Jim Belushi

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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 Anastas 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 is married to actress Marjorie Bransfield. He has a son, actor Robert Belushi, with his former wife, Sandra Davenport; and two children with Marjorie.

Jim’s paternal grandfather was named Anastas/Anastos A. Belliors/Bellios/Belushi.

Jim’s paternal grandmother was named Vasilo Manika.

Jim’s maternal grandfather was named Demetri/Dimitri/Dimitrios/Demetre George/Jorgi Samaras.

Jim’s maternal grandmother was named Anna D. Popa/Papajoseph. Jim’s maternal grandparents were born in Korçë, now in Albania, with roots in Ziçisht and Grapsh. Demetri and Anna spoke Greek, but it is not clear if they were ethnically Greek, or if they identified as such. They are usually described in biographical sources on the Belushis as Albanian.

Sources: Information about Jim’s ancestry – http://www.genealogywise.com

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

Immigration record of Jim’s paternal grandmother, Vasilo Manika Bellios – 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


Curious about ethnicity

60 Responses

  1. Tatum says:

    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.

  2. oooooooo says:


  3. Angel Syrene says:

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

    • I love you, Roger Scientist says:

      I thought he was Italian. He does look it.

      • Angel Syrene says:

        I think is Belushi is a Italian surname

      • andrew says:

        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

  4. Sydney says:

    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.

  5. emily says:

    albaniaaaa!!! lool no argument 100% albanian

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