Although John Belushi was best known as a TV and movie actor, he enjoyed quite a bit of success late in his tragic career as one half of the blues revival act the Blues Brothers. Born on January 24, 1949, and raised in Illinois, Belushi showed great promise for his acting and comedy skills early on, starring in several high school and college plays, and, by 1971, landed a spot with Chicago's famed Second City Comedy Troupe. One of his best bits showcased his vocal skills, as he could do a show-stopping, dead-on impersonation of the great Joe Cocker (both visually and sonically). By 1972, the buzz surrounding Belushi's talents had began to spread, as he was offered a job with National Lampoon's Lemmings and syndicated Radio Hour. It was while a member of National Lampoon that Belushi befriended another up and coming comedy actor, Dan Aykroyd, which would result in a life-long friendship. Belushi appeared on several National Lampoon comedy albums, including 1973's Lemmings, 1974's Stereo Test and Demonstration, and 1975's Gold Turkey.