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 James Belushi 

Comedian & Actor
College of DuPage, Illinois

James Belushi is not only a celebrated film, stage and television actor, but also a successful businessman. His films include "About Last Night," "Red Heat" and "Curly Sue." He is a partner in the House of Blues complex, a performance space and hotel in the City of Chicago’s Marina Towers Building and co-owns a successful cigar shop in Santa Monica, CA, with actor Chuck Norris. Belushi exhibited his leadership skills early on when he became the first student representative of the college’s Board of Trustees. A dedicated supporter of community colleges, Belushi has been responsible for generously raising funds for the College of DuPage Arts Endowment over the past 12 years, enabling 24 theater students to receive full two-year scholarships, as well as allowing 3 music students to receive partial scholarships. He has returned to his alma mater on many occasions to conduct seminars and workshops at no cost to the students.

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