Jim Belushi

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

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Birth Name: James Adam Belushi

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 15, 1954

Ethnicity: Albanian

Jim Belushi, also credited as James Belushi, is an American actor, comedian, singer, and musician. He is the brother of actor John Belushi.

His father, Adam Anastos Belushi, was an Albanian emigrant, born in Qytezë, Albania. His mother, Agnes Demetri (Samaras), was a first generation Albanian-American (born in Akron, Ohio). Jim has honorary Albanian citizenship. His family was Albanian Orthodox.

Jim has two children with his wife, actress Marjorie Bransfield, and a son with his former wife, Sandra Davenport.

Jim’s paternal grandparents were Anastas/Anastos A. Belliors/Belushi and Vasilo Manika.

Jim’s maternal grandparents were Demetri George Samaras and Anna D. Popa/Papajoseph. Demetri was born in Korçë, now in Albania. Anna was born in Greece or Albania. Demetri and Anna spoke Greek, but it is not clear if they were ethnic Greeks, or if they identified as such. They are usually described in biographical sources on the Belushis as Albanian.

Sources: Genealogy of Jim Belushi – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Jim Belushi (through his brother, John Belushi) (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Immigration record of Jim’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jim Belushi (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com

Jim’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Jim’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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madman October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I’ve found his mother on the 1930 census. It says her parents were born in Greece:

The 1940 census says Albania:

Is it really certain they were Albanians? I’m not saying they were definitely ethnic Greeks, but to me it is at least an open question. Their surnames sound more Greek than Albanian though.

madman May 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Interestingly, on the immigration record, Jim’s father’s race is listed as Turkish (could just indicate that he was muslim):

If this is his grandfather, his ethnicity is listed as Greek:

I didn’t write it before, but both his maternal grandparents spoke Greek. Both their surnames, and the first name Demetri, are Greek. I think his father was Albanian and his mother was of Greek descent. There is way more evidence that his maternal grandparents were Greek than Albanian.

andrew May 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Jim’s maternal grandfather, Dimitrios Jorgi Samaras, was born in Karditsa, Thessaly, Greece (Καρδίτσα, Θεσσαλία, Ελλάς). His first three kids (from his first wife) were also born there, in Central Greece.

Jim’s maternal grandmother, Anna Popajoseph, was also born in Greece (Ελλάς)

More Greek than that…

madman May 31, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Well, there’s a census saying they were from Albania. But no matter where they were born they were likely Greek, there are Greeks in Albania.

Morrigan Ni Boii August 22, 2016 at 2:03 am

He has got of Illyrian ancestry or Thracian ancestry.

From wikipedia:
In Greek mythology, the name of Illyria is aetiologically traced to Illyrius, the son of Cadmus and Harmonia, who eventually ruled Illyria and became the eponymous ancestor of the Illyrians. A later version of the myth identifies Polyphemus and Galatea as parents of Celtus, Galas and Illyrius.

Ancient Greek writers used the name “Illyrian” to describe peoples between the Liburnians and Epirus. 4th-century BC Greek writers clearly separated the people along the Adriatic coast from the Illyrians, and only in the 1st century AD was “Illyrian” used as a general term for all the peoples across the Adriatic. Writers also spoke of “Illyrians in the strict sense of the word”; Pomponius Mela (43 AD) the stricto sensu Illyrians lived north of the Taulanti and Enchele, on the Adriatic shore; Pliny the Elder used “properly named Illyrians” (Illyrii proprii/proprie dicti) for a small people south of Epidaurum, or between Epidaurum (now Cavtat) and Lissus (now Lezhë). In the Roman period, Illyricum was used for the area between the Adriatic and Danube. The term was in a way of pars pro toto.

Greyface March 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio in ten years, leo a secret Albanian???

madman March 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Like andrew said, his maternal grandparents were born in Greece. Why isn’t Greek in his ethnicity?

andrew March 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Consider that Paulie D is still listed as just “Italian”.

follers March 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

He’s not going to consider anything. Pauly D is just Italian and has said so.

Just because you’re a self-hating Italian who “decides” that every Italian who doesn’t look like what you think they should isn’t actually Italian, doesn’t change facts.

What should I add to Pauly D’s ethnicity? Greek, Welsh, Turkish, Saudi Arabian?

andrew March 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

oh no, even Midori said Paulie’s mother is 1/4 black. She’s very expert on that topic.

andrew March 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

I suggest a “possibly other” for Paulie and “possibly Greek” for James.

follers March 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Pauly D has said “I’m 100% Italian”.

If Pauly D gets a “possibly other” label, then I’m putting in a “possibly other” label for every Italian with a page on this web site.

follers March 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm

For the record, I will gladly put in a “possibly other” label on Ariana Grande if that gets her off every page.

andrew March 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm

He can say what he wants but the appearance of his mother tells another story.


follers March 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Why should it be? There’s no evidence they were ethnic Greeks or identified as Greek (unless you have evidence otherwise). Thessaly was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1881, that doesn’t mean the family identified as Ottoman back then.

madman March 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm
follers March 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

People named “Samaras” also identify as having been born in Albania. Are we sure they’re considered ethnic Greeks?

follers March 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm

According to this tree, his maternal grandfather was born in Korçë, now in Albania.

bablah March 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Unfortunatelly, Ottomans didn’t do censuses and it’s impossible to know about all his ancestors. His recent ones consider themselves Albanian and that is the only thing that is for certain, everything else is just speculation. They could have been Hellenized Albanians.

Sage March 2, 2016 at 4:34 am

I have a feeling that this is what Leonardo is gonna look like when he gets old.

andrew July 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

I see Greek surnames

andrew December 17, 2015 at 7:04 am
andrew January 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

Demetri George Samaras was born in “Καρδίτσα, Θεσσαλία, Ελλάς (Karditsa, Thessaly, Greece), and Anna Popa was born in Ελλάς (Greece)

none April 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

if you look at Albanian ancestry, they are a branch of Italo-Albania. most Albanians have Roman ancestry. Belushi, is an albanized form of Bellusci or Belluschi, he is almost certainly of some Italian ancestry.

glenira November 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

Albanians aren’t of Roman ancestry. They’re said to be of Illyrian ancestry or Thracian ancestry. Albanian language has many Latin loanwords, but that doesn’t mean they’re Latin.

Tatum February 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

What ?
He doesn’t look like a Italian !
He is fullblood Albanian. He looks like a normal typical Albanian man.
ALBANIANS are normal white like Irish, English, German…
Race: Non-Hispanics-White.

oooooooo March 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm


BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

what a retard.

Angel Syrene January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

He is Albanian but he’s look Italian I appreciate he’s good actor

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I thought he was Italian. He does look it.

Angel Syrene March 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I think is Belushi is a Italian surname

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Apparently he is Albanian, but Belushi does sound very Italian.

andrew May 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Jim played many Italian roles in his career:

Defenders (Nick Morelli), Made Men (Bill Manucci), The Florentine (Billy Belasco), Angel’s Dance (Stevie Rosellini), Gang Related (Frank Divinci), Gold in the Streets (Mario), Race the Sun (Frank Machi), Parallel Lives (Nick Dimas), Only the Lonely (Salvatore Buonarte), Real Men (Nick Pirandello), Homer and Eddie (Homer Lanza), Show Me a Hero (Angelo Martinelli), Dimenticare Palermo (Carmine Bonavia), Beggars and Choosers (Freddie Falco)

Source: IMDb.com

Sydney December 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I am Romanian myself, my grandmother’s first language is romanian and if you look up the origin of the romanian language, it is latin, it’s people are part latin because Rome is the country that conquered Romania and that is why its called ROMania in the first place. My grandmother can understand itailian and spanish due to its extreme similarity to romanian.
If you’re not Romanian, don’t say anything about something you clearly have no evidence of.

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

it’s not just “part” latin,it’s 80% latin :)

emily November 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

albaniaaaa!!! lool no argument 100% albanian

Jane July 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

No stupid both Belushi parents were Albanian from Albania! Ur very stupid John says it himself! Don’t talk when u dont know ur facts

rafael July 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

cristina,im latin and every latin i know considers romanians latin,dont get too upset i find a few people on this site are just trying to get a reaction

Cristina October 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Are you a dumb ass? Romania is the only Latin Country in Eastern Europe. How the FUCK are we the same as everyone else? We don’t even look like most Europeans.

S November 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Jealous/insecure much?

There are other Countries in Europe who have more of a gypsy population than Romania does.
You do know that gypsies are Indians, from India? Do some research you ignorant piece of shit.
Romania gets so much hatred from retarded assholes such as yourself because we have beautiful/intelligent people.
Tell me the Country you’re from and I’ll give you an insult right back fucker.
Quit searching about Romanians online.

rita June 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sorry romania is not a latin country at all! You are more likely to be slavic then latin! Good try to persuade us though! Did you know that having a latin language does not mean you are latin! I’ve researched a lot on latins and romanians are gypsies,slavs ect. But NOT latin!

Cristina July 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

ROMAN-ia! Romans = Latin
You are also wrong when you said speaking a Latin language does not make you Latin because IT DOES.
Romania is apart of the LATIN UNION dumb ass.
Don’t fucking tell me what the fuck I AM or my people are because you don’t know shit about us.
Come to Romania first before you try and educate a ROMANIAN ABOUT ROMANIA.
K thx bye.

Robert August 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’m half Romanian…we are not Latin, we are Slavic/Eastern European…get your facts straight.

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

OMG and u say u are half romanian! Dude you are making a fool of yourself

Mamacita Italianaa November 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

Im italian and i do not cosider romanians latin. I consider romanians slavic because of the location.

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Mamacita Italiana because of the location, uh?? =))) U so dumb honey! and because you are italian even more, because you should know the history of your own peaople, the romans. You should keep your mouth shot when you don’t know what you are talking about, bambola!

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Nici macar nu merita sa te stresezi.Unii sunt prosti facuti gramada

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

U are so ignorant you don’t even deserve attention

DeeDee March 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

omg @rita , why do you insist in being so stupid?

Konstantinos August 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

That’s not true. The Belushi’s Mother was Romanian…. and the Father was Albanian. At John’s funeral, check out the Romanian Orthodox Priests for verificaiton.

Drea K July 18, 2015 at 9:08 am

Both parents of Belushi are Albanian Orthodox. The priests are Albanian Orthodox priests. There are several Albanian Orthodox Churches in the US.

dsndjsa May 17, 2009 at 3:45 am

yay albanian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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