It took versatile actor Jim Belushi several years to slowly come into his own, which wasn't an easy task following in the fiery footsteps of his flamboyant, self-destructive brother, the late comic [[Performer~P5234~John Belushi~johnbelushi]]. Despite that obstacle, the easygoing actor with the crooked smile still managed to forge a respectable career playing co-leads in a variety of film genres, including comedy, action, and drama in roles ranging from a sleazeball thief to a cop to a party animal in a gorilla suit. Prior to his first television appearances, the Chicago-born actor earned a degree in Speech and Theater, and worked on-stage in The Pirates of Penzance and True West. Like [[Performer~P5234~John~johnbelushi]], Jim joined the notorious Second City improvisational comedy group. He also began making regular guest appearances on [[Feature~V175321~Saturday Night Live~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]], where his brother became famous in the mid-'70s.
Making his feature-film debut playing [[Performer~P83766~James Caan~jamescaan]]'s calm partner in 1981's [[Feature~V49439~Thief~thief]], Belushi began acting under [[Performer~P98623~John Landis~johnlandis]] (who also directed his brother) in [[Feature~V50678~Trading Places~tradingplaces]] (1983). He continued playing supporting roles and occasional leads -- most notably in [[Performer~P112907~Oliver Stone~oliverstone]]'s [[Feature~V42687~Salvador~salvador]] with [[Performer~P117297~James Woods~jameswoods]] in 1986 -- but his big break came when he played a bad cop in 1988's [[Feature~V40688~Red Heat~redheat]] with [[Performer~P110501~Arnold Schwarzenegger~arnoldschwarzenegger]]. He was equally popular in [[Feature~V26872~K-9~k9]] the following year. Although his subsequent films were not as successful, Belushi continued to grow as a dramatic actor. In 2001, Belushi began headlining the successful ABC sitcom [[Feature~V255666~According to Jim~accordingtojim[tvseries]]]. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi