TOO young TO DIE: John Belushi

They called him “Killer Belushi” when he was young. John was the star of the football team, drummer of the high school band and a brilliant actor. Many followed the meteoric rise of this young man, who had an explosive temperament and an extreme personality, with irresistible fascination. His breakthrough came in Chicago in an off-theater troupe, becoming a star in his mid-twenties in New York with “Saturday Night Live”. His “Blues Brothers” albums sold millions. It only took seven films to make John Belushi unforgettable.

The film portrays one of the greatest American show stars of his time, shows the rapid rise and deep fall of his career and offers unparalleled insights into both the film and show business of the 70s and 80s as well as the character of one of its most prominent victims. Interviews with close family members, fellow actors and directors as well as never seen before private films from the John Belushi estate draw a sensitive portrait of the brilliant actor and shed light on the cirmustances behind the tragedy of his untimely death.  

Length 1 x 52'
Year 2012
Genre Documentary
Format 16:9 HDTV
Director Jobst Knigge
Boadcast Arte | ZDFKultur