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: Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Albanian

John Belushi was an American actor, comedian, and singer. He was the brother of actor Jim 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. His family was Albanian Orthodox. John was married to Judith Jacklin Belushi, until his death.

His nephew is actor Robert Belushi.

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

John’s paternal grandmother was named Vasilo Manika.

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

John’s maternal grandmother was named Anna D. Popa/Papajoseph. John’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 John’s ancestry –

Genealogy of John Belushi –

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

Immigration record of John’s father –

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

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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