7 Things You Didn’t Know About Jim Belushi

  
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5. Early Career

Belushi often talked about growing up in his brother’s shadow which only got worse as they grew up to have individual careers in the entertainment industry. While getting his on-screen career started, Jim Belushi was actually offered a role on a TV sitcom adaptation of the hit 1978 film Animal House which starred his older brother John Belushi. Because of the connection to his brother and his role, Jim Belushi turned the offer down.

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4. Neighbour Lawsuit

Jim Belushi always seems like a joke-cracking, cordial guy in all of his roles but one of his former neighbors didn’t think so. Back in 2004, Belushi’s neighbor Julie Newmar filed a $4 million lawsuit against the actor for accusing her of using harassment and defamation to “force him” out of his home in Brentwood, California. A newspaper article about the incident quoted a third neighbor as saying “she’s weird” of Julie Newmar and he’s “a bully” of Jim Belushi. In 2006, the two came to a private out-of-court settlement and even became friends! Later that year, Newmar guest-starred on Belushi’s hit series According to Jim, playing a neighbour who annoys Belushi’s character, Jim.

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