John Belushi

Birth Name: John Adam Belushi

Date of Birth: January 24, 1949

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

Date of Death: March 5, 1982

Place of Death: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: Albanian

John Belushi was an American actor, comedian, and musician. He was the brother of actor Jim Belushi, and was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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). His family was Albanian Orthodox. John was married to Judith Jacklin Belushi, until his death.

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

John’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 John Belushi –

Genealogy of John Belushi (focusing on his father’s side) –

Immigration record of John’s father –

Genealogy of John Belushi (focusing on his mother’s side) –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –
John’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –


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