Dan Aykroyd young
July 1, 1952
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
109 kg | 241 lbs
Dan Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Canada, on July 1, 1952, is a Canadian American actor. Young Dan Aykroyd began his career as a member of the Canadian sketch comedy series The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour (1970-1971). He became popular after appeared on the comedy show Saturday Night Live. Dan's breakthrough role came as Elwood J. Blues in comedy film The Blues Brothers (1976) opposite John Belushi.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Boolie Werthan in American comedy drama film Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
Trading Places (1983) comedy opposite Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis
Ghostbusters (1984) and sequel Ghostbusters II (1989) supernatural comedy in role as Raymond "Ray" Stantz
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) comic science fiction with Kim Basinger
Nothing But Trouble (1991) horror comedy with Chevy Chase, Demi Moore and John Candy
Loose Cannons (1990) comedy with Gene Hackman
Coneheads (1993) science fiction comedy with Adam Sandler and Jane Curtin
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) crime comedy with John Cusack and Minnie Driver
Sneakers (1992) comedy caper with Robert Redford and River Phoenix
Chaplin (1992) biographical comedy drama with Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins and Milla Jovovich
Tommy Boy (1995) road comedy with Chris Farley and Bo Derek
Spies Like Us (1985) comedy opposite Chevy Chase
The Great Outdoors (1988) comedy with John Candy
Dragnet (1987) buddy cop comedy with Tom Hanks
1941 (1979) comedy directed by Steven Spielberg
Ghostbusters (2016) supernatural comedy in role as Taxi Driver
He wrote the screenplay for films The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.
Aykroyd considers himself a Spiritualist.
He married actress Donna Dixon (1983), they have three daughters.
He has played harmonica since he was 17 years old.
He was close friend with John Belushi.
Has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame (2002).
The entertainment business is not the be-all and end-all for me.
My attitude has always been, "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if". If this makes me laugh maybe somebody else will laugh at it, too. That's really where I've always come from. My whole thing is to entertain, make people laugh and to forget about the real world for awhile. It's not always easy doing that. I'm never completely happy with anything I've done. If I've been successful with 80 percent of everything I've done, then I'm doing all right by the audience and myself.
I live in a high rise with my family part of the year in New York and I don't know three quarters of the people in the building. We live in the same square-footage and I wouldn't know who they were.
Have I personally ever seen a ghost? Not one.
I've always been a big fan of science fiction and of the worlds of the spiritual and the mystic.
Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial.
I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me.