27 Feb 2021

Judy Belushi: The brilliance of John Belushi

From Saturday Morning, 9:05 am on 27 February 2021
Judy Belushi

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The short but stellar career of the late comedian John Belushi is celebrated in a new documentary featuring previously unseen footage from those nearest and dearest to him.

Born and raised in Chicago, Belushi worked with the improvisational comedy group Second City before writing, acting and directing for The National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Working with the likes of Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, he went on to find fame in the TV show Saturday Night Live and in films like Animal House, 1941 and The Blues Brothers which became a global hit.

Belushi died In 1982, aged 33, following a drug overdose. The documentary Belushi reassesses the late comedian's life and work in the words of colleagues, friends and relatives including Aykroyd, his brother Jim, Carrie Fisher, and Chevy Chase.

We speak to his high school sweetheart, and later wife, Judy Belushi, who also contributed to the film. Belushi is available now on DocPlay.com