About Jim Belushi, Founder of Belushi’s Farm
It’s been 12 years since Jim first came to Oregon’s Rogue Valley where his dear friend John has a sprawling property along the Rogue River, one town over in Shady Cove. Their children are the same age and attended classes together in California, so the families gathered for many activities over the years. With Jim’s own family’s experience and numerous others marred by opioids and the stigmatization of cannabis, Jim was incredibly grateful to have been led to the Rogue River where he first envisioned Belushi’s Farm and his own part in the agricultural and healing gift of cannabis.
A proud Chicagoan, Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Speech, Education and Theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago’s famed Second City for three years. In 1979, he left for Los Angeles, where he was cast on TV, launching his career as a performer. In addition to starring in a diverse and remarkable list of television and film— movies from Trading Places to Wonder Wheel, working with famed directors like Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, David Lynch and Michael Mann—Jim wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. He’s also served as an executive producer, music composer, director, book author, and Broadway star. His own television show According to Jim aired for 182 episodes during eight seasons before the family favorite launched into off-net syndication in 2007.
Jim’s also a musician. Together with Dan Aykroyd, Jim and Dan tour as The Blues Brothers. They’ve opened for The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field in Chicago, and both bands performed a SARS benefit in Toronto for 400,000+ people. Additionally, Jim headlines his own group, The Sacred Hearts, which is the official house band for the House of Blues brand of venues. The Sacred Hearts perform 40 nights a year at clubs, casinos and corporate gatherings all over the country. For over 18 years, with harmonica in hand, Jim and the bands have topped the charts, entertained presidents and vice presidents, senators and other politicians, and formed an incredible range of global fans along the way.
Jim recently teamed up with his According to Jim co-star Larry Joe Campbell and four other talented and comedic Second City alumni to create Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy. The group brings an improvised comedy sketch show to stages at colleges, comedy clubs, performing arts centers and venues nationwide.
Locally, Jim is actively engaged in several projects benefiting the communities surrounding Belushi’s Farm in Jackson County, Oregon. In Medford, Jim is helping reconstruct the historic Holly Theater to bring the 1930s Spanish Colonial movie palace back to life as Southern Oregon’s largest indoor concert venue. In Eagle Point, Jim’s assisting with the reconstruction of The Butte Creek Mill, destroyed in a 2016 electrical fire, to preserve its heritage, build community, and improve the environment. In Los Angeles, Jim’s a benefactor of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration, and Stuart House, a program of the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Rape Treatment Center. Jim’s also a supporter of The Joyful Heart Foundation in New York City, whose mission is transforming society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, supporting survivors’ healing and ending the violence forever.