March 5, 1982 age 33 in Hollywood, California, USA of a cocaine and heroin overdose.
The epitaph on Belushi's tombstone (on Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts) read, "He made us laugh, and now he can make us think." John's grave drew so many curious viewers that his casket had to be moved and reburied in an unmarked corner of the cemetery...after which Belushi's fans posted a new epitaph for him which has since become famous: "He could have given us a lot more laughs, but NOOOOOOO!" (This was taken from one of his more-famous catch-phrases on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).)
Belushi died in bungalow #3 of L.A.'s Chateau Marmont hotel. The last two stars to see him alive were Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, both of whom had visited Belushi, on separate occasions, shortly before his death.
John Adam Belushi
Judith Belushi-Pisano (31 December 1976 - 5 March 1982) (his death)
1979 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program for: "Saturday Night Live" (1975)
Shared with:Lorne Michaels (producer),Dan Aykroyd (star),Jane Curtin (star),Garrett Morris (star),Bill Murray (star),Laraine Newman (star),Gilda Radner (star)
1978 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music for: "Saturday Night Live" (1975)
1977 Won Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for: "Saturday Night Live" (1975)
Shared with:Dan Aykroyd (writer),Al Franken (writer),Tom Davis (writer),James Downey (writer),Lorne Michaels (writer),Marilyn Suzanne Miller (writer),Michael O'Donoghue (writer),Herbert Sargent (writer),Tom Schiller (writer),Rosie Shuster (writer),Alan Zweibel (writer),Bill Murray (writer) For episode with Sissy Spacek.
1977 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music for: "Saturday Night Live" (1975) For episode with Candice Bergen on 11 December 1976.
John Belushi was born the son of an Albanian immigrant restaurant owner. He developed an interest in acting at high school, appearing in its variety show. He helped found the West Compass Players improvisation comedy troupe, and by 1971 was performing with Chicago's Second City Comedy Troupe. He then became part of the Off-Broadway National Lampoon-backed rock-musical show Lemmings (1973). His big break came when he joined the ensemble cast of the TV show Saturday Night Live(1975-1979), creating a range of memorable characters, including, with Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers.
Belushi made his film debut in a supporting role in Jack Nicholson's western Goin' South (1978), but became an iconic figure in the showy, purportedly autobiographical part of John "Bluto" Blutarski in John Landis's Animal House (1978). Reveling in slobbishness, crude behavior, and cartoonish anarchy (snatching away an unctuous folk singer's guitar and smashing it to pieces), Belushi became the official wild man of comedy, essentially reprising his Bluto act in Steven Spielberg's comedy spectacle 1941 (1979).
An instant star, he was hard to cast. He was uncomfortable in a light romance, Continental Divide (1981), and awkward as a straight man in a slightly darker comedy, Neighbors (1981). Before his premature death at age thirty-three, he delivered one further classic role as the porkpie hat and sunglasses sporting Jake Blues in Landis's The Blues Brothers (1980). The role gave him the chance to sing and dance (in his unique fashion) along with musical legends such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. A party animal and drug user, Belushi died after a lethal injection of cocaine and heroin. His younger brother is actor and comedian James Belushi.
"I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself?"
His favorite comedienne was Lucille Ball, he knew every detail of her life & career.