I’m a zit!
I miss John Belushi! He died 29 years ago, which means an entire generation didn’t get the chance to watch him on SNL. My Daughter is still too young to watch Animal House, but I’ve shown her a Belushi on Saturday Night Live DVD, and of course YouTube clips of his performance as Bluto.
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John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor, and musician best known as one of the original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and for his roles in the films National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers. He was the older brother of Jim Belushi.
Belushi achieved national fame for his work on Saturday Night Live, which he joined as an original cast member in 1975. Between seasons of the show, he made one of his best-known movies, Animal House. As several Belushi biographies have noted[specify], on John’s 30th birthday (in 1979), he had the number one film in the U.S. (Animal House), the number one album in the U.S. (The Blues Brothers: Briefcase Full of Blues) and Saturday Night Live was the highest-rated late night television program.
When interviewed for retrospectives on John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd told stories of John often finishing SNL rehearsals, shows or film shoots and John being exhausted, simply walking unannounced into nearby homes of friends or strangers, scrounging around for food and often falling asleep, unable to be located for the following day’s work. This was the impetus for the SNL horror-spoof sketch “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave”, in which Belushi torments a couple (played by Jane Curtin and Bill Murray) in their home looking for snacks, newspapers and magazines to read, and taking control of their television. In an unfortunate foreshadowing, during the opening of the SNL episode that aired on December 17, 1977, Belushi, while in character as himself, quipped, “I plan to be dead by the time I’m 30.” SNL also featured a short film by writer Tom Schiller called “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, where Belushi, playing himself as an old man and the last-surviving SNL cast member, visits the graves of his now-former cast members. Belushi was the first SNL cast member to die.
Belushi left Saturday Night Live in 1979 to pursue a film career. Belushi would make four more movies; three of them, 1941, Neighbors, and most notably The Blues Brothers were made with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd.