stage
at Chicago's Apollo Theatre in David Mamet's Obie Award-winning Sexual
Perversity in Chicago, from which the film was adapted.
Other memorable feature film credits include: the spacey DJ, Dr. Rock, in
Oliver Stone's SALVADOR opposite James Woods; the mentally handicapped
dishwasher befriended by Whoopi Goldberg in the Andrei Konchalovsky film HOMER
AND EDDIE; and the defiant high school principal standing up to drug dealers in
THE PRINCIPAL. Additional film credits include: JOE SOMEBODY, the K-9 franchise
for Universal Studios Family and Home Entertainment Division, RED HEAT, CURLY
SUE, TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, ONCE UPON A CRIME, MR. DESTINY, ONLY THE LONELY,
Michael Mann's THIEF, THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, REAL MEN, JUMPIN' JACK FLASH,
JINGLE ALL THE WAY, RETROACTIVE and GANG RELATED.
Belushi is also extremely passionate about music. His band, "The Sacred
Hearts," is a rhythm-and-blues band that has been together for over fifteen
years; performing at various clubs, casinos and corporate events all over the
country. They are the "official house band" for The House of Blues, at which
Belushi is a partner. Additionally, The Sacred Hearts back up Jim and close
friend Dan Aykroyd as The Blues Brothers, where Jim plays "Brother Zee" to Dan's
"Elwood Blues." As The Blues Brothers, they opened for The Rolling Stones at
Chicago's Soldier Field, performed at the SARS benefit in Toronto for over
400,000 people, and their CD hit number one on the blues chart. Belushi has
released four albums: "Blues Brothers Live from Chicago," "The Sacred Hearts,"
"36 x 22 x 36" and, most recently, "Have Love Will Travel."
Belushi, a native of Chicago, graduated from Southern Illinois University
with a degree in Speech and Theatre Arts. He then became a resident member of
Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe from 1976 to 1980. In 1979 he left for
Hollywood when writer-producer Garry Marshall cast him in the Paramount
Television series "Who's Watching the Kids," and later in WORKING STIFFS with
Michael Keaton. Among Belushi's other television credits as an actor and writer:
"Saturday Night Live," the Oliver Stone/ABC miniseries "Wild Palms," the
television movie "Sahara" for Showtime and the critically acclaimed series
"Beggars and Choosers."
Jim is happily married and has three children.
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