On this day in Film History: Hail and Farewell John Belushi

On this day, a singular talent by name of John Adam Belushi was born on this day in 1949.

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Copyright Universal Studio

Belushi became an original cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1975, while there he developed a close partnership with Dan Aykroyd (the two had previously met while working at the Second City comedy club in Chicago). It was at SNL where the two developed their “Blues Brothers” routine, an act that would eventually be turned into a feature length film in 1980. At this time, Belushi was getting heavily mixed up in drugs, and he lost his job at SNL several times over this.

In 1978, Belushi starred in a movie called Animal House, a comedy about a fraternity that challenge the authority of the dean of their college. (This film is responsible for popularizing the chant “To-ga! To-ga! To-ga!”)

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Credit to Rick Meyerowitz

Sadly, Belushi’s budding talent was cut short in 1982, when the 33-year old died of a drug overdose in Hollywood. Sadly, we’ll never know to what heights his star might have risen.

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