James Adam "Jim" Belushi (born June 15, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, comedian and musician of Albanian descent. He is best known for his title role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the American sitcom According to Jim.
The younger brother of the late John Belushi, Jim was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live during Dick Ebersol's turn as executive producer and showrunner (from 1983 to 1985, though Jim Belushi was temporarily fired due to not being funny enough). His recurring characters included Hank Rippy, the host of a call-in show called Hello, Trudy, Jesse Donnelly (an unlucky man, often mugged and robbed on the streets of New York City), and That White Guy (a middle-aged white man who can rap). Some of his celebrity impressions included Babe Ruth (whom his older brother also played on SNL), Hulk Hogan, Robert Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pope John Paul II, and Willie Nelson.
Some of his most notable roles include:
- Bradley Mitchum in Twin Peaks.
- Simon the Monster Hunter in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
- Gypsy (cameo role) in the 1991 biker comedy Masters of Menace.
- Nick Morelli on CBS' The Defenders.
- Fang in Gargoyles.
- Coach Jack Wittenberg in Hey Arnold!.
- The Woodsman in Hoodwinked!.
- The Mall Santa in the Christmas film Jingle All the Way.
- Dooley in the K-9 Trilogy (that's right... trilogy. The second and third went straight to video, though).
- Larry Burrows in Mr. Destiny.
- Art Ridzik in Red Heat.
- He's an alumnus of Saturday Night Live.
- Harvey, the man in the gorilla costume in Trading Places.
- Phil Palmfeather in The Mighty Ducks (the animated series).
- Mr. Cross in Mighty 7.
- Takashi in the English dub of My Neighbors the Yamadas.
- "Brother" Zee Blues in some incarnations of The Blues Brothers; Jake Blues in the unaired 1997 animated adaptation.
- Frank in Retroactive.
- Detective Frank Divinci in Gang Related.
- Master Sergeant Joe Gunn in the 1995 remake of Sahara (1943).
- Doctor Rock in Salvador