John Belushi, 25 years gone
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — When a force of nature like John Belushi is lost, 25 years isn’t time enough to ease the grief or erase the laughter.
Actor-comedian Richard Belzer still dreams about him from time to time, the unselfish friend and “impish genius” who devoured life. John Landis, who directed Belushi in “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” is still angry at him for dying foolishly and young.
“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels feels an obligation to “restate the obvious,” that Belushi was profoundly talented and part of the show’s creative DNA.
By most measures, the round comic with the sharp edges left a small body of work when a drug overdose killed him at age 33 on March 5, 1982. But his TV, movie and music performances proved influential, hitting the baby-boomer sweet spot and surviving despite pop culture’s truncated attention span.
It is a short but interesting summary about Belushi. Loved his work. It is too bad that he wasn’t able to get his life together. A sad tale that we keep seeing over and over.